My friend Sarah has just opened a new shop called Magpie & Hen, which sells ‘preloved treasures for little ones.’ Sarah is a former textile designer and trend forecaster, who now uses her finely tuned eye to hunt down vintage pieces that are playful, graphic, decorative and nostalgic. The shop includes books, toys and clothes that would be equally at home in a toy box or designers’ studio. There are objects for play, display, and inspiration, including illustrated vintage books and wooden toys that would make great props as well as being fun to play with. All the objects are very well photographed and I particularly enjoy reading her detailed descriptions of each piece. Stock is updated regularly so please keep on checking back. Here are a few of my current favourites:
1. Vintage Brio pull-along wooden duck. 2. The Sun Shone on the Elephant. 3. Vintage Fisher Price 1978 cooker hob toy. 4. Vintage French glass. 5. Vintage wooden pull-along xylophone. 6. Vintage unisex cropped dungarees.
Beldi is a Moroccan word meaning traditional, rural and natural. It is also the perfect name for a company which sources vintage Moroccan rugs. Each Beldi rug is unique – an authentic piece of folk art, traditionally hand-woven by a married woman after she has had children. She would usually work on it each day, with love and care, sometimes for as long as a year. The rugs are firmly rooted in the culture and landscape that produced them as they are also made from the wool of sheep that roam Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains.
I love the colour, pattern and wonky shapes of all the different rugs, some dating back as far as the 1940′s and 50′s. From the surprisingly contemporary looking designs of the Beni Ouarain and Azilal rugs, to the wildly colourful Boucherouite and Boujad rugs. I am also intrigued by the story of how they were made and the idea that each rug tells us a little about the woman who crafted it.
Just a quick post to show you three of my favourite things in The Apartment right now.
1. Vintage Pennsylvanian quilt.
2. 1950′s Swedish daybed.
3. 1950′s French rattan chairs.