Posts Tagged ‘book’

Vintage Christmas cards as seen on Kate Beavis VIntage Home blog

Style Your Vintage Party – Christmas

As it’s nearly November, it is time to get out my vintage Christmas decorations that I have been buying all year, ready to sell. It is also time to talk about my digital book: Style Your Vintage Party – Christmas. Last year I wrote and published an e-book all about how to have a festive […] Read more…

Vintage kitchen pyrex by Kate Beavis Vintage Home (photo by Simon Whitmore for FW Media)

7 Vintage Kitchen Brands That Have Stood the Test of Time

As a vintage collector, writer and seller, there are vintage kitchen brands that I just love and cannot resist buying. Interestingly my favourites have been in production for many decades and are still made and admired today. Vintage Kitchen Brands 1:  Pyrex The American company Corning Incorporated, developed a toughened glass that could withstand extreme heat […] Read more…

1940s vintage fashion book from Your Vintage Life by Kate Beavis

Fashion in the 1940s by Jayne Shrimpton

Recently we were sent a new book to read called Fashion in the 1940s, written by Jayne Shrimpton and published by Osprey.It takes the reader through all the fashions of the time, from wartime utility styles to the New Look designed by Christian Dior. You can clearly see how fashions evolved in a time of […] 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…

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…

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…

Our Vintage Life

It’s been a week of two halves this week, firstly getting ready for Christmas and secondly being ill! I have a bad cold which has wiped me out, I don’t often get them but when I do I get them badly! On the business front we teamed up with Vintage Life magazine’s Facebook competition and […] Read more…

T: Tupperware

We have a double cupboard full of vintage Tupperware- it’s packed to the nines with bright orange 1960s-80s designs suitable for every possible use – from storage to cheese graters, jelly moulds to cookie cutters. It’s great for keeping food fresh but did you know it changed women’s lives 60 years ago? “Tupperware revolutionised kitchens […] Read more…

Get the Look: Dark Ercol Furniture

Often it is said that Ercol furniture is only wanted in the blond English elm finish rather than the darker stained version. Well, let us show you how it can look great- and  it was even good enough to feature in our book! But first a little about Ercol: The Ercol brand was established in 1920 by […] Read more…

Our Vintage Life

We had a great weekend off this week and we went to London. Last Christmas we were bought a night in a hotel so we finally booked up. Turns out it was the same weekend as the Classic Car Boot Sale. Think classic cars, street food, booze on a double-decker bus and vintage shopping..yay! This cute pink two […] Read more…

Our Vintage Life

Well what a week – we have spent most of it partying to celebrate the lovely Mr YVL turning 40. We had a fab “Come as you were” early 90s party last Saturday night filled with Hooch, Push Pops and Nirvana. The party has been featured on the party blog called Trawlergirl – go see! […] Read more…

Do You Remember?

So who remembers this book. Forever by Judy Blume was the 50 Shades of Grey of our childhood….I wasn’t allowed to read it (then again I wasn’t allowed to read Jackie magazine either!) Read more…

Our Vintage Life

It’s been a full on week getting ready for Mr YVL’s 40th birthday. Tomorrow is his party and it has a definite 1990s theme: think Hooch, jelly beans, Nirvana and smiley face balloons. Check back next week for some photos, especially as we are wearing 90s retro fashion. Sunflowers & Smarties Glow sticks for that […] Read more…

Our Vintage Life

Yet another full week here at YVL HQ: and the sun has returned which makes it harder to want to go out and work..especially when the later flowering clematis are this stunning!   On the blog front we featured Justin and Adelle’s home in yesterdays Get The Look post. Their photography is stunning and we […] Read more…

Our Vintage Life

Boy has this week been a busy one! Yes, I know I say this most weeks but I can genuinely say I am shattered after last week! Last Friday we set up Twinwood festival and then rushed back to celebrate a family members 40th birthday. We missed night one of the festival but it was such […] Read more…

We love…Local Press

We have been featured in our local Sunday paper! The Beds on Sunday have featured the book with a great headline! Here’s the article: Singer Paloma has Faith in writer’s vintage guide Singer Paloma Faith has endorsed a new book written by the Bedfordshire writer, Kate Beavis. Style Your Modern Vintage Home will be released […] Read more…

Our Vintage Life

I am writing this before we go off to trade at the annual Twinwood Festival, here in Bedfordshire. We started to set up yesterday: I use the royal “we” as really Mr YVL went to put the marquee up and all the fixturisation in the rain. It is always quite cold at this festival, probably as it […] Read more…

Our Vintage Life

Last weekend we all went away, to Peppa Pig Land. Those of you who don’t have young children will have no idea of what I am talking about; Peppa is a small cartoon pig that little ones love and who has her own world, near Southampton. The weather was glorious, the rollercoasters fast (too fast […] Read more…

Our Vintage Life

Last week has been hot and busy…but our holiday is just around the corner which is giving me hope of sunny days with the family, plus time off work which is rare for business owners! We received our new logo. As you will know our logo is more of a banner: long and thin so […] Read more…

Our Vintage Life

The last two weeks have been really busy here at Your Vintage Life. Firstly, most of it was spent limping due to my knee operation, but thankfully I’m back to running around the place now. So sit back cos we have lots to share….. 2 weekends ago we spent the whole time trading. On the […] Read more…

Our Vintage Life

Not really much to tell about our last week as I have spent most of it with a very poorly knee. Having had a lump removed last week I havent been able to walk properly since. So what have I done…listed stock that’s what. I have listed 50 items this week and to be honest […] Read more…

Mid-Century Modern

Last week a great new book dropped through the letterbox courtesy of Octopus Books.  Judith Miller, the well respected antique and collectible expert has written another great book called “Mid-Century Modern: Living with mid-century modern design”. Well we love to review a book but this one is just a dream. It is packed full of beautiful […] Read more…

vintage 1930s fashion

1930s vintage photographs

For the last weeks or so I have been writing the 1920s/30s chapter of my upcoming book: Style your Modern Vintage Home. I have been writing about bedrooms of the time and the rise of photography. Thinking about putting genuine photos into vintage frames for a styling feature, I thought I would ask my family for […] Read more…

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