Leaving behind the euphoria that was the London Design Festival, I'll try to get back to a more normal routine of posting next week, I promise.
There was a veritable abundance of design inspiration at all the shows I attended - Top Drawer, Design Junction, Decorex and Focus (there were many more I didn't visit). A few bloggers have been posting about the festival so I'm going to save giving you the habitual report of each event and instead show you something old that I got my sticky palms on at Design Junction last week.
Parting with my cash on this particular stand was not a difficult task. Dear me, there was only one challenge, that of choosing what wonderful piece of glass or ceramic ware to buy from Lesley at Retropolitan who sells mid 20th Century homewares and accessories. It was all the more sweeter given I had never expected to be able to take home any products from the event, let alone anything vintage. I settled on this German 50's Jasba vase.
I really like to mix antique, vintage accessories with new ones for a homey, easy, fun feel. There's nothing worse than seeing a collection of things that are all brand new - it's stiff, unimaginative, lacks effort and of course there's no history. I love to sit and wonder where stuff has been before, where it has travelled from and what its previous owners were like. I was attracted to the Jasba vase for it's crazy combination of marbled matt pattern with blazing gold flashes.
I very nearly made friends with this large blue-green decorative vase too, but stopped short of purchasing it as it was quite big and I wasn't sure where I could fit it in my home. I regret the decision now. Trust me when I say that it's important to buy something as soon as you see and really fall in love with it because you'll always find a place to put it and regretfully you might never get the opportunity to purchase again.
Lesley's enthusiasm for her products is palpable as she talks her way through the history of each piece of beautiful coloured, curved glass. Laura bought this one:
Lesley's online store is well worth a visit, I've no doubt there'll be a super stylish piece to capture your heart.
If you want to find out more about the shows participating in London Design Festival, pop along to Katies award winning blog for an informative and comprehensive report.
Have a great weekend folks x