Interiors

Personalised Vintage Playing Cards gifts plus give away

As my regular readers know, I am not only a little bit obsessed with stationery and note books but also personalised gifts. I have found you another fabulous company Vintage Playing Cards, that offers just that.

Vintage Playing Cards GiftsRecently the lovely team at Vintage Playing Cards got in touch to see if I would like to offer my fabulous readers the chance to win one of their beautiful personalised vintage playing card frames, worth up to £110. Well how could I possibly say no to that amazing prize for one of you?

Vintage Playing Cards started in 2008 when a pack of vintage art deco playing cards was found, however a few of the cards were missing, so instead of throwing them away they were lovingly turned into greeting cards. Before designing frames and an array of other lovely vintage card inspired giftsVintage Playing Cards have an amazing range of gifts and items for the home. Something that really is a little bit different. Perfect not only for wedding presents, but also new babies, birthdays, anniversary and any other occasion you could possibly want to find the perfect present for. I even spotted a dog lead rack that has hooks to hang their leads on, which can be personalised to the names of your dogs. I love these, I would love one to hang by the back door for my Spaniels leads.

Vintage Playing Cards supply items, to some of my favourite shops, Selfridges, Fortnum and Mason, Oliver Bonus and not forgetting my must visit when in London shop, Liberty.

Win Win Win

Would you like to own your very own Vintage Playing Card frame? Well I have a fabulous competition for you to enter. Not only will you get your choice of frame and personalisation (up to £110) you will also be sent a set of Mr & Mrs bunting.

Don’t worry if you do not win, I have also got a fabulous little discount code for you, just type in CHAMPAGNE at the check out to receive 15% off your order. Why not start thinking about those Christmas gifts now?

 

*Thank you Vintage Playing Cards for kindly offering my readers this wonderful prize. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Dressing your windows with the perfect blinds

Having a beautiful home that I love is something I continue to dream about. As my regular readers ready know we are planning to move to the countryside one day to our forever home. We know it’s not going to be next month or even next year but one day we shall be living our country dream.

I have big plans for our new home, beautiful kitchen, stunning bathroom with a roll top bath, wooden floors, gorgeous vintage items of furniture, a garden that is always in bloom with a lovely wooden play house for the children.

Perfect Blinds

Recently I have been thinking about what types of window dressings to use. I love shutters they are stunning but would not suit the style of house that we would be buying. So I have been looking at what styles we could use to find the perfect blinds.

Roman Blinds

Perfect Roman Blinds
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I really like roman blinds, they easily transform a room. You can get them a lovely range of colours and patterns, they are also often available in made to measure options. So if you are having curtains made or you have curtains for a large window in your room but need a covering for a smaller window then roman blinds are a great option. When the the blinds are up they look beautiful, lots of different layers all tucked together.

Venetian Blinds

I have a thing about venetian blinds in kitchens, I really fancy a beautiful white wooden one in our new kitchen. They are great when they are closed because you can tilt them so the stop the sun coming in at different angles, perfect to allow the light in but keep the beaming sun out. I like that they a wipeable, which is perfect in a kitchen.

Roller Blinds

Image: Etsy

 

Roller blinds are great, they are often a cheaper option, they come in such a variety of colours and patterns. Plus they are more readily available with a black out option. Making them great for children’s bedrooms, both of my children had them in their nurseries.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds, are often seen in offices or conservatories. We had these in our first home, they were already there when we moved in and as they were good quality, plan in colour they stayed until we decorated each room. They did however stay in the kitchen on both the patio and other window.

I love Roman Blinds, so I think that we will use a mix of them and curtains around our forever home, they are simple and stylish. Although I would be tempted by the wooden style venetian blinds for the kitchen. What would your perfect blinds be for your home?

*This a a collaborative post with Ambition Blinds. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Throwing a Great Gatsby inspired party?

When I think about movie inspired themes for Weddings or parties, there is nothing more glamorous then a 1920’s Great Gatsby inspired party.

The mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby’s and his lavish life style. Set in the era of jazz music, flapper culture, glitz and glam. The Great Gatsby is associated with the American dream, rising up through the social classes. To lead that dream life. Jay Gatsby became famous for the glamorous parties he held every weekend at his stunning mansion house.

Your Great Gatsby inspired party

Planning the perfect Great Gatsby inspired party is all about riches, glamour and jazz. Your party should be held in a fabulous grand venue. Invitations should mirror those geometric lines and gold accents of the art deco style. Getting those invitations out early us really important because no Great Gatsby party is complete  without stunning outfits.

The decor should be dazzling, gold chandeliers, table centre pieces full of flowers and feathers. Think pearls and crystals hanging from the ceilings, off railings, from the backs of chairs or even trees lining the drive to the venue. Canapés and champagne are a must have. Champagne would have been free flowing at any of Jay Gatsby’s parties.

Ladies should dress to impress with those slip dresses, beading, uneven hemlines, fringes and dropped waists. T-bar shoes for dancings, long pearl necklaces, drop necklaces. Headbands full of sparkles with feathers, a hair comb or a tiara or even a beautiful beaded skull caps all showing off that classic 1920’s glam. The men would wear tuxedos, smart suits, bow ties and brogues. It was as important for the men to stand out and the ladies.

The Cost of your party

Can you imagine how much it would cost today to have that lavish lifestyle of Jay Gatsby? Owning a mansion with the size and grandeur 40 acres of land, private beach, swimming pool in the very popular Long Island would today cost you an impressive £77,298,271. So a far amount out of my budget.

Jay’s iconic yellow Rolls Royce which was as memorable as his personality. In real terms the nearest you would get to owning one of these would be 1922 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost but that would today cost you £144,000 so not for everyones budget.

Not forgetting the cost of his famous fortnightly parties, champagne, food, jazz bands, decorations would today cost you around £255,000 per year and that’s just the basic costs.

I think my dreams to lead that Jay Gatsby lifestyle is well and truly put on hold, however that doesn’t mean I can’t have a one off Great Gatsby inspired party. If you could have a movie themed party what would it be?

*This post was made in collaboration with Chill Money.*