The Weeks Pick -Distorted Reflections

georgianmirror2This week we have had in a beast of a small mirror. Its one of my favourites its hard to photograph it and get across exactly what it look like. The mirror is a normal flat mirror but the frame has a convex glass to it so it almost looks like the mirror dips in. It’s like a weird look into another dimension. Its a Georgian piece in an ebonised frame but it had got me thinking about these wonderful small mirrors.

The other week we had our first visit to the John Soane’s Museum, which firstly I would totally recommend. We have been meaning to going for years, but on wandering to meet friends we pretty much stumbled upon on it. Across the square was a house so fantastic it drew us closer until we realised where we were heading. We were rather late on meeting our friends but got to spend a bit of time just enthralled and mainly gawping.

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Why I mention this place is the vast array of small convex mirrors adorning the walls and ceilings. There were even really quite small ones all in often symmetry all around the rooms. They draw the eye and obviously give you a distorted view back of the place you are in adding extra mystique.

A few more convex mirrors in situe

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love these huge ones in Homes and Gardens.

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They look great over consoles and fireplaces. This is not really our style but works really well together.

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I just like in this one how the small mirrors have been galleried with the antlers

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The mirror is good, but the Westwood wall paper made me add this one!

Ok they just look great as singles or in sets but I have definitely got my eyes out for some teeny ones.

// Cassie

 

 

 

 

 

At Home – Our Interior style

This week our home has been featured by the fantastic Design*Sponge, recently it also made an appearance to in Homes and Antiques magazine.

We have a one bedroom flat in Bristol and we have been here for 6 years. It is not finished and never will be as there is always new ideas to try or amazing things to be found. We love Bristol , it’s fantastic place to live and a fantastic place to set up a small business as well as having some amazing houses!!

Although our flat is small we are very lucky to have the high ceilings, large windows and original features that can be seen in many houses across Bristol. I think our flat is what inspired us really to start our business and man has it been a fun thing to do.

You can see the full post on our home by Design*Sponge here.

Our home is basically and extension of our store it’s everything we like in one place.

Our Home

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Above is our living space, we love it. It is dark and inviting and always a great place to return to. If we had to change one thing in here it would be our wall lights. We have been looking for so long now for them nothing but perfect will do! They are all in slight weird places and could do with a major move around.

The alcove really makes the room, we have painted it so many colours until finally stripping it back, it turns out thats just what was needed. There is a beautiful original harlequin pattern that just shows through the layers of paint. The coffee table is the first major purchase Edd and I ever made together and I am sure will come everywhere with us. Its made up of original and pretty rare letter press blocks.

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The Hotel Negresco banner was bought for the shop, but it never left our home. We don’t keep many items that we find, stock for the shop always has to be the number one priority but a nice trip to Nice to check out Hotel Negressco wouldn’t go a miss!

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We designed our small but lovely kitchen with the expert help of carpenter Lee Jennings. The worktops are all old iroko school science benchs complete with plenty of graffiti and holes for Bunsen burners. We hunted for these for a while as they needed to be slightly wider than normal but the guys at Glastonbury reclamation came up trumps!

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That carpet bag! I bough that bag in Brugge in 2005 on a trip around Europe with Edd a few months after we met. It is pretty broke now, faded and tired but I like it even more.

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This photo is an illusion, our table is rarely this tidy and there is no way croissants would normally hang around that long! The beautiful flowers are by Ruby and the Wolf. The taxidermy deer heads were purchased as a pair about 8 years ago and date to the late 1800’s. They’re a little moth eaten but they fit the space perfectly.

Our bedroom is a bit of an experiment for us with brights. We love dark interiors however we do have a lot of very bright pieces of art and without enough wall space they needed a little space to speak for them selves. So we gave white a try and we love it, the contrast with the black floor that runs throughout the whole flat works perfectly. Black and white, an age old combination!

We love to collect! It started really with art prints, then we have the antiques, the broken clocks, the Vivienne Westwood and the books! The thing with collecting you never know when the next thing will come up, I don’t think you could sell decorative antiques for a living and not collect yourself. Like I said, we cannot keep as much as we like but we get the thrill of buying something awesome all the time and then you get to sell it too and see it in its new home. Thats one of the best feelings!

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We love working on projects like this and I loved the interior styling for the shoot and making sure every bit of the flat looked perfect! It’s great because quite a lot has already changed since this shoot a few months ago. The photographer is Matt Somerville a great friend and not to mention a great photographer ! Matt lives in Vancouver and man we have fun on his visits and do we work each other hard ! We have done buying trips, shoots, delivers and obscene drinking games and party’s all in one day. Plus our favourite van game – van wave. Matt is a great landscape and portrait photographer and also specialises in Weddings this is his first interior shoot and man did he impress us !

 

The three of us below having some of the best times in Portland –

photo from mattsomervillephotography.com (but this one actually taken by Amanda Biggs)

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The Weeks Pick – Instrumental Decoration

Instruments are beautiful and often expensive things. Obviously made to make beautiful music with but sometimes whether due to being broken or just looking freaking amazing they become more decorative objects than musical.  Kind of moving on from the home with a grand Piano that no one can play, instruments (and there cases) can be highly decorative and can also be re-purposed into different things.

