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.

Mantelpiece February 2018

By Joy Jolliffe, Jan 31 2018 12:22PM

The little spray of daffodils, on the far right of the mantelpiece, is printed onto the lid of an old toffee tin. It can seem like a long wait until the first bulbs start flowering so I thought this could fill the gap. The tin's been treasured by someone and comes to us in such good condition, bringing with it the promise of Spring.

It's good to have a splash of yellow about the place at this time of year. It's a warm and cheerful colour that lifts your spirits. The little yellow mug does just that. The enamel is thick and it's worn well and you don't need to wait until the Summer to use it. The little brown enamel mug next door is a neat companion and suggests hot chocolate and Winter outdoor fires. Another cheerful thing.

The beautiful oval platter is by Denby and it's a gem. Warm colours again, subtle and textured with a mid-century feel. The pale border has a simple printed line pattern, perfect and understated.

The other ceramic piece that I've picked out this month is a comport. You can see it next to the bookshelf. I was drawn to it - it's the mellow, creamy white base colour that did it. It has a sweet printed floral border pattern that's perfectly preserved too. The single leg or stand has a nice shape which adds to the feeling of age and quality. Well, it is a Meakin piece. They didn't get much wrong.

I'm a bit smitten with wooden animals at the mo. I've recently managed to unearth a family of elephants, a roaring lion and other wooden lovelies but they're all sold now. Here's another to take their place. Elegant Giraffe. The colour is unusual, it's almost ebony which helps with the drama of the silhouette. It's very well made with stalky legs and an animated head. You can't see the mane in this picture. It's extremely giraffey, short and tufty, created with the simplest of cut marks by a practiced hand.

The crisp folding rule is such a good colour, I had to include it in the shot. It's also in very good condition, measures inches and centimetres and is both practical and beautiful.

I've found another little bookshelf. They're such attractive items to me. This one is painted our quiet mushroom colour and has a nice upright design. Observer books look brilliant anywhere of course but this little shelf can hold larger books too.

Add a comment
* Required


Contact us at to be added to the mailing list, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.