Sunday 19 August 2012

Quirky Interiors

On our recent week away to Norfolk we stayed in a friend of a friends house. The house was packed full of nick nacks and themed rooms, vintage wallpaper, fabrics, mirrors and prints on the wall and bright colours. Every surface full of odds and ends, stones from the beach, vintage ornaments, handcrafted items and candles. Even the kitchen had a bright red vintage oven and retro shelving units. It was inspiring but also very manic!

It got me thinking about interiors and quirky styles. For me the house was a nice holiday home and I loved some bits, particularly the Paddington Bear bedding in the kids rooms that was exactly the same as I used to have as a kid, however I'm not really sure I could live there full time?

I have always been a bit of a tidy freak, I like things to have a place and I don't like clutter. However I love pretty vintage things and lots of colour and I feel like my style has changed a lot over the years. I wouldn't ever say I liked bare walls or sideboards but I always kept it limited to a few key pieces. Now I just want to fill my home with pretty colourful things, fill the walls with prints and bright colours and use fabrics and blankets to add texture and colour to sofas and armchairs. These days I find myself buying vintage or retro inspired items for my home that add a lot more colour and interest.
I love this poster inspired by vintage Scandinavian design by Jan Skacelik, you can buy this along with loads of other great posters from his Etsy shop.

The quirky house in Norfolk certainly got me thinking and inspired me not to be too concerned about clutter and think of all the pretty things and collected items along the way that can really make your home individual and unique. Pictures and photos of places once visited and people you love. Collected items that always make you smile. Handmade crochet blankets and bright fabric cushions that invite you onto the sofa.

Here are a few other inspiring interiors that I found online, firstly showing particular love for Danish design again:
Lots of colour, texture and prints on the wall, yet this room still looks fresh and everything perfectly placed. See more of this home from What We Do.

I also love the feeling of luxury and glamour in this vintage styled interior:

I saw these on Indecora online magazine, great quirky style and vintage pieces.

I also have a Vintage Interiors board on Pinterest where I collect inspiring photos.

Love Lemon x

Tuesday 7 August 2012

Vintage Market Aug 12

I visited a vintage market on Sunday at Snape Maltings. So many very lovely pretty things. I could of spent a small fortune. It was another Deben Event and there were lots of stalls including handmade, upcycled and vintage. A great mixture of interesting things, I could wonder around looking at all the bits and pieces for hours.

I was on the look out for some crochet blankets, I am enjoying making my own but feel it may be some time after baby is born before I completed a full size blanket. So here are a couple I picked up:
I love the bright colours against the black.
This is a large blanket which will go in the boys room.

I also picked up this gorgeous Danish pot for just £6, and love and pattern and colours:
Lastly I bought this original tile made in Suffolk in 1967 for just £1:
Have you visited any vintage markets recently? I would love to hear about your finds.

Love Lemon x

Sunday 5 August 2012

Norfolk Holiday Thrifting


I hope everyone had a good week. We had a little holiday in Norfolk with family which was lovely. Mostly involving ice creams, BBQ's on the beach, huddling in the beach hut with cups of tea when it rained, visiting seaside towns in Norfolk and riding on the steam train. It was a nice relaxed week and I even spent some time checking out some great shops and doing a bit of thrifting. I'm always on the look out for a vintage treasure or 2!

So here are a few holiday snaps and my holiday thrifty finds:
The lovely Norfolk beach where we spent lots of time
The very pretty station at Sherringham and on the steam train.

We got the train to a lovely place called Holt, where we came across some great antique shops:
I bought a wicker basket, I have been after one for a while and wanted something big enough to store some of the babies sheets and blankets.
I also found this lovely vintage bag (£4) and dress (£7):
A vintage Laura Ashley skirt (£4)
I picked up these for £2 each at a carboot sale 

Love Lemon x