Some wise person said simplicity is not about deprivation, but it is about creating space for living. We know many of us now live in spaces which are getting smaller. Hence I am a firm believer of surrounding myself with things that I love. Every item is specifically selected, serves a particular function (aesthetic function IS also a function, LOL) and has a special place. Things which don’t fit this simple principle is edited out, it makes life much simpler, and the house easier to upkeep. It also uplifts your mood and gives you emotional space not to be cluttered with so many physical items.
Being vintage lovers, our living space is filled with many vintage, retro pieces but they also sit side by side with some other new pieces, existing in perfect harmony, neither overpowering either. Living with preloved also helps save the world from unnecessary landfill and waste, another principle which many vintage lovers also respect.
How do you want to create your space for living?
What do you get a vintage lover for their birthday? Recently we celebrated a good vintage (won’t tell you exactly what vintage that is, but definitely would be in the retro and vintage category by now). In the mail from New Zealand came a lovely package and together with the beautiful card, there was a book that is just up our alley. And then yesterday, a slightly belated gift came. In the carefully packed box which was transported over from Australia, was a lovely vanilla candle in a vintage parfait glass. The scent from the candle even though unlit, was discernible in the living room and was a nice freshener.
There’s nothing like these gorgeous vintage pieces from lovely friends and relatives to help you celebrate a good vintage.
Sometimes less is more. When you (1) have a serious client meeting; (2) need to meet government officials for work; (3) have a personal meeting with your banker who will evaluate if to give you a bank loan; (4) are interviewing for a new job, sometimes the safest thing to do is to wear a sombre suit or a dark-coloured dress to project the “right” image (unless you work in the creative areas or one of those new economy industries, then you want to dress the OPPOSITE of this). But wearing a serious, dark outfit may be so dampening, dull or drab. To keep the image but yet to add a touch of individuality, style or focus of interest, you can consider adding a vintage brooch such as this heavy gold-tone beauty, to the outfit. It will strike the right balance of “proper” and “style” and you can be serious and yet not look like a member of the regimented work army in typical corporate uniform. So experiment and have fun!
Who doesn’t love a genteel afternoon tea? Especially those with lovely baked items served in equally gorgeous vintage cake stands and sandwich plates, accompanied with your pot of favourite English tea poured into thin china tea cups and saucers. The food, the chinaware, the company…
We review our photos of afternoon teas past and think it is time for us to start planning for another one. Soon.
Have you made a list and checked it twice? Have you been naughty or nice? Yes, it is indeed that time of the year again, where has the year gone?! Christmas is in 11 days and we do hope your Christmas shopping is all done or at least you have an idea AND a plan to get it done soon. If you are needing some inspiration, here are our vintage suggestions:-
- For the friend who loves baking: a vintage cake stand to showcase his/her baked goodies;
- For the cousin who only wears black, blue or other plain coloured jackets and dresses: a vintage brooch to jazz up the outfit;
- For the sister who has moved into a new apartment: a framed vintage scarf for her wall;
- For that work-friend who loves a tipple: vintage drinking glasses;
- For that trendy friend: a gorgeous vintage fashion statement handbag;
- For the little brother: a wind-up mechanical toy;
- For the wife/girlfriend/special gal: a vintage typewriter for her to type you little love notes, letters and cards or perhaps even that book she’s been wanting to write; and
- For the husband/boyfriend/special guy: a vintage watch to let him know he’s on your mind and in your heart all the time.
And if you are all done with shopping for pressies, then it’s time to start on the Christmas party menu!
This is a lovely example of re-using, re-cycling and up-cycling. These lovely artworks in the Singapore Biennale (currently running til Feb 2014 at the National Museum) are made out of vintage chandeliers but with the glass and cystals changed to uranium glass beads and with black light installed so that the uranium glass beads glow a beautiful green colour in the dark.
The works are by a Japanese artist husband-and-wife team, Ken and Julia Yonetani who are now based in Australia and are entitled “Crystal Palace” (read more about their gorgeous work here) and is their response to the recent Fukushima nuclear plant disaster.
Uranium glass was widely used to make glassware such as candy bowls, citrus presses and cake stands in the 19th and early 20th century. They are also known as vaseline glass and many vintage fans love collecting uranium glass kitchenalia.
Do you also love these vintage chandeliers, coupled with old-fashioned vaseline glass, being given a new lease of life as these stunning artworks, even if the event behind them is actually quite sad?
Sometimes when you think you are never going to find anything good at a weekend market, you get lucky. Totally unexpected, totally fantastic!
I was ready to leave the Rapid Creek market in Darwin for the airport, because there just wasn’t anything interesting that caught my eye. As we were walking to the rental car, I saw this lovely 1970s glass decanter set. Whenever I travel, I always end up buying fragile, breakable things. That’s just me, it always is. There is no point fighting it. So I asked the seller to wrap them up and she even found a box. That made it easier for me to carefully hand carry the lot up the plane and safely transport them home.
The holiday to Darwin and Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) was such a great one for many reasons, this vintage treasure was just the icing on the cake.