Breuer & Dawson: Vintage Menswear in Margate Old Town

Recommended by locals as the vintage store in the area to visit, Breuer & Dawson is set away from the main commercial high street on quiet cobbled Kings Street area. Inside it felt like I had stepped back in time to wartime Britain with red, white and blue bunting and flats loosing strung up around the interior.
Breuer & Dawson, Margate

Breuer & Dawson, Margate

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Breuer & Dawson, Margate

Breuer & Dawson

Junk Deluxe: A Contempory Hidden Gem within R. G Scott’s

Hidden away in the basement of R. G Scott’s is Junk Deluxe, a re-invention of the traditional junk shop for the youth of the 21st Century. Founded by Benjamin Scott in 2006 this cool and quirky mid-century interior is far from the hectic and cluttered shop owned by his father upstairs. A surprisingly spacious room, which wouldn’t look out-of-place in a cool east London warehouse, houses a beautiful collection of retro furniture and homewears. Carefully selected individual pieces are arranged on the miss match shelves and tables throughout the shop including glass domes, index card draws and porcelain, all of which I would have loved to have had in my own home. A lovely store I will no doubt be returning too in the near future.

Junk Deluxe, Margate, Kent, UK

Junk Deluxe, Margate, Kent, UK

Junk Deluxe, Margate, Kent, UK

Junk Deluxe, Margate, Kent, UK

Junk Deluxe, Margate, Kent, UK

R.G Scott’s: An Emporium of Everything Antique, Old fashioned and Unusual

After Being Inspired by Sibella Court’s new book Bowerbird, I was excited to look up places to visit around Margate where I was off to the next day. Recommended by Elle Decoration and Tracy Emin, Scott’s Furniture Mart is an Aladdin’s cave for any budding collector and the perfect place to lose yourself in on a lazy day. Split over three floors, every inch of space is heaped with all sorts of bits and bobs from china and glass wear to picture frames and cast iron, all crammed onto huge units and filling display cases. I was in here for about two and a half hours and I could have easily spent longer but I wanted to see what else the town had to offer…I bought a little vintage tea cloth, a cut glass dish, a little tea strainer and some old photographs. I would have loved to get some of the tiny cut glass bottles but we just don’t have the shelf space at home. I took some pictures of the interior to share….I can’t wait to go back again soon!

R.G Scott - Furniture Mart, Margate, Kent

R.G Scott - Furniture Mart, Margate, Kent

R.G Scott - Furniture Mart, Margate, Kent

R.G Scott - Furniture Mart, Margate, Kent

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R.G Scott - Furniture Mart, Margate, Kent

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R.G Scott’s Furniture Mart, Margate, Kent, Uk

Bowerbird by Sibella Court – Inspired to collect

I received Sibella Court’s new book Bowerbird for Christmas and enjoyed reading it at home on the sofa in the last few days I had off work last week. Crammed full of inspirational ways to display the things you collect, the book explains how Sibella arranges and re arranges her own personal collections as they grow, to display and store each item. Full of unusual ways to share your belongings the book made me want to collect more than I all ready do! I often rearrange my things at home depending on any new additional furniture or tidy away old things to make room for the belongings I feel for more at the tme. A cheap Ikea table goes to make room for a large pine one we found on the street and the fire-place is rearranged after a small vintage  barbecue stands in  for a make shift fire grate…I dont think I will ever stop changing our flat, every time I do  it just makes me like it more…full of individually found objects and furniture from various days out, full of memories. Each item has a story to tell. After reading the book cover it made me just want to have a good rummage in a junk shop and see what else I can find….

Bowerbird by Sibella Court

Bowerbird by Sibella Court

Bowerbird by Sibella Court

Bowerbird by Sibella Court

Bowerbird by Sibella Court

Bowerbird by Sibella Court

Bowerbird by Sibella Court

Bowerbird by Sibella Court

Bowerbird by Sibella Court

All images scanned in from my copy of Bowerbird by Sibella Court

Customised bobble hats

This Christmas I customised some bobble hats for my friend and sister. The Hats were bought from River Island and I added a rabbit fur pom-pom to the top of each. Both Hats got a special ‘hand finished’ tag.

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Hats from River Island and pom-poms from Barnett and Lawson Trimmings

Secret Santa

Pictures of the Secret Santa gift I put together for our Menswear Designer at work who loves to cook.

I have mentioned Jose’s a few times, both at work and also on ‘Hollybees’ as it is my favourite tapas restaurant and a great place to relax on  Sunday afternoon and enjoy a few dishes of traditional Spanish food. After buying his cook book on our first visit I have been able to have some of his delicious food at home. I put page markers on some of my favorite dishes that I have either eaten at Jose’s or have had at home. A great way to share your favourite dishes as part of the gift.

Jose Pizarro - Seasonal Spanish Food

Jose Pizarro - Seasonal Spanish Food

Jose Pizarro

Custom Christmas Hampers

This Christmas I put together some custom hampers for my family and (if a little after Christmas!) I am pleased I can share the pictures now they have received them. The hampers were purchased empty and I filled each one with treats bought especially for each person. They all got a jar of my homemade Christmas Chutney and custom gift tag using brown luggage tags and ‘mt’ printed tape.

Custom Christmas Hamper