Art Deco home: 1930s Bathroom at Claridge’s

What an amazing early 1930s bathroom this is and I would LOVE to have it in my home. The bathroom is from Art Deco London Hotel – Claridge’s. Green has always been my favourite colour and the beautiful fittings in black, white and stainless steel just set it off. Maybe one day…

Thanks to one of my favourite blogs Queens of Vintage for this pic.


Etsy picks of the week – Vintage butterflies

I love vintage butterfly ephemera and have quite a few brooches from the 1930s in my collection. I also like fabrics printed with or featuring them in beads etc. My Nana Violet had a butterfly brooch and I always adored it as a kid, so I think that is when my desire for them began. Here are some lovely examples of papillion jewellery (and butterfly related items) from the 20s and 30s for sale on Esty this week. I wish I could have them all!

* All items linked back to their original Etsy listing.

Vintage Art Deco Butterfly Brooch, Guilloche Brooch, Art Deco Brooch, Guilloche Enameled Brooch   Gorgeous art deco 1920's-1930's die cut Gibson bridge tally card  vivid pinks, oranges deco butterfly hidden pop open to reveal score card   Art Deco lot of Three Brooches Butterflies Dragonfly  Bakelite  Blond Horn 1930s French Jewelry

Vintage 1930s Rhinestone Butterfly Gold Tone Pot Metal Brooch Pin   Vintage 1920s Art Deco Ruby Rhinestone Butterfly Paste Embellishment Applique Wedding Bridal   Vintage Matchbox 1930's Match Holder Cloisonne Matchbox Match Holder Vintage Match Safe Enamel Match Box Brass Matchbox Cover

Vintage Brass Butterfly Brooch (c1930s)   Gorgeous art deco 1920's-1930's die cut bridge tally card of a butterfly unused henderson line   antique jewelry, vintage 1930's green rhinestone butterfly brooch pin, Monet jewelry, antique brooch pin

Art Deco Filigree Butterfly Dress Clip- Multi Colored Stones- 1920's -1930's   Vintage Applique 1920s 1930s Sew On Fabric Applique Small Butterfly Black Silver Blue 20s 30s Antique Dress Trim   1930's Powder Tin Lucretia Vanderbilt Powder Box Butterfly Power Box Vintage Powder Tin Art Deco Tin Vintage Powder Box

Antique Sterling butterfly brooch enamel gems collectible jewelry from 1920s   1920s - 1930s Art Deco TRUE Vintage Clear Rhinestone Butterfly Bridal Hair Comb, Heirloom Paved Rhinestone Brooch to OOAK Hair Comb   Vintage/ estate Art Deco 1940s gilt metal filigree, orange and paste butterfly/ insect costume brooch

The forgotten art of travel…

I just discovered a book  called ‘Vintage Hotel Labels from the Collection of Gaston-Louis Vuitton’  by Francisca Mattéoli, showcasing some of the collection of over 3000 hotel labels hoarded by Gaston-Louis Vuitton at the start of the 20th century. These labels were stuck to baggage by hotel staff and travel agents for advertising purposes. To me they always signify great adventure and the fanciful sojourns of holiday-makers of the past. I have added some of my own favourites, mostly from the 1920s and 30s.

The book is available here.

 Hôtel Pierre 1er, Paris, 1920sworld_tour

Vintage Beauty Icons 1: Carole Lombard

I just adore this woman!! She lived and breathed style. From the 1920s right through to her death in 1942 she was stunningly beautiful. If I could magically achieve any look from the 1930s – hers would be it!