The mantelpiece is an ever changing composition. Change one thing and everything changes. When the picture is taken that moment is held.

Life is stilled. A still life.


This is a shop window for the ok corral.


We created the ok corral because there are so many lovely things but we didn't want to keep all the lovely things - just some of them.

By Joy Jolliffe, Sep 4 2017 03:02PM

Without really planning it, I seem to have instinctively chosen warm autumny colours for this month's shop window. We're so lucky to still have distinctive seasons. There's always something to look forward to.

The two trays on the far left of the mantelpiece are very recent finds. We've wiped their faces and they both look very presentable. I love the deep dark orange colour. Warm and cheerful but not too full on. This contrasts with a black back and the two colours are linked by a fine gold line border. Strong simple design that's easy to live with.

There are two gold tones on the black tray. It's beautifully decorated with fine grasses and seed heads. The delicate illustration and the subtle colour changes, create an animated display.

The Tawny Owl picture is another gem from Cash's. Finely woven and intricately detailed design work, a seasonal woodland scene. The owl is perched on an ivy clad tree stump below oak leaves and acorns. The colours are a complex mix of browns, creams and greens, and this creates a textured feel to the feathers and plant detail. It's lovely.

We were so pleased to uncover two more of these beautiful old sieves. They have aged so gently. The curved wood sides have mellowed to a mix of soft browns. The staples and nails, their rust colour leaching into the wood, still hold firm. The fine metal mesh is darker now with age. Still perfectly serviceable for the garden or bring these warm earthy colours into the kitchen for winter.

More gold, this time on the Hoopla board. It's such a nice one. Properly old with its own history. The mismatched hooks telling the story of previous owners' repairs. Warm dark wood again with nicely painted gold numbers for scoring. The rings were our contribution. The originals have probably perished or have been lost, so we added two preserve jar seals. The right colour, the right size, game on!

The stunning old book of shells has already sold. It was snapped up only moments after we put it on the website. It's a total gem with fine illustrations, and a miraculously well preserved hardback cover. Another happy customer with an absolute treasure.

We're always on the look out for comports. China or glass, flat or elevated, we love them all. They're very useful for both everyday and special occasions. The comport in the shop window this time is one for special occasions. It's pretty and a little frivolous with a tall column and a flutey, wavy rim. It's perfect for small treats, piled high and centre stage.

Talking of special occasions, here's another essential. A champagne cooler full of - prosecco! Sorry, it's all we had to hand. I'm sure you can do better!

All these items will appear on the OK Corral website for sale.

By Joy Jolliffe, Jun 12 2017 09:50AM

Three woven raffia mats that are worthy of display. Use them to put things on by all means. They look stunning in the middle of the table and are heat resistant too, however, don't they look amazing on the wall! Enjoy the patterns in their full glory and really, they're too good to cover up. The colours are at their best now, softened by age, mellow, earthy.

There seems to be a bit of a local crockery clear out happening as we've found lots of good crocks recently. On the far left, our perennial favourites, Beryl by Wood's Ware. Why anyone discards them beats me! They're perfect for the job. The full range is enormous and covers every possible need. This is a set of standard sized teacups, vintage, contemporary, perfect.

On the far right of the mantelpiece we have more Wood's Ware and this time it's Jasmine. We unearthed several pieces and they'll all be on the OK shelves soon. Teapot! Milk jug! Sugar bowl! Plus, these cups and saucers and four matching plates. Everything you need for tea time for ever.

Lined up in the middle is another set of four and this time it's by Poole. The beautiful mushroom colours don't photograph well (by me) and it's difficult to show their full beauty. The exterior colour is like the top of a field mushroom with just a smidgeon of pink. The inside colour is like the underneath of a field mushroom. That's the best I can do! These are the slightly larger teacups and are glazed inside and out. They'll soon be on the OK shelves next to the Poole coffee cups.

All of these lovely items will be for sale on the OK Corral website.

By Joy Jolliffe, May 15 2017 09:49AM

The little scottie book ends were 'snapped' up by a customer the moment they were added to the website. It's hardly surprising, they are a perfect example of their kind. They were made in Germany and although the dogs are lovely I like the four wooden books even more. They have curved spines and several pages worked into the design and I love that detail.

No, they're not models of the pagoda in Kew Gardens, they're soup bowls in piles, with handles and lids. 'Arabesque', such a fabulous pattern, a mix of earthy colours, splashes of red and areas picked out in glaze, giving the design texture and depth. It's a practical design too; a hole in each lid lets out some steam and the handles ensure you can carry your hot dish safely. It's no wonder that it's so popular!

Redouté prints are one of our favourite finds and here we have a top quality super pair. Beautifully detailed and observed as always and larger than average too. They make a big impact. I suppose 'pair' isn't quite correct as one is just a centimetre smaller than the other. The frames are identical in design but one has blue decoration and one has green. Both colours perfectly complement the colours of the flowers and foliage. Gorgeous companions.

Finally, two jugs. The jug on the far left is by WEDGWOOD. It's a potter's pot and in spite of mass production it still 'feels' hand made. It could hardly be simpler; a basic, brick red unglazed exterior, it's glazed on the interior and just begging to be filled with a tumble of wild flowers. Just because they can, there's a perfect fine line decoration too. Minimal. Masterful.

The second jug is by SADLER and I love it's mid-century colourway. The jug is decorated with bands of patterns and colours, it's simple and understated, a style that's very easy to live with.

All of these lovely items will be for sale on the OK Corral website.


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