We have had a few decorative instruments in the past and have a few in at the minute but these Double Base cases really spurred me on to write this. They are for transporting the double base, the are huge heavy and cumbersome but they look great. Yes you need a bit of space, I  suppose you could double them up and store things in them, but really it just looks nice.

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Occasionally we have bought instruments that people have bought to use which has been really great! From trumpets to Tuba’s and to more recently this fantastic Ebonised Harmonium. Which made me feel immediately like a member of Arcade Fire even if I couldn’t move, look at all comfortable or really play anything on it.

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The Weeks Pick – Workbench Style

workbenchRight I have decided I need to do some weekly feature on the blog to help make it more manageable and keep me focused.  “The Weeks Pick” will feature one of our favourite new piece’s from our store Dig Haüshizzle. We will also show many styling ideas and in a inspiration/moodboard fashion will show how such a piece can work in different settings and maybe even have different uses.

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Interior Inspirations – 23 spaces all about the Green!

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Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 17.02.59This is not something I claim to be an expert at. I am a beginner and it has gone wrong a few times  but I can help but keep feeling our home or the shop for that matter just needs a few more plants!  Im sat writing this in the store with 15 plants I can see from the desk and still thinking just a few more.  I do love an abundance of plants anyway but I find  they really help to bring out all the colours in our pieces. Dark old wood against bright fresh green really lifts pieces and gives them extra life. I use them all over our flat but didn’t notice until recently spending three days photographing the flat with the wonderful photographer Matt Sommerville how each photo really was lifted by the plants. Matt already with a hefty few plants of his own kept pointing this out to me in the photos and we ended up bringing in a fair few more. I know I am slow on the uptake, I think its because I finally have a few house plants that I have kept a live for a few years, even though our actual garden advances are slow. Our interiors style is pretty dark and generally a bit muted, from dark worn ebonised wood to tarnished silver plating.  Although all together it looks balanced the splashes of green really helps to give it all a much stronger look.

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Merch Not Models

We have wanted to get some cotton bags for the store for a while now. Mainly because we wanted some ourselves and it would just be awesome to see some people with them. After a bit of a refund from the council from overpaying our rates it meant we could do something not totally necessary. So we have some.

The bags are £5 and are available here .

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Catching Up and Changing up

IMG_4517So yes things have been a little quite on the blog front. We have been busy and its kind of taken a sideline as these things do. However actually enjoying writing it and having lots of ideas means we have given it a bit of a new look that should hopefully be easier to navigate will have more to see and will be in a separate style to main Dig Haüshizzle website. Also I think this new look makes the thought for us of writing blog posts a little less daunting. So here we go this is the Haüshizzle blog. Sister to the Dig Haüshizzle store. If there is ever any questions or anything you would like to see from us just let us know.

So what has been going on in the mean time?

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Dig Haüshizzle on the road – The 2015 Bath Decorative Antique Fair

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So last week we made it to our first fair. We have been to fairs before buying and love to especially visit the Battersea Decorative Antique Fair. Although Bath is on our doorstep we had never actually been to the fair even as a buyer. So we really had no idea what to expect or really how everything works. Being massive planners we planned our stand weeks before hand and I ended up with a main worry about the floor. We like everything dark but thought a dark floor may take away from our pieces. Obviously a wood floor would look great but were on a bit of a tight budget. So came up with a very very time consuming plan that we didnt really know would work but would save the purse strings a little but would raid the penny jars. Edd and I spent hours sticking individual pennys to metre square MDF boards then grouting and varnishing them. It gave us some pretty reflective copper boards that reflecting our lighting nicely. We only had four penny casualties and soon stuck them back on, so we have those for every fair now on just not looking for bigger than a 3m x 2m stand for a while!

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Taxidermy Course and Demonstration by Kim Zoe Wagner

So the dust has settled on our first weekend of taxidermy courses held within the Dig Haüshizzle store. We’ve had an absolute blast and made a few friends along the way. Firstly meeting Kim for the first time on Saturday evening couldn’t have gone better she was instantly on Cassie and I wave length and didn’t mind mucking in clearing the shop out to accomatate the 25 people due in a few hours for the Taxidermy demo evening.

taxi54Kim did an engaging demonstration on a magpie and with the Gin & Tonics flowing for our guests the two and a half hours flew by. I was intrigued by the talk and at one point thought there was no way this wet piece of skin and feathers was ever going to resemble a bird ever again. The demo was as informal as possible which allowed people to move around and come up to the desk to take a closer look, their were questions and notes taken throughout and I think there were quite a few people ready to give it a try themselves. Kim has lernt her trade from some of the best taxidermists currently working in the UK, George Jamieson and artist Polly Morgan. This high skill set shone through and the end piece was beautiful and passed around for everybody to see.

 

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