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Christmas in July

12 Jul

I can feel it – that ruthless clear out mood that accompanies a house move…

Blitz phase one has already been achieved {the superficial spruce up for valuations and viewings}. Now it’s time to get tough – the garage, the attic, under the bed – nowhere is safe from my black refuse sack! As part of the mission it’s time for a Create Vintage cull… The projects I’ve been meaning to get around to but probably never will; the loved, but no longer needed discoveries; the pieces whose faces don’t fit ‘chez new’. All in the firing line.

First up, an assortment of chairs. It’s true, I have something of a weakness for four-legged furniture, but I haven’t got the time or the space to give this little lot the attention they deserve at the moment. All these beauties need is a lick of paint and some new upholstery.  Trust me, they have the DNA to be supermodels!

Balloon back mahogany veneer chair – just waiting for its makeover…

Queen Anne style dining chair – yep, needs a little help!

vintage shabby chic chair

The finished article, see what a little imagination can do!

And this one’s a work in progress. Ready soon, I promise!

Something else I came across while rummaging through boxes of random bits and pieces was this vintage collection of cutlery. I’m a sucker for decorative handles and slightly tarnished steel. I’ve only ever used them once, and that was at Christmas. Somehow they just seemed right for that time of year.

Assorted cutlery all wrapped up and stashed away in the Create Vintage stockpile!

Vintage cutlery – looks and feels just lovely.

Talking of Christmas, I’m starting a festive photo shoot on Monday. As all magazine people know, Christmas comes in July in the world of publications! Over the years I’ve traipsed through many mountains of fake snow in flip-flops, and eaten turkey and all the trimmings in a heatwave.

With the house moving details to deal with at the same time, I think there’s only one thing for it… Bring on the White Chocolate Snow Bombe!

M&S Christmas Food to Order 2011 White Chocolate Snow Bombe
Photography: Richard Jung; Styling: Penny Markham