Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair came to Southampton on Sunday! It was excellent, check out the website for when it might be in a town or city near you. I can highly recommend it. All the traders were really friendly with great stalls, mainly clothes with some bits for the home, records, prints and lots of accessories. I got a tweed jacket and a red winter top, both at bargain prices!
I have just discovered Matt Pugh courtesy of Mrs Eliot Books and his work is excellent. I have seen his owl in Heals already and lusted after it, his lamps are also very covetable, well it's all beautiful really!
I have just seen this August post over at Bloesem Living: Let's Get Personal in New Zealand with Ellen Giggenbach. I had to post some of the pictures, it is such a great home and the sort of place I aspire to - she has lots of colourful things, it is a visual feast for the eye! It has made my Tuesday so thank you Bloesem and Ellen Giggenbach! (Who I am now following and this is her website) Read all about her approach to her home over at the brilliant Bloesem blog.
I was very happy when I saw in Elle Decoration that Jonathan Adler is opening a store in London! I still won't be able to afford much of his stuff but at least I can go and look at it! It will be in Sloane Avenue in South Kensington and opens on 1st October. Hoorah. Here are a few pieces from his website that I particularly like. To quote him:
We believe minimalism is a bummer.
We believe you should throw out your Blackberry and go and pick some actual blackberries.
I really like the enthusiasm of Leona on the Thrift-ola website, she is brilliant! To quote her:
"Thrift-ola is the thrifting and crafting adventure I’ve always dreamt of. For most my life I’ve dressed and decorated my home with odd stuff found at a flea market, charity shop, jumble, car boot sale, junk yard, swap party, church bazaar – any place peddling second hand goods. I love the look and feel of old things, I feel an immense satisfaction when spotting the Made in England stamp but mostly I just don’t like having the same stuff as everyone else."
I agree! Especially with the last line. Have a look round her site, it's very good and it looks great! (Images are of items for sale on her site.)
Recently I have been... wrapping apples in newspaper and packing them into wooden trays. We have 3 apple trays and they are overflowing with apples! In the last 24 hours, approx. 30 fell off the trees, this is a normal day and these are the apples we have to throw away! We plan to make cider and I am going to try cooking them tonight even though they are eating apples. Does anyone have any good apple recipes?
I also recently bought some brilliant biscuit tins from Marks & Spencer - one in the shape of a large jammy dodger and the other in the shape of a large bourbon. I bought a custard cream one last year and am v pleased they have brought out more! I thought it was possibly just me who was weirdly excited by this but when I posted photos on Instagram, I got a very excited response from fellow Instagramers! Who'da thought?
Some more recent Instagram pics below (one showing a small brass mouse I bought for a bargain price on eBay recently!)
I am officially addicted to Instagram! Every day I try to take one or two photos to keep up my feed of daily observations, I think it's like Twitter but with pictures. I feel like I've got new 'friends' in my fellow Instagramers, I can't recommend it enough if you've got an iPhone and a compulsion to take pictures!
These knitted baskets are LOVELY. They are by Ferm Living which can be found on the 95% Danish website. As for the cushions, they are even better. They are so tactile, I think that varying textures in a room is very important - I have always had a bit of a 'thing' about cork too (coaster featured below is also by Ferm Living). I bought a cork lampshade by Habitat a few years ago when I moved into my first flat - my mum said she thought it had come with the flat - which was previously owned by a lovely old lady who had a penchant for floral borders (one in EVERY room including a particularly delightful one in the kitchen featuring bowls of fruit)! Charming.