Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Glad Tidings for Christmas and New Year!

Mike and I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year, may you enjoy happy times with family and friends over the festive season and we hope all your dreams come true in the year ahead.

We are looking forward to 2010 with excitement and wonderment, and if all goes to plan, we will be embarking upon a fabulous new adventure - we can't say too much in case we tempt fate, but watch this space, as they say... In the meantime, our cottage has been chosen for a Christmas photo shoot, to be featured in one of the glossy magazines next year. As you can imagine, it has been all hands to the deck as we festooned our cosy home with traditional and vintage decorations. The tree is positively groaning under the weight of baubles and the presents are piled high underneath. Decorating the cottage for Christmas is always an enjoyable experience; stacking logs in the inglenook, dressing our Victorian bed with warm and cosy quilts and hanging garlands from the beams - such delightful, festive chores. The photo shoot will capture all of the little touches that make Christmas a magical time here at Pottery Cottage, and it will mark this special occasion in a rather poignant and fitting way as we head into the New Year with our hopes and dreams for 2010.

We have had a wonderful year at Vintage Home and would like to thank everyone for their support and custom. We receive so many lovely messages and are often overwhelmed at the kindness of people who take the time and trouble to send us their lovely thoughts and generous wishes.

In the spirit of the season, we will be taking the Vintage Home website into the New Year with a host of very special vintage treasures, something for everyone to browse through over the holidays, so pop in for a look whenever some respite from the Christmas TV or turkey sandwiches is called for!

We hope you have enjoyed our festive photos, we'll be back soon with more pictures, news and lots of fabulous, floral frivolousness!

Monday, November 09, 2009

Colourful, Cosy Cheer at Vintage Home!

Now that the short days are upon us our little cottage is the perfect place to be, with a warm and cosy array of vintage quilts and throws to snuggle under in front of the fire.

This is one of my favourite spots, with timeworn patchwork throws and quilts which aren't too precious to be used every day.

As the evening approaches, this corner of the cottage is the perfect place to settle down with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate.

All this cosying up besides crackling log fires is setting the scene for that very special time of the year when we all like to indulge ourselves...

So, there is no denying that magical, mystical time is fast approaching and here at Vintage Home, we are making early preparations for Christmas. The website has kept us extremely busy this year and we have had great fun seeking out all the many, many vintage wonders which have now found new and loving homes. We will be updating the website with a beautiful selection of tantalising treasures over the next few days and as a very special thank you for your valued custom throughout 2009, we will be giving away a delectable Harrods Hamper to one lucky person!

There are lots of tasty treats included in the gift hamper which is appropriately entitled 'A Christmas Carol'.

Details of how to enter can be found on the website's News Page and in our eNewsletter which goes out to everyone on our mailing list. We are only sorry we cannot give each and every one of you a hamper, but there will be two runner-up prizes PLUS special treats sent out with every order placed between now and Christmas!

Also, we have a new addition to our range of mouse mats; another 'exclusive to Vintage Home' design featuring a selection of vintage fabrics in the form of the Union Jack.

Be sure to get your orders in well before Christmas, as we know how much you love our mouse mats and we wouldn't want to disappoint you by running out of them! They make ideal stocking fillers and don't forget we still have our rosebud and polka dot mouse mat available too! (Due to recent demand, our Victorian roses mouse mat is currently sold out; sorry!)

We're thrilled to announce that the monthly magazine for the antiques trade 'antiquexplorer' has awarded us the title of Website of The Month for November! The antiquexplorer is a classy glossy magazine which is distributed throughout the West Country here in the UK but they also have a website which echoes the quality of their printed publication - pop along for a browse when you have time...

So, there is plenty to warm the cockles of your heart here at Vintage Home - including the gorgeous new stock we will be adding to the website over the next few days; here's a taster!

A scrummy, cuddly, rosy French quilt to snuggle under.

An exquisite and immaculate huge double eiderdown.

Pure luxury in shades of raspberry, chocolate and pistachio...mmmm...

