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November moments

After a series of (relatively) successful autumn sourdoughs emerged from my oven, it was time to return to old tricks as winter approached. It was good to share ideas again with my Edinburgh salvage buddy of old. We happened upon this delightful Cotswold cottage and hastily booked in for a long weekend. Surely no better …

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Charity shop stop

It’s voting day over here, so I was expecting to feel momentous. Turns out it’s just like any other September day in Scotland (the haar, autumnal, beautiful), apart from a few feral-looking people wandering around wearing Saltires. From my perch in a Morningside cafe opposite a polling station, it’s pleasing to watch a comely Yes …

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Car Booty

With the flat now operating at a ‘one in one out’ policy for furniture, focus has necessarily, but pleasantly, turned to smaller delicacies. For such things, a car boot sale is the magnum opus. There used to be a boot sale at New Street in Edinburgh, which was wonderful as i recall. This closed and the …

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Measure twice cut once

If only I would take heed of these my father’s wise words when at the machine. But as my sewing buddy can confirm, pinning and measuring really aren’t my thing. I just want to attach things together and deal with problems later. Some may find this surprising, my perfectionist tendencies being well known, however task …

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Finest finds

After the epic-ness of my last major project (the cabinets), I haven’t had much inspiration nor inclination to write. Then, I got a new writing machine (not vintage, not a bargain) and I figured some writing and picturing was just what was needed to break it in. Though actual projects have not been prolific of late, …

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Happy-dashery cabinet

Some months ago, I serendipitously came across a rather wonderful item. Some have remarked that such an item has already made its mark upon our home, but i disagree. One can never pass up the opportunity for another haberdashery cabinet. Such opportunity came via an idle browse on Gumtree for ‘cabinet’, as i pondered the most …

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The Room That Will Never Be Finished

Well, the room that will never be finished has inched closer to being finished. Which is a bit ironic i suppose. It’s been quite a while since i fully repainted a room on my own. The last was probably the now flattened conservatory at Tullyroan, but even then i had enough sense to forgo the …

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‘Vintage find’ tribute

The phrase ‘vintage find’ seems to crop up everywhere these days, to the point that it’s getting a bit annoying. That said, i am about to write a post detailing all my recent ‘vintage discoveries’ shall we say, as its been a while since i gloated…i mean…shared the wealth of my recent travels around Edinburgh’s …

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Teak-ing boxes

There are a few categories of furniture that it seems every self-respecting home decorator should have. Some chippy paint pieces. Something industrial. A Chesterfield. Maybe a persian rug somewhere. And a couple of outsized lamps. Then there’s the mid-century stuff. Get the lot and you may as well just phone up Homes and Antiques right …

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Seeing the light

Every once in a while i come across something in a charity shop that makes all the rifling through endless tat worth it. Such an occurrence happened last week when i came across this lamp in a YMCA charity shop i rarely frequent. Anglepoise have been making lamps since the First World War and more recently have …