Create an eclectic country cottage look with this vintage Ercol style suite, glass light shades and upcycled kitchen dresser.

Wonderful vintage cottage suit Ercol-style. Painted cream and with new foam cushions in sage green. £195.00 for the sofa, chairs £125.00 each or buy the whole set for £395.00. Width of sofa approx 120cm, chair 70cm.
Please contact me to arrange a viewing or to purchase.

 

 

Lovely delicate glass pendant light shades. One small, one larger. Great for kitchen or hallway. £15.00 and £25.00.

Beautifully painted and lightly distressed kitchen dresser in duck egg blue eggshell paint. perfect for your country kitchen. Top shelf bit can come off. Dimensions 170 (incl top bit) x 96 x 45cm. £195

 

 

Nina’s Apartment is restocked and open for business!

My latest creation already supervising an upcycling project

So I guess my maternity break or whatever you call it when you’re self-employed is kind of over and I am back to work. Well, as much as is practically possible with a 9-week old baby and a toddler to look after in between gathering stock, painting, styling, taking photos, advertising and speaking to customers.  But as a true ‘mumpreneur’ that won’t stop me from doing what I love: hunting down beautifully designed pieces, giving them a new lease of life and selling it in my shop!

After the successful pop-up events at Nina’s Apartment in March organised by fellow traders, I have my shop to myself again. New stock is now arriving regularly, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the website or facebook page to see what’s new.

The shop is currently open by appointment only, but visits can be arranged on most days, so please get in touch if you want to come by. No obligation to buy anything, if you just want to pop in and have a look that is absolutely fine. Hope to see you soon! Nina X

Here’s a few photos of what’s in the shop just now:

Solid teak retro dressing table + stool by Austinsuite £195

 

Upcycled retro dressing table £125

 

Retro mirror £25, painted mirror on the floor £49, upcycled Parker Knoll rocking chair £185

 

Vintage demijohn £49, metal trunk £45, antique wooden travel trunk with labels £85, foldable cake stand £25

 

Retro (McIntosh?) extending teak dining table with six chairs £350
Vintage G Plan wing chair upholstered in blue velvet £150

The transformation of a battered old retro dressing table

I buy furniture mainly to give it a good clean, polish it up or paint it and then resell it in my shop. But sometimes I come across pieces that I keep for my own use. I picked up this £20 dressing table last week without viewing it, and when it was delivered at my house I was a bit disappointed with the state it was in. I know, what do you expect for £20, but still!

It had a lot of water marks and scratches on the surface and even a big black burn mark from a candle. I tried to give it a polish to make it look any better, but it wasn’t doing anything for me. So last night, as I was painting some other bits of furniture in Annie Sloan’s French grey chalk paint, I thought ‘well, it can’t get any worse than it is!’ and within an hour I had painted the top and sides of the dresser grey. I finished it off this morning with some bees wax to seal it and voila – revamped, updated and looking good!

I am keeping to myself, but if you fancy something like this – a dressing table, cupboard, sideboard, etc – I can hunt down and revamp a similar piece of furniture for your own home. Just get in touch!

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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

Nina’s Apartment…a local vintage shop with European flair

 
If you are on the hunt for a beautiful piece of vintage furniture, a statement mirror or just a splash of colour and uniqueness for your home, you’ve come to the right place. Meet Nina’s Apartment, a vintage shop in Lethenty Mill, just outside Inverurie, Aberdeenshire.

Nina’s Apartment is run and owned by Dutch vintage enthusiast Nina Eggens, who came to live in Scotland eight years ago and was missing the choice in home interior shops she was used to on the continent. After working for different North East arts organisations and becoming a mother she opted for a career change and opened her own shop in 2012. As she puts it, Nina’s Apartment offers people “colour, quality, quirkiness and European flair.” Above all, everything in Nina’s shop is carefully selected and curated, creating an inspiring shopping environment.

