Is winter over yet? We think so! Bring in some colour!


Vintage directors chair £45.00
It is February, it is freezing, it is dark and we are all longing to see the first signs of Spring, right? Not long now until the first daffodils pop up in the lawn and I am sure I have spotted some snow drops already. In the meantime, why not bring some sunshine into your home? Add some bright colours, fresh flowers, new cushions, a funky light shade or a statement chair to your living room and lift that winter mood. We have been doing our best as always to source to most beautiful and unique vintage furniture as well as complimentary home decor products to add to the mix. We hope you like them.
As usual we are open every Saturday between 10am and 5pm and by appointment during the week. Pop in on a Saturday, or just phone or email us if you want to come and have a look around at another time.
You can never have enough cushions! Starting at £15.00

Beautiful solid teak mid century wardrobe and chest of drawers – in one! 185cm tall x 124cm wide x 55.5cm deep. £165.00

How funky is this chair? Mid century teak armchair with new seat cushions £195.00. Industrial ‘cage’ light shade £28.00. Star burst 1960s clock £49.00, Anglepoise 1960s light £49.00. Red trunk £70.00, black trunk £55.00, suitcase £18.00. Vases from £15.00.
Add a gorgeous hook to your hallway, bathroom door or bedroom. Beauty is in the detail! £14.50 each.

Midcentury modern gorgeousness: Greaves and Thomas armchair

Sometimes you come across such beautiful pieces that you find it hard to part with them. The Greaves and Thomas armchair I recently acquired and fully restored is one of these. A gorgeous chair formed out of two-tone wood, in such a nice shape it is almost a sculpture. The seat is reupholstered with new pirelli webbing and foam with a removable cotton-blend blue-grey cover.

*Chair is now sold*

New stock: rocking chairs, sofas and retro writing desks

‘Upcycled’ metal rocking chair £135

Pair of kitchen stools, recovered in floral oil cloth £35 each or £60 for both

Mid century Danish teak sofa, reupholstered in grey cotton blend fabric £295
Mid century Danish teak sofa, reupholstered in grey cotton blend fabric £295
Lovely collection of purple glassware, from £6

Mid century Danish teak writing desk £160

Mid century Danish teak writing desk £160

Mid century Danish teak writing desk £160

‘Upcycled’ (painted top, sides and front details) vintage writing desk £95

‘Upcycled’ (painted top, sides and front details) vintage writing desk £95

Furniture in stock right now: Danish design, retro sideboards, storage units and more

Ladderax unit with desk £395

‘Trioh’ Danish design teak coffee table £160

Solid wood chest of drawers £85

Danish design teak coffee table with glass top £95

G-Plan low sideboard £140

Retro – super comfy! – swivel chair £150

Vintage ottoman £40

Upcycled bedside cabinet £45

Lloyd Loom ‘Lusty laundry basket £35

Retro 1960s sideboard £245

Upcycled chair. painted and slightly distressed, plus recovered seat £85

Vintage stackable school chairs £40 per chair or £200 for six

Fill your house with art (and gorgeous vintage furniture!)

My recent purchased sideboard and favourite artwork in our house

One of the great things about my job is that I get to meet so many different people in very different houses. This week I picked up a wonderful 1960s McIntosh sideboard and another British-made mid-century desk from a lovely couple in Aberdeen – with a wonderfully eclectic interior. As soon as I arrived I was taken back by the vast amount of original artworks that filled their home. These people clearly were true collectors with great style and taste! Visiting their house also made me re-think my own wall space and where to place artworks. I have always had this idea that a room can only handle one very large piece and a few other smaller pictures on other walls, but the walls in the house of this couple were filled – wall-to-wall – with paintings and it actually looked good. “Just fill it!” the lady said when I told her my dilemma of having too many artworks and not enough walls. I think I’m going to take a leaf out of her book. After all, being surrounded by art can only be a good thing for mind and spirit.

I have made a collection on Pinterest of beautiful rooms filled with art and pictures, combined with iconic Danish furniture, to share this idea with you. What do you think, a winner?

A wall covered in small pictures http://pinterest.com/pin/259027416041063896/

Amazing art in this bedroom http://pinterest.com/pin/259027416041063901/
Art, sideboard and great books – what more do you need in a room? http://pinterest.com/pin/259027416041063902/
Ceramic objects, another love of mine! Great display http://pinterest.com/pin/259027416041063891/
A wonderful monochrome palette http://pinterest.com/pin/259027416041063892/
Great splashed of colour and art display http://pinterest.com/pin/25473554114710163/
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Who needs a TV when you have this to look at? http://pinterest.com/pin/273030796132204724/
Who says large artworks are only for museums? Fabulous. http://pinterest.com/pin/273030796131276801/
I like how this artwork has been hung to the right rather than centrally. Great wall colour too. http://pinterest.com/pin/273030796130992110/

Revamp of two wing chairs…how to give a tired piece of furniture a whole new life

At a house clearance recently people were trying to sell off a pair of very old and tired wing backed chairs. As they were from before 1950, they didn’t meet fire regulations so if no one would buy them, they would end up in the skip….charity shops don’t take them! Luckily me and Debra from Willow Cottage came to the rescue and took them off their hands.

