17 March 2011

around our flat

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We were planning to move this spring, however we are going to wait another year as it is not a good time to for us to buy a house. Interest rates are really high and we should save for a bigger deposit! Oh hum...

So with that in mind, now that I know we are definitely staying put in our little flat in East Dulwich, I thought it was time for a bit of a clear up.
We picked up these book racks a while ago. They are really useful, we have two of them, one in the living room and one in the bedroom. Perfect for displaying my fave book covers {not that I judge that way of course}.

So happy am i, with by new blanky. From National Trust shop. Also, please note, yet another Roberts radio! I found this one for a tenner, in perfect condition with FM and even a battery in it. Now I can listen to Book at Bedtime all around the flat.

I also have a strange fascination for old coat hangers, especially the covered ones. Why would you spend time to knit or hand stitch a cover for a coat hanger? The question puzzles me, the more I think about it, the more I think they are things of beauty.

I sorted out all my clothes and folded them up neatly. I hung some Japanese cloths behind the glass doors {sadly they are not long enough though}.

and here is my cuckoo clock. I wanted one all my life, and Nao found one for me. I love the way the cuckoo pops out, says its bit then slams the door shut. I am like this towards Jehovah Witness at 8am. {no offence intended!}

Plimsoll likes it when we tidy up, as there is more surface areas for her to sit and observe her strange and peculiar humans.

we also sorted out all our crockery. These Japanese bowls were inherited from our friend Shu, when he left London and moved to Tokyo.

I found these when tiding up, they are from when I went to the coast around Nao's hometown with his Mum, I thought I'd bring some home...I'm so glad I did!

28 comments:

  1. I have a coat hanger like that which I got from my grandmother. I love it.

    (and where did you get the Roberts Radio. I need one too :) )

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  2. Ooh, I like the way you've displayed the coathangers, I might start my own collection!

    So pleased that Nao's family are safe and sound. Such a tragedy. Thinking about those in Japan alot x

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  3. wow… those book racks are really cool - we could definitely use a couple of them around our flat!

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  4. your house is so dreamy. at the risk of sounding a bit creepy, i'd love to wander around in it! haha.

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  5. Oooh the little pine cone made us cry. x

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  6. Oi what a lovely home you have.Love your blog!

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  7. Small but perfectly formed flat. Love it! I am inspired to cleanse and rearrange too. Wish my two year old would respect my minimalist aesthetic! Alas....

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  8. A beautiful post in every way, so relieved for you both.

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  9. Is that Life in an English Village? My favourite King Penguin cover after British Butterflies.

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  10. oh i loved that fontana books hanger!!! i would love such thing around!!!! you have a very interesting house!!!! ;) hugs!!! twiggs

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  11. Anonymous17.3.11

    It's the little things in life that bring the most joy...

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  12. Anonymous17.3.11

    More pics of Plimsoll please!

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  13. Why, you would knit or crochet or sew a cover on your hangers to protect your clothing, of course! It softens the edges of the hanger and cuts down on those pesky bumps you sometimes discover in the shoulders of your favourite dresses. Also, it helps strappy things stay on them - wood and metal hangers are too slippery to grip dress straps.

    Just thought you might like to know!

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  14. dw, I suppose my question was more of a philosophical one, but thank you anyway XX

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  15. Artemis,
    I've been away from blogging for quite some time, but woke up in the middle of the night last night oddly thinking of you, and realizing that you and Nao may have been affected by the earthquake/et. all in Japan. I've just caught up on your entries, and I'm so relieved to hear that his family is safe. My heart is with them, as well as everyone in Japan, for all the loss they've endured. I'm sending love that way!
    Meanwhile, visiting your blog made me realize how much I loved your blog, so even though I'm not actively blogging anymore, I'll be sure to stop by often :)
    Take care,
    Melina (owl&peacock)

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  16. This is such a lovely post, I love seeing your little flat! I saw the same blanket in a national trust shop and wanted it!!! But was very restrained and decided I had enough blankets. Also my mum and dad have that same roberts radio!

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  17. I'm rather partial to a National Trust blanket too, I think I have the same one but in green. x

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  18. Ha ha! Obviously, your British wit went right over my woefully clueless head!

    Sorry 'bout that! I'm clearly a big dork. Not to anyone's surprise.

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  19. Love nosing round peoples homes, thanks for sharing. Great idea to display the books like that!

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  20. Love all your bits and pieces! I did a mini swoon and almost spilt my tea :) I'm halfway through our Spring tidy up, wish me luck!x

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  21. Those coat hangers date from the era of crepe-de-chine and silk dresses, and would protect clothes from having lines along the shoulders from the hard edges of the wood, and also stop things from slipping off. Little girls would lovingly knit them as Christmas presents. Believe it or not, some people can still remember the days before padded plastic hangers. Even wire ones were rare in my house when I was a child. The only time we had them was when something came back from the cleaners on one!

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  22. I love following your beautiful blog from afar - and particuarlyl love your household shots. Those book racks are gorgeous!

    I also wanted to comment and say how happy I was to read that Nao's family are well. Sadly, it doesn't lessen the tragedy or destruction for others and my thoughts and prayers are with our Japanese brothers. It truly is incomprehendable what they must be going through!

    Sending lots of love and light
    Houdini

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  23. My family used to have a cuckoo clock just like that when we lived in Luton. We moved to Canada in 1967 and we could not take everything with us, and so, I was moved to see this clock, as it is theoretically possible it landed up in a "jumble sale" as they used to be called - maybe several. It is possibly our old family clock. I find this somehow comforting, given that I too often dwell on what will happen to all my "stuff" when i am gone. To think that the nicest items will find happy homes like yours, makes me a little less wistful. And, to be honest, many of my household "treasures", like yours, came from flea markets, garage sales, estate sales, etc. The cosmic "car-boot sale." :)

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