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I finally got my hands on a copy of Octobers Country Homes and Interiors and was very chuffed to see Rose included in the main article, taking up a whole page to herself! With the very apt title “Enjoy an aperitif”




My love of interior design means my home becoming my main canvas. Last month I decided the kitchen was in desperate need of an update, especially as they say it is the heart of any home… It is still a working progress but with the help of my families business Thyme for Kitchens and my fab brother Joseph it is beginning to take shape and I’ve picked up some quirky interesting things along the way, to hopefully add a twist. Below are some before pics; hopefully in the next post I will be able to show the finished product!






At the start of the year my sister got her student visa enabling her to live in New York so I’ve just got back from visiting her.        New York never disappoints being described as the cultural capital of the world.                                                                                         

I got my fix visiting MoMa and The Guggenheim, which I found very inspiring, especially Aten Reign (2013) by James Turrell, a major new project that recasts the Guggenheim rotunda as an enormous volume filled with shifting artificial and natural light.








Of course I couldn’t go to New York without a trip to the infamous Brooklyn Flea, my favourite market in the world…! My new kitchen will stand proud when it sees what I picked up from there!


Well, I have kitchen cupboards to paint and plate racks to fix so until next time…“Have a nice day…”


It’s a far cry from last time I said down and wrote a blog post and we are now in the full throws of summer, Woo hoo! What a perfect time to introduce my exciting new project “Legless”, upcycling mid-century tables and chairs by covering just their legs with vintage fabric, giving a whole new meaning to the phrase legless! They will soon be featured on Etsy.






This also leads me onto another exciting project that my good friend Bec Russell-Turner and I are in the process of presenting, a lifestyle exhibition/pop-up shop. This will include amongst other things Bec’s gorgeous silk devorated paintings, my suitcase cupboards and the debut of legless! and will probably take place nearer the end of the year. We are currently looking for a suitable space in West London so if anyone knows of anything, please do let me know.

Rose was taken off a couple of weeks ago for a photoshoot in Country Homes and Interiors, after Evelyn featuring in their May edition, they are almost becoming regulars in the magazine!


ImageThe Etsy Wedding fair was a huge success, Darcy, Rose and Evelyn made their way to Soho and got some great feedback on the Etsy facebook page.

Until next time top up those tans and get ready for the preview party fr our exhibition, date to be confirmed…


Come Rain or Shine…

Us Brits love talking about the weather, it’s the perfect way to break the ice and the perfect way to start this new bog post!

What is going…Snow in April!

So a couple of weeks ago, I dragged myself out in the sub zero temperatures and made a trip with the lovely Rebecca Russell Turner to Kempton Race course for the Sunbury Antique market which takes place there every second Tuesday of the month. There is always a vast range of antique goods on offer including anything from furniture to vintage clothing cameras to ceramics and is the perfect place for collectors, traders, prop buyers and interior designers to have a good rummage! I picked up a beautiful 1940’s Three Tier waterfall chandelier, which is now hanging in pride of place in my flat. (That one’s definitely not for sale!)

Last week I took my boyfriend Thomas down to Hasting to visit some friends and show him the delights of a British seaside town (He is from Champagne in the North of France!) apart from it snowing and raining pretty much the whole time we were there, he still got to see the sea and sample some of the best fish, chips and mushy peas!

I also enlisted the help of my very kind Mum in finding some gems in the town famous for its connection with the Norman Conquest of England and the Great battle of Hasting in 1066! Pics below and all of which will feature on Etsy soon!

So finally the long wait for me was over and yesterday I picked up a copy of Country Homes and Interiors to see Evelyn (one of my suitcase cupboards) on page 81 looking very chic! It said, “An upended vintage suitcase is the perfect showcase for scent bottles and costume jewellery and can be locked when necessary” Very exciting!

I also got an exciting email from Etsy asking me to be part of their first UK wedding showroom in London. So I packed up Evelyn (again) Darcy and Rose and took them to Etsy’s head office in Shoreditch yesterday.  At the event will be journalists and bloggers selecting products for their magazines and blogs…fingers crossed my suitcase cupboards will make an impression!