Create a rosy glow for Christmas with this divine yellow roses on red rug.

Our shining star is this little beauty,

a stunning painting with star-struck connections..!

Christmas is a time for entertaining friends and family and the time when unexpected guests drop by bearing gifts and glad tidings...

This trio of tables is perfect for serving nibbles and drinks and can be tidied away for an attractive display when not in use.

Yes, Christmas celebrations start early at Vintage Home - we do hope you can join us!

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Many Wonders of Vintage

There are so many wonderful vintage treasures in the world! The word 'Vintage' covers virtually every object, from the exquisite to the every-day.

From the beautiful...

...the decorative...

...the practical...

and the whimsical!

Creating a Vintage Home is all about the feelings that old objects, even the every-day, evoke. With vintage, practical usually means beautiful too - who can deny the appeal of the wooden ironing board with its lovely old floral cover! Grouping together a variety of interesting vanity items makes a very pleasing display and antique or vintage textiles are perfect for giving a room a particular style and creating comfort. Why not keep a selection of pretty, mismatched crockery to hand on your kitchen table, ready for serving tea and cake to opportune guests who may call by. Surrounding yourself with beautiful art is a great way to inspire and revive the mind! The ways to use and display vintage items are endless - which ensures a constantly evolving, individual look to your home.

Some of these items are available from the Vintage Home Online Shop - and some have already been sold! We add a regular variety of vintage wonders to the shop every week - if an item you like has already been sold, let us know and we'll do what we can to find you something similar!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Shades of Autumn and Cosy Quilts for Chilly Nights...

Autumn is well and truly upon us - and what a beautiful Autumn it is so far! The early misty mornings make way for sun-filled days here in the UK, and it is a pleasure to to see the changing of the seasons. The fabric above is one of my favourites, a vintage Sanderson linen and very appropriate for the time of year, with its rich shades of Autumnal colours.

The nights have a definite chill to them and so our thoughts have turned to cosying up in front of the fire and layering the beds with vintage and antique quilts and linen. Here is a selection of delightfully pretty quilts which have been added to the shop today and in recent times. We've kept the tone light and feminine, yet warm and snuggly!

Sublime beauty in the form of soft raspberry paisleys...

Delicate roses on eiderdowns...

Pretty rosebuds and polka dots on this charming powder blue eiderdown...

Faded pinks and paisleys pattern this snuggly quilt..

...the subtle detail is delightful...

...sweet dreams are guaranteed!

Roses and pink stripes add a fresh element to your decor...

...whilst ensuring a cosy, restful night.

If you prefer something a little brighter, then this eiderdown will add a splash of colour with its striking palette.

We hope you enjoy the photos and a browse in the shop when you have time. Since our last post, when we hosted The Big Event, we have been at our busiest ever and would like to thank everyone for their custom and kind words. These are busy times for everyone and we really do appreciate the lovely messages we receive from you all. Have a wonderful weekend and we'll be back soon with more vintage delights!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Big Event! 24th August '09

I can't say too much - it's a secret! Well, it should be a secret but I'm sooo bad at keeping secrets! So bad, that I just have to hint at what is coming...

The loveliest, the prettiest, the rarest, the most gorgeous and utterly divine vintage treasures are coming to the Vintage Home shop soon - very soon in fact! Plus we'll be giving away some goodies - ooh, it's so exciting! In the meantime, here are some tempting snippets...

There will be roses - of course!

Pink will feature!

Lovely aged paintwork and elegant lines.

Did I say there would be roses?

A healthy scattering of vintage flowers.

Are you sure I mentioned roses?

Not forgetting the wild roses too!

All this will happen over a 24 hour period - only those on our mailing list will receive advance notice, so if you haven't already joined us, pop along and add your details!

Update: The Newsletter announcing the day of The Big Event has now been sent - but don't worry, if you didn't have time to add your details to the mailing list we can now reveal that Monday the 24th of August is when it all happens!