Here’s my second ‘Have a Nosey’ post. Today it’s my bedroom. Sorry the pics aren’t great, my camera’s getting old and my bedroom’s flooded with lovely light today.
The picture above my bed is an oriental style painting bought from a carboot years ago for £10. I loved the blossom, the birds and the green background colour and stowed it away in my mum's loft for years until I moved out. I have hanging hearts on each side of my bed; the ones to the left were from a blog swap, the ones to the right are mirrored Gisela Graham hearts.
I love bed's that are made up in a 'traditional' way and my friends always moan when they stay that they feel 'suffocated by the amount of layers'. My Nan taught me how to make a 'proper' bed and I love it. I don't know how anybody can sleep with just a duvet.
*A fitted cotton sheet, flat top sheet. Both 100% cotton of percale if I can get it. I'm funny about textures.
*A thin traditional style quilt. You can just see it at the end of the bed after the pink candlewick. The one on my bed in the pic is Cath K for Ikea and was a gift from my Nan. It's a lovely double sided thin quilt with polka dots on one side and paisley on the other.
*Then a low tog 'summer' duvet. The cover in the pic is Cath Kidston's Rosali for Ikea and so are the pillow on the bed. The polka dot pillow is Cath Kidston and was quite cheap from eBay and the God Save the Queen cushion was from the Windsor Castle gift shop. I fell in love with it and walked around the shop with it for about 20 mins before deciding I couldn't afford it...and then my lovely Nan bought it for me.
* Last but not least is my pink candlewick blanket, draped over the bottom of the bed in case I get cold in the night. It was about £4 from a charity shop and Lily loves it. She's always getting told off for 'digging' it to make herself a nice bed.
I suppose that it a lotta layers, but I feel super snug at night.
One one side of the bed is a Lloyd loom bedside table my mum spruced up with a bit of paint, Cath Kidston for Ikea Rosali Fabric in blue and some floral ric rac. I love this dressing table set and after taking it to a vintage fair with me, was quite glad it didn't sell as it now houses bits and bobs of vintage jewellery and catches the light beautifully.
On my side of the bed are a stack of vintage suitcases acting as a bedside table. They're also really useful storage; one houses winter hats, gloves and scarfs and the other two are full of sentimental letters, postcards and bits and pieces. On top of the cases are my 'a bit too modern' lamp (It's too practical to get rid off as it's one of those that come on with a touch, saving you from searching for the switch) and a wicker basket full of sleep masks, phone charger and my current book. My ELC 'Tell the Time Clock is tucked at the side of my bed to help me work out what time I need to be up in the morning (my regular blog readers will know it's because I have Aspergers and 'don't do numbers').
This handmade noticeboard was around £15 from eBay and now houses all my brooches and pins.
You can never have enough storage, which to means you can never have too many vintage suitcases. These sit on top of my Ikea wardrobe and are full of summer clothes and clothes that I'm 'slimming into'. The little teddy bear in his 'I heart Elvis' jumper was a present from my Dad from Graceland and plays 'let me be your teddy bear'. The suitcases and vanity cases were all between 50p and a few pounds from charity shops and carboots, except the leopard print one.
The Antler leopard print suitcase is one of my favourite items and was £50 from eBay. When I saw it on eBay I just had to have it but was at uni at the time and had less than £20 in my account (having been shopping in Birmingham the week before). My lovely housemate lent me the £50 because she knew how much I loved it and agreed 'you have to have it'. Matching weekend cases pop up once in a blue moon on eBay but I haven't been lucky enough to win one yet. The linings a beautiful dusky pink stain and I feel all warm inside every time I look at it. I'm a sucker for leopard print and the case to me just screams glamour.
On top of the tallboy sit vintage plates and bowls full of earrings, a vintage vanity case full of vintage neck scarves and an Ikea Christmas bauble holder that holds my bangles. Just above all of this is a beautiful 1940s advert taken from one of my duplicate Woman's Illustrated magazines. The frame is Ikea.
More vintage adverts from the same magazine hang above my dressing table. I specifically chose ones that advertised hair, makeup or fragrance items.
I love antique french style of my 80s dressing table. These were going for a ridiculous £400 to £500 on eBay when I was overjoyed when I stumbled upon this listed as simply 'old dressing table'. The bad listing meant that it was only me and another bidder after it and I 'won' it for around £200. More than I'd normally pay for something but I wanted it and that was that. My mum and step dad very kindly ventured to Wales to collect it for me. I then covered the stool in Ikea Rosali fabric. At the time I didn't have the Ikea bedspread so I didn't intend to be over run with Rosali, it just sort of happened.
To the left of it is this old key cabinet bought from a carboot sale for £10 years ago. I recently painted it this cream colour as the wood was really dark. It's got a great used look to it and houses all my jewellery perfectly. I have to all my things on show because otherwise I don't know what I've got. My friend's think this means my house looks like the 'Shop of Amy'. On top of the cabinet sits vintage perfume bottles, some from carboots, some gifts from my mum and the white one from my great Nan's house. It's Avon and came up beautifully with a good soak in some fairy liquid.
One the other side of my dressing table are these small shelves with a collection of hats, hair bits and fascinators. The one of the mannequin is a vintage cloche bought from the lovely Vintage Vixen.
On the lower shelf are vintage manicure sets and some vintage sewing kits and buckles. All pounds from carboots and charity shops.
Ive just realised how very long this post is, sorry if I've bored you all to death! Right I'm off to carry on with final preparations for tomorrow's vintage fair. xxx