Home trends: Modern Ethnic

The second home trend in this mini series, I’m tackling is modern ethnic. As you know, I spent a month in India earlier this year and I completely fell in love with everything about it- including the decor. It’s not just Indian food that’s spicy- everything has so much vibrance and colour. When I was there I visited palaces with gorgeous paintings and jewel encrusted walls. Whilst stunning, these are a bit much (and a bit costly!) for every day life. This season’s trend is more for a modern, pared down look but keeping pops of colour (perfect to remind you of an Indian summer and warm you up when it’s so darn cold outside).

All images can be found on my Ethnic pinterest board!

Fair fever: Guildford Boileroom

As promised, I’m posting pictures of my stand at the Guildford Boileroom Artisan Boutique fair. I was really nervous beforehand but shouldn’t have been- I had a great time and met some lovely people. I was sorely tempted to buy things from the other stalls but had to restrain myself-  I would have gone into negative money for the day with all the lovely things there! For my first foray into selling, it was a success and I’m really looking forward to going to the Boileroom Christmas fair later in the year.

Here is my stand all set up and ready to go (apologies for the dingy photos, it was quite dark and the weather outside was so gloomy, which didn’t help).  I remembered to take float money, reading material and a chair but if there’s one thing I’d remember for next time, it’s take some additional lighting or muscle in on the spaces by the windows!

Small and simple as you can see

This is by far my favourite item: the mini teaset. It was unsold so still up for grabs! The gorgeous floral handheld mirror was the first to go.

A small selection of my vintage books- dating back to 1900!

Up close and personal- the vintage enamel bread bin, teacups and kitchen canisters

Stay tuned for more news on my vintage stall adventures: I’m hoping there will be much more to come. In the meantime, look out for more ‘Home trend’ posts this week and a tutorial on reupholstering an old sewing stool- one of my favourite projects to date!

Guildford Boileroom Artisan Fair

Exciting news!
I’m setting up shop for the first time ever at the Guildford Boileroom Artisan Boutique fair. I’m really looking forward to seeing what it’s like. I’ll be selling a mixture of antique, collectable and upcycled homewares including teasets, vintage mirrors, frames and cushions. No spoilers yet but I’ll post photos after if it all goes well. I’m really throwing myself into the deep end with this but if you don’t try it, you never know if it’s any good do you? It could be my calling!

The fair will stock vintage clothes, homewares and accessories. So if you’re in the area, stop by!

Home trends: Retro Industrial

Bus blinds, Typewriters and Ampersands

Is it just me or is it COLD? Autumn has really made its self known and my thoughts have followed it accordingly. This is the first of several posts I’m going to write on the key home trends of this (chilly) season. Everywhere I look there are metal cabinets and battered wood pieces of furniture, utilitarian lighting and wire accessories. And I don’t care because I love retro industrial. I surprised my self a bit with this as I’m usually a complete girly girl. Even I need a break from florals every once in a while….

The three things that really epitomise this trend for me are bus blinds, typewriters and ampersands. They’re definitely in vogue at the moment and deservedly so. The bus blind signs are another addition to my true love: monochrome wall art. Obviously, I went straight out and bought one (albeit a more purse-friendly poster version) but its currently sat in a dusty corner of my room awaiting more wall space and a sturdy black frame to boot.

The ampersand is a strange one. It’s been loitering at the top of our keyboards for yonks without the slightest bit of attention. But once typography really became trendy it was recognised as by far the most elegant of symbols we have. I recently bought an entire hand stamping kit, I’m not going to lie, almost exclusively for the ampersand- it just looks so darn cool. Plus, how awesome is the ampersand board?! I wish I knew where it was from.

Finally, typewriters. Need I say more? We all want to go back to an age when typing wasn’t so mundane and tipex was the only way to correct the inevitable typos. Typewriters come in all ages, shapes and sizes but like all industrial home accessories, they appeal because they are also functional; they can be used as well as looked at.

And just to show you can be industrial and girly….(phew!)….

For more retro industrial ideas visit my pinterest board, where all of these can be found: bus blinds, typewriters and ampersands.