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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

My New Vintage Crush


Sarah Moore is my new Vintage Crush; you may have heard of Sarah from the programme The Great Interior Design Challenge, that was on BBC 2 earlier in the year.   I completely missed this show as I am out rehearsing on Monday nights, but the blogosphere has been full of chatter about Sarah's new book and her lovely vintage style.  You know that I have a penchant for Granny Chic, right?   I am an addict of the Granny Chic book that I have waxed lyrical about before and which as far as I'm concerned is the bible that should adorn the shelves of every vintage loving gal in the land.   However, there is a new girl on the block who can help administer your daily fix of vintage lushness.


Sarah has a wonderful new book out called Vintage Home, which is full of gorgeous photos and ideas for adding some vintage style to your home.  This book is a feast for a vintage lover's eyes and a book to curl up on the sofa with; all you need is your crocheted granny blanket on your lap and a Hendricks Gin and Fever Tree Tonic in your glass.


Oh, and there's Moore more!  Sarah has a website that sells handmade goodies made from vintage fabrics, together with old floral Sanderson fabric pieces and vintage style accessories.  Her style is quite chintzy and not for everyone, but it is most definitely for me.   The pic above shows a wooden staircase that's been decorated with sheets of vintage wallpaper; I sooooo want to do this, but I am not sure that my current husband would share my enthusiasm.  This image comes from Sarah's book and you can buy vintage wallpaper pieces from her shop to achieve this look for yourself.   


  I have been keeping an eye out for some vintage style fabrics when out hunting in charity shops and found a pair of curtains in a vintage Sanderson print called Chatsworth.   A lovely old print and once chopped up, it's given me a couple of metres of fabric.  


About a year ago, I picked up a couple of large sample books for a nifty £1 each from my local charity shop; each book is choc full of chintzy floral home dec type fabrics, like the one above; they are in various colourways and there must be around 30 or so 2 foot squares of fabric.  I have yet to do anything with these, but Sarah's book has got me thinking about how I might use them. 

Have I gushed enough to tempt to go for a look-see?!  This book makes me happy to look at and fills my head with pretty things whilst I do the more mundane things in life.  

TTFN. Gal x

PS This is not a sponsored post, just me gushing about something I love.
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33 comments

  1. I've got the book!!! Yes, those stairs are just gorgeous aren't they? Excited to see what you'll do with those samples. xx

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  2. Perhaps you can decorate the steps down to whatever put you bury me in in this fashion??? Over my dead body!!! Love and kisses. Current Husband xxx

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    1. Oh dont encourage him! One chintz coffin for the current husband, coming up! I will crochet you a shroud to go with it xx

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  3. Or even pit! xxx

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  4. Lucky you finding those sample books! I have never yet found any vintage wallpaper in a charity shop. I also have admired Sarah's style for some time and have plans for my staircase too! I will not consult Mr RV, it will just be done when he gets home one day xx

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    1. I never see vintage wallpaper either, but I keep looking :)

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  5. I have seen those steps on pinterest - they are gorgeous. I love most things floral. Lovely post with lovely pictures.

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  6. I LOVE those stairs! I am off to a vintage fair in Cardiff this weekend to pick up tips #pocolo

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    1. I know and I could so easily do this as my stairs are stripped back anyway!

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  8. I have a lot of love for her too - got one of her books and glad she won the show. x

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    1. I can't believe that I missed this show!

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  9. Oh wow! This all looks totally gorgeous :) I so wish my OH would like materials like this too - somehow I don't think so! Thanks for linking to PoCoLo x

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    1. Try to sneak a chintzy cushion into the house - Vintage by Stealth!

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  10. I will be looking for the book. I love all things vintage thanks for sharing visiting from craft frenzy hop have a great day

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  11. Ohh those stairs are gorgeous x

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    1. I know - I will keep working on my CH!

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  12. Your pictures made me realise that I need this book in my life! Off to check out her website #PoCoLo

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  13. This all sounds marvelous! Too bad I'm all the way over....across the pond! We miss out on some of the BEST!

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  14. visiting from sew many ways. Can't wait to see what you do with the fabric samples

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    1. Neither can I! I was thinking bags and cushion covers :)

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  15. I loved your post. But most of all I loved that your husband replied in the comments! And I smiled to read that you refer to him as your current husband. :)

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    1. Thank you SuperMom! I like to keep him on his toes and remind him of his status :)

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  16. Wow all looks lovely! I wish I was creative enough to make my house look pretty!

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    1. Me too - I am all big ideas and not so much putting them into action sadly :)

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  17. Count me in on the vintage crush as well- these florals are divine!

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    1. Who would have though chintz would bring so much pleasure :)

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Hi, thanks for taking the time to comment. GAL x

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