Fabulous Fifi

For anyone that follows our blogs, you will know we are renovating a poorly neglected 1920s house. Check out “Our Patterned Palace” for a glimpse of the array of 60s wallpaper and carpet on every (and I mean every) wall. It has been a labour of love but……

We have finished the first room!!!!!!

Our bedroom was covered in pink psychedelic wallpaper which we actually liked, but was not in a good state of repair.

This has been replaced with an amazing wallpaper called Fifi. It is from Sanderson and is part of their 1950s range. Recently they have pulled together a fantastic collection of original prints from wallpapers and textiles which are both eye-catching and fun.

Coinciding with the 60 year anniversary of the Festival of Britain, this range is nostalgic of the many fabric designers who showed their new radical ideas here at a time when this country was just coming out of rationing.

The Fifi design was an original wallpaper which was recently found in someones attic. It depicts ladies with hourglass figures and Dior’s New Look shapes which launched in 1947.

Tight bodices, nipped in tiny waists and full wide skirts. Splashed with purple and green it looks amazing with our Murano and Whitefriars glass collection.

I love white walls…perfect for showing off your vintage homewares. Teamed up with cream stained floors the room is bright and calming.

People often think white with cream is wrong, but i love it. Look at our Panton lamp against the cream of the wallpaper.

The room is quite big so we have added a 50s chair, a glass topped kidney shaped table and a cocktail cabinet.

No….we are not drinking martinis in the bedroom!  It is full of my glorious 1950s bag collection: lucite box bags, Dorset Rexs, Atlas window pane bags, Caro Nans, Enid Collins, Midas of Miamis…..I LOVE THEM!!! They are kept behind glass to protect them from sticky fingers!

All we need now is some curtains and to find frames big enough for our amazing vintage magazine covers, as mentioned in our blog “We’ve got it covered“.

Let us know what you think of Fabulous Fifi?? And maybe check out the whole Sanderson 50s range…

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Bag Lady

Today in the post i received a lovely original Caro Nan handbag and thought i would share it with you. These handpainted wooden bags were made in the South of America in the 1960s and were a must have bag at the time.

They are really cute, folky works of art and make you really nostalgic to time of individuality and not massed produced clothing.

The most famous design was rows of different shops around the base depicting different towns. These were often made especially for the town/shop that was selling them.

Imagine owning a bag that showed your town……They usually had check material lining inside, adding to that home made feel.

Some had mirrors inside the lid.

They all were signed Caro Nan inside the bag along with the name of the shop they were sold in. This one was from the University Community Hospital Gift shop.

A great find is one with an original cent stuck on the lid showing the age of the bag. This one dates from1969.

This one rarely has the signature on the outside as well as inside.

These will look gorgeous this summer……look in Your Vintage Wardrobe section of the shop to see more. Wood is totally on trend this season so bag yourself an original!