Sunday, 18 December 2011

Vintage toys

I'm regularly tempted into the antiques shop across the road by the bits and bobs left outside the shopfront on the pavement, come rain or shine. Recent noteworthy items include a 50s fur coat, a very retro all-in-one ski suit, a lovely antique wooden high chair, a toy pram and this old wooden toy trolley that I couldn't resist for Milo.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Handmade cushions

I've been meaning to post this for a while - Mrs Biddle's beautiful handmade cushions given to me for my birthday. Ingenious as ever, Mrs B found some fabulous 50s print Horrockses hankies from the V&A shop and turned them into cushions, using some gorgeous mint-striped and candy pink fabric for the back. I love her personalised 'Handmade by Mrs Biddle' labels too.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Readers' Homes: Rowan's place

We made a weekend trip back to the East End recently and stayed with our super stylish friend Rowan in her gorgeous Hoxton flat. The kind of space that feels calm and immaculately tidy yet cosy and quirky, with plenty of vintage finds to admire. A crochet cot blanket from her own childhood now covering a sofa arm, a vintage floral quilt on the bed, old Bunty annuals stacked up by the fireplace - and lots and lots of perfectly placed books (and they're not just for show - I guarantee she has read them all!)