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How To Make a Vintage fabric Valentine’s Wreath

Forget Christmas, let’s make wreaths for all occasions. I have recently made this Valentine’s Day wreath using vintage material that I already had stored away. It’s really easy to do and would be a cute way to welcome your love on February 14th. I also made a cute girlie version for my daughter; I remember […]

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Vintage Packaging

Let me tell you a secret – I love vintage packaging.  Sometimes I love it more than the item itself!  A storage box, a tag, a tin – they really knew how to make things look special back in the day.  Sometimes I just will buy something just because it looks so beautiful, but recently I have […]

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10 reasons why I love the 1980s

I love to fill my home with vintage items, whether it be home wares, books, records or clothes. When I wrote my book and added a chapter on the 1980s, many die hard vintage fans were shocked. The 1980s? Vintage? (hey I even included the early 1990s!!) So to back up my love of all […]

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My Vintage Home: A Boys Bedroom

Late last year we finally decorated our son, Herbie’s bedroom. Don’t get me wrong, he had a nice bedroom but it was done when he was 3 and now felt a little young for him. I featured it a long time ago here. We wanted to create something that he could grow older with, something that […]

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Warm up your home this January

Brrrrrrrr!!!  Its January and its cold.  Winter makes us want to make our home warm, cosy and a protection from the winter weather.  There are some little tricks that can make your living spaces go from cold house to cosy home. Layer up sheepskin, hide rugs, Mongolian wool cushions and chunky knit throws on your furniture to add […]

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5 Reasons to buy vintage

I am often asked by non-loving vintage friends why I want to fill my home with “second-hand stuff”. Well in fact there are so many reasons why I choose to style my home and indeed my life with vintage but here are my top 5. 1. IT’S QUALITY Just think, that 1950s dress or that […]

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Can Taylor Swift teach us a thing or two?

You may or may not have seen the video of Taylor Swift giving away personally chosen gifts to some of her fans that has been doing the rounds recently. Well before I begin, check out what all the fuss has been about. Now I realise that not everyone loves Taylor, although surely we all love […]

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Sale buys that will prove to be a true bargain

The January sales have started…in fact a lot of sales started in December. Most of us like to shop, like to buy nice things, like a bargain, but its easy to get carried away and buy a load of unnecessary items just because they are reduced.  All stores, vintage or not have sales in January so […]

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My 10 Vintage Kitchen Must Have’s

As you know I love my vintage, well retro really, kitchen. It’s a mix of new and old; the units and oak worktop are new as are the gadgets such as the green Morphy Richards toaster and my juicer, but the rest is circa 1965. Here are my top 10 items that I couldn’t live […]

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Fix those January Blues…

So now we are in January.  Lets be honest, January is not the most fun month.  Christmas and new year is over, its cold, all the treats have been eaten, resolutions may have been made and its seems a long time till the next pay day. But fear not, in todays blog we share a […]

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Our favourite styling tips of 2014

2014 is almost over and we have written a lot of style blogs.  We’ve covered everything from Easter to Advent, from designers to make it yourself projects – and had great fun in doing so! In today’s blog we round up our favourite looks from all the blogs we’ve shared with you in 2014.  Is […]

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A Vintage Jar Full of Goals

As the year draws to a close, we are all talking about how we want to change and what we want to achieve in  2015. Whether it is a New Year’s resolution (lose weight, save money, blah, blah, blah) or writing a wordy business plan for the year ahead, we all agree that 2015 will […]

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New Years Eve Party styling

Are you planning to have a party on the 31st to welcome in 2015?  Or are you popping to friends for a more informal gathering or have people coming to you?  Love vintage and not too keen on just throwing up a few balloons and a foil banner?  If you are, there are lots of […]

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‘Twas the night before Christmas…

In less than a week its going to be Christmas Eve – arguably the most magical night of the year.  If you have kids it’s a night of magic, excitement and preparing for the arrival of Father Christmas and if you don’t, it is a time (if you’re not our partying!) to snuggle down and […]

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Create the most stylish Christmas ever!

Have you put your Christmas decorations up yet?  What look did you go for?  Bright and fun?  Vintage inspired?  Retro?  Contemporary?  Whatever look you go for it should work with your home and you and your families likes – just because its Christmas doesn’t mean you have to lose all your style! In today’s blog we show […]

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Vintage Academy is back!

Vintage Academy, the business I co-founded with Keeley Harris, is back and raring to go with exciting new ways to inspire you to make vintage your business. It has been a very busy 6 months for us both, which has meant we haven’t been able to host one of our one day workshops. However, what […]

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