Until next time keep warm and here’s hoping to a long summer…we definitely deserve it!


My lovely new Three Tier Waterfall Chandelier…


Evelyn featured in Country Homes and Interiors.


Hastings Gems…


Gorgeous botanical Rose print in a gold frame.




The Vicar of Wakefield, Amazing book dating back to 1891


Etched Vintage crystal glasses.


Year of the Snake…

Happy New Year! I don’t think it’s too late to say that!? Anyway the Chinese have only just celebrated their New Year!

2013…Despite doomsday being predicted for 21st December we are all still alive and kicking, So far so good!  

I went to Paris a couple of weeks ago, such a beautiful city and defiantly in my top 10! And to make it even better I was shown around by my French boyfriend! Apart from obviously drinking far too much amazing French wine and eating copious amount of Camembert, I went to Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen. The French have cottoned onto our love of their furniture design though and unfortunately there weren’t any bargains to be had…

Rose, Edith and Darcy have found a new home in a little boutique in Dorking called No5 Interiors, a lovely little shop that specialises in upcycled, old and antique furniture, sourced directly from suppliers in France, Holland and Eastern Europe. They also hand make bespoke furniture from reclaimed timber so antique in its own right! So pop in and meet the lovely Monika if you are ever passing through Dorking.

I have finally put two of my suitcases up on the wall in my flat. It is great to see them working as a functional piece of Art in a proper lifestyle situation. They have finally come to life…













On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me…

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again…! Why is it that as you get older time seems to speed up!

Well I’ve had a very busy few months and been very bad at keeping my blog updated, so thought I would write a final post before we enter 2013…

What Comes Around London has finally gone International!

Last month I packed up four of my suitcase cupboards to made their long journey over to Kuwait, to be “showcased” in a lovely boutique called The Yard. They wanted two of the suitcases in an Indonesian fabric called Ikat and it was very interesting for me to see them in a completely different style of fabric. I think Doris, Cyril, Darcie and Dorothy will be very happy over there!

At the beginning of this month I did a market in West London to test the market (pardon the pun!) I always love to do a good market, as it is such a great way to get feed back on your product. This one didn’t disappoint and I got some very positive comments and ideas of how to develop my idea. One of them being jewellery suitcase boxes, could work!

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And to tie the year up in style, I have been contacted by Country Homes and Interiors for one of my Suitcase’s to appear in a photo shoot for the May issue, which is very exciting and I’m really looking forward to seeing it properly in context…

Here are some Pic’s of new Suitcase Cupboards I’ve made.

Until 2013, A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to you all!

Strike a pose…

Wow, I can’t believe summer is almost over and I haven’t written a new post since June! Well here we go and hopefully we can count on an Indian summer… come on September and October, pull through for us!

I can now attach the label “as seen in Vogue” to ‘What comes around London’ (always been a dream of mine!) My Suitcase cupboards are in Septembers issue in their Maison Chic feature. Well if you are going to be in any mag surely it should be vogue…!

I’ve done another photo shoot of my suitcases this week and this has given me the idea for my latest project ‘Legs Eleven’ which is to cover just the legs of tables and chairs with fabric.
Having used different vintage fabrics to line the inside and shelves of my suitcases I have decided to following on with the theme of using fabric as a material to decorate and upcycle my furniture. I think aesthetically it will work well and it’s different; usually we see the material on top of the table used as a tablecloth! Watch this space…

I’ve just returned from another amazing trip to New York, Love it! Brooklyn especially Williamsburg is my favourite area and full of such creative energy from the amazing street art to the fab boutique shops and of cause not forgetting the great Brooklyn flea set on the East river waterfront with the most unbelievable skyline view.

Given me plenty of food for thought and definitely left me wanting more, until next time…

What Comes Around at Soho Flea…

Wow, what a couple of weeks! City showcase was a huge success at the end of May and with the help of my lovely friends Vivi and Brid I made it for 9.30am to Dean Street with a stall full of suitcase shelves to sell!

