Wednesday, 27 July 2011

I want a 50's kitchen

Well, we have already bought our kitchen for our house and it is so far removed from 1950's!. Think stainless steel neff appliances and beech units. All I really want is a stand alone dresser, enamel bread bins and kitsch china.

Now, the accessories I can get together. But I have to do something about the beech units!. I am think about using 'Plastikote'. It is basically a spray paint that can be used on a million and one different surfaces.

'Why not give your tired kitchen units a new lease of life? You can use spray paints to quickly refresh your existing cupboards and drawers, making it simple to achieve the look of a new set of units at a fraction of the price and a minimum of effort.' (From the Plastikote website)

I'm super excited to revamp our kitchen now and as soon as I start I will be posting with progress. I shall have my 50's kitchen!.

Lauren x

Sunday, 24 July 2011

What the butler saw!

Well, I have taken the leap and opened up my very own little concession at 'What the butler saw' 119 Leigh Road, Leigh on sea, Essex.

It is a super quirky shop filled to the brim with one off ecelctic peices including furniture, fashion, jewellery, kitchenallia, homeware, lighting....the list is endless!. With 10 different dealers and the forthcoming opening of a vintage tea room it is a must for all vintage loves.

I am open under 'Poppy-Lauren Vintage' and have stocked up my area with tons of 40's/50's kitchenallia, cakestands, glassware, china, teapots and teacups, crochet blankets, mirrors, bedding and sooooooooooo much more.

As usual the wonderful pictures are taken on my trusty blackberry, but I think you get an idea of how cute my area is!. It makes me so happy that my hobby has turned into a business venture and I get to share all the gorgeous things I have such adoration for.

Please pop in and say hello if your in the area and I will have a website up and running very soon so everyone, everywhere will be able to buy their very own peice of yesteryear.

Lauren x

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Keep calm and have a cocktail.

There is a little over three weeks until the pop up vintage party at Tigerlily Bar, Leigh Road, Leigh On Sea, Essex.
So, I thought I would introduce you to our wonderful stallholders and what goodies they have to offer.


Jem is Jane and Emma; two sisters with a love of all things crafty and cakey. All our items are upcycled or vintage inspired and handmade by us. Including greeting cards, broaches and badges, earring, cushions and bags.

Nicky and Vibrant vintage;

Vintage fashion and accessories from the 1940's through to the 80's.
It all began as a little hobby.... Being a lifelong lover of all things quirky I became passionate about collecting and wearing stylish vintage clothing and accessories about five years ago, particularly those from the 1940s and 50s.
Nothing makes me happier than shopping for vintage, its thrilling!. You never know what beautiful, elegant, timeless pieces you are going to find. All my items are all carefully hand-picked with love, so all my fellow fashionistas can take a little piece of style from a bygone era home with them.


Tootbageye is looking forward to appearing at the Keep Calm and Have a Cocktail vintage party on August 13th.
Tootbageye is a venture to offer affordable one off items that have been upcycled from old into new. In looking for the old we also find lots of interesting items that deserve another chance. Truly believing that if this generation doesn't do something about the over production of cheap goods our legacy to the future will be a world of unusable plastic junk. By recycling and upcycling perhaps we can send a message [albeit small] that there's enough stuff already to go around, and bar the essentials there's really no need to make much more. Enough of the soapbox mantra come along and see our range of jewellery upcycled from vintage earrings and buttons and our signature make of tea cup candles [no it's not too soon to buy candles], plus more if we can fit it in.

Gem's frosting;

Delicious handmade cupcakes and cuptails (cocktail flavoured cupcakes)

We have a tiny bit of space left for one other stall, Ideally something vintage as we have lots of lovely crafty bits. Please email me @ if you would like to be involved.

Lauren x

Thursday, 7 July 2011

I love the 50's!

I love love the 1950's! I find it a very comforting era, I think as I associate it with my nan's house. The ercol furniture with its sharp spikey exterior and the quirky retro prints.
I have been looking around for some gorgeous bits for our home and I came across the Sanderson website

Sanderson do an amazing selection of 50's inspired wallpaper and fabric prints. I think the 'FiFi' print is gorgeous and what a story behind it!.

An original 50’s Sanderson wallpaper, ‘Fifi’ was recently discovered in a customer’s loft where it had been hidden away for the last 50 years. The design depicts the typical hourglass silhouette described as ‘The New Look’, a trend pioneered in 1947 by one of the most iconic fashion designers, Christian Dior, who was very influential throughout the post-war period. (Taken from the sanderson website)

I desperately want an original ercol dining table and chairs!. They look fab with the sanderson prints.

Look at this fab kitchen courtesy of

Fabulously 50's!!