I have always had a thing for vintage style cutlery and I’ve been looking for something cool and quirky for some time now. A few months ago I was browsing on Yuppiechef (an awesome online kitchen store) and I stumbled upon Laguiole by Andre Verdier. It was definitely love at first sight! I’d finally found the vintage style cutlery that I had been dreaming about. The bonus was that it came in an amazing variety of colors.
I had never heard of Laguiole knives or cutlery before that chance encounter (possibly because I live in South Africa or because I’m not a very savvy cutlery connoisseur!). It’s handmade in France, by some of the best designers in the world. Each piece of cutlery art is adorned with their trademark little bee (I love this touch of quirkyness).
So here’s my collection, so far (my fiance will kill me if he reads this!), which consists of Andre Verdier’s colonial mix color palette.
My lovely red cake forks.
Ivory coffee spoons.
Cheese knife set (because I LOVE cheese!).
Last, but certainly not least, the famous Laguiole steak knives!
The next Laguiole item on my wish list is Jean Dubost’s 24 piece pastel cutlery set (yes, yes, I know that I’ll end up with 12 knives and 12 coffee spoons, but that’s not a bad thing, right?). I am now completely obsessed with Laguiole!
One of our favorite things in our collection is this lovely pedal car, a 1937 Triang Epoch. My fiancé lovingly restored this little beauty to its former glory (Joop from http://www.triang.nl made all the transfers and is a very helpful guy). It really was a lucky find in South Africa as not many of these early pedal cars survived.
Once we’ve built our house (we intend to build a Queen Anne style wooden house) it will have pride of place in our lounge because, to us, this little pedal car is a piece of art!
We thought it might be a good idea to start sharing photos of our personal collection of antiques & collectables with you. Now you’ll be able to see what inspires us everyday and hopefully we can get you inspired to use antiques and vintage items in your home!
First up is our late 19th century French Walnut bed. We adore this bed because it has Art Nouveau details. You’ll also notice our 1960s prints of Alphonse Mucha posters above the bed. I love these posters (I have many more dotted around the house).
In the next photo you can see more of our Alphonse Mucha posters. I also love this antique Crystoleum of a beautiful art nouveau style woman (I think I might have a slight obsession with everything art nouveau!).
I absolutely love our 1860s oil painting of an old stone mill (fell in love with it at an auction). A new addition to our collection is this antique camera with original stand, which is a great decor piece.
We hope you enjoyed seeing our collection and I’ll be posting more photos of our collections every few weeks 😄
A marquee letter light or arrow is a great statement piece for any space. You can have your kids initials in their bedrooms, your initials in the living room, “EAT” in the kitchen or just have a giant light up arrow in the hallway! They’re great for mood lighting when you want to watch a movie or you can use it as a night light for your kids. Check out these photos from Houzz for more ideas.
The factory cart coffee table is an awesome piece of furniture. It instantly adds a bit of vintage character to any space. It can accentuate your already vintage inspired living room or create contrast in your ultra-modern or shabby chic space. Check out these images from Houzz, that showcase the factory cart!
If you’d like to add a bit of vintage character to your space, you can order a factory cart coffee table from us for R 6750 (ZAR). Please click on the “How to Order” page for more info.