The feedback I got was great and I met some lovely people, one of the things I love about London so much is the constant stream of fresh talent which you often see stumbling across a pop up shop, gallery or flea market.

Some of my favourites at City showcase were obviously the fab Lou Rota with her striking upcycled fine bone china decorated with birds, bugs and floral.

Jewellery made from recycled material by Plastic seconds.

Äelska with her stunning sequin encrusted collars and brightly coloured neck pieces to make any outfit go ‘pop’.

Naomi Ryder who draws-with-stitch and print to create delicate and beautiful contemporary images of ordinary life and lastly Cut out girls the innovative design duo creating individually hand-made textile products, using natural and unique materials combined with back to basic traditional skills.

A selection of Lou’s plates.

So with all this creative energy it’s time to get “Showcase” my suitcase shelves (thanks to my lovely brother Jose for the excellent play on words) out there!
You will be able to find them at my Etsy shop and they will also be featured in September’s issue of Vogue!

You can have your very own Showcase made to measure. They are all one-offs so no two are ever the same and are all created using handpicked vintage fabric and old leather suitcases.

So if it be a piece to finish off a room in your home, a wedding present or just because you want one! Put an order in and choose a size, small, medium or large and if you want any specific colours incorporated into the design and I’ll get to work on creating your unique suitcase!


I’ve had a very exciting week and have been accepted to take part in City Showcase; Soho flea market, which is the most glamorous flea market around! Highlighting new creative talent whilst launching a unique new event for London. Soho will be closed to traffic and transformed into a hub of creativity with musicians and comedians performing and emerging creatives displaying their work. 
I’m going to be showcasing my latest project. Vintage leather suitcases lined with beautiful vintage fabric which I have upcyled into cupboards to be mounted on the wall, making a centre piece in any room. 
They are visually eye catching as well as being perfectly practical! (Surprisingly they can actually hold quite a heavy load!) 
I have designed each suitcase so they are completely unique with their own personality and story to tell. Following the theme of World war II and the evacuation suitcases, each one will have it’s own name and evacuation number.
So put Sunday 27th May in your diary’s now and get yourselves down to Soho. In the meantime here is a sneek peak…








A little too much information….!

Twitter, Facebook, Google+, My Space, Zoopla, Friends Reunited and the list goes on and on…
These days we almost know things before they even happen!
Never has the world been so connected (what did we do in the days before the internet!) With instant blogging sites such as Twitter information can be given to us as it happens before any newspaper goes to press.
We can build businesses and make contacts, share information and form relationships all at the click of a button.
Competition has never been so fierce and the world has never been so accessible. That now common phrase “google it” and the answer to any question can be answered instantly.
However, I think I somehow got stuck in the wrong era and the aesthetics of an old typewriter are much more appealing to me than any ipad! I feel like boundaries have become blurred and anonymity has been erased. Never have we been so inquisitive or craved so much attention.
Apps such as Tweetdeck allow you to read what someone had for dinner on Facebook along side how many people have died in the Middle East!
With the introduction of smart phones the internet has become an integral part of our lives of which we are eternally connected to.
Nevertheless, I fear it’s a case of sink or swim and embrace it I must!
With that in mind I would like to propose a social experiment to see how far we can push the snowball effect of Twitter.
So this experiment is me trying to get in touch purely by re-tweets to someone on the other side of the world. I have found James Kingsley (@jameskingsley) who fits the bill perfectly. He is in London Canada and I’m in London UK. I’ve been in touch with him and he is happy to take part, so find me on Twitter (@wcalondon) and let the retweeting begin….!

