Habitat..Beyond Retro!

I love Habitat and have been a fan since Freddy and I got married 27 years ago...our first house was decked out in Uber modern decor with black, white and aqua...we had the angular white and black head vases of the 1980's and black and white bow curtains that we ordered from Harrods!  
Our ultra modern aqua leather 3 piece suite was from Ekornes and every weekend we used to go shopping to buy some more state of the art home wares for our designer pad....we had a Habitat in Romford, near where we lived and would check out their latest deliveries nearly every weekend.
Once the Boot Sales came into full swing, we  would buy a lot of home stuff from there and that's when we moved into vintage style...it was around about the time when my Nan had to go into a home and my Uncle sold off most of her possessions for £50...

That's when I started to buy knick knacks from my memories of my childhood, but I have always liked a little bit of modern thrown into the mix too...I think done properly...you can create your own look...by adding something simple like a rug or a picture, you can really add a new dimension to your home, and give it an eccentric feel.
 I think Habitat does the vintage modern thing very well, as look at this take on a vintage style picnic basket....full of vintage charm, yet bang up to date with the bright yellow and turquoise...
They also have an amazing website, which is where I have to look now, as they do not have a 'bricks and mortar' shop in my area anymore :(

But as you can see, I have chosen a few pictures from their site here, of items that I would love to own...quirky bits and pieces that would fit into my home very well me finks!


Habitat have a SALE on at the moment...so it might be worth checking it out HERE.
Do you love Vintage Home Wares or do you prefer Modern?
What shops do you like to shop in?
Do you prefer shopping Online or actually going to your High Street?


Oh Yes! I am back in the land of the living again and what better
 way to start off the summer! Yes I am in this Brilliant Craft Magazine!
Its called RELOVED and has been on the scene now for about 18 months...they have one Vintage home in it per month and I am in the July Issue, which is out in the shops right now! 
So if you want to find out a little bit more about me and have a good old butchers at those pictures...you can head over to Waitrose, Tesco's, Asda, WHSmiths, Sainsbury's and Larger Morrison's to bag yourself a copy!

It is also available for purchase HERE 

I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the sunshine.


Ercol Chair Make Over

 How do you like my Ercol chair make-over?
I found this wonderful piece at a local Car Boot Sale.. and 
I did this in an afternoon a few days afterwards...and have been meaning to show you it for a while now!
As you can see..this is what it started out like...I just painted the chair with one coat of Annie Sloan's white chalk paint, but left the arms as they are, as I rather liked the aged worn look of how many peeps had sat in it!

I found the material from my vintage stash, and thought it would be an ideal piece to cover the cushions with!
So armed with a needle and thread I got to work sewing the material on to the chair...and voila!

This is how it turned out!

Amazing what you can do! when you put your mind to it!
What crafty projects have you been up to lately?


Creating Vintage Charm

I am pleased to announce that my Edition of  'Creating Vintage Charm' Magazine is now available on Magcloud HERE

Sonia Crouse the Brilliant and very talented Editor has decided to start selling her Magazines in digital and paper copies! Great for us Brits who find the postage expensive.....

Now you can just download the magazine to your computer! What Fun!

Other Copies available HERE

Sonia has also started a new Magazine called Enchanting Photography...where you can drool over the most charming pictures and even frame some!  They are also available for download!

I hope you enjoy your visit and buy lots and lots of Magazines.

Bye for now my lovelies.