A few weeks later and this is the result. I choose a charcoal deep grey velvet for the inside and a grey and mustard yellow printed ‘stamp’ fabric for the outside of the chair. Debra selected a 100% wool tartan material to cover the whole of her chair. Initially meant to sell them on to our customers, we both love the chairs so much that we are just going to keep them all to ourselves! (*but do let us know if you want your own chair revamped like this!)

This is what I did to mine…

Charcoal velvet and stamp fabric, plus grey painted legs

And this is what Debra did to hers…

100% Scottish wool

Good results or what? Incredible how they have both turned out and funny to think they were once a matching set…

 

Travel blog post: colours of Cyprus

I have just come back from Cyprus and had a great time. I wanted to share a few interesting photos of things that caught my eye while walking around in various places, especially of the rich colours and patterns on buildings and in textiles. Cyprus has a rich history of different cultures all putting their stamp on the island, and of course at present it is still divided in a Greek and a Turkish part. The Greek side is more modern and developed with many large hotels and plenty of activity along the many beaches, while the Turkish side is quieter with less of that going on and more strips of beach all to yourself, though there are lots of villas being built for foreigners wanting their own place in the sun. At times it can be hard to look through all the ugly building developments, noisy bars as well as rubbish left on beaches, which unfortunately you see, but if you venture away from the beaten track you’ll soon come across the real beauty and authenticity that Cyprus has to offer – both in the South and the North. A great island all around.

 

Beautiful colours in this carpet in  the Halan Sultan Tekke mosque, Larnaca, South Cyprus
Some true vintage furniture in Bellapais, Kyrenia, North Cyprus
Glorious bougainvillea growing in an old plastic barrel, Kyrenia, North Cyprus
Various street scenes in Nicosia
fantastic handmade lace in Lefkara, South Cyprus
Rich colours, blue paint and red geranium in Lefkara, South Cyprus
Lace shop in Lefkara, South Cyprus
Striking blue wall at the local museum of Lefkara, South Cyprus

 

Sunlight and shadows on a beautiful yellow door in Bellapais, North Cyprus
Great selection of carpets in the Halan Sultna Tekke mosque in Larnaca, South Cyprus
Blue, blue blue….in Lefkara, South Cyprus
Bright yellow flower and blue furniture on the beach in Larnaca

When Cottage met Apartment: a cocktail of country chic and urban flair.

Nina’s Apartment is now open every Saturday from 10am – 2pm, thanks to the help from the ladies of Willow Cottage, a fellow local business with a shared love for vintage and upcycled furniture. Lisa and Debra from Willow Cottage are big Annie Sloan chalk paint fans and are regularly bringing beautifully upcycled pieces of furniture in – from cute little chairs to full-size kitchen dressers. I am delighted to have their items in my shop, adding that bit of classic ‘Country Living‘ flair to my more continental, eclectic, colourful ‘Elle Decoration‘ style! Come and see for yourself, we’ll be happy to help you find something you love.

 

This week’s inspiration: comfy sofas, lush beds and wall displays

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I don’t know about you, but I have started to get the woolly socks and winter blankets out of the cupboard. We had a great warm and sunny few days up here in Aberdeenshire last weekend, but I think that really was the last bit of summer. Flipflops can be put away (as if we ever wear them here in Scotland! ;-), winter boots can come out.

On Pinterest I have been pinning some nice photos of colourful interiors lately and since we’ll be spending more time indoors now summer is over, I am sharing some ideas on how to bring warmth and happiness in your home with colourful lounges and bedrooms and great wall displays. I hope you like them.

 

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How I became the proud owner of five neglected Hans Wegner CH24 wishbone chairs

I always keep my eyes and ears open on the hunt for great vintage treasures. Last week I decided to randomly type in the words ‘bentwood chair’ in the search box of our local Gumtree and in the listings I found something that immediately caught my eye. I contacted the owner to arrange a viewing and in his back garden I found five battered, dirty, damaged chairs – but of an unmistakable design and the leftovers of the labels on the bottom made me smile from ear to ear: here I had no less than five original Hans Wegner wishbone chairs. He got them from a house-clearing somewhere, some time. I couldn’t believe my eyes – nor the price: £60 for the lot! They do need complete re-lacquering and seat replacement at some point, but for now I am the proud owner of a beautiful set of salvaged Danish designer classics.

 

Looking good around our beech dining table!
I added cushions…to prevent my cats from getting their claws into those vintage paper cord seats!
Some more wishbone chair love (in much more grand and stylish homes than mine 😉 …
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