Tag Archives: retro

Shop back in time

4 Sep


In my day job as a journalist, I get to meet some really lovely, interesting, talented people. One such person I’ve had the honour of getting to know is Carla, who, until recently, worked in the press office for a big high street department store.

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Carla has amazing style, a magpie’s eye and a canny knack for spotting a bargain. She’s also obsessed with the 1950s, and now her love of all things retro has led to her branching out and setting up her own online business, Carla Collects, selling brilliant mid-century finds – my favourite era – at refreshingly reasonable prices.

In her etsy shop (at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CarlaCollects) you’ll find everything from true vintage to kitsch, including jewellery, fashion, decorative bits, ornaments, kitchenalia, toys, and haberdashery – you name it, she’s probably got it. And if she hasn’t, she’ll happily seek it out for you if you put in a request.


What’s more, she also upcycles furniture and makes soft furnishings such as cushions and chair covers too. Phew!

So, whether you’re looking for a vintage tea set to give as a wedding present; an outfit-transforming retro necklace; or a 1960s teapot shaped like an owl (you never know!), I’d recommend taking a look. To give you a taster, here are some of my favourite pieces on sale at the moment. Everything here ranges in price from £6 to around £22 and is a one-off, so if you spot something you like, you’d better be quick!

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PS: Bought something from the lovely Carla? I’d love to see it! Tweet me your finds @WoodyJen

Roddy brilliant

28 Sep

Looking for an unusual present?

New graphic and textile designer Virginia Armstrong’s Roddy&Ginger range of retro, Scandi and folk-inspired homewares are a little bit different to the usual stuff you’ll find on the high street.

I love the quirky cushions, £26; tea towels, £10; canvas tote bags, £10; aprons, £20; and screen prints, from £25. And, if I had an open fireplace like the one below, I’d definitely make a feature of it with it with logpile wallpaper, £52 a roll (it’s also available in beige and mustard yellow).

The full range is available at http://www.roddyandginger.co.uk

Canvas opinion

15 Sep

Want to jazz up your walls quickly and cheaply? Canvas wall art or ready-framed prints seem to be either ridiculously expensive, or look obviously mass-produced. But not the new range of pictures from Next…

This pleasingly retro Tea For Two canvas would go well in any kitchen or dining area; while the London Names printed canvas (below) copies those bus blinds that are everywhere, and which usually cost upwards of £150.

Prefer something framed? This Life Is Good print comes in a classy oak frame and would look brilliant above a door or propped up casually on a mantlepiece.

The canvases are just £15, and the framed print is £20, all from http://www.next.co.uk. Bargain!

Get plastered

8 Sep

Why is it you can never find a plaster when you need one? And why are plasters so boring-looking?

Now http://www.dotcomgiftshop.com have come up with the answer – handy little tins you’ll be proud to display on a shelf, filled with decorated plasters that’ll put a smile on your face even if you’ve just sliced your finger off.

Okay, so that’s going a bit far, but they do look mega cute. And they make great presents.

They’re available in woodland animal, circus parade, vintage paisley, spaceboy, strongman or skulls designs (I love the retro circus animals, below, best) and cost £3.95 per tin.

Bake to the future

8 Jun

I’ve been away on holiday (Istanbul) for the last week but I got back in time for my road’s Big Lunch street party. The bunting was up, the stalls were set up, the band started playing… and then the heavens opened. Still, we managed to have a couple of hours of fun before the whole street resembled a swimming pool. And the cake baking competition still went ahead. To give myself the edge (well, that was the excuse I gave myself), I invested in some new kit from Marks and Spencer’s gorgeous retro baking range (www.marksandspencer.com). In this year’s hottest ice-cream pastel shades, it looks almost too cute to use, and starts from just a couple of quid. Did it help me win? Nope – the Swedish guy from a few doors down, who wins every year, won yet again. I’m trying not to be too bitter – at least my kitchen looks a tiny bit more glamorous as a result!

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