Wednesday, 15 May 2013

'Hung up on Retro'

When I read on Daisy's blog about Lucy Voilet vintage second in the series retro/vintage hook up, my pulse increased and I am sure my breathing became more rapid. I instantly knew I wouldn't be able to resist this genius idea. If you haven't seen any of the blogs who are participating, go over to Lucy Voilet Vintage blog and scroll down to the bottom to have a complete visual feast!! Its also the place to link in yours if you haven't already done so. The good news is that there is still some time left.

Now, our house is much more vintage in the classic/antique sense of the word than retro and although I absolutely love all things retro, for some reason I am always drawn to the more classic/antique look of furniture as it just fits in well with my love for old furniture and all things French. So here are some corners around our little home.

Starting with the heart of our home, the kitchen

 
 
As mentioned in a previous post, I love using old apple crates for a variety of purposes and Recipe books is one of them. Both the lovely copper pans (which I use) and this very lovely French shelf came all the way from France. A bit of woodworm treatment, sand and some paint later and I am never parting with it.


This very sweet little Edwardian sewing table is just adorable (in my eyes). I bought this red rug from a Brocante in France for about £2, a steal!

 

 




 Love Love vintage china!



I love old bread tins, and anything enamel for that matter and I think they offer great storage solutions. We have another which I use for cat/dog food.
 

These mirrors have travelled around the house, they started on the stairs, but then got moved to the kitchen and they now enlighten our conservatory. With each transition the arrangement got smaller, but fortunately I have repositioned them somewhere else in the house as I don't think I can part with any of them. My five year old asked me the other day, 'why don't I have a mirror in my bedroom Mummy?' It made me giggle and offcourse there was a moment of excitement at the prospect of finding yet another lovely vintage mirror, ooh such pleasure! In my opinion one can NEVER have too many of these. They always remind me on my granny's house, which has so many special memories. The one thing I love about Vintage things, is the memories they evoke in us!


I love this old school map which I reckon dates back to around the 1950s, I love all the holes and marks in it, I bought it as a gift for my doh (darling other half).

 
This bureau is the little corner in our house where cosmosandcotton evolves.
 

This very lovely lampshade is one of my favourite things in our house, don't ask my why, but I have my little attachments.

 

I am sure it is obvious by now that I like to paint furniture, but this piece is never leaving us. It used to be our sideboard, but it is now our TV stand. I just love the handles and doors, they are so beautiful.



Hats, hats, hats and what better way to hang them up than this very lovely French hat rack.
 

Good old vintage glass bottles, they always remind me of Mum.
 
 
Now for the bedrooms








I really have a thing for old chest of drawers. I think they ooze so much character and charm and if I had space, I would have a few more. One of the chest of drawers is a family heirloom and so is the jug and basin. I also love both those mirrors (yip more mirrors!). At some point in the future, the wardrobe will evolve with a little paint.

Now for the kids rooms, I am not sure whether this is a product of enjoying my school years, but I had set our years ago to get some lovely old desks for the kids. I just love them and all the marks and scratches that comes from years of sitting in class. This very sweet little chair was also originally from an old school, but have since been painted.





 
 
This Puss in Boots was mine when I was a little girl.
 
 
My little sewing corner, this little ladies writing desk is just such a beautiful piece of furniture and although it is most probably a bit on the teeny side for sewing, I love this little space. Then there's my lovely lady (a recent find) all the way from Paris.
 
Now for a very untidy toy corner in the kids little play area


The toys are stored in an old ammunition box from the Second World War and I am not sure of the age of the pram, but I love.
 
 
Moving to our conservatory
 

This is my favourite piece of furniture in our house. Its a Parker Knoll chair, which I got off freecycle! You can just imagine how elated I was when I saw it, I nearly jumped out of my skin. Even though it is in desperate need of recovering, I simply can't as I love the look of all the fabric falling to bits, it oozes character.


 

This little Victorian button back nursing chair is so lovely and I am not sure what these little tables would have been used for?, but again it was another piece of furniture I couldn't resist. Don't you just love that dog. Es picked it up at a charity shop and said that she wanted it, that's my girl!

 

 

So this is where some of the mirrors ended up and I love how they bring the garden into the house and speaking of which...

 



There is always a little more room for some vintage china, and having found the idea on Pinterest, I couldn't resist.
 
So these are our little vintage corners around our house. Home has become such an important part of my daily being and I enjoy seeing it evolve, change and grow with seasons and also with time and age. Thanks for looking through this very picture heavy post, that's it for now till later.

Warm wishes
Hannapat
xoxo

28 comments:

  1. Goodness, what a lovely home you have! So many vintage treasures and lovely corners. I especially love the shelf in your kitchen with the copper pans. x

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    1. Thanks Gillian for your sweet comment, I am pleased you enjoyed. As for the shelf I was beside myself when I found it. xo

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  2. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh - I got to the bottom of this post, thinking I had seen the best, and found these china cup/saucer bird feeders. Would LOVE to know what you used to glue them together. SO fabulous!

