Lately - in between working, sewing and, er, not blogging - I've been enjoying indulging in homemaking. I don't have a load of wonderful vintage homewares or a very large flat, but since the recent addition of a new item of furniture I've been in major nesting mode (before you ask, no there's no big news!) and I thought I'd share what I've done with limited resources. Because I can't confine myself to a specific era I couldn't theme my decor (no matter how much I admire those who recreate 30s, 40s or 50s havens in their homes), so I've gone for a sort of eclectic, midcentury kitsch meets shabby chic type affair.
Our new G-Plan sideboard, which we got for free in a lucky break from our neighbours who just moved out. They got it for free, so they very kindly paid it forward - to us! I already thought it was cool enough, but I was really excited to find the G-Plan stamp inside one of the drawers. I'm not good at furniture so it's hard to say, but I'm guessing it's around 1960s? It's similar to the one I remember my grandmother had in her dining room.
I'm so pleased with it. It replaces the big office desk which we did have in this corner - and looks way nicer, not to mention significantly more retro. I hung the framed stocking packages when we first moved in, but they never really looked at home over the desk; the new sideboard really sets them off though. The vintage 50s rubbish bin is another new acquisition - found in Mummy's attic. It's covered in adorable illustrations - I'll have to take a close-up photo sometime.
I've made an arrangement of some of my small collection of knick-knackery. The 1950s "London" souvenir pin tray came from a charity shop, as did the sweet strawberry applique tray cloth (part of a set, but I don't have anywhere for the rest at the moment). The 1940s (?) Bakelite clock is from a car boot sale (I haven't actually managed to get it working as it needs a key to wind it up), and you may recognise the pitcher from my atomic lemonade set, another boot fair find. The pencil pot is a modern cocoa tin which I covered in vintage fabric using spray glue, and the 'hat stand' is actually a lamp base which I picked up for about 50p, again at a car boot.
My sewing area has undergone a makeover since you last saw it. The 1930s tin "work box" (purchased at an antique fair) used to hold stationery; that's now all neatly stored away in the sideboard, and the box holds my sewing tools. The vintage toy sewing machine (I aspire to collect vintage toys - so far I have just this and my children's tea set) was until recently part of a display on the top of the book shelf, but I thought it appropriate here. The vintage shoe pin cushion holds my pitiful collection of hat pins.
I'm particularly pleased with the wall collage, inspired by something I saw in the latest issue of BBC Homes & Antiques magazine. It includes Victorian sheet music, WWI postcards, 1930s mending thread, vintage button card. I have a massive collection of paper ephemera, so it's nice to have a way to display at least a tiny fraction of it. The fabric swatches are spoonflower samples.
The Chance Glass "handkerchief" bowl - one of the few items I bought in an actual antique shop - holds a small collection of sewing paraphenalia.
Yeah! Suitcases! I scored the big blue one for a bargain £4.99 + P&P on ebay - it's pretty battered and many of the stickers have completely disintegrated away, but I think it looks pretty awesome. I store most of my fabric stash in it. The two little cases hold trims and buttons and things.
And here's a wider view of the whole corner. There's not much I can do about the ugly electric radiator, but it serves as a shelf for my pin up girl glasses. The framed print above it is cut from a poster of a 1950s fabric.
Lastly here's my side table. It started out as an Ikea lap desk which we got for free as a friend was throwing it out. I had a small stash of vintage "Valentine" teen comics from 1961, which I cut up and decoupaged the illustrations over the tabletop.
Well, I hope you enjoyed that little peek inside my home - and hopefully I'll be able to share more pics as I work on the rest of the flat.