Kate

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How to upcycle a vintage laundry basket

It can be hard to find a vintage laundry basket in the right colour or even in good condition so why not upcyle your own and add a seat top too. Here I have created a distressed look basket and…

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Buying and selling tips at auctions by Barnebys

No matter if you’re fan of vintage items for their classic style or if you can’t stop upcycling pre-loved furniture, there is one thing you’re looking for and that is quality. Buying at auction can be a real treasure trove;…

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Vintage Fisher Price Toys To Take You Back

“In the late 1960s robust plastic toys made by Fisher Price became popular. A favourite is the record player with lullaby records: turn the winder, move the stylus and listen to nursery rhymes. These are simple, mechanical and importantly, still…

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Scandinavian style yellow and grey home wares by Sainsbury’s Home

10 years ago I was a design manager for a leading retailer, working on the launch of their catalogue shop. I worked with a creative design agency on the in store design and between us we created a section that…

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How to make an upcycled chopping board herb planter

Create your own succulent or herb planter this spring, to add some colour and interest to your kitchen wall by upcycling a chopping board and jelly mould. Hang it above your work space so you can easily grab some leaves…

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Upcycled painted crystal for your dressing table

Pressed coloured glass dressing table sets were popular in the 1920s and 1930s, often made in Czechoslovakia. Comprising of a glass tray in a pastel colourway alongside candle sticks, perfume bottles and jewellery pots; this was a glamorous look for…

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What exactly is vintage?

When I originally wrote this piece last year for London Edge, Kendall and Kylie Jenner were facing a backlash over their collection of “vintage tees” for adding their faces to famous music albums without any consent. As they rushed to…

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My Top 10 Pineapple Vintage Style Homewares

It appears that retro, kitsch pineapples are not going anywhere, and that you are still buying them for your home. I love a pineapple, and as any vintage fan will tell you, pineapples have always been fashionable in our homes!…

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How to make an upcycled drinks trolley in marble and rose gold

Drinks trollies have had a real comeback recently, with some designer ones selling for over £1000! Why not make your own upcyled drinks trolley at a fraction of the price incorporating the “must have” look of rose gold and marble.…

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How to make a copper pipe candle holder

Copper continues to be on trend in our homes, so why not create a centre piece to wow your guests? What is great about this copper pipe candle holder, is that you can make it as small and simple or…

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10 key pieces for your vintage 1930s & 1940s kitchen

My latest enamel pin in the Vintage Pin Club is based on the 1940s classic scales and mixing bowl; something that most fans of vintage have and use! I remember growing up with my grandma using the mixing bowls and…

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