Happy Birthday To Us (And a Party)

Previous Homewares (Corsham) celebrated its first birthday this weekend with a PARTY to thank our wonderful loyal customers for their magnificent support over the past year. We made very good use of the Prosecco we brought back from France a couple of weeks ago, as well as the vintage Babycham glasses we’ve been stock-piling. There were also lots of Previous mini-cupcakes, resplendent with our logo on top.

The Prize Draw was for a vintage hamper filled with over £150 worth of Previous goodies (herringbone blanket, scarf, organic bath products, socks, matching Bloomingville mug and tea-towel, hand-made choccy and of course, a cheeky bottle of Prosecco). We’re delighted to announce that the lucky winner was Penny Wahid.

Back to earth this week, as the weather turns cooler, we are offering cashmere jumpers, cardies and ponchos, cosy slippers, scarves, socks, gloves and hats.  Halloween goodies are our speciality too – ghoulish chocolate fingers, eyeballs and fangs. And wall-climbing spiders, naturally! All, as usual, at really good prices.

 

Party!!

We are delighted to announce that our First Birthday celebration Party will be on 15th October at Previous Homewares in Corsham High St, from 3-5 (and probably beyond!). There will be lots of fizz, good things to eat and a fab free Prize Draw.

So if you’re free and you’d like to pop in to celebrate with us, send us an email (nicola@previoushomewares.co.uk) and we’ll send you an invite.

By way of preparation, we went booze cruisin’ last weekend and came back with a car full of Prosecco, not to mention some fabulous French antiques that we picked up en route, including bedside cabinets, facet cut crystal glasses, oil paintings, a sunburst mirror and lots more.

We stayed overnight at a great boutique b&b called ‘Maison 76’ at  Montreuil Sur Mer, which we can highly recommend, but don’t expect ‘La Mer’ because it’s been inland for hundreds of years. Montreuil is a charming ancient walled town with an extraordinary number of good restaurants. We chose the rather chi-chi industrial chic ‘Anecdote’ and can report that 70s (revisited) French cuisine is alive and well and can be very dramatic – especially the crepes suzettes!

Dublin And The Craic Was Good

A flying visit to the Emerald Isle for a pair of Dublin virgins last weekend – fascinating on lots of levels. The first thing that struck as we arrived was Georgian architecture: endless stylish flat-fronted brick terraces, monumental civic buildings and extraordinary bungalows with basements.

We loved the area around the Powerscourt Centre – a vast eighteenth century mansion converted to a shopping and eating hub, the uber-grand main rooms intact and given a new lease of life as an upmarket drinking club. The whole quarter is full of interesting shops and eateries, including lots of carefully designed ‘Made in Ireland’ goodies – hopefully we’ll be stocking some interesting bits before too long.

If money’s no object, the high-end antique shops on Francis Street will keep you happy. There are some amazing pieces, at amazing prices – we spotted a couple of things that we have sold at Previous, but with an extra nought on the price! Cross Collection was our favourite, stocked with some to-die-for mid-century lamps, chandeliers, paintings and chairs. Unusually, the exclusive shops are interspersed with charity shops and junk stores, plus a very nice cafe/vintage clothing shop called Two Pups, so there’s something for everyone.

If you’re eating out in Dublin, you’re spoilt for choice. We opted for lunch from the food stalls in Temple Bar, dinner at Drury Buildings, and a wonderful, raucous night of Folk music and Guinness at O’Donoghue’s, which we wouldn’t have missed for the world; it’s true what they say about the friendliness of the Irish. Brunch at Brasserie 66 was just what we needed the next morning, followed by the spooky Bog Bodies and enviable pre-historic gold jewellery at the Archaeology Museum.

We’ll be back, to be sure.

‘Kiss Me Quick’

We’re LOVING our new card range by ‘Kiss Me Quick’ of Brighton (if we say so ourselves) – very funny versions of the old Ladybird books we know and love, plus some lovely 60s fashion shots, with tongue very firmly in cheek. Much chortling, the current fave is the one about the hokey-cokey…so if you’re looking for something a bit cheeky, unusual, yet inoffensive, you know where to come.

There are lots of exciting vintage goodies new in this week too, from amazing sunburst mirrors and religious icons to super chic champagne glasses and unusual signs.

All this, and the new Autumn ranges in clothes, cashmere, bags, jewellery, bath, beauty, toys, homewares and chocolate will be coming in soon, ready for you-know-what shopping. PREVIOUS really is the best one-stop-present-shop in the area for all ages and sexes; why not pop in to see for yourself?

 

 

A Spot of Vintage Dressing Up

Never ones to miss an opportunity for a bit of vintage dress up, we set off for the marvellous Firle Vintage Fair, held at Firle Place in East Sussex, nestled at the foot of the South Downs – a chance to catch up with old friends and enjoy some excellent food.