    As for the house - the house ROCKS!!! I told you before that I loved the mirrors (and the window above the with the raindrops on it)...there is SO much more to love. So many pieces I wish I owned, myself - lucky girl! Happy Wednesday - Tanya

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    1. Awh youre a sweetie Tanya!! I thought you would enjoy the mirrors :-). It has been years of collecting and I am sure many more to come. As for the bird feeders I used a product called 'Araldite' which is a super strong waterproof adhesive and it certainly does the trick. Just make sure you let it dry for at least 24 hours. Enjoy, I had such fun doing these and I love seeing the little birds eat in style. xoxo

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  3. Hello sweet Hannapat! Thank you so much for visiting me from sweet Helen's lovely blog, and for your kind comment! It is nice to meet you! Your home is gorgeous and I love all of your beautiful decorations! Your home should be in a magazine! I love all of your old dishes too! Old things are the prettiest and best! I love vintage and antique and like you I lean more toward the classic, though I think retro is really pretty too! Have a beautiful day sweetie! Love, Paula xo PS~ I love what you said about your home! I feel the same way! xo

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    1. Hello Paula and thanks for stopping by here and for your very lovely comments about my home. Its such an important part of life and its actually quite lovely to share. I think your blog is fab and you are soo very clever!! I look forward to spending lots more time there. Like you I love retro, I am sure with time there will be a few bits slipping in here and there. xo

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  4. What a gorgeous home you have! I especially love your collections of china and mirrors.
    M x

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    1. Thanks, youre too kind. Pleased to hear you like the mirrors too! xo

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  5. Home sweet home, that little phrase describes yours perfectly Hannapat. I have been totally blown away by all the lovely homes in our linky...there has been so much vintage and retro loveliness in all of them, yours included, it's been tricky to know where to start. I love the mirrors (the reflections of your garden/conservatory = gorgeous), the old desk (and your childhood Puss in Boots), the balls of wool stuffed into the old crate next to your lovely, lovely Parker Knoll (I wouldn't recover it either), copper pots, plants, etc etc ETC!
    I know how important your home is to you Hannnapat, and it shows.
    Thank you so much for joining our linky and introducing your lovely blog to me. Take care, til next time, x

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    1. The thanks is to you Kylie and to Donna my dear. What a fabulous idea you gils had to come up with this. I have so enjoyed drooling, and I mean bibs out, over all the pictures from all the people whom have entered and I just think its great that we can all share in this lovely little vintage crave passion of ours. I am so pleased to hear that you love our little home and thank you so much for your lovely comments on all the differnt bits and bobs. Its been such fun!! xo

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  6. I love your home....I'm on a quest now for mirrors! They would look great in my conservatory too, you're a bad influence on me!!! You have some great bits of china too! :) x

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    1. Oh Ada, its you getting me to spend!! I love all your bits I have seen, its given me inspiration for a bit more colour of here. Go for the mirror gal, can't wait to see it when you've done it (be sure to share!!!). P.S still feeling high after your campervan post, have shown so many of my friends the lovely Rosy, and I must get one NOW!! So whos the bad influence here hey?? xo

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  7. Your home is gorgeous and you have collected so many lovely things! I love all the painted furniture, the china, the children's desks, the sweet old toys...well everything really!
    Helen x

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  8. Time has standing still in your home!

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  9. Your home is beautiful. I love all your painted furniture and old chairs.

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    1. Awh thanks Fiona. Im pleased to hear you like painted furniture too xo

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  10. Your home is so beautiful! All the vintage bits and pieces match together to form a perfect whole.I also love the mirrors and old china, that really typifies that bygone age. Life was so much slower then. Your home is like a haven of calm in a windstorm.

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    1. Hee hee well it certainly feels like a windstorm most days, I am not so sure about the calm, but I suppose all the bits around offer some sense of peace. Thanks for your lovely comment (and you have finally managed it!!) xxx

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  11. Love the crockery. You have great taste!
    Xxxx

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    1. Thanks lovely Karen, so do you!!! xo

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  12. what a lovely home!....I adore your vintage mirrors and your bird feeder is fantastic...I couldnt wait to show my mum as she has been searching for the right thing for her garden. she loved it too! she is probably building as we speak x

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    1. Thanks Alison I'm so pleased you enjoy and that Mum is getting tea ready for our little garden friends. xo

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  13. There are so many wonderful corners of your home....I love the crate shelves in the first pic, your amazing china collection, & that wall of mirrors! I found my first mirror a few months ago, now I have a mirror thing too! Old maps, hats on the wall, suitcase stacks & of course crochet rugs. The deer cushion, cup & saucer bird feeders, & the printers block with your sewing things. I feel like I've found a kindred spirit in more ways then one! Leisa. Xx

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    1. Awh Leisa, you're too kind. To be honest I felt like that when I was looking at yours. I think it is so lovely to share in this little passions and what a fab idea of Kylie and Donna. Love the frock by the way, looking forward to seeing loads more of you xoxo

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  14. Your home is beautiful and love all your sweet treasures!!! The bid feeder is so sweet!! xo Heather

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    1. Thanks Heather, very much like yours (the bits I have seen). I am normally drooling!! xo

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  15. hello there...u have the most gorgeous house, full of such wonderful treasures....i especially love the mirror wall!just stumbled on ur blog, but i shall be back again!xx

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