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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Guest Post: Using Vintage Suitcases As Decoration....

So here's a slightly different post for you all today.
I was contacted a few weeks ago by a company called Design Shuffle who asked whether I had considered doing guest posts on my lil blog, as they were interested in creating something for me.

Well, not only was I extremely flattered, but it got me thinking... 
 if anyone is interested in writing pieces for my blog, please do not hesitate to contact me, it can be any topics from fashion to cookery, travel to interior design- VintageELLE will welcome all kinds of voices :)

So enjoy & let me know what you think & also thank you Mari for this great post

Much love,

Hello, everyone! It's Mari here for Design Shuffle, a fantastic online community where interior designers from around the world can show their work and design enthusiasts can find interior design inspiration.† As part of my job, I often have the opportunity to visit lovely blogs like VintageELLE09 to share some of the great interior designs I love.

Today's guest post is about one of my favorite thingsóvintage suitcases. I really enjoyed Elle's post which included the news that she is now the proud owner of lovely Harrods suitcases. She wants to stack them beside her bed and that's a great idea, but there are lots of ways to decorate with these vintage pieces that are reminiscent of wonderful trips by train or perhaps ocean liner. Here you will see interesting ways to display these romantic travel companions. Please enjoy!

Vintage Suitcases

Okay, so this isn't exactly a decorating idea, but you must admit each and every one of these cases is lovely in its own way. Oh, the tales of travel they could tell! Choose a few and start your own vintage suitcase collection.

Vintage Suitcases

A vintage vignette like this could be used in just about any room of the house. It's perfect for a bedroom corner.

Vintage Suitcases

Perhaps it will never go on the road again, but this battered and bruised suitcase has many years of decor life left in it. Vintage floral paintings on the wall soften the somewhat masculine feel of the display.

Vintage Suitcases

The empty end of a hallway like this one can be warmed up with a stylish stack of luggage topped by a lamp and mirror. Are those suitcase decorating ideas flowing yet?

Vintage Suitcases

Simply stacked in a bedroom corner, these suitcases add a bit of color to a sparsely furnished bedroom.

Vintage Suitcases

Two identical suitcases topped with a wooden tray make for a stylish bedside table in this vintage bedroom.

Vintage Suitcases

Vintage luggage fits beautifully into this feminine bedroom design. The lovely hues of the suitcases might even have inspired the gorgeous color palette.

Vintage Suitcases

Don't have vintage suitcases yet? No worries--just draw a stack on the wall or use removable stickers like these from Ferm Living. It's also a clever idea for rooms with limited floor space. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Harrod suitcases can be easily incorporated into a variety of interior styles. What kind of Harrod suitcases you do you like? Check out Design Shuffle for more inspiration from top designers here!

Saturday, 16 June 2012

My Mulberry Obsession......

I'm Elle & I have a Mulberry Obsession.

Mulberry for me is everything brilliant about British style & heritage combined. For those of you who don't know the brand or have never heard of the name, it is a company from Somerset, England which is VERY well known all over the world for it's leather goods- in particular ladies handbags. 

Now, I have a slight obsession with handbags.
It is an obsession which boarders on the lines of Carrie Bradshaw's with shoes, I can't go past a bag store with out going inside (the smell of leather entices me!) & if I see one that makes my heart beat faster, I know its fate & I have to get it. Now my love for Mulberry bags goes back a good few years now, ever since 'The Alexa' was introduced I started to become interested in the company, especially as the quality & style is beautiful.

I ♥ the shapes
I ♥ the colours
I ♥ the postman's iconic lock
most importantly:
I ♥ Mulberry Bayswater

They are such pretty bags!! & the style is totally sophisticated & chic & me. You guys have know idea how close I was to buying one of these when I was in New York! But I could not decide on the colour! Classic black or delicate beige?! & now I have seen it now comes in burgundy!!! 
Mulberry are you trying to kill me!!? 
This now makes my decisions that much harder again, plus the new Del Ray bags are amazing!Vintage yet contemporary & the shape is gorgeous (loving the rounded edges), the only downside for me is I'm not sure if it's too small....

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What do you all think?
Which one is your favourite?

Hands up who else has a Mulberry Obsession.

Much Love,


Monday, 11 June 2012

To Ombre Or Not To Ombre.....

The Ombre trend has been going round for a good couple of years now.

From nails to shorts to hair, everyone is loving the ombre

& ever since last summer I have been extremely curious to try it out, because I think it is the perfect, summer look- however being a novice to any kind of hair colouring I am very scared of completely ruining my hair! 
Yes, there was a one experience when I was 13 using some red, wash in wash out hair dye that never actually showed up in my hair, but apart from that my hair is, as many people like to put it 'virgin hair'. 

Now its not like I want to go full on ombre & go blond on the bottom because I am not that daring/brave,(lol) but also because I want the colour to compliment the natural tones that I have in my hair already- that being a reddish tinge. 

So I have decided that perhaps a coppery/red colour is the way forward!
I am scared of ruining my hair & ending up looking like a badger, which lets face it, is NOT a good look!

I want to save money & do it myself at home, but being a 'novice' I have a feeling that it will end up going badly wrong & I really don't want to pay a lot of money to get it done professional (many of my friends say its mega easy to do at home.)

But is it really that easy & simple that even I, with no previous dying experience can do?

If Lauren Conrad can rock rainbow hair, can I get away with subtle copper ombre?

*Inspirations below*

Images found via, pinterest &

So the question is....

To ombre or not to ombre?

Much Love,
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