We found lots of great stock for the shop, ate fresh wood fired pizzas and loved the variety of vintage outfits on show – not to mention the amazing classic cars and the Charleston demonstrations, all bathed in glorious sunshine. If you get the chance next year, it’s highly recommended. We retired sun-kissed to the Ram Inn in the heart of Firle village, for delish local beer, crab, clams and lamb. After a night with very high thread count and the biggest bath I’ve ever seen, we walked out from Firle towards Charleston, home of Vanessa Bell and epicentre of the Bloomsbury Group in the early C20th, which was incredibly beautiful and peaceful.

Next stop, Monk’s House in nearby Rodmell, home of her sister, Virginia Woolf. Modest and inspirational, it’s full of exquisite paintings and fascinating things, including the shelves of books re-covered by Woolf in one of her manic phases. The studio in the gardens where she penned classics such as Orlando felt like a snapshot into the past. Nearby is the river she walked into with her pockets full of stones. Quite a place.

Our last morning was spent mooching around lovely Lewes, before a blissful picnic on top of the downs with my oldest friend (I was 2, she was 1 when we met) and (later!) fish and chips at Bosham as the sun went down, where King Canute tried to hold back the waves.

The new stock has arrived at the shop, including a great selection of vintage French glass – facet cut champagne glasses, gilded C19th wine glasses, cocktail/ aperitif glasses, a gilded dome…plus all sorts of other goodies. Come a take a peek!

 

!!!SUMMER SALE!!!

We’re excited to announce that our Summer Sale starts 6th August, offering whopping discounts – lots of items (new and vintage) at least 30% off. This includes fab Bloomingville spotty tableware, Nkuku copper frame boxes, Creamore Mill solid oak ‘shaker’ coat hooks and towel holders, Pompom Galore hair accessories, garden lanterns, beautiful notebooks and much more.

Not to mention all sorts of wonderful vintage items, including some large pieces, such as chests of drawers and armchairs. It goes without saying that these are one-off items and once they’re gone they’re gone, so come on down and get some great bargains before they go!

Absolutely Fabulous!

Well it may not be the best film ever, sweetie darlings, but I confess I was really pleased to see my old St Martins student, the celebrated British Fashion Designer Giles Deacon taking centre stage in the new Ab Fab movie in the great Fashion Show scene. But enough about my weekend!

We have been out scouring the country for interesting vintage items and have unearthed some real corkers, from multi-drawer cabinets to harlequin sets of china, glass and cutlery – all of which are rare as a politician who stands by his campaign promises!

Alongside this, we have lots of new stock in the Corsham shop, great for presents and for your summer: including gorgeous goodies from Greece, such as organic olive oil toiletries and hand block printed toilet bags. We also have new and delicious chocolate from Creightons : fish and chips, granny’s gnashers, scottie dogs, gold cats, and new bars ‘peanut nutter’, ‘custard cream’ and ‘espresso’, alongside the favourite ‘salted caramel’. Not to mention dreamy new ranges from ever-popular, hand-made and totally natural ‘Priddy Essentials’ toiletries, lots of linen clothing designs, oodles of new toys ready for the Summer holidays, gilded cards to die for from Jen Rowland, as well as bee, dragonfly and swallow jewellery. Also in the pipeline are new clothing and loungewear ranges, so watch this space.

Pop in to see us – we are planning a sale very soon and if you fill in a card to join our mailing list, you’ll be first to know!

 

Previous Photo Shoot

We were lucky to have a glorious sunny July day for our first ever Previous Homewares photoshoot. What are the odds this Summer? The talented Barbara Leatham took the shots of our lovely stock – new and vintage, antique and mid-century, inside and out. There may even be one or two of me in there somewhere….

 

We’ll post the results here when we get them, but until then, we have lots of new stock at really good prices – including silver stripe linen T-shirts, silver flip-flops, Daniela Sigurd jewellery with bumble-bees, swallows and dragon-flies, sparkly gold alphabet bunting by Meri Meri, a sublime new range of hand-made and all-natural beauty products from Priddy Essentials, organic cotton waffle throws, Hannah Turner ceramics, softest metallic leather bags and purses, festival sunglasses, funky bamboo socks and lots of really funny and/or beautiful cards. Oh and Prosecco lip balm – all bases covered!

Happy to report that we had another great day yesterday at our latest paint course; six lovely ladies and lots of lovely ‘Grand Illusions’ chalk paint in the sunny converted barn space at ‘All the Pretty Things’.

Our next workshop will be on September 17th, teaching and practising all the preparation, painting and ageing techniques and materials that you need to transform your own furniture. £45 10am-1pm, all materials, tea and coffee provided.

Places tend to get booked up quickly, so do let us know if you’d like to join in the fun.

Father’s Day Fast Approaching!

With father’s day just around the corner, and men not always the easiest to buy for, we thought we’d offer a few ideas: we have gorgeous man-smellies from Bath House and Proraso, top quality pen-knives by Opinel, bamboo socks in fab patterns, mugs, bicycle notebooks, chocolate and toilet bags, racing cars, books, folding ‘adventurers’ cutlery, chocolate moustaches and bottle openers, (£2.25-£13.95) not to mention all sorts of man-tiques, including golfing and motoring, maps, planes, cufflinks, saucy bits and signs (from £3.50).

Lots of great cards and wrap too, as always.