What comes around London Props

Prop; “an object used on stage by actors to further the plot or story line of a theatrical production.” This is what it’s all about… Props!
Looking around my flat every surface full of unusual collectables I’ve accumulated over the past couple of years (a far cry from my minimalistic ideals!) firstly I realised I was very much drawn to 50’s and secondly I recognised an opportunity to create “What comes around London Props”
I’ve always found the atmosphere of the stage to be such a magical experience and with both my parents working in the theatre in the early 70’s surely it figures I should follow in their footsteps!I would love nothing more than seeing my much loved handpicked artefacts involved in a stage production! 
With 12 days till Christmas there are lots of Christmas fete’s, bazaars and fairs popping up. Some of my favourites are; The Homeworks Christmas Craft Market, design makers taking part showing everything from clothes, scarves, jewellery and accessories to ceramics, prints, kids stuff, vintage clothes and homewares. North London vintage market, eclectic mix of vintage goodies – from clothing and jewellery to retro furniture and mid-century collectables. Lastly Hackney homemade, Local traders selling a variety of homemade and vintage goods… And if you can’t be bothered to leave the comfort of your own home there are lots of fab things on etsy!
As I always say “What comes around…”
Below are a few things that start my unusual collection of props…

Vintage shoemakers tool

Vintage hot water bottle

1950’s London Soda stream (all ready featured on stage!)

Long time no see…

Life has taken a few twists and turns over the past couple of months and I apologize for my absence from What Comes Around London.
What a difference a few months makes….it’s now winter! With the evenings drawing in, the fire roaring and a nice hot cuppa, it’s back to the drawing board!
In August I went to the lovely Denmark for a month on a bit of a furniture rekkie. I just love the simplicity and functionalism of Danish design.
Developed in mid-20th century and heavily Influenced by the German Bauhaus school, a lot of pieces have become iconic and are still in production and use today. Among my favorites are Hans Jørgen Wegners chairs and Poul Henningsens lamps.
The Danes definitely know how to organize a good flea Market and with three suitcases brimming with goodies from an old fisher price cash register (my favorite toy as a kid!) to a 1950’s heat lamp (all soon to be for sale at etsy…..) it was Homewood bound, Next time I will be bringing back a van load! Check out the pictures below of some of my finds.
On my return to London I was commissioned as an interior designer for a top Harley Street clinic (thanks Olivia and Richard!) turning the space from dated 80’s to chic 20th century!
I have been completely in my element sketching and sourcing!
Throughout my journey I have found some great little establishments and feel a couple of them deserve a shout out.
The old cinema, “London’s only department store devoted to selling antique, vintage, retro, industrial.” I was lucky enough to get my hands on a polished steel/glass display cabinet C1960 and an ebonised art deco desk. Also Pigeon vintage, which is, based on Brighton’s historic lanes, where Nick (who happened to go to the same college as me, small world!) sorted me out with a pair of rare 1960’s William Plunkett chairs.
I have a few finishing touches to do to the room and in my next post, will post pic’s of the finished product!
Until next time….

1950’s retro enamel heat lamp

1940’s enamel coffee pot

1950’s Small flying saucer heater

Art Deco etched glass wine gobblets

1950’s Danish serving dish

1970’s Fisher price cash register

1980’s Quartz wall clocks (got to love a bit of the 80’s!)

1940’s alarm clock

Vintage Fairs, Vox Pops and Road Trips….

Wow, what a busy couple of weeks. I’ve been very lucky to have been doing some work for Lou Rota, helping her out with a commission for a boutique hotel. This involved covering chairs with newspaper (I’ve never been so up on world politics!) and then decorating them with beautiful decals.
I absolutely love her work and she has been a fountain of knowledge to me, so thank you Lou and look forward to doing some more work with you in September.
Last weekend saw the South bank come alive even more than usual and step back into a pre war era becoming a vintage village. I was one of the lucky few to be chosen by Etsy to showcase a few of my vintage treasures giving What Comes Around London some welcome exposure.
While sat eating a lemon chicken and oregano taco in the vintage village admiring the fabulous outfits and feeling like I was at an haute couture fashion show! My boyfriend and I decided to do a micro vox pop, voicing peoples opinion on all things vintage, the results are below…
And so to the next adventure! A road trip across Europe ending up in Denmark, where I will be on the hunt for mid century furniture to bring back to the UK. This is some mean feat as currently we are due to leave on Thursday and still have no mode of transport! Any ideas greatly received!?

