wild-and-wolf-746-phone-copper-1Bring Bring… remember that lovely sound our phones used to make before we could select what ringtone we wanted? In fact some of us, ah hum, may even remember the phones that had rotary dial! I know I do, although I was a child at the time, I’ve loved them ever since.

We’ve been reviewing the Wild and Wolf 746 retro phone (£49) from Red Candy this week and loving it! With it’s authentic Sixties styling and gorgeous copper finish, we’ve loved having a phone that stands out as a design piece in it’s own right and have received compliments from visitors all week. And that bring bring ringtone is just awesome. It took me by surprise in the beginning, I couldn’t figure out what the noise was… then I realised it was our phone ringing!


The Wild and Wolf phone is, of course, an updated version of the original rotary 746 phone from 1967 minus the cumbersome rotary dial (remember when you dialled the last number wrong aaarghh!) with modern push buttons, a redial button, earpiece volume control and ringer on/off option. But that gorgeous retro design has stayed the same, stylish and nostalgic yet totally comtemporary too – it’s a real presence in any room.

It plugs in as any normal phone would and it’s actually made the phone ringing quite a fun experience, ok it doesn’t have a display to say who is calling so you can’t catch those pesky cold callers (luckily we hardly ever get any) but that’s actually part of the fun! It’s like going back to a simpler day and I actually rather like that. Littlelish has found it really fun too, whereas she has never ever taken an interest in the old standard handset we used to have. She has asked us all for our mobile phone numbers so she can try it out and has been leaving us little voicemails all week, which have really made me smile!


Our lounge hasn’t been decorated yet so the phone hasn’t been ‘styled’ into place yet, although it doesn’t really need anything else to make it shine, it does that all on its own! It would look absolutely perfect on a piece of mid century furniture for a bang on trend look. Have a look at these great shots for inspiration!

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The Wild and Wolf 746 phone is available in a variety of colour combinations (from £37) from Red Candy. I think it would make a great gift for design lovers!

Disclosure: I was gifted the Wild and Wolf phone for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Afternoon tea at Liberty Rose’s vintage tea room is a lovely thing.

A great place to go with friends or family for a coffee and slice of cake, the elegant white interior, accented with gorgeous pastel shades is as pretty as a picture. The full length windows and high ceilings make it a lovely light space to relax and enjoy.

Oh wait, did I mention there is divine cake, hot coffee and tea? Dreamy :) I can personally vouch for the courgette and lime cake (and several other flavours, ah hum)! If you fancy something more savoury Claire also serves up delicious sandwiches, jacket potatoes and soup (Carrot and Coriander anyone? Mmmm).

Littlelish and I like to pop in after school with Granddad as a special treat to enjoy a milkshake and if Littlelish is lucky she might talk me into getting her a slice of red velvet cake, her favourite.

Perfectly child friendly, Liberty Rose’s tearoom has toys and books galore and a lovely little playhouse to keep them occupied. Mums can pop upstairs and drool over all the beautiful items for sale in Maison du Maddie, a lovely boutique store selling homeware, accessories, vintage and handmade goodies.

It is definitely a place that makes me smile, from the vintage tea sets, little flower arrangements to the stripey straws…

Happiness is tea at Liberty Rose’s!


There are 5 days to Christmas and I still have some presents to buy, lots to wrap, food shopping to organise, a house to clean and stockings to sew! Yet yesterday you would have found me doing a spot of interior decorating…

This week I was challenged by Homeserve to makeover one of  the rooms in my house to make it more warm, Christmassy and inviting. The incentive, a £50 B&Q voucher and the chance to win a further £250 voucher (could come in very handy!)

Never one to turn down an arty challenge and having only recently moved into the house which is known as “cream palace”, think cream walls and cream carpet… I had plenty of choice of rooms that I could apply this to.

The new house is beautiful but seriously lacking in colour and personality, which we are adding slowly but surely. Our living room already has a warm red and soft oatmeal brown colour and is pretty inviting especially with the addition of our lovely Christmas tree.

But wait, I knew one room that could seriously do with a makeover in time for Christmas, the dining room! We are eating at home this Christmas so actually adding a bit of personality, warmth and festive spirit to a incredibly dull room would be fantastic.


(I know, I know…)

So I took on the challenge, even though I only had a couple of days to enter, popped down to B&Q, bought some paint by Dulux in a gorgeous deep grey blue called Breton Blue £21.98, a new light fitting and some Christmassy bits and bobs to decorate the Christmas table.


Hmmm… I know what you are thinking blue, that is not warm is it? It isn’t traditionally what you would think of when you think hot, flame, heat but actually this blue is such a lovely soft deep colour that it does warm up what was a very cold, cream, boring room. In fact I even think it has a kind of mediterranean feel about it which is most definitely warm!!


I set to work painting the wall, I decided to create a feature wall as I thought this would make the room look larger and it definitely does. The paint covered beautifully in one go and I have more than 3/4 of a tin left so may do the other walls at a later date, we will see…


I then got my lovely assistant and strong man to put up the light fitting for me. This was an absolute bargain at £14.98 and although simple, I really like it. No more hideously fussy light fitting that belonged to the previous owners, this one is sleek, understated with a nice touch of bamboo on the inside. Not Christmassy but very versatile and perfect for the long haul.


I then set to work on making my Christmas table. I was inspired by Amanda at the Ana Mum Diary who I saw recently use a blanket as a tablecloth and as I own no tablecloths, went upstairs to dig out my gorgeous Indian throw decorated with tiny light reflecting mirrors. I had to do a bit of folding but very quickly I had a new tablecloth and über Christmassy at that!


I then took the threads off the decorations I bought from B&Q and laid them down on the table as extra decoration. I loved these snowflakes and thought they looked beautiful. I then hunted around the house for some other bits and bobs to dress the table with, some shiny silver beads which were left over from a craft project and some gorgeous vintage buttons of which I have hundreds. I weaved the silver beads around the snowflakes and dotted around a few vintage buttons just to add a playful, vintage, a little 1920’s glamour feel which I got from the lovely snowflakes and mix of gold, silver and glass…


Every Christmas table needs a centre piece so I found a bowl I already had and added a few bits of potpourri in gold and silver with the additional of a cinnamon stick, you’ve got to have a cinnamon stick at Christmas.


The table then just needed some candles (for warmth in the frosty, sparkly wonderland – the candle light bounces off all the reflective surfaces and looks lovely) and of course place settings which I quickly fixed and voila. One super quick inviting dining room with a gorgeous, classy, easy Christmas table.


What do you think? A am thrilled with the transformation and cannot wait to have our first Christmas in our new house!

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