Last weekend we said good-bye to family that has lived in the UK for nearly as long as we have. They’ve decided to move back to South Africa to be close to their family and no doubt, the sunshine was a factor too. They came around for Sunday lunch and brought me these pretty Lisianthus. The pink shading is just gorgeous and with so many buds on each stem, they seem to just keep blooming and blooming. Now I will forever think of the Loubser’s every time I see these beauties bloom.
The deep regal purple and emerald-green of this flower got my attention straight away in the flower shop. The vibrant colours reminded me of a jewels and I knew I had the right vase for them. The Japanese Gentian is a very striking looking plant with purple flowers budding between the leaves and then springing from these long green stems.
Purple Japanese Gentian in vintage jewel coloured vase
Just two stems was enough to make a real show in this vintage vase, an old emerald and turquoise handblown glass vase I picked up at the local charity shop for £1, one of my best bargains ever.
Purple Japanese Gentian
The luscious greens shading into turquoise is so mesmerising and because of the age of the vase it reminded me of another heirloom piece, a neckless I got from my mother, one she wore in days gone by. The turquoise crystal necklace with the gold and green stone clasp is just so pretty and special to me.
Vintage emerald & turquoise vase with antique necklace
20 Years on and Cath Kidston is still standing the test of time. After making chintzy florals chic and having all of us fall in love with ditsy flower prints, colourful spots and candy stripes, this lady is again leading the field. Celebrating 20 years in the business is now mean feat and this AW 14 collection is literally looking back in time. Prints and designs are more retro inspired than vintage, definitely more statement pieces then blending in with the rest of your 50’s wardrobe or eclectic home. Everyday items like newspaper print and clocks are incorporated on textiles and fashion items like dresses and bags and cushions and ceramics. There are still plenty of playful elements in this collection, I especially love the ‘Stanley lamp’ and also the ‘Stanley pie funnel’. My favourite print this season is the ‘Townhouses‘ and the navy background of this design makes it so chic. Have a look below, I hope you like it as much as I do.
Spot Velvet cushion with piping TEAL £30 | Spot Velvet cushion with piping Orange £30 | Autumn Bloom Large Velvet cushion with piping £35 | Autumn Bloom Rug £95 | Stanley Lamp £68
Spot Velvet cushion with piping TEAL £30 | Spot Velvet cushion with piping Orange £30 | Autumn Bloom Large Velvet cushion with piping £35 | Clocks cushion £22 | Townhouse cushion with piping £22
My collection of cut glass vintage decanters usually gather dust at the top of an old dresser unit. I love my decanters but hardly ever use them, so I was so pleased to show them off using them as vases for these elegant tall blooms. The pink-purple Stock provided the scent while the tall purple Monkshood created height and elegance and then the Japanese Gentian brought an exotic vibrance to the table.
Purple Monkshood, Japanese Gentian and Stock
Purple Monkshood, Japanese Gentian and Stock in vintage decanters on my table
I love how the cuts in the vintage glass differ and throw shadows on the base, making such pretty patterns on the table.