I’ve been redoing a pine wardrobe that we’re taking with us to the new flat. I just can’t stand pine furniture, it has no place other than possibly ski cabins.
So the wardrobe had to be painted! But first, it had to be sanded. We found a sander for £10 at homebase, so we’re now proud owners of a sander. I love tools.
Sanding took much longer than expected… but the priming and painting was fun!
And here’s the final result!
I found these doorknobs from urban outfitters that I put on
Ready to be moved into the new flat!
I’m looking for retro vintage furniture for the new flat. It’s a shame that most of it is so expensive, especially here in London.
I’ve found a very nice 60s dining table at Vintage Retro. It’s made in Denmark, designed by Hans Olsen and made by Frem Rojle in teak. The triangular chairs go in under the table so that it takes less space.
But it costs £800…
The furniture that I’ve found on Swedish sites is less expensive. But then again, I would need to transport it to London, which would be a hassle and cost more.
Like this Danish dining table from the 50s but at a Swedish site called Got2Get. It’s less than £500.
I’ve also seen these amazing chest of drawers / buffets
The above is made by Arne Vodder for Atelje Trä glas in Sweden in the 60s.
And I love this one above!
But they are also a bit expensive and I think I need to be lucky on ebay or maybe there’s a market somewhere outside London where you can find nice things to then refurbish.. If you know of anything, please let me know!
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Recycled furniture is a big trend right now, likely resulting from both the popularity of vintage furniture and our growing green conciousness.
South African interior/furniture designer Katie Thompson has a beautiful collection of recycled furniture called Recreate where she mixes antiques in unconventional ways.
Another designer working with recycled vintage furniture is British Zoe Murphy, who promotes the idea of ‘Loving what belongs to you’ by printing onto recycled furniture and textiles. This is an idea that isn’t too difficult to copy and do yourself (although perhaps a bit time consuming if you want this much of details…)
It’s time for me to leave my cute little flat and lovely flatmate Karen on Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia and the search for a new flatmate has begun. Here are some of the pictures I’ve taken and uploaded to the flatmate sites (plus some additional, more detailed photos just for this post)
the living room
The table in front of the sofa is from ikea but has a nice 60s touch to it. I found the other small, round table at the market on brick lane for £15! The painting is a van Gogh replica I made last year.
Various glass things that my parents have given me and candle from voluspa
the jewellery box is from Lombok and I got it from my friends for my birthday a couple of years ago. In the back is an amaazing body butter from laura mercier and the glass things are really cheap stuff from ikea
Tea for the Tillerman is one of my favourite albums so I got so happy when I found it in a candy/vinyl shop (interesting mix) in new york last year – but, it didn’t have the vinyl itself in it! But I got the cover for just $2 so now it just works as decoration (as do my other vinyls too though, until I get a player…)
The little glass bowl is from iittala.
This chest of drawers is my grand mother’s and is one of my favourite at home. I’ve also got the painting from her and she told me that she bought it with my grand father at the flee market in Paris when they were younger.
The books are moleskin’s travel notebooks where you can write down your favourite places. I have one for London and one for Paris. But as with all that stuff, I think I should use them more.
So.. hopefully someone likes the place and would like to move in soon!