Monday, 5 October 2009

It's been a while since I last posted, but what a transformation has happened! Well, to several rooms of the house, anyway. Some of them are still stuffed with junk and circa 1990 junk (brass fittings, twee details, and some generic black stuff from Ikea. Not that Ikea is the villain: we have a mix of vintage and repro mid-century modern furniture in the Happy Rooms, and resplendent in the front room is an amazing coffee table from Ikea's last season: an exaggerated oval in an oak finish, it's got those distinctive tapered legs that trumpet 1958.

What else? My uncle discovered the date our row had been bombed (June 22, 1944), destroying the original houses, and gave us a V-2 drone model airplane as a commemoration gift. Guess we'd better not dig a basement.

We found a long and low vintage sideboard in teak and rosewood for a great price-- £150, when so many of them go for thousands. Mint. The key is to buy British, not Scandinavian. A further tip: collect 50s fabric and make up (or have made up) curtains and pillows. Small pieces can be framed or stretched across canvas. There are great vintage shops online, and repro ones too that make amazing bark cloth, for example.

Right, over and out. Next time I'll post some photos.

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