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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

Tea and talent

15 Dec

China tea sets have become the unofficial symbol for everything ‘vintage’. Go to any antiques fair or fleamarket and you’ll see them in abundance. I’m still undecided about whether they have a whole lot of relevance in modern life and modern homes. Find a great one and it sure can be gorgeous, but when it comes to a good old cuppa, most people shun the ritual of tea making that a proper bone china set demands. And how much point is there really in having something that, in the end, will just gather dust.

There is, however, the odd exception, and I still can’t believe my luck that I came across this exceptionally pretty Royal Stafford bone china Bluebird set in my well-heeled local charity shop. It almost takes my breath away when I consider its delicacy and intricate detail. I do bring it out on special occasions {just like our grandmothers’ generation would have done} and there’s no denying that a humble cup of tea {barely a mouthful, but never mind} is elevated to a superior status. I’m not sure of the life it came from, but it has found a very treasured place in my home.

Royal Stafford bone china Blue Bird tea cup


Royal Stafford bone china Blue Bird tea set

And onto other things… There’s nothing vintage about this painting – well, apart from the chap in the funny hat I suppose, but I promised delightful discoveries and this fits the bill. As well as sheer beauty I also admire sheer brilliance, and Mr CV’s Great Aunt Penny Manners, Vice President of the Richmond Art Society and latecomer to portrait painting, has just emailed me this, her latest piece. Fabulous, don’t you think?

Penny Manners 2011