Islington Pop Up Vintage Fair

This Sunday my boyfriend took me to The Pop Up Vintage Fair at Islington Assembly Rooms. It has to be the best one I’ve been too. The rooms were beautiful and completely made to be filled with vintage treasures and there was a really cute pop up tea room. AND they had an amazing live band called The Spinettes who sang 1950s tunes in gorgeous rockabilly dresses.  I picked up two lovely vintage rings and when I wore one of them today I got loads of nice comments. I also bought a fab 1930s advertising print by Jaeger which will go with my expanding collection of vintage adverts (more on this at a later date).

The fair was run by Pop Up Vintage Fairs London who run loads of similar events with stallholders selling vintage fashion, jewellery, homewares and prints. The next one is at Spitalfields market on the 17th November. If you like what you see, I’ll see you there!

 

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.

An unhealthy addiction…

As you know, I’m itching to moveout. I’ve spent the last week searching for flatmates which has lead to an unhealthy addiction: rental websites. I now seem to spend every spare minute on them! There’s rightmove, where you look for places to buy/rent and easyroomate.com and spareroom.co.uk where you look for rooms to rent in already occupied flats.

Rightmove is awesome cos you can create you’re own custom search areas by drawing them and specify loads of things, like how far away from the station it is etc. I also love using it to check out the gorgeous multi-million pound houses and add their contents to my plan for the future- ha, I should be so lucky! Homes show a lot about the people who live in them and one thing I’ve really picked up on is that you can guess at people’s personalities by how they decorate their homes.

Spareroom and easyroomate also bring this out in me. I’ve found that I partially base my judgement of whether flatshares would be my cup of tea on how they’ve decorated their rooms. I guess it shows a lot about what you consider important (cleanliness would be top of my list!) and what you hold dear. Equally, I’m sure people are judging me. When you sign up to these sites, you create a profile saying a bit about yourself- I did not anticipate how hard it is to sum yourself up  and try and get people to like you in a couple of sentences!

The sites are great as they allow me to be picky- you search for people that you would like to live with (based on age, gender, location, profession etc) and you get results that match your preferences. The best (and most addictive) thing is that they send you updates every time a new room match is listed. This means I receive about 10 emails a day!

I think part of the problem is that I haven’t made any actual definite decisions yet, meaning that the options are endless. Do I live in the more expensive but nicer place or the cheaper place that will leave me more money for socialising? Do I live with people who seem more like-minded or in the place closer to the station? Do I live nearer to London for the weekends or closer to work for the commute in the week. Whilst this is all very exciting, it does get rather time consuming!

Pretty in Pink moodboard

Quickly following on from my last moodboard,( in fact quicker than i’d like- Polyvore automatically blogs your collages if you don’t stop it, my bad ) this is my girly bedroom moodboard. Although I’d like the ‘public’ spaces of my house to be more grown up, I can’t help but love unrestrained girliness when it comes to my bedroom. That, and the fact that my current bedroom is predominantly pink, means I’ll be most likely sticking with it when I get my own place. The boyfriend will not be thrilled (“why are 90% of the things you own floral?!?”).
Anyway, here are selection of pink pieces (again from Pinterest on Polyvore- loving the Ps today), enjoy girls! Especially want that shell inlaid bedside table, although I suspect it is WAY above my pay grade!
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Girly bedroom
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cream floral cushion
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Zigzag Rug
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Asterisk shape
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For the Home
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shop
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Pantone
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Sweet Home
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Pantone
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Cool Stuff
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Pantone
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Prettys
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Duck Egg Blue moodboard

As some of you might know, I’m really keen to move out soon. Recently I’ve been having a think about what sort of interior design I’ll want in my new place so that I can try and channel my over the top shopping towards things I’ll actually use.
Polyvore have a great collage tool which is pretty nifty for making moodboards. You just download the ‘clip to Polyvore’ toolbar icon and then you can save any pics you like (just like Pinterest in that respect, and as you can see, I get pretty much all of my images from pinterest- there’s so much I love).  Images without background tend to work best but you can always custom crop them later. When you’ve got a selection of items you can arrange them however you want in the ‘create’ section of Polyvore. Genius really, and so simple to use. For more tips, I found House Tweaking‘s recent blog posts on ‘Making of a mood board’ extremely helpful and easy to understand.
Here’s my moodboard for my future living room. I’m set on plenty of Duck Egg blue and neutrals to balance it out. I want it to be a completely relaxing space that is light but also cosy in the inevitable long British winters.
Duck Egg Blue

Decoupage lampshade tutorial

Well, as you know, I’ve been super excited to get to grips with the Mod Podge I recently bought. First I had a  few trial sessions re-covering the lids of some boring storage boxes. I was actually pretty happy with how it went. Here are the results:

I just slapped the stuff on with a paintbrush and smoothed the paper over it. One word of warning though, the paper does get air pockets in which you have to press out and as the paper is wet with glue it can disintegrate so be gentle!

After this practice I decided I was ready for my first project. I bought this lamp from ASDA (of all places!) for a bargain price but always planned to spruce it up a bit. I also had some very cute floral fabric that I loved but hadn’t yet found the right project for. After seeing this tutorial, I knew I’d found my spruce!


Here’s how I did it:

  1. Unattach shade from lamp- careful with hot bulbs and turn off the power first!
  2. Trace the circumference of the shade onto the back of the fabric. My shade was pitched so the fabric strip was curved.
  3. Cut the fabric carefully. Here’s your cover.
  4. Cover the entire shade with a layer of Mod Podge.
  5. Wait until it is tacky.
  6. Slowly and CAREFULLY smooth the fabric onto the shade- keeping it lined up.
  7. Smooth out air bubbles as you go- fabric is more forgiving than paper as it’s stretchy so you can manipulate it without ripping it.
  8. Leave to dry for 20 mins- I left it on the lamp stand to prevent the wet glue sticking to any surfaces.
  9. When dry, cover the fabric in a layer of Mod Podge- this seals it and prevents the edges from fraying.
  10. Once dry, add another layer if necessary.

Time for you to get cracking- I’d love to know what you’ve been decoupaging, get in touch or leave a comment!

Decoupage Dreams

I apologise for being completely MIA for over a week now. In my defence I’ve been mega busy with jobs. Organising our art collection, re-upholstering headboards, sewing table runners, buying supplies for my stall at a boutique fair (more on this later) and looking after a sister with a broken wrist- all whilst holding down a full-time job. Phew! No wonder I’ve been stretched for time!

I had two VERY exciting deliveries this week, the first was some Annie Sloan chalk paint. So excited about this- I’ve wanted some for a while and only just discovered that there’s a stockist in our little town, hidden at the back of an antique shop- result!! I can’t wait to get crackign when I can find a spare evening. I found a DIVINE mirror in a charity shop that will be my first chalk paint project and also a little shelving unit and blackboard I want to spruce up. I’ve heard that a pot goes a long way- just as well it seems!
My second exciting delivery was Mod Podge. I’ve joined the fold.  I couldn’t take being surrounded by amazing decoupage projects any longer without joining in. My friend made me the cutest decoupage notebook for my birthday (it has Russian dolls on it, need I say more) and that was the last straw.

Now I have it, I want to cover everything in sight, the only problem is now that I can’t decide which project to start on first, I’m having inspiration overload. Should it be map coasters, a photo canvas, revamping an old wooden box or fancifying my lampshade. Too many options! Whilst I decide I thought I’d share some of the best projects using Mod Podge that the web (ok, Pinterest- but that all that matters really isn’t it?) has to offer…

For sources see my Pinterest board. And whilst you’re there, why not take a look around and follow me!