Tag Archives: vintage

So long summer

25 Aug

It has truly been a beautiful summer. With the onset of the Bank Holiday rain I suppose I’m going to have to surrender to the fact that it’s not long till we’re back in our socks, and shutting the curtains before teatime. For us, the summer has been filled with many precious memories, and there’s just one more getaway before the biggest adventure of all {big school} starts.

Too many highlights to mention, but from pony riding and kite flying, beach combing, pool parties and roller-coasting to dinghies, caravans, veggie picking, sun-drenched suppers and boozy barbecues I’m struggling to think how we fitted it all in.

pony ride

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As if that wasn’t enough – there was five weeks of bringing Christmas to life in a sweaty west London photo studio {July is always inextricably linked to turkeys in my world}…

Christmas food shoot - photography Martin Poole {assisted by Faith Mason}; food styling Kim Morphew; styling Rachel Jukes

Christmas food shoot – photography Martin Poole {assisted by Faith Mason}; food styling Kim Morphew; styling Rachel Jukes

 

And of course, in amongst all of that, I’ve been keeping things ticking over at my lovely pitch at The Packhouse. Towards the longer, lazy days of summer, the theme was ‘florals’… teacups, teapots, cake plates, over-sized pitchers, careworn pictures and pretty pots for flower displays…

 

During my summer travels, the bargain hunting didn’t stop, and I even managed to discover a gorgeous tea trolley – the perfect transport for tea and cake, and a perfectly timed purchase for the start of The Great British Bake Off!

Vintage solid teak tea trolley with detachable rose-design tray

Vintage solid teak tea trolley with detachable rose-design tray

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Harvest festival

4 Oct

While blogging may have taken a back seat for a month or two, the Create Vintage stocks have been gradually swelling. I managed to sneak a few precious moments of treasure hunting among the holidays and hectic work schedule this summer.

Just as well because I’m busily preparing for a Harvest Fair this weekend. Held by Milly & Jo at The Herb Farm in Sonning Common, it’s a celebration of all things craft, vintage and artisan.

I don’t know whether it was the influence of all the glorious summer heat, but my discoveries have taken on a bit of a French country Brocante feel. I came across some adorable ancient cups and saucers, which set me on the path to a more rustic vibe than usual. There’s something about the beautiful and serene looking slightly bashed and bedraggled that really appeals to me.

Ridgway Pottery teaset for two

Ridgway Pottery teaset for two

 

Brocante assortment ready for the Harvest Craft Fair

Brocante assortment ready for the Harvest Craft Fair

Harvest Craft Fair, Saturday 5th October, 10am-4pm

The Herb Farm, Peppard Road, Sonning Common, Reading, Berks, RG4 9NJ

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…