Tag: shopping

Recent Retro Buys

I’m not quite sure when it happened, but I’ve become obsessed with all things butterfly. I’ve been on the look for prints to hang in my study as well so if I can combine the two, then so much the better. I’ve also been looking out for different storage jars & containers that will be useful. Here’s what I’ve found so far.

Butterfly

I found this print at Lassco & knew I had to have it. It’s not very often I’m that decisive when it comes to artwork but I knew that this would look great in my room. The colours are so bright and look great against the plain frame.

ButterfliesI couldn’t believe it when I saw this in a vintage shop in Towcester. Not only were the butterflies in great condition but it was only £32, which is incredible! I know the frame isn’t up to much, but the colours of the butterflies are so bright and it was a real bargain.

Yellow

Blue Stripe Blue dotI’m so pleased that the colours on the wings are still so bright. Beautiful! Both of these will form part of display that I’m planning in my study, along with some other prints and some old family photographs – I just need to get some frames together, decide on an arrangement & get them up!

My latest buy is this gorgeous retro storage jar from Winter’s Moon. I saw a picture of it on Facebook & knew it would be great for storing my teabags in, as my old one has seen better days. As soon as it was listed in the shop, I ordered it! It’s perfect! The colours are really bright & it suits the vintage feel of our kitchen. I really like getting individual bits & bobs for our house and am on a bit of a mission with this at the moment.

Pink Jar

I’m always on the look out for different things to add to our home. Even though we’ve been here for three years, it’s a long way off being ‘done’. Whether we’re out at a vintage shop or I’m shopping online, I’m always keen to find somewhere new to look for things. If you know of any great places to shop, let me know!

Liberty Home Department Launch 2013

Succulents

This morning I have been along to the launch of Liberty‘s Homeware department, which includes their new Outdoor Living section. I warn you – I’m going to gush, quite a bit, about how great the products are. But they are. The floor is filled with beautiful furniture, plush cushions and fabric and amazing outdoor pieces. I took a lot of photographs & had a really good look around. If you want to add splashes off colour to your home, then you need to have a look around Liberty. Similarly, if you want your garden furniture and garden to blend seamlessly, then you have to visit the outdoor living area.

The home wares team at Liberty have handpicked an eclectic and inspiring selection of designers, artisans and artists. This means that you can go to Liberty and see different things for your home & garden. While they’re following the trend of bright bold soft furnishings, you can have something unique for your home, which is what you’d expect from somewhere like Liberty.

With designers like Donna Wilson, Rory Dobner and Astier De Villate nestled alongside Moorcroft and pieces sourced by Patch Rogers and Drew Pritchard, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have a unique shopping experience.

Here are a few of my favourite pieces

Succulents

Astier de Villatte

Leather ArmchairTypewriter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Cans

Blankets and tablesOrla Keily Lamp

I had a lovely time at the launch and got a ton of ideas for my home and garden. I love the way that Liberty has got a real mixture of old and new and it all works really well. My favourite two things were the Orla Kiely designed lamps. I love her designs. I like patterns and love the combinations she uses. My second favourite thing was the old leather armchair. Leather armchairs need to be broken into so when you come across one that is, it’s a real gem. Plus I’m on the look out for two awesome armchairs and would buy this one in a heart beat, if I had the cash!

Liberty has always been a reason to visit London. Now, it’s almost like visiting a museum as well. The way everything is displayed, it’s almost like taking a tour of Pitt Rivers Museum! But you can take the artifacts home!

 

Tuesday Treat

Oh, Hello Friend

This week, in the middle of shopping, finishing up with work, wrapping & tinsel, I wanted to bring you something lovely. So I’ve decided to share with you a great online shop & blog, Oh, Hello Friend. I discovered it the Renegade Craft Fair that I went to a few months ago. It was my favourite stall in the whole place because it had a mixture of vintage, stationery and craft products. It’s basically a shop designed for me! My favourite thing of the moment tho, are stamps. Not postage stamps, though I love those too, but big stamps, like the ones that Oh, Hello Friend do.

Oh, Hello Friend

If I had my way I’d have them all! Oh, Hello Friend is even branching out & opening a real bricks and mortar shop in the new year. Sadly for me, they are based in California, so visiting their shop would involve a plane ticket! But for now, I’ll have to stick with their online shop. Not that that’s a hardship – in fact it’s a real pleasure looking through all their great photos!

The Old Flight House

Old Flight House

Have I said before that I like vintage things? I like nothing more than pottering around an antiques shop. I like thinking of the different people who have owned & used the items. Where it’s come from and how many different uses it has had. Love it! So I thought I’d start my holiday with a trip to The Old Flight House. I knew that they had some new sections open too so jumped at the chance of heading there. I picked up some lovely fabric that I’m going to use to make some more laptop cases & we also bought a new shelf for the kitchen.

As they have a cafe there too, it would’ve been rude not to hang around for a bit of lunch. I tucked into a lovely cup of tea & a toasted tomato, pesto & mozzarella sandwich. My OH & I also shared a delicious portion of chunky chips – well, I was on holiday! It was all very lovely & I especially loved the chips!

Old Flight House

If you haven’t been out to The Old Flight House at Weston-on-the-Green, then it’s definitley worth going to. There are lots of lovely things to look at & buy and the cafe is worth a trip in itself. Perfect! x