• Posts Tagged ‘retro’

    Bake pretty

    by  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014 • Designer secrets, Look what I found • 0 Comments

    Betty and Walter

    These retro style prints from Betty and Walter come from Lisa Levis’s (nee Stickley) new Allotment Collection. Inspired by her uncle Walter’s love for growing his own (he sounds like a nice chap) and one of Lisa’s favourite 60′s cook books. I love the adorable cotton pinnies with vegetable silhouettes. Do you like it too? See more of the range, including tote bags and purses, here.

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    Habitat AW13 sneaky peak

    by  • Friday, June 28, 2013 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    I previewed Habitat’s AW13 collections yesterday. It was chock-full of colour inspiration for winter and their ceramics is always top notch. The Freda Collection was a firm favourite of mine. It reminds me of what Habitat used to do in the 70s and feels a bit Marimekko-esque…

    Freda collection, habitat, AW13, tableware

     1. Tray, £15; 2. Apron, £12; 3. Spice jars, £18 (set of 4); 4. Tea towels, £12 (set of 3).

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    Hurrah for the Hoosier!

    by  • Tuesday, November 20, 2012 • Look what I found • 1 Comment

    Were you lucky enough to grow up with a Hoosier cabinet in your kitchen? Did you know that’s what they’re called? I didn’t! Forever popular on the antique market, the Hoosier got its name from one of the first companies to produce them in the US – The Hoosier Manufacturing Company. This style of cabinet came onto the scene at the beginning of the 20th century.

    Kitchens were rarely equipped with built in cabinetry back then so this larder-style cupboard was a great storage solution, ideal for compact spaces, and, as the ad below claims, for preventing ‘back ache and kitchen fag’ (anyone experienced kitchen fag!? What the heck IS that?? Answers on a post card please…)

    Anyway, Betty Twyford have decided to reproduce this iconic piece of furniture and it’s available in a variety of lovely Fired Earth paint colours. Ooh-er…

    It looks so authentically retro and, OK, it will set you back £2,300 (!!!) BUT, in it’s defence, it is an extremely well crafted piece with glazed top doors, 50′s style hinges, soft closing doors and a drop down front compartment with a Formica surface. Unlike the originals, that were made from a combo of hardwood and plywood, this is made from quality materials with a luxury hand painted finish. Take a peek on their website to see which colour you would you choose.

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