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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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Our Vintage Christmas Dinner

I have recently been asked to dress my dinner table for Christmas as part of a competition by Furniture Choice. I jumped at the idea to style my dinner table for the big day, especially as I won’t be at home this year. So this way I get to set it all up how I […]

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Christmas gift wrap inspiration

When I was a junior window dresser, I was trained how to gift wrap in the Harrods gift wrap department and love to wrap present beautifully.  Sometimes I fear my gift wrapping is actually better than the present inside!  But in all seriousness there is something wonderful about receiving a beautifully wrapped gift…and if you use […]

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Vintage Styling Tips: It’s Advent Calendar time!

It is the 1st of December today, so it’s time to open the first door on your Advent calendar!  Rather than fill your home with branded cheap chocolate monstrosities how about creating some advent calendars you can use year after year and will look as stylish in your home as any other decorative item? Before […]

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Our Vintage Playroom

An age ago, Sarah wrote a blog post featuting styling ideas for displaying your wall art. Since then I have been meaning to revisit my kids playroom to create a wall for their many creations. They are very lucky to have a playroom (I so wish it was my office) and it was featured in […]

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Vintage Styling Tips: Update Your Winter Wardrobe

As it is getting colder this November, we have a huge excuse to update our wardrobes with some vintage fashion – after all we now NEED that coat or boots or hat don’t we?!?  The weather has dictated it. If your wardrobe is bulging already (our is) what items should you buy to add interest and more importantly be […]

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Mid Century Vintage Auction: W&H Peacocks

This Saturday sees the return of the bi-annual mid-century auction at W&H Peacocks in Bedford. It has grown so much over the years, that this specialist auction now also happens at Leamington Spa and St Neots. I love this auction as it is packed full of amazing furniture, lighting, ceramics and now, clothing. This time […]

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Vintage Styling Tips: Add value to your vintage loving home

Adding a piece into your home that becomes part of the fixtures and fittings can really add value to a vintage loving home.  Whether it be reclaimed flooring, antique doors or handles, cast iron radiators or salvaged pieces they can make any room look the part.  Changing the shell of your home wont just change the look […]

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Vintage Styling Tips: Curtain Call

Growing up one of my childhood memories of living in our turn of the century farmhouse, was going round with my sister on winter evening and drawing all the curtains – the sign the house was getting all cosy for the evening.  My mum had sourced all sorts of beautiful vintage fabrics and made curtains […]

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How Vintage Is Your Home?

So how many of these vintage items do you have in your home? Give yourself a point for each one and let me know your score! 1. A starburst clock 2. Any coloured Tupperware 3. Anything Babycham related 4. Any Tretchikoff print: gain an extra point if you have one that isn’t Tina 5. A […]

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Vintage Styling Tips: Reclaimed Materials

Reclaimed materials are the perfect choice of any vintage lover.  Green, sustainable and often quirky to look at they can also save you a lot of money.  Whether you use them in the construction of your home or look for furniture and design made from up-cycled pieces. One of the easiest ways to use reclaimed […]

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Marks and Spencer’s 1960s Vintage Revival

It feels like everyone is embracing the 1960s right now. When I heard that Marks and Spencer had a 1960s Revival range I rushed online to check it out. There are some great key pieces that have the vibe, but you do need to search for them. On my phone I found the collection really […]

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Art Deco by Eric Knowles

Recently I received a new book through the post to review: Art Deco by Eric Knowles. To be honest, the Art Deco era is not the period I know the most about and had to research it fully for my own book, Style Your Modern Vintage Home. So having a glossy book that shares the […]

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Vintage Styling Tips: Halloween Gothic

Halloween is nearly upon us.  A time of spooky stories, horror films, trick or treating and gothic style.  Gothic styling can look stunning in your home or as a fashion choice…you just need to know how.  In todays blog we look at 10 ways to do just that! Home: Black doesn’t need to be dark […]

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Children’s Vintage Style Clothing by Mothercare

Anyone who has young children and loves all things vintage will truly love the clothing called Little Bird Clothing. Designed by Jools Oliver for Mothercare, this children’s vintage range reminds me of the 1970s – the decade when I was a young child (showing my age huh?). The A/W range is bright and fun, filled […]

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