Working with Lou…

My vintage day out…

Vox pop – Why do you love vintage…?

Karina & Carl – “They knew how to make clothes back then”

Buki Fadipe – “It’s a chance to dress up and feel fabulous!”

Mr Pants – “I love looking different and all the attention”

Maggie & Kate Stevens – “The clothes are so much better made, it’s fun dressing up and we like to look different. All the clothes on the high street look the same!”

One person’s rubbish is another person’s treasure!

The perfect Saturday….
Nice long lie in followed by a big breakfast to set you up for a day of charity shopping! As I’ve said before for me there is nothing better than spending a day in and out of charity shops, junk shops and flea markets and I know most of my friends would agree!
However things are changing and the profile of charity shops has been raised in recent years especially with people like Mary Queen of shops and her mission to bring them kicking and screaming into the 21st century! You can defiantly see that they are moving with the times, reinventing themselves as sharp, modern establishments.
There used to be a stigma attached to charity shops but people’s attitude towards them have changed meaning they have entered the mainstream shopping sector. I personally find this quite sad, for me the beauty of Charity Shopping is that sense of discovery and the excitement of finding something special amongst all the tat, and the fact that they didn’t just blend into being “another high street shop”
It doesn’t stop me however having a good nose! And below are my latest finds.
And my perfect Saturday ends with a nice glass of red wine in the pub!

Sneak peek…!

This week I have been strutting my stuff around design exhibitions stepping away from my love of all things vintage and into a new world of contemporary vision. Looking for hot new talent and inspiration!

Top of my list is a designer called John Green who designs are innovative whilst being functional. I particularly liked a piece called “embrace” a contemporary take on the very famous Isokon penguin donkey which dates back to 1939, when it was advertised through Penguin (hence the name!) as a stylish mini bookcase that can hold up to 80 paper back penguin books! Check John’s work out including The Stable (stool + table = stable!)

Liquidesign’s bagalight was another favourite of mine, creating unusual, fun lighting solution that challenge people’s preconceptions of value in design and are also environmentally friendly.

And finally I loved the bespoke designs by Dare Studio a British design company, the contemporary pieces have a mid century feel and I think closely mirror the Bauhaus style, which encompasses so much of Danish design.

With all that food for thought, it was time to get back to What comes around London! My very good friend (and guru!) Kathy Coleman suggested I took some lifestyle shots of my flat (including all the furniture and vintage collectables I have accumulated since starting this blog!) my mission to try and get it on designsponge under their sneak peek feature…
Wish me luck!

From Old town, Hastings to Brooklyn, New York…

With two weeks off for Easter, I had only one thing on my mind…. Flea markets!
My journey started in Dorking where I raided my Dad’s garage and with a Dad as interested in furniture and vintage collectables as mine, his garage is a very exciting place! I left with a vintage 2 gallon Esso petrol can in British racing green from the 1930’s and a summers “Bat” 1950’s paraffin railway/road lantern originally used as a warning light!
My next port of call was Hasting, where my dear friend Elly and her daughter Molly took me to the old town, the perfect place for a junk shop junkie as myself! I picked up an “atomic” magazine rack dating from the 1960’s in black metal with 4 bright red plastic ball feet. After that it was fish and chips on the beach, what trip to a seaside town would be complete without!
Finally to New York to see my lovely sis, definitely one of my favorite places and Brooklyn flea market didn’t disappoint, set on the waterfront with a backdrop of the city including the Empire State and the Chrysler Building I was in heaven! Due to an already heavy suitcase (not from shopping, I might add!) I had to think practically and found a tin bowl and tray that have been hand painted and fitted perfectly into my luggage!
So below are some pics of my latest finds and of course they are all for sale on Etsy.

