Saturday, 30 July 2011

We love...

Supplying gorgeous shops with our vintage linen designs!

High on the list of gorgeousness is the wonderful Cabbages and Roses.  I have already been tempted by their wonderful summer sale - I have been coveting one of their linen day bags for ages!

You can now get our lovely boxed, vintage linen, lavender-scented 'Mummy' hearts in their stores and on their website and, what's more, they are in the sale too!

Friday, 29 July 2011

A Whole Lot of Loveliness...

The fabulous Etsy remains a constant inspiration... just look at this amazing hand-crocheted dress and these absolutely gorgeous vintage shoes!

Tea Dance anybody?


Thursday, 28 July 2011

Off to the Beach?

If only!

This gorgeous image, featuring our best-selling BEACH LIFE cushion, was styled by the lovely Selina Lake for Country Homes and Interiors magazine.  The bright, bold colours always make me think of summer holidays on the beach.  All very rockpools, flip-flops, deckchairs and beach huts!

So we will keep wishing and who knows... maybe!

A Vintage Bowl Full of Summer

What can be better than a breakfast of Dorset cereal [we are absolutely determined to win one of those campervans!] and blueberries all served up in a fabulous vintage bowl.  I recently sourced some lovely vintage cups, saucers, plates and bowls for the shop but these handpainted bowls are sooo beautiful, I just couldn't bear to part with them.  They are old but have no makers marks so I have no idea who manufactured them...

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Small is Beautiful...

A sneak preview of our just launched Vintage Mini's Range.  We have had great fun developing some of our most popular designs for a smaller [30x30cm] cushion.  Each one individually designed, from our constantly changing collection of vintage linen, and handmade in our workshops in GB, we think they are great for both giving and collecting...

Friday, 22 July 2011

What a Week!

Our fantastic VINTAGE SUMMER SALE has been on for almost a week and we have had a fabulous response both in store and online.  Our twice yearly sales are always popular.  It's our way of rewarding our lovely customers, for all their support, as well as giving us the chance to refresh the store with lots of new, and interesting, home accessories and vintage finds.  This sale has been no exception and things are selling out fast, so if you are after 'something lovely' at a great price...

Thursday, 14 July 2011


It's that time of year again... when we launch our fabulous VINTAGE SUMMER SALE!  This summer we are offering a wonderful range of vintage-inspired, home accessories and gifts at an amazing 40% OFF!  If you can't make it to our lifestyle store, in beautiful North Yorkshire, then here's just a sample of some of the gorgeous designs available...

Sale starts, in store and online, 
Saturday 16th July 2011

A Window for Summer...

Yesterday I spent a few happy hours designing new window displays for the shop.  Feeling very summery [it's amazing what a bit of sunshine will do to a person], I went for a bright, garden-party look complete with wonderful, vintage French day bed, piles of gorgeous linen cushions, in zingy citrus colours, all topped off with a rainbow of paper lanterns!

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

This Week's Love Affair...

I am so in love with these bags.  Designed by the amazing Clare Vivier and available from the fabulous Bodie & Fou.  Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!  Trying hard not to obsess over owning one of these but I can hear them calling to me - and it would be rude not to answer surely?!


Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Blooming Summer!

Our garden is a farm garden.  For those not in the know, this means that the farmer NEVER gardens and his wife, yours truly, rarely has the spare time to give it the attention it needs [all on her lonesome].  The result - a partially [and I do mean partially] cultivated field!

I went out to pick some flowers yesterday and realised, pretty quickly, that we have little left in bloom in the garden at this time of year apart from wild flowers.  Bad planning, I hear you say!  Planning?  What planning?  I rest my case!  I did find enough flowers to create a couple of pretty posies for the house and workshop...


Busy Doing Nothing...

I don't know about you but I find it impossible to sit doing nothing, even when I'm watching TV, so this is what I have been working on lately.  The pattern was a devil to get the hang off, initially, but now I can do it in my sleep [well at least without the pattern anyway]!

I love the retro design and the colours, which I have chosen for my sitting room, work well together too.  I am already planning another version, in bright, citrus colours [possibly for the Lloyd Loom chair in our bedroom].  Just need to finish this one first!

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Let There Be Light!

When we moved our shop to new premises recently, I designed the window around these gorgeous lights.  They represent all that I love about good design.  Not only are they extremely stylish but they are also made from recycled plastic in Britain by some lovely people.  Now, if that doesn't 'tick all the boxes', I don't know what does?!


Tuesday, 5 July 2011

High Days and Holidays

We have just returned from a lovely week's holiday in Scotland.  Chris found us a wonderful 'home from home', with Wilderness Cottages, on the fabulous Applecross peninsula [Wester Ross].  Since words fail me when it comes to describing the beauty of this place, I thought I would let my photos do the talking for me...

Applecross Bay in the evening light

Applecross Bay in sunlight [with Skye & the Cuillins in the distance]

Butterfly Orchid

The fluttering flags of Cotton Grass

This lovely hand-carved sign caught my eye...

A very pretty Marsh Orchid

Bacon and Eggs anyone?

A beautiful day on the beach

Sleepy Head!

Applecross Walled Garden - a cultivated haven in the midst of wilderness!

A lovely corner of Applecross walled garden

Our gorgeous 'retro' cottage

A hidden cabin bedroom at the top of the stairs

The view from our cottage windows [over our own terrace on the beach]

Vintage Nautical Interior

Coffee at Shieldaig with my 2 favourite travelling companions!

Just to show that the sun didn't always shine on us!!

A river runs through it...

A mill pond at Lochcarron