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Happy New Year

4 Jan

I’m not really one for hardcore detoxing and January blues. For me it’s such an optimistic month – the promise of a new year and exciting challenges ahead, the gentle creeping of a daily extending dawn and the anticipation of spring on the horizon. Nah, you can keep your carrot juice, I’m still on the Christmas Lindors and reveling in a supercharged energy for all that beckons this year.

On the home front we’re due a revamp upstairs. Little CV is going to be ‘upgraded’ to a bigger bedroom, so we’re having a switch around. I’ll finally have a proper place for all of my increasingly random acquisitions… my very own {tiny} office. Yippee.

I’m already planning what lovely things I can find to give each room its own new identity. Most exciting is transforming a bare room into a pretty space for our little girl. It’s fair to say I will be in my element and almost certainly channeling my inner princess. Watch this space for purchases, revamps and quite possibly a fair amount of pink stuff!

In the meantime I’ve been ‘stocktaking’ a few of my treasures in readiness for an imminent clear out. One of the things that always appeals to me and stands out a mile in a sea of other people’s junk is something with that unmistakably subtle, pure colour that somehow never seems to be recreated convincingly in modern processes. I’m a sucker for anything – from a teapot to a biscuit tin – that has that gorgeous, authentic wash of colour that can only be vintage. Here are a few of my favourites – a pastel-infused assortment to cheer up anyone who’s feeling a bit jaded this January.

Poole pottery teapot in classic vintage green

J&G Meakin Sol Glamour Celeste milk jug

Grindley 6-piece coffee set in the most delicious shade of strawberry ice cream pink

Spode Flemish Green gravy jug

Glade Green Bone China tea cup, saucer & sugar bowl

Something old, something new…

30 Nov

Hello, and welcome to Create Vintage. Thanks for dropping by!

Someone wise once said, ‘Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.’ Well, I don’t know about not giving a damn {because I really, really hope you’re going to like what you see here}, but I’ve certainly got lots to show, and plenty to say too, so I’ve finally decided to share it.

There’s no doubt about it: style is subjective. Having worked in the creative world of magazines for over ten years, with some of the most talented editors, photographers, stylists and art directors, I know that we all have our own critical viewpoints, tastes and judgment. I’m not saying my radar is impeccable, and I’m definitely no interiors expert, but recently I’ve been on a mission to find stylish, individual furnishings and home accessories that have their own unique story to tell.

My conclusion is that ‘vintage’ offers a quality and authenticity that you just don’t get on the high street. And my approach is simple – I just do the bare minimum to reinvent a fantastic piece for the modern home, uncovering its charm so it can be used and adored again. When you get the right mix of old meets new it’s pure style magic.

All the pieces I’ll be sharing with you, over the next few weeks and months, have been hunted for and carefully re-crafted, or as I like to say, ‘collected and resurrected’. From elaborate picture frames to perfectly pretty tea cups, elegant chairs and endearingly careworn home accessories, I’m going to seek out the future and potential in treasures that deserve to be given a second shot in life.

No destination is too daunting on my eternal hunt for gorgeous things. Whether it’s a cobwebbed cellar or a far-flung junk shop, the occasional moments of delightful discovery make it worthwhile. All my pieces have their own diverse origins, but they all have one thing in common – utter loveliness. I’m not talking antiques, or collector’s items or kitsch little trinkets… All the bits and pieces I’m going to share with you have age and beauty on their side and have proved their credentials to be as relevant now as they were in their prime.

The things I fall in love with are chosen for their originality, usefulness, style or sheer beauty. Forget high-tech, mass-market and factory packed; handmade, vintage and home-crafted is the kind of shopping experience that I think buys you a satisfied smile and gives your personal space some soul. Nothing is run of the mill or mass-produced. Each item I search for is individual with a character all of its own. Some will be given a new lease of life with a personal touch, others will appear in all their outright glory. And if you fall in love with any of the pieces you see here, please get in touch, because almost all of them will be available to buy and make your very own.

Come back soon for my first discoveries, due to be dusted off any day now…