Vintage Inspiration

Now’s the time to plant spring bulbs

by claire, October 20th, 2015

Spring bulbs make a wonderful display in vintage containers and if you haven’t done it already, now is the time to get planting!

They’re perfect for adding some bright colour and focal points in the garden when there’s not much else going on and look welcoming by gates and doorways.  Don’t forget you can bring spring indoors too – cheer up a room or windowsill with a stunning centrepiece and heavenly scent.

Pretty much anything goes when you’re choosing a container for bulbs so be as creative as you like – here’s a selection of my favourite ideas to give you a little inspiration.

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Wedding Season

by claire, August 25th, 2015 - 1 comment

It’s been a busy year for weddings here at Mabel & Rose – one of my favourite items that we hire out is this gorgeous wooden bottle crate which looks absolutely stunning filled with vintage bottles and beautiful blooms.

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Vintage Copper

by claire, March 25th, 2015

Downstairs at Downton Abbey

As a kid I used to earn pocket money polishing my mum’s antique copper collection and I’ve had a soft spot for this amazing ancient material ever since.  An important metal and trace element required for both http://medicines4all health and life it’s been used by humans for thousands of years – initially used to make tools and weapons throughout the bronze age, it later became popular in the art world for sculpting and making decorative items. During the industrial revolution demand for copper buy generic synthroid online increased tremendously and it became widely used in the traditional home for things like pots, pans and pipes – think downstairs at Downton Abbey!

Combine with Natural Textures for a Traditional feel

Copper in the garden

For many years copper has definitely been ‘out of vogue’ but recently it has been enjoying something of a resurgence in the world of interiors and garden design, which isn’t surprising given how versatile it can be – shiny and polished or weather beaten and rustic, copper’s rich tones look great combined with natural textures of stone and wood and it’s perfect for creating a warm traditional feel.

Copper’s sustainability is another attractive feature – it is infinately recyclable and can be used over and over again without losing any of it’s chemical or physical properties.


 A Living Surface

The way copper ages is perhaps it’s most interesting feature, particularly in the garden where it can be exposed to harsh weather conditions which naturally accelerate the ageing process. Left untreated, copper doesn’t corrode, but instead oxidises and builds up it’s own protective layer against the elements – a living surface constantly changing, it’s colour will naturally dull and eventually develop a bluey-green verdigris that gives it a unique character. Copper planters in the garden will last a lifetime, look beautiful and have the added bonus of being hated by slugs – what more could you want?

Aged copper planter

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French copper jam pan

I love solid, chunky pieces that have a utilitarian feel rather than being highly ornate or decorative – large copper urns and cauldrons make fanastic garden planters and smaller items like copper jam pans, jugs, and buckets are equally at home indoors by the fireside or in a country style kitchen.   Have a look at our ever changing range and find the perfect accent for your home or garden.

Vintage copper at Mabel & Rose

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And then it was Autumn…

by claire, October 13th, 2014

 “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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Style your event with Mabel & Rose Vintage Prop Hire

by claire, May 9th, 2014

hire-pixGive your event a vintage twist

Vintage prop hire is something I’ve wanted to be able to offer customers for a while now but until moving to our new premises at the lovely Foxtail Barn in Leafield it just wasn’t very practical.  I’ve lent out odd bits and pieces to friends and family over the years and always enjoyed seeing how a few little vintage twists can transform even the simplest venue into something stunning. Styling with vintage props adds character and can really help to make your event feel that bit more intimate and personal.

Achieve the look
at a fraction of the cost

Sourcing everything that you need for a vintage wedding or event can be a time consuming, expensive and slightly daunting task though, especially if you’re working to a tight budget and you’ve got lots of other things to organise as well. Hiring vintage items means that you can achieve the look you want at a fraction of the cost and you also don’t have to worry about what you’re going to do with all of the items after the event.

Our range

We have a wide range of larger vintage items available for hire including vintage apple crates, zinc flower buckets, tubs and tin baths, stepladders, suitcases, milk churns, barrels, an old tradesman’s bicycle & wheelbarrows. We also have  a gorgeous selection of vintage enamel jugs, Ball Mason jars, old milk bottles, victorian terracotta pots and original French stoneware which are ideal for flowers and table centres.  

We’re working on a gallery of items that we have available which will be up on the website shortly – in the meantime please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like more information.

