Bedroom peek

Thursday, 19 July 2012

I'm on a roll ! 

Ebay roll that is. Success has been achieved. And my bank account has been bailed out. Not in the hundreds of millions like most European banks and/or countries, but still enough that I could reinvest part of my gains into some new thrift without feeling too much guilt - and still put enough aside to pay some big upcoming bills. Like house taxes. Grrrrr.

So here you have Watson modelling my latest acquisition. Much like this witty lady, I've been focusing a lot on the bedroom lately. But more about that later. 
I'm particularly happy about this purchase as I've been on the lookout for a 50s "cocktail" chair for a long time, probably ever since I saw T's cream one about ten years ago. Unfortunately these little chairs now tend to sell around the 100 eur mark. And I'm afraid this one was no exception. But since my budget wasn't too tight, I gladly coughed up 115 eur for the chair (justifying the additional 15 eur because of its lovely curved armrests) and an additional 20 eur for delivery.

The entire corner. Actually the only new things are the chair and the big plant (a totally reasonable Ikea find !). The rest is all stuff I already owned and rearranged in a new way.

Guest Star

Saturday, 14 July 2012

I'm still in awe after seeing my good friend T.'s incredibly stylish new place. And yes for all you single ladies out there, this is actually a single guy's flat. Amazing, right ?

I love his wonderfully minimalistic decor ! Of course it would be even more perfect with a few more plants... and cats ;-)

No. Just kidding. Sadly my photos don't do this place justice.

I don't usually post pictures of myself or my friends, but I had such a fun evening, I can't resist adding this last one (Plus I don't look like a total twat for once).

Thanks T. for a truly lovely time !

Squeezing in the holiday souvenirs

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Finding a good spot for all my vintage holiday finds hasn't been an easy task. I never thought I'd say this but I'm actually running out of space and seriously need to slow down the thrifting activities. 
Good thing then my finances are at an all time low. So today, instead of roaming the weekly fleamarkets, I'm staying home fussing over the kitchen shelves, dusting and cleaning and generally redecorating.

This is what I came up with.

Can you spot the latest additions ?

On the top shelf, a Figgjo Flint serving dish with Market decor. My favourite pattern from Figgjo Flint, designed by Turid "Turi" Gramstad Oliver.

And a famous  "Homemaker" plate, designed in 1956-7 by Enid Seeney (pattern) and Tom Arnold (shape) for Ridgway Potteries and sold to the masses by Woolworth between 1957–68.

Now this, I've been lusting after for years, stalking ebay and etsy, only to be dejected by either the high selling prices or outrageous shipping fees. Seriously, why does anything coming from the US or Canada always ship at 40$ ?

But finally ! A Copco fondue pot by iconic designer Michael Lax, in near mint condition, and in a beautiful dark red. Too bad the cast iron heating part was nowhere to be found. But still at 11.50 £ so reasonably priced that I cried out loud and shocked the elderly - and obviously much better behaved - antiques centre crowd.

The growing Scandinavian collection. Finel, Figgjo Flint and Arabia.

I don't think I ever blogged about the Figgjo Flint "Saga" vase at the rear ? Well, I scored it at a Brussels flea market, at the very last stall I visited that morning. The seller wanted 15 eur for it, which I of course didn't have (after spending the morning's budget on WGP) and wasn't willing to pay anyway. But in the end, I used all my charm and smiles and I managed to talk him down to what was left in my wallet - a whopping 6 eur and a couple of cents.

Now getting back to my earlier topic of making some much needed room for new acquisitions. I'm currently selling some lovely vintage items on ebay. So, if you're keen on bidding on a classic Eames chair, stylish Tomado shelves or fabulous retro accessories, head over here.
If you ask nicely I might even be willing to ship.

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