Vintage mood board

Recently the magazine, Pretty Nostalgic asked people to create a mood board. It should represent and sum up people’s love of things: collections, vintage bits and bobs or things that inspire them. We had a go….and were chosen to appear on their website. Alas not in the magazine (as I stupidly didn’t take the photo high res enough…schoolgirl error!)

Here it is:


What I said about it was:

This mood board represents all the key items we have collected over the years to go into the our newly renovated lounge. We have mixed natural materials such as the brown battered leather case and shiny copper with hand blown glass and cream painted floorboards. The overall colours and styles are typical of the early 1970s – teaming pieces from the arts and crafts movement such as the William Morris fabric and Mucha advertising prints with the teak and gold tones of the Metamec starburst clock and space age heat bent lamp shade. The whole look reminds me of the lounge I lived in with my parents when I was young: with their brown walls and Sanderson Morris Golden Lily covered sofa. The teal walls brings the look into the modern world with its vibrant, happy shade. The pieces themselves bring back memories too as the blue bubble glass vase belonged to my Great Aunt and the amber bottle to my husbands grandma.

We particularly love the lamp shade, we literally fell in love under it – but that’s another story. The clock was left behind by the previous owners when we bought our family home, which we are currently painstakingly restoring. Finally, the Picasso print reminds us of trips to Barcelona and the colour ties in with the overall scheme perfectly. I love our lounge, the things in it and the peaceful space we have created.

Myself and my new husband (as of last week) run an online business called Your Vintage Life, sourcing, restore and selling vintage treasures. Our whole life is pretty vintage with the cars we drive, the toys our kids play with to what we wear.

They added:

Kate Honnor, who usually blogs under, is about to launch a new website called Vintage Bedford & Mk a guide to all the great things that happen across her county. Along with her husband and two children, Herbie and Kitty, Kate will often be found digging up veg, camping in their 1967 split screen camper van or dancing like loons around the lounge to their great vinyl collection.

For all the other ones chosen click here

To see our finished lounge check out out blog “Lounging Around”



Fancy winning this lovely vintage handbag and head scarf just in time for autumn. Team them up with a winter coat and long boots you will look great this season as well as getting the 1940s look Gemma describes in yesterdays interview!

To win simply follow these 3 steps!

1. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email on the right or through the Network Blogs link

2. Leave us a comment letting us know you want to win…and maybe what you will wear it with!

3. Tell your friends….give us a shout out (how very 1980s) on Twitter or Facebook so maybe they can enter the competition too!

Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Friday 21st September via this blog, Twitter and FB. Good Luck x


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  1. Teresa Smith
    14 September 2012 / 9:15 am

    I would love to win this lovely bag and scarf. I am slowly building my vintage wardrobe to reflect the look of the 1940’s and 50’s. Having recently aquired a beautiful vintage coat i know the bag and scarf will really top this off and and complete the Autumn look i am after.

  2. 15 September 2012 / 3:59 pm

    I would love to win this bag and scarf as the 40s and 50s is my favourite era. I would love to be able to wear it in an open top old fashioned sports car with vintage sunglasses and my beautiful blue 1950s dress (and warm coat this time of year!)

  3. VintageAttempt
    15 September 2012 / 10:00 pm

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway. That bag is darling, and everyone could use another cute scarf

  4. VintageAttempt
    15 September 2012 / 10:01 pm

    I retweeted you about your giveaway 😉

  5. CandieSugar
    16 September 2012 / 11:38 am

    Ooh I LOVE this bag! I’d wear it with a 40s tea dress for everyday wear (and my faux fur coat for cold weather) The scarf is really cute too; this would add a vintage touch to any outfit.

  6. Hazel
    16 September 2012 / 2:47 pm

    My favourite eras are the 40s,50s & 60s .My husband & I have recently moved into our new home and have decided to embrace our love of vintage scouring charity shops and fairs for furniture and homeware. I don’t own any vintage clothes or accessories yet , just have vintage inspired & would love to start my collection with this this stylish bag & pretty scarf. X

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