• Summer festivals with a difference

    Posted on 29th June 2013 by Andy.

    It’s the Glastonbury Festival this weekend so the British Summer of music festivals is officially in full swing. But it doesn’t always have to be about the music. Coming up this summer are a couple of alternative festivals that mix music with a spot of culture. Latitude Festival Where: Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk When: 19th to 21st July

    To the untrained eye the Latitude Festival, now in its eighth year, looks like a conventional music festival with names like Bloc Party and Foals topping the bill. But this family friendly festival is a much bigger melting pot of arts and culture with multiple stages and tents hosting full schedules of comedy, theatre, dance and literary events across the festival site. It’s possible, if you so desire, to visit Latitude and never see a musical note played, although you’ll be missing the point as the real pleasure of Latitude is the opportunity to dip in and out shows from obscure acts as well as big names. The highlight must surely be German techo geniuses Kraftwerk headlining the main stage on Saturday night with a 3D extravaganza. Find out more: Vintage Festival Where: Glasgow When: 27th to 28th July


    The brainchild of designer Wayne Hemingway the first festival was created in 2007 to celebrate the rich heritage of British creativity. It plunders every field of creativity and culture such as music, fashion, art, design, film and even food from the 1920s all the way up to the 1980s. It will showcase how style through the years has influenced modern design while also celebrating the revival of retro and vintage design. It’s unlikely you’ll find another festival this year where you can learn hair and beauty tips from specific decades of the 20th Century and enjoy ‘Make do and Mend’ workshops. Find out more:

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  • Cath Kidston

    Posted on 9th June 2011 by Andy.

    You may already know some of Cath Kidston's designs, mainly her vintage floral patterns that can be seen in a huge variety of products and purchased from many high street stores and online. Cath Kidston is a British Designer and has a family of great notoriety from her Uncle Charles Allsopp, who was the former chairman of Christie's, to Kirstie Allsopp of “Home Made Home” and “Location, Location, Location” fame.

    Kidston grew up in Hampshire, attended boarding school and at the age of 18 moved to London where she set up an interiors business and opened a shop. Her company grew and grew, people loved or hated her work and eventually in 2010, she sold her company, but remained creative director. Cath famously collaborated with different companies to create iconic pieces that are incredibly desirable, like my perfect summer garden accessory, the Cowboy Tepee Tent which was co-produced with Millets. She has also worked on some fabulous mobile phone covers such as the colourful Electric Flowers and Shooting Stars iPhone cases.

    In terms of home furnishings and interiors, there is a plethora of products that can be found to decorate your home, bringing a warm and fun element to every room. Take a look at the beautiful Cath Kidston Antique Rose Wallpaper, and you can even walk around on stunning Cath Kidston tiles! Bedding and throws are the order of the day in beautiful vintage rose designs, with fluffy eiderdowns to snuggle in. You can pretty much decorate your whole home if you wanted, although it may be slightly excessive. I love the Cath Kidston designs and it’s a joy to see little bits of it dotted around everywhere you go. It brings a warm, fun element to the home, and if like me you’re trying to recreate a vintage feel, it’s perfect. Now, all I need to do is try to persuade the folks at Controliss Blinds to start making their super electric roller blinds with Cath Kidston designs, which would be fabulous!

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  • Introduce Some Vintage Sheek

    Posted on 8th January 2011 by yasmin.

    Has your home forever been screaming out for that vintage touch? But maybe you don’t quite know how to adopt the look? Well don’t fear, just simply take note of these little ideas that will be sure to add a touch of vintage to your home, without breaking the bank! Adding vintage touches doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to trawl pretty little boutiques and stores looking for the perfect accessories. No instead I would first advise you to look closer to home; after all vintage sheek is exactly that ‘vintage’. Why not take a sneaky rummage through your parent’s old treasures; you never know what you might find, a cool old print or a vintage tin cup that would look perfect holding your toothbrush. Or why not take inspiration from your own house and sand down and paint that old dusty mirror that has been in the garage for close to ten years! If you are lucky enough to be in possession of a large bedroom or bathroom then an ornate dressing table is the ultimate in traditional vintage chic. This doesn’t have to be expensive; however, you don’t have to order a nineteenth century dressing table. No instead why not seek out your nearest auction room or furniture flea market; there are definite bargains to be had in these places and you will be sure that the pieces will be vintage. If you already have the furniture, but what to add a vintage touch to your upholstery’s then fear not.  Vintage chick can be whatever you want it to be, however, when I personally think vintage I think of pastel colours. If this idea matches your palette then why not add that cottage vintage look to your home via our Liso Petal Bloom roller blinds , or alternatively our less girly textured woven roller fabric; Textura Myth. Both will create the perfect back drop for that vintage-esque home. Besides from window dressing why not add vintage touches via materials, textures, patterns and fabrics? The rose print has always been a vintage favourite as has lace and frills. The choices are endless, so why not add a touch of vintage to your home?

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