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The Vintage Edit

My vintage edit: what has been rocking my world in the last seven days. BBC2’s Back in Time For Dinner transports a family back in time to live, and more importantly cook in the 1950s through to the 1990s. This week, they were in the 1960s cooking in an early baby blue fitted kitchen, however […] Read more…

Art Deco book by Eric Knowles reviewed by Kate Beavis

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 […] Read more…

We Love…Molecular Shapes

“The Festival of Britain in 1951 wasn’t just about great design, it was also about science. Displays in the Dome of Discovery revealed for the first time molecular structures explaining our universe and this was seen by millions. The science behind what would be achieved in the next decade in turn inspired our interiors in […] Read more…

We Love: 1920s Barware

The history of 1920s barware: Prohibition in America from 1920 to 1933 dictated a ban on the commercial sale of alcohol. This drove bars and clubs underground with all night dancing and of course drinking. In an age of decadence and celebration, the art deco design influenced barware with its geometric lines, mirrored accents and […] Read more…

We Love…1920s Perfume Bottles

“With the commercial boom in the 1920s perfume sales rocketed.  Ladies would apply their perfume before a night of dancing, to allure as well as to feel individual in a time of  new found freedom. To reinforce branding, manufacturers designed elaborate and beautiful glass bottles filled with the scent. Naturally France led the way with […] Read more…

We Love…Vintage Lingerie

Although grouped under the banner of ‘vintage,’ lingerie styles changed considerably between the 1920’s and the 1950’s. In the 1920’s it was the flapper style; in the 30’s art deco reigned supreme; by the 40’s cotton satin and silk were the preferred materials and in the late 40’s nylon was the new kid on the […] Read more…

U: Utility China

“In the 1940s china production in the UK continued but anything ornate was exported abroad. If anyone bought these styles they were usually factory seconds. Utility tableware was plain, nicely glazed, came in pretty pastel colours and was the choice of millions of Brits. Woods Ware made the classic pale green Beryl which was the […] Read more…

We Love…The Body Shop

Everyone of a certain age probably has very fond memories of The Body Shop going back to the late 1970s.. For me, it goes back to the 1980s when it was must go to place for your cosmetics. In a time when I wore a “Meat is Murder” T-shirt I obviously was going to choose […] Read more…

S: Swatch

We totally fell in love with Swatch while writing the book last year. It totally sums up the 1980s style with it’s bright colours and fun design. “In 1983, a revolution in watches hit our high streets called Swatch. Designed to be your second watch, they were plastic, colourful and affordable. They quickly became a […] Read more…

We Love…Festival of Vintage

There’s no time like the past as Discover Vintage is thrilled to present the 4th year of the Festival of Vintage in York. And it’s this weekend so really there’s no time like the present to put it in your diary. Get dressed up in favourite vintage attire and step back in time to revel […] Read more…

We Love…Drew Pritchard’s Salvage Hunters

Tonight sees the return of Salvage Hunters with Drew Pritchard. Modern day treasure hunter, Drew Pritchard, is one of the UK’s top decorative antique dealers. Always on the hunt for that elusive gem, Drew travels the length and breadth of the country in search of weird and wonderful objects – the bigger the hoard of […] Read more…

We Love…Vintage Cocktail Bars

We are in love with one of our cocktail bars that we have in the shop right now. It’s a real beauty and we reckon it would make a fab counter for a vintage shop or for a restaurant/café. It is a large size with a display window for your vintage glasses and a flat […] Read more…

We Love…CathrineHolm

Those of you who follow us here at Your Vintage Life will know we collect CathrineHolm cookware. We have it all out on display in our kitchen on shelves. The colours simply pop out against all the white. It was featured in Pretty Nostalgic magazine. It also featured in Homes and Antiques magazine and in […] Read more…

We Love…Vintage Berlin

Last week we went to Berlin for a long weekend for Adam’s birthday present. Chosen for its interesting history, fab food and great style…it sure lived up to it. Fist up, is the apartment I booked for him. Browsing through lots of Ikea filled apartments, I just couldn’t resist booking one called Back to the 70s. […] Read more…

We Love…Anglepoise Lamps

“In the early 1930s, the Anglepoise lamp was designed using a newly developed concept of balancing weights using springs and levers. This enabled a light to be angled in any position which was perfect for work and study. The first lamp was made by the British company, Herbert Terry and Sons and designed by George […] Read more…

We Love…Habitat

We have often said how much we love Habitat’s style especially their iconic ranges from the 1960s and 1970s. The fact that they were the first UK store to sell a pasta jar, a duvet and a paper moon light shade makes them real trail blazers in design. Today though, rather than looking back we […] Read more…

David Whitehead Fabric as featured on Kate Beavis.com

D: David Whitehead Textiles

“The 1950s saw an explosion of pattern after the more conservative prints of the 1940s. During the war there was a shortage of yarn and dye so there were strict rules on what could be produced. Colours were restricted to four and the repeat pattern had to be small to reduce wastage during manufacturing. After […] Read more…

We Love…Princess Charming Atlas bags

These bags are so gorgeous yet also a tad kitsch! Atlas were a leading handbag store in Hollywood in the 1950s. They designed and created a range called Princess Charming bags or windowpane bags that were made in Hong Kong. Always made from a heavy wicker straw, which was often glossed, they had a plastic […] Read more…

vintage retro 1980s advertising milk bottles as featured on Kate Beavis Vintge Home blog

We Love…Advertising Milk Bottles

“In 1981, the UK milk manufacturers introduced colourful advertising on milk bottles. As supermarkets were growing in popularity, independent milk companies needed to generate revenue in new innovative ways. Advertising established brands was a winning strategy and continued well into the 1990s. With transfers highlighting breakfast brands such as Kellogg’s cereal, Maxwell House coffee and […] Read more…

V: Vladimir Tretchikoff

Vladimir Tretchikoff is one of the most successful artists of all time -his Chinese Girl painting has been reproduced the most out of any other image in the 20th century. While many love him, many don’t – at the time even the art critics saw his work as kitsch which upset him greatly all of his […] Read more…

We Love…A Vintage Christmas!

Have yourself a Merry Vintage Christmas… …by adorning your home with 1950s decorations, throwing a vintage Christmas Eve party and creating a traditional Christmas Day! Christmas in years gone by, was more about family than today’s commercialism. Mother saved all year in saving schemes to ensure everyone could come together with peace and happiness. And […] Read more…

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