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Happy Thursday everyone!!! I have been invited to take part in the Autumn Home Style Challenge (of which i am honored!) courtesy of Most Wanted; the lifestyle magazine from the lovely people at http://www.vouchercodes.co.uk. The challenge I have been set, is to find 5-10 items to decorate a room, to help ourselves relax into the wonderful season of Autumn.
And so I have gone cosy…C-O-S-Y!… Snuggling down and enjoying our home comforts infront of the fire (or radiator)..with a good book and/or good people!… The trickiest part of the challenge is that each item has to be under £50… but in all honesty, I found it hard to limit my offerings to just 10! There are so many lovely things out there!
And so here we are… my top 10 finds of my idea of ‘Autumness’ (in no particular order):
1. Handmade Designer Lampshade by Love Frankie, via notonthehighstreet.com – £25 each
2. Crochet square garlands by Wood & Wool Stool – 25 euros each
3. Autumn Leaves limited edition print (/20) by Anthony Peters at imeus design (text reads: ‘Autumn Leaves – Story of the Seasons’). Print size is 40 x 50cm, and is £40 unframed.
4. Choo Choo Train Cushion by Too Much Too Young, via Bouf – currently on SALE for £21 each!
5. Sewn Sequels Cushion – Soldiers by Mini Moderns, via Bouf – £45 each
6. Stem vases by Ferm Living – 34.96 euros (Sml) and 39.95 euros (Lg)
7. Gold leaf taper candle holder (set of 3) by The Orchard, via notonthehighstreet.com – £47 each
8. Original artwork by Angie Crowe – acrylic on stretched linen with paper cut out and embroidery embellishments (30 x 30cm). Created to order – £50.
9. 100% handspun cotton pouf by Om Home, currently on SALE for $50!
10. Papier Mache decorations by Niki Jones (painted by artists in Kashmir, North India) – £25 for set of 4. Available in both round and teardrop shape.
Prim Vintage Fashion is wonderfully decorated to get you in the mood…eye-popping colours, glittered floorboards, bare brick walls and a gold mirrored 50’s cocktail bar! It houses a stunning and ever changing selection of original vintage clothing and accessories from the 1930’s through to the 1980’s! For the ladies there are vintage dresses galore, bags, shoes, boots, belts, costume jewellery, tee-shirts, knitwear, prom dresses and much more….and for the men there is a 70’s style basement den packed full of knitwear, sportswear, printed tee-shirts, shirts, skinny ties, braces, belts and more. With a shag-pile rug, swivel chair, 70’s lamp and vintage Playboy magazines to browse through, any man will be at home!
As their website says…“totally unique and always on trend, vintage clothing is ethical, easy on the environment and affordable, Prim Vintage Fashion will surely make you the best dressed person in town!”.. so please do make a visit if you can! You can find Prim at 14 St Benedicts Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4AG, with opening hours from Monday to Saturday, 10 till 6pm.
I wanted to say a big thank you to Alexandra of Blue Carrot Shop, for getting in touch and notifying me of her fabulous online treasure trove! Blue Carrot Shop offers all sorts of amazing, beautiful, vintage goodies which, as Alexandra puts it, can’t be kept as she hasn’t the room! Alexandra is very good at finding things…”neat things, old things, used things, unique things, things that have been cast aside and things that are well-loved…Blue Carrot Shop is a home for these things. Or at least (I’m hoping) a temporary home, a gathering place for wayward items — a stop on the journey to becoming a part of your home.”
And so please do take a look.. there are some really lovely things! Here’s a few pics below of what is currently available… I am loving the deck chair, and the bronze unicorn.. and the snack bowls in their zingy, gorgeous colours.. and the wooden fruit crate.. and..and and and….
Alexandra’s prices are really good (only $12 for that thermos lunch box!).. and all payments can be made via paypal. Blue Carrot Shop also cater for international shipping…yay!…so is all easy squeezy!!
(Have a read of Alexandra’s blog here also… a really nice read..)
We’ve got ourselves a little competition, running for the next two weeks, courtesy of Harveys – The Furniture Store (thanks, Mister Harvey!)… If these two cushions happen to catch your eye, here is YOUR chance to win the pair!
I am always fascinated to hear what makes someones house their home. I’ve lived in (what feels like) a zillion different flats and shared houses since leaving my Yorkshire roots and coming down south to (first) Brighton and (then) London. But what has always made me feel immediately at home is surrounding myself with photographs of my loved ones, and objects that hold meaning for me.. whether it be something given to me from a loved one, or something picked up on my travels.. or something that reminds me of moment which made me laugh so much my belly hurt. So it’s these things which make me feel at home, and it is these things which probably inspired my love affair with interiors.
So my favourite part of my home is my bookshelves – filled to bursting with not only books, but photographs, my ACDC collectors toy.. my stripy vases I bought in Spain (one which has a chip in it), my dragon mask I bought in Malaysia, my boyfriends comics from when he was a boy, my brother’s Noddy book collection which i don’t think he knows I have!..(he does now!), 3 different types of russian doll collections, and a tank. A small tank. And a plant called Matilda – which used to be ‘married’ to Matthew until I chucked him out 2 months ago into the skip when he went a bit brown and floppy.
What I want to find out is….
I would love to hear from you! For the best answer, you get to win the pair of cushions! So please do let me know!!! (and if you want to include a piccie – feel free!).
Unfortunately, winners of the cushions must live in the UK and be 18yrs or older… but anyone wanting to send in a reply anyway regardless of where they live PLEASE DO!!! Competition closes midnight on Fri 15th October.