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Vintage Enamel

by claire, October 30th, 2013

I love vintage enamel – all those pretty jewel like colours and pastel shades are hard to resist and are great for adding a classic French country feel to your kitchen, bathroom or garden.

Enamelware is made by fusing powdered glass onto metal at a very high temperature – the powder melts, flows, and then hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating that we know today as enamel.  The word originally comes from the High German word “smelzan” later becoming “esmail” in Old French – it is now known as “smalto” in Italian, “email” in French and German and “enamel” in English.


The very earliest examples of enameling can be traced back as far as 13th century BC when it was used as decorative art but it wasn’t until the 18th century that people began using enamel to coat iron cookware to stop metallic tastes and rust getting into food.  Easy to clean and durable, enamel gained in popularity and the industrial revolution saw the mass production of an array of household items throughout Europe.  However, by the 1930’s demand for enamel waned as other materials appeared on the market.

Vintage enamel is now highly collectable and French vintage enamel seems to be especially sought after, perhaps because of the huge variety of items that were made including enamel storage jars, coffee pots, soap dishes, buckets, tubs, utensil racks and even ‘allumette’ holders to store your matches!  French vintage enamel also seems to come in the widest range of colours,  from the traditional white and navy to pretty duck egg blue, yellow, pink, green and ‘eau de nil’.

Original enamelware will usually show signs of wear – chips and rust patches are common but can add real character.  I’m always on the lookout for vintage enamel on our buying trips to France and was excited to find some lovely pieces recently – why not take a look at our range and treat yourself – they also make fabulous affordable gifts.

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Upcycled Vintage Shutter

by claire, June 26th, 2013

We’ve recently moved to a new premises that we share with a few other businesses and we wanted a business card holder for our communal area. Having scoured the internet and found nothing inspiring I remembered an old French shutter that I picked up on a recent buying trip and decided to have a go at upcycling it.

The original shutter had a frame around it which meant that it was too big for the space we had available so first job was to remove that – it was pretty straightforward and just involved removing a hinge held on with a couple of rusty screws.

I love the look of old shutters just leant against a wall and used to display cards and other pretty things but we needed this to be more secure and wanted to fix it flush to the wall, so the next job was to remove all the metal work from the back of the slatted area. This was quite tricky and involved metal cutters and a hacksaw but I persevered and once they were off I fixed a thin piece of MDF to the back and hey presto. I slid some cardboard inside some of the slats to make it easier to display smaller cards as well – a stunning repurposed shutter business card holder.

I then painted another piece of MDF with blackboard paint and attached it to the frame to make a funky little blackboard.

For more ideas and inspiration about upcycling vintage shutters check out this fab blog post by Dishfunctional Designs

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Kiftsgate Court on Fathers Day

by Dan, June 18th, 2013

On Fathers Day this year we went on a family trip to the beautiful and inspiring gardens at Kiftsgate Court.

Situated next door to the National Trust gardens at Hidecote, Kiftsgate has some really creative planting on a dizzyingly steep embankment, as well as some lovely rose borders and terraces around the main house. It’s also usually a lot quieter than more well known neighbour!

There’s also a little woodland stroll through a bluebell wood – we were a little late for the bluebells but the foxgloves were starting to grow through ready for a great summer display.

We particularly enjoyed the huge variety of Astrantias, one of our favourite flowers at the moment, and the giant Wisteria covering the back of the house gave off a delicious jasmine scent to the upper terraces.

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91 Magazine

by claire, April 22nd, 2013

Don’t miss the latest edition of 91 Magazine, a fab online publication for anyone who loves vintage, crafts and interiors.

Collated by a range of fantastic creative people, it features news, style tips, shopping ideas, interiors, features on craft and vintage style and proudly supports small businesses, designers and crafts people.

In this issue there’s a great article on the history of enamelware as well as a feature on bringing vintage style to your garden.

Check out the latest issue here

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French Brocante Finds

by claire, October 20th, 2011

How lucky were we, to time our last french brocante trip of the year with the Indian summer that we had at the beginning of the month? We will be adding more stock to the shop over the next couple of weeks so do check back to see some of the wonderful things we found, including some lovely vintage wirework baskets, bottle carriers, french enamelware, old wine crates and much more.

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