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Sunday, 21 April 2013

Filling our First Home | #1

As you know (I go on about it enough) Daniel and I are currently on the exciting search for our first home. Whilst it’s bloomin’ brilliant and so much fun it’s also a little stressful. There are so many factors to consider and even though the house may be perfect, the area might not be ideal and vice versa. There’s already been a few tears (on my part may I add), but I do promise there’s lots of smiles involved too!
I thought I would take a break from finding the ideal home and find some beautiful things to fill it. I’m going to be writing a series of posts dedicated to my ‘bottom drawer’ as my nan likes to call it :) showing you all the weird and wonderful bits and bobs I pick up. These posts will be a bit higgledy piggledy and will feature anything from pots and pans to bed sheets. I hope you enjoy reading them and fingers crossed you find some niceties for your house too!

I’m sure you also remember my love for Not on the HighStreet – this website is a homebuyers idea of heaven. I nearly fell off my chair when I saw an email pop up in my inbox asking me if I’d like to review something, absolute perfect timing and from one of my favourite shops too.
Daniel and I have quite different tastes, where he’s quite contemporary and clean-cut I am most definitely not. I enjoy clutter and vintage randomness. Do you think we might have a bit of a problem?! Regardless, we sat down together and sifted (through thousands) of items available. We managed to narrow it down and surprisingly loved so many of the same things (phew). The winner was this beautiful toilet roll holder. Excited is not a word I would usually use for such a contraption but this excites me far too much to not share with you guys...

How amazing?  Each shoe last has been recovered from a disused mill in Herefordshire and have been reclaimed and polished by hand. If you're not familiar with what a shoe last is I shall briefly explain - shoemakers and cordwainers use these to manufacture and repair shoes and are shaped similarly to a human foot - whether it be simply for the repair of a heel or a custom made boot, they're a little bit clever! 
I absolutely love this idea, the finish of the solid wood is so warm and authentic and I actually cant wait to have it in my bathroom! If you fancied you could use it as a kitchen roll holder, but I've already found one I like for that :)

For only £35 you're getting something completely original (no two are the same) and every person I've shown it too has been lusting after it, but for now, it's going back in the bottom drawer to wait until we've found it's perfect home!

What do you think? Is this something you'd like in your bathroom? 
P.S. if you like the toilet roll, it's Andrex limited edition haha and I picked it up in Sainsbury's!


Hayley Bamford said...

Thats lovely! x

Becky Temple said...

aha thats so cute! x


Joanna Kay said...

Love those cool little things :)

Jo xx

Carly said...

I love Notonthehighstreet! This toilet roll holder is pretty quirky and original, good choice!


hannah maggs said...

this is so cute :) and lol to 'bottom drawer' hehe congratulations on looking for your first home, that's beyond exciting! x

Kaz said...

What a brilliant idea! You're going to have the loveliest house ever at this rate!
Kaz at Sunshine Days x

Nina said...

I adore Not on the Highstreet! My boyfriend and I are moving into a gorgeous flat together and I've been going crazy on the home ware front! Can't help myself, it makes a house a home
Nina from little nomad

Helen Macdonald said...

Love that toliet roll holder (never thought I'd ever say that). It's so different and a lovely piece of history to add to your home. X

Nicol said...

that is unique!


Holly Gardiner said...

Oh my god that website looks amazing!!!!! Me and my other half have just moved into our own place and we're still lacking a few personal touches - I could go wild on there!!

Thank you so much :D


Floral Danielle said...

This is such a lovely idea! :)
I love collecting things for my first home!

Honey Go-Lightly said...

OMG Love this!

Emily Alice said...

Me and my fiance are exactly the same - I like vintage inspired, floral decor whereas he likes simple and modern! I just wrote about it in my last blog post actually!
The Life of Emily-Alice

Anonymous said...

hope you're having luck in the house hunt! adore these, and they're from herefordshire (my hometown!) which gets a thumbs up from me x

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I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and very broad
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