• Posts Tagged ‘vintage’

    More than words

    by  • May 4, 2012 • home accessories, • Kitchen Accessories • 0 Comments

    Word art has really taken off over the last year and we’re seeing more and more examples of how it can work well in the kitchen. From vintage signs and retro posters through to modern phrases and street signs, there’s so much on offer…

    This sign looks great stationed above an Aga.

    Prop a framed print on a shelf for a quirky touch.

    I particularly like this Great British Food print from Pedlars – perfect for the kitchen!


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    Eco wallpaper with the ‘wow’ factor

    by  • September 16, 2011 • walls, • Kitchen Surfaces • 0 Comments

    To many people, environmentally friendly still equals a compromise. So, it’s great to discover a new range of paste-the-wall wallpapers that are anything but.

    Jeff Banks‘s new range, called Arteco, is a collection that, while it’s printed on FSC-approved paper and uses water-based inks, is gorgeous.

    Arteco wallpaper in Pistachio

    Most have a slight shimmer, that I was assured, is also still eco friendly as it isn’t achieved using mica, like many papers. They even take design influences from the iconic 1951 Festival of Britain, for extra on-trend kudos.

    Produced in conjunction with Rasch, the Arteco collection is soon to be available through Brewers and independent retailers at around £20 a roll, so start planning your kitchen’s feature wall right now. Other colours include silver grey, deep red, cream and gold and chocolate brown.

    I was lucky enough to go to the launch of the range and see them in the flesh on the walls of a real house, as well as meet the man himself.

    Me, far left, with Arteco creator Jeff Banks and more fab wallpaper


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    High time for high tea

    by  • April 25, 2010 • home accessories, • Kitchen Accessories • 0 Comments

    While the warmer weather may have our menfolk itching to fire up the barbecue it puts me more in mind of afternoon tea.

    I’ve always loved mismatched vintage china and, if my local freecycle group is anything to go by, a vintage tea party seems to be the theme of choice for the budget-conscious bride this year.

    Of course you don’t have to be getting married to get in on the act, why not indulge yourself anyway? Midlands-based Afternoon Tea Party hire mismatched china for big occasions. If that’s out of your area or you’re planning something smallerthen why not invest in a few pieces of your own? Everything Stops For Tea sell individual cup, saucer and side plate sets. They also have a section on their website devoted to reasonably-priced care worn and orphaned pieces.

    So flex those pinky fingers, girls, I’m off to cut the crusts off of some cucumber sandwiches…




    BK - More tea, Vicar?


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    Vintage tea party dinner plates

    by  • March 17, 2010 • home accessories, • Kitchen Accessories • 1 Comment


    BK Vintage dinner plate


    The sun is out, spring is (surely) here and I’m busy daydreaming about the garden parties that lay ahead. Always a sucker for a theme, and with the present Alice in Wonderland phenomena, a vintage tea party is my latest idea. I’m thinking flowers in teapots, teacups piled high and pretty crockery which, of course, doesn’t have to match. I’ve always been a fan of Notonthehighstreet.com, and these vintage tea party dinner plates caught my magpie eye – in pink, cream or blue, you can also get matching side plates and bowls – a set that even a sleepy dormouse would be proud of!


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