“I have always been a collector of vintage and design and am forever reading interior design magazines and pinning myself silly on Pinterest”, Nina says. “I dreamt about opening a shop for years and after having my baby boy 18 months ago I decided it was now or never.”
“I started selling only online and at fairs at first, but soon my house was full of furniture and boxes of china and it was time I found my own premises. My husband was delighted he got his garage back and since opening the shop in October I have been truly overwhelmed by the positive response from customers.”

In the shop you’ll find an ever-changing selection of vintage chairs, recovered foot -stools, painted chests of drawers, mirrors, upcycled lampshades, well-traveled trunks, retro dinnerware and blankets. Sleek mid-century sideboards, tactile Danish ceramics and graphic patterns show Nina’s love for the Scandinavian style, which also shines through in the cushions she designs and makes herself. 


“I love the clean lines and simplicity of Scandinavian design. It never bores and goes with so many different interior styles. I always get very excited when I come across gorgeous items on my travels. Last year I discovered a set of forgotten Hans Wegner wishbone chairs in the back of someone’s shed. Needless to say they sold pretty quickly. ”

One of the strong points of Nina’s Apartment is the mix and styling of products in the shop. This is no coincidence as Nina tries to bring a message across. “Vintage is a very trendy word at the moment, but I want to offer people something that works well in their own, modern interiors in the long term, whether you call it ‘vintage’, eclectic or timeless – as long as it is beautiful and made with care. I want to show them it’s easy and fun to mix and match old and new furniture and accessories in order to create a home with soul and personality, rather than to buy lots of mass-produced items in the same matching colours from the same shop. After all, your home is yours and shouldn’t look like everyone else’s.”

Nina’s Apartment is currently open on Saturdays between 10am and 2pm and by appointment on other days. She also sells at local vintage fairs.
www.ninasapartment.com
Nina’s Apartment can also be found on Facebook and Twitter

Published in Made in Scotland magazine

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…

 

A vintage sewing box that turned out to be a treasure trove, full of retro fabrics

Recently I bought an old sewing box from a family clearing the house of an elderly lady who had passed away. I took the box without having a proper look what was inside as I was mainly interested in the vintage style box itself. A few weeks later as I rediscovered the box and opened it up, I found the most amazing stack of 1960s and 70s fabrics, all neatly folded and in the most vibrant colours and crazy patterns, some of them by 1960s textile designers Barbara Brown and Bernard Wardle.
It made me wonder what kind of lady she was, this woman who picked those fabulous fabrics all those years ago and used them for her own creative projects. She must have loved bold colours and graphic patterns as much as I do. She sure had great taste!

I can’t wait to make them all into beautiful Summer cushions, which I’m sure the old lady would have liked very much if she she was still with us. Here are three cushions I have made so far;


Turn vintage tin boxes into cute upcycled planters

I recently bought a box lot of rusty old boxes at auction (without viewing – often a mistake!) and back home I was a bit disappointed. The boxes were all damaged, dirty and rusted, used for screws in someone’s garage, and I put the whole lot in storage for the time being.
Then last week, as I was sifting through old stock looking for planters to sell at my Mother’s Day shopping event, I remembered them.

I decided to have a better look now and as I opened the rusty boxes, the brightly coloured insides of the lids stared back at me and I smiled. Beautiful vintage advertising signs, well preserved in the dark while the rest of the tins changed colour.

I made small holes in the bottom for drainage, as well as through the lid and side so I could put a piece of string through to hold up the lid. Pansies and other bedding plants are now growing where once screws were kept.
Upcyling at its best.

Upcycled, painted and sewn together: chairs, bar stools and colourful cushions

A few photos of recent projects by myself and Willow Cottage.

Breakfast bar stools I have upcycled and painted for customers in Annie Sloan mixed white and duck egg blue chalk paint and recovered in fabric by Prestigious
Cushions I made from a pile of vintage embroidery panels. Prices from £18-22
Ercol chair painted in graphite black (£45) and an large old ‘Viresa’ wine bottle/vase (£55)
What a line-up! Chairs painted by myself and Willow Cottage. £45 each
Piano stool reupholstered for a customer in a ‘patchwork’ style
Cushions made with designer fabrics. £30 each