Friday, 1 July 2011


This week has been the second week at the Championships at Wimbledon and a furniture heavy one with lots of little projects finally getting their lick of paint and/or makeover. This little chair was painted to replace the chair we sold last week. These cane chairs are so versatile and easily fit in to so many different  styles of decor.

The chair was quite fiddly to paint but  it's very satisfying covering the many layers of paint which have been applied over decades to suite the taste of the previous owners.

This old beast has been maligned by my husband from day one, but I was determined to show him that it had good bones and just needed a paint job so....


A very tired old lion arm rest

After a good sand, the first coat was applied and already he looked better.

Finally the 1930's storage bench takes its place in the shop. Lovely!

This chair had a green velvet seat which I reupholstered with this fantastic newsprint fabric.

A vintage Rupert the Bear toy has taken a shine to it.

 Another lovely little Lloyd Loom piece which had a makeover this week.

 Meanwhile, another 1950's telephone bench was repainted by Steve for a customer

Other new makes in the shop....

More Peter and Jane 1960's book print cards

 Roses cigarette card notelets

 More up-cycled cheese dishes

 Cakes stands with some lovely new fittings which are good and sturdy.

 Bunting...more bunting........

 Bundles of pretty tea towels

New items which found their way onto our shelves

My art class also had a day out! We went watercolouring on a hot Sunday in Cannizaro park.

Also, a treat. This year we were fortunate enough to get tickets for Wimbledon Tennis in the public ballot so off we went on Middle Monday for a day of play and sunshine on Court one.
It was 32 degrees in the shade but what a day. A great time to relax and unwind after a busy few weeks.

What has been a week of doom and gloom on the high street has left us feeling a little shaken. With buyer confidence at an all time low we are facing the dilemma of knowing we need to broaden our net to include online sales but we feel passionate about our little shop and the community that it has already created. I worry that in time we will be made redundant in a falling footfall market, we desperately need support in this time. Please support your local shops. You will miss them when they are gone.


  1. Could spend ages looking at each and every one of your photographs! The newsprint fabric is very unusual, but fantastic!

  2. Your shop looks fab, and one day I hope to get there (I'm not too far away, in Hampshire). I agree with you about local shops - I try to use independents wherever possible as life will be so dull once all the individuality has been sucked out of the high street...

  3. More magical make-overs in your emporium of wonderful things! Just love the cake stand as a jewellery holder! Totally agree with you re supporting local shops - which is why I always favour Elys over Debenhams. You offer a shopping experience no-one else does locally, so I really hope that people realise this and start a clamour! Good luck riding out the storm.

  4. what a brilliant, inspirational blog and your shop looks amazing too pleased to have found you :)

  5. Hi Holly and Steve! I'm in Wimbledon for a concert on sat, so I'd love to take up your offer of a cuppa; Sat am? Looking forward to seeing what new treasures you have in your emporium of loveliness!
    love Geraldine

  6. Hi! Sorry, make that next Sat - need an extra rehearsal tomorrow morning!