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Private view went without a hitch, any excuse for a good knees up! Thank you to all the lovely people who made the effort to come and it’s up until the end of May for all you latecomers, if you fancy a look over a cappuccino!
London-Dorking-Hastings-New York is my itinerary for this Easter break, primarily visiting loved ones although, my major quest, to conquer as many flea markets as possible!
I’m writing this waiting for a train at Gatwick airport (a place I think I will be visiting a lot over the next couple of weeks!) And so my journey begins…..

The Flying Saucer…

Well, this week has really been all about the exhibition (but of course I found time to go to one of the biggest flea markets in the country!) and after a few teething problems, 3 rolls of gaffer tape, 6 tubes of super glue and 5 rolls of double sided sellotape the pictures are finally hanging! We are having a private view next Friday the 15th of April and everyone is welcome, so get your glad rags on and hopefully I will see you at Cinnamon Village, 162 Blackstock Road, N5 1HA. Starts 6.30pm and the nearest tubes are Arsenal and Finsbury Park, if you’re not a fan of the tube the 4, 19 and 236 all stop outside.
Anyway, back to the furniture, I was in my element at the flea market which had over 700 stalls with people selling a wide variety of Furniture, Silverware, Jewellery, Ceramics, Kitchenallia, Vintage Fashion, Garden ephemera, Clocks, Paintings, Cameras and Books. Of course I picked up a few gems, which are below and also in my Etsy shop! What Comes Around Ldn
The first is a Sofono vintage “Flying Saucer” electric heater, which I absolutely love. It is so unusual nowadays but in the 50’s they were a common appliance. I think it looks almost like an art sculpture! I also bought a metal trunk which predates the war, with original paper labels albeit illegible! It also has a stamp on the inside of the lid with the date 1939 and the name C. Eastgate & sons, Birmingham, which I looked up and found out they were famous for their railway lanterns and military lamps during world war ll. Lastly a Retro dove blue, formica double drop leaf table which I don’t think will ever go out of fashion!
So will all these new finds my flat (and my Dad’s garage) are bursting at the seams, just can’t help myself!

Now selling on Etsy…

Another week of exciting developments, Thanks to the lovely Kathy Coleman and Kathryn Smart I now have a fully functioning online shop at Etsy. Come in and have a browse, only 4 items in there so far but already two of the items have been added to a treasury list and it will be constantly updated with new finds.
The mission to find the owners of the abandoned Chinese restaurant is still in full force! Having contacted the council and the land registry office unfortunately at the moment we are still no closer to uncovering the mystery, but do have people on the case!
And finally the pictures for the exhibition are being printed as we speak, all very exciting. Going up on April 4th at Cinnamon village, Blackstock Road N4, all welcome and if anyone has any ideas as to how to display/ frame them please let me know!
Here is a little taster…

Old suitcases, vintage fabrics and new shops…

Well… It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post and while my Mac’s been gathering dust! I’ve been rummaging around flea markets, meeting Lou Rota, looking into possibly having a pop up shop and organizing an exhibition. All Of course without forgetting my old school desk, which I have started sanding and while doing so have found some very cool old graffiti on it…
Old leather suitcases, vintage fabrics, a bluebird typewriter (I see another collection starting here!) and a solid pine table are the things I’ve picked up this week. These form the idea for my new project and hopefully what will end up becoming my signature piece.
With all this being a relatively new venture any tips and advice is priceless. It was great to meet up with Lou Rota who told me all about her journey so far and I’m very much looking forward to doing some work experience with her in May. She has put me down to have a stall at the homework’s farmers market in Nov/Dec http://thisishomeworks.blogspot.com. This gives me something to work towards, and will hopefully have a good collection of things for sale by then!
Finally my lovely documentary photographer boyfriend and me are looking to do not one but two collaborations together (things must be getting serious!) The first is an exhibition of some of the pictures we took while traveling around India last year. These will be exhibited at cinnamon village on Blackstock road N4 from 1st April for a month. The second is a pop up shop we’ve had our eyes on for the last year. It’s a very old and run down abandoned Chinese restaurant. We are now on a mission to find the owners and see if we can inject new life into it. It would be perfect as a gallery/studio/workshop/showroom, Watch this space!
In the meantime, here are some pic’s of my latest finds.

