If you happen to be so inclined, this month’s (August) Homes and Antiques magazine is worth a look. Its a vintage special, in celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the Festival of Britain, which is marked at the end of this month by a Vintage festival at the Southbank centre in London. These 50s living rooms are currently on display in the Royal Festival Hall.
This month’s mag is a winner for all things kitsch and retro, including fabulous and 50s-inspired homes, an exhaustive list of the 50 best vintage shops across the UK, an interesting feature on 1950s (surprise surprise!) hand bags, and lots of other tit-bits and knowledge.
I have subscribed to a few ‘interiors/lifestyle’ magazines over the years, and i must say as a recent subscriber to H&A i’m pretty impressed with this one. They seem to achieve a good mix of covetable homes, events, designers and artists, and informative content. Each month features a product traced through the years, charting key design developments, last month featuring a particular salvage-sister favourite – chairs. Not being particularly designer-savvy, i have recently felt marginally more informed on key trendsetters (Ercol, Lucienne Day, Arne Jacobsen….). My only complaint would be its south of the border focus, for example only one Scottish vintage shop is featured in the list of 50, though certainly worthy of merit (Herman Brown, West Port, Edinburgh.)
As traumatic as it is to see yourself on TV, thought I’d share the link for your amusement, to tonight’s regional news, with me on it having a bad hair day!! It’s a feature on the brilliant Revamp Rethink Restyle classes I’m taking part in that I mentioned here..
Scroll in to about 16 minutes.. Not sure how long this link will stay up, sorry if you miss it!
We had an exciting time on ‘The Saturday Morning Show‘ hosted by the lovely Alyson McElroy Jones. Admittedly, as much as the sisters tried to appear nonchalant, a close up microphone earlyish on a Saturday morning did rattle our nerves ever so slightly! Alyson and her other guest for the day, Jennie Wallace skilfully made the experience cosy and chilled and we are thrilled to have been honoured with the invite onto the show! Still high from the media debut here are some photos of the show in action..
Alyson is an inspiring entrepreneur with The Fashion Souk and Hola Lola evidence of her brilliant recent initiatives. She is commited to fashion and lifestyle with a green and ethical conscience. Check out the next Fashion Souk in the Ulster Hall, Belfast on the 8th August, for everything from Humble Jumble, to previously loved designer fashion, and brand new pieces from local designers, or peruse the ethically sourced mexican design goodies on Hola Lola which she runs along with her co-host on the Saturday morning show, Jenny Simon. I am cheered every time I see my recent purchase of funky cherry kitchen oil cloth.