15 November 2012

Kirstie's Vintage Home

I am a huge fan of Kirstie Allsop. I love all the fabulous ideas on her programs and I love the gorgeous ideas in her crafty books so it was with great excitement, last Thursday evening, that I sat down with a lovely glass of wine to watch her latest offering, Kirstie's Vintage Home. I loved her Vintage Home Workshop. I wish my craft room was half as fabulous as that and in general, I really loved her ideas but I have to confess to I was slightly disappointed by the program. I felt slightly let down that the crafts were very similar to the crafts that have been featured in previous series. I also felt that while some of the up-cycling was nicely done, some of the spending was a little excessive, such as spending £50 on new knobs for the chest of drawers in the bedroom, not to mention how much the wallpaper in the bedroom must have cost!. Although ..... I guess it's their money and they can spend it how they wish and bedroom did look absolutely beautiful. I have to say though, I am really looking forward to the rest of the series and her latest book will most certainly be on my Christmas Wish List.

As I have said before, I'm a bit of a thrifty person, mostly out of necessity, and I prefer to find bargains for the things I need in my house, even if it means waiting a while for the right thing to come along. I love charity shops, junk shops and car boot sales and I love eBay both for buying and for selling things I no longer need. Earlier this year, I manage to find some fabulous ceramic knobs with Cath Kidson-esque flowers on them for the bargain price of £1.00 for 25 knobs from a local car boot sale (thats 4p per knob!!). I was utterly overjoyed because the cheapest I had found in my local DIY store were £3.99 per knob and as I have 21 doors and drawers in my kitchen, it would have cost me £83.79 to re-vamp my kitchen cupboards, an expense I couldn't possibly justify and certainly couldn't afford. And here they are, my mega-bargain door knobs ....... one of my best car boot sale finds I think.


  1. Hello Kay ... lovely knobs! what a bargain,they look really gorgeous.

    You already know my thoughts on KVH I think!

    Claire xxx

  2. Lovely! A bargain like that sends you home with a big smile on your face.

    Last summer, at the end of term, the art department set out (for the caretakers to dump) a large set of drawers of the kind with huge drawers that were very shallow - probably originally for storing technical drawings or something similar. The chest was falling apart. I got excited as we walked past it and my husband thought I had lost the plot. "What on earth do you want that for?" But having asked permission, we went home with 32 metal drawer handles which were pristine. For free : ) Sadly just plain metal and no pretty flowers like yours but very serviceable. Our SIL had some for a project he was doing, some have been used as handles to lift the top panels of the hen run that my husband made and there are lots left in the cupboard under the stairs.


  3. Gorgeous knobs and so cheap!! What a find.
    I agree with you re the cost of things on the show. I mean how much of a "Find" is something worth hundreds of pounds??

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