1930’s chic

Step back 20 years and this week it’s all about 1930’s chic.
My latest find is this lovely Vintage Art Deco English Oak Sideboard. Which I wouldn’t have without the muscle power of my Boyfriend, Dad and Brother (I did buy them all a pint!)
I’m a big fan of this eclectic form of design style and for me Art Deco embodied elegance and glamour. This cabinet has all the original features and style that dominated 1930s furniture design.
I have decided to keep it very simple before this piece finds a new home and I’m just going to fix the slight damage to the front decoration around the handle and give it a good polish!
So if this early 20th century stylish modernism floats your boat, get in touch…..

Wilbur and Doris have entered the room!

After a lot of blood, sweet and tears, I’m pleased to say Wilbur and Doris are now complete.
Just to refresh your memory’s; having bought two chairs from a car boot sale with WD (war department) branded on them and the date 1954, my new project began.
Time, stamps, numbers, medals, roman numerals male and female, husband and wife, these have all been inspiration to me in this re-creation.
I distressed the chairs representing age and striping back time. Between each coat of paint I drew with candle wax on the chairs rough shapes of clock faces, the hands of a clock and roman numerals. As I carried out this process the chairs really started to form their own personalities, (although still very much united!) One was definitely male and the other female giving them their names Wilbur and Doris!
Without intention the colours define them as male and female. Wilbur is rough around the edges, and has more prominent markings of my Grandfather’s medals, which I have stamped on.
Doris is softer and much more ladylike! The numbers again represent time and if you look closely on the top where the back rests are, you will see ½, together they are a whole…. Husband and Wife!
So now they are ready to hit the shop floor and my old school desk is next in line!

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The hunt for all things 1950’s!

This week was the big move back to London town, a last scavenge in Dorking’s finest charity shops certainly paid off and I managed to pick up a few gems.

Still working with the 50’s theme I was lucky enough to arrive just as a lady (who happened to be a friend from schools mum!) was donating some of her father’s belongings. I left with a diary he had written in 1957, a plate of notable events dated 1959 and a metal etching/stamp, which is an areal view of an old manor house, ooh and not forgetting the brother typewriter!

So all these goody’s along with my grandfathers medals from the war, which I have now figured out how to translate into my work will all play a part in the reinvention of Walter and Doris!

What Comes Around London Loves !

Well I’ve started the big transformation but like all these things I think it’s going to take slightly longer than I imagined. Walter and Doris are still waiting for their final coat of paint, while I try and work out how to incorporate my Grandfathers medals from the 2nd world war into the project!

Will keep you posted. In the meantime here are some blogs that What Comes Around London loves this week…

Loving Lou Rota’s unique and witty designs, especially the bug plates.

Happiness is… I love Shannon Eileen’s concept for her blog; all the things which make her smile. Definitely puts a smile on my face too.

Love Hilda Grahnat’s photo’s “thrifted recently” all the amazing things she has found at flea markets!

Barnaby Barford’s antique porcelain figurines with a twist are fab and just love them

Design sponge is diverse, and I love the fact it’s so interactive with the diy projects!


The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Polka Dot Bikinis, Rock and Roll, Julian, Dick, Anne, George and of course, not forgetting, Timmy the Dog!

Well, this is the feel of my first project Britain in the 50’s… Very exciting!

I’ve been staying with my lovely family for the last month. Hunting around Surrey’s finest car boot sales! Here I picked up two vintage fold up chairs branded with the royal crown and the stamp of the war department, dated 1954!

So these two chairs and my old desk from primary school (which was old back then!) along with original ink wells and doodles (I made with a compass!) form the first set of furniture. With this optimistic post war 1950’s era, I hope to inject some new life into them.

Watch this space…