Our 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 we find so many lovely things but we didn't want to keep all the lovely things - just some of them.

Mantelpiece September 2018

By Joy Jolliffe, Sep 17 2018 12:18PM

I was so pleased to find the two watercolours. Proper paintings by the artist's hand and beautifully executed. The artist is Stella Wright and like so many of us, she likes flowers. The colour of the board is light biscuit brown. Every other colour is painted onto this which has produced warm tones. A vintage glass vase and a vintage jug hold the flowers which for us is added interest!

The two frames couldn't be more different but they work beautifully with each painting. The jug with primroses is framed by a slim plain dark wood. It's simple and understated and allows the flowers to take centre stage. The multi-coloured primulas are made even more glorious by their frame too. Old gold with mouldings on the four corners and in the middle of each side. It's very good and a few knocks only add to it's ageing elegance.

The bright yellow cylinders, acting like book ends on the mantelpiece, are lamp shades. Retro plastic, strongly made and in excellent condition. They'll cheer up a room even when the lights are off and if they don't sell soon I've earmarked a place for them here!

The Kilncraft teapot has graced our mantelpiece in a previous blog. The mellow colours seem just right for autumn. Baachus is the name of the pattern; golden suns and flowers held and kept before winter takes over.

The spider plant isn't vintage (tho' it was extremely popular in the 60s and 70s) but the plant pot is. We all keep our favourite plant pots until they get broken so finding a good old one is pretty rare. Fanfare! The body is matt white with grey speckles. The glazed border is a lesson in mid-century pattern and colour and it's available on the OK shelves right now!

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