My little vintage caravan – DIY patchwork walls

I’ve decided to go for a little ‘design feature’ on one of the walls of my little caravan. I want to wallpaper one wall to create a feature wall, so I went to the DIY store and picked up some samples of pretty wallpapers in shades of pink, yellow and blue, to coordinate with my previously […]

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Interior inspirations ~ Mixing modern with vintage

The phrase ‘vintage modern’ has been floating around the vernacular for the last few years, but what exactly does it mean?  It is basically the combination of both modern and vintage styles to achieve a look that is new and fresh without seeming old and worn.  It is an extremely popular aesthetic, and it is […]

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My little vintage caravan project ~ A fresh start with a new look

If you’ve not already read about my new caravan workshop project, please have a read of how I came across my little caravan (and all about clearing it out in preparation for painting) the links are below. I like the shape of my caravan – I think it’s small and round and cute, but I don’t […]

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My little vintage caravan project ~ Clearing out the old…

I am starting my new caravan makeover project with a clear out. If you didn’t see my first blog post about my new caravan please read back over my blog post a couple of days ago on 14th August and you’ll know why I need to begin with an excavation project! It’s a real mess […]

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Weekend photos ~ a tasty afternoon treat

I thought I’d share a few photos of what I got up to last weekend because I was lucky enough to be treated to a day out at the seaside. After our lovely walk along the beach, hubby surprised me with a very special afternoon tea at an old vintage teashop – and when I say vintage, I mean the Cragg […]

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Charity shops are going vintage crazy – good news for me!

Have you noticed that a lot of charity shops are now allocating a good portion of their display space to stocking vintage items? I’ve been in many charity shops recently that have dedicated a whole ‘department’ to vintage clothing, accessories and even retro homewares. Some shops that I’ve visited recently have looked more like dedicated vintage […]

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6 amazing vintage accessories perfect for summer 2013

As you know, I’m a thrifty kinda gal and don’t like to buy a whole new wardrobe each season when sometimes just a few key accessories can see us through a season. As Summer 2013 bounds into view, I’ve asked one of my favourite vintage stores Mela Mela to put together some top-tips and Summer […]

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Inspirations for my retro living room – vases & flowers

After putting up my retro pattern wallpaper, I thought I had nearly completed my retro 60s/70s-inspired living room, but I don’t think I’ll ever really be finished, especially when there are so many vintage bargains to be found in the charity shops and at car boot sales. This week I was lucky enough to find these […]

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Get crafty in your local charity shop – here’s what I made…

You may remember that I wrote a blog post last week about this vintage pattern by Simplicity that I found whilst rummaging in my local charity shop. I wanted to make myself a this skirt but didn’t know where to start with buying fabric – everything I’d found online was a bit pricey and rooting through the big […]

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Inspirations for a retro living room – more garish vintage storage!

You may remember this blog post that I wrote  when I found my first record box from the vintage vinyl fair at Southwold last year. I have never loved a record box, or any storage for that matter, “at first sight” but this time it was different. Because it was orange. And floral. And tastefully garish. […]

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Inspirations for a retro living room – the wallpaper is finally up!

You may remember that I was contemplating a rather massive decision at the start of the year – which wallpaper to use to finish off my retro-inspired living room. Although I’ve looked a quite a few garish colours and loud patterns, I settled on a fairly muted beige and brown base print with orange circles from […]

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Get that retro look in your bathroom… without taking a step back in time

Having nearly finished my retro-inspired makeover of my living, I am now looking at the other rooms in my home to see which needs attention next, and my out-dated bathroom is definitely near the top of the list! I was discussing this with fellow blogger and my twitter friend Helen Davies, and she immediately came […]

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Inspirations for a retro living-room: Wall coverings

I hope you remember that, for most of last year, I have been working on the decor of my living-room of my new home, and although its taken ages (due to limited funds and time-consuming bargain hunting!), its nearing completion. Here’s the link to my mood board if you’d like to see what kind of style […]

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Interior Design Inspirations for a Retro Home: Lighting

Now that I am at the stage of adding the finishing touches to my retro living room, my attention has turned to lighting and I wanted to get a couple of lamps and shades that would compliment the 50s and 60s style that I’ve used throughout the room so far. I’ve been keeping an eye […]

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My retro-inspired living room – Lego accessories

As you probably know by now, I am slowly but surely funking up my living room to create a kitsch 50s/60s/70s look and, as Lego was invented in 1958 and was the must-have toy of the time, I’ve looked into getting some bright & plastic-y Lego accessories. This Lego-brick CD player was a gift for […]

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My retro-inspired living room – an old armchair rescued!

I am pleased to say that I’ve got another freebie for my retro living room design project – an armchair that was on its way from a vintage furniture shop to the dump. It didn’t exactly look like this when my hubby brought it home to me; it had a cream damask patterned cover over it which […]

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My retro-inpired living room – a vintage sideboard

As many of you know, I’m collecting together a few pieces of furniture, amazing art and lovely soft furnishings to create a retro-inspired, if a little garish, living room interior design project. If you’ve not yet seen my mood-board here it is again: And how’s this for a pretty similar sideboard to the G-Plan one above? […]

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Have you ever seen anything more retro than this? My new record case!

At a record fair that I went to recently, I was browsing the music when the record boxes caught my eye – there were a couple of wooden orange ones, that I thought would be a lovely addition to my retro living room ‘theme’. Luckily, my sister-in-law knows about my penchant for all things vintage and orange, […]

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A gorgeous piece of artwork for my retro living room – by artist Mable Tan

I saw this funky retro-inspired photograph when I was recently browsing on artist Mable Tan’s website Happee Monkee and instantly knew it would be perfect for my 50s, 60s & 70s interior design project (here’s my mood board). You may remember that I shared an interview with Mable Tan on my blog recently and this is the piece of […]

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A new table for my retro living room – and it was free!

As you probably already know about me, I’m quite thrifty and I like to get a bargain but this one takes the biscuit – I got this lovely retro table completely free! I was pretty lucky with this one, as it was sat outside a house nearby (I was just walking past back from the […]

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Vintage beach huts at the seaside

This past weekend I took a trip to Southwold and luckily enough I stumbled upon a lovely vintage fair that was being held along the seafront, near the pier. It was so quaint to see beach huts opened up as vintage stalls, alongside traditional retro market stalls and even a fire engine!       I […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – The Most Comfortable Shoes Ever??

It is just me, or does everyone think that bowling shoes are simply the most comfortable shoes they’ve ever worn? On more than one occasion I’ve seriously considered ditching the pumps that I arrived in and waltzing out of the bowling alley in my new super-comfy shoes – and I would have – if I hadn’t worn […]

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My Little Bicycle

I’ve just been given a new bike! Well, I say new, but what I mean is, new to me –  it’s actually a very old bicycle that’s been passed through the family, from my husband’s aunt, to my mother-in-law and now to me. It’s such a tiny little bike, but I think it’s so cute and definitely […]

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