Thursday, 31 December 2015

Buy your own masterpiece

It's the last day of the year and the shopping sales are well underway. But it seems that bargains are not just to be had in store. The online craft retailer, Etsy, was the place this week for an illegal sale of looted goods from Syria. Ancient artifacts were being sold off on the cheap to bargain hunters potentially unaware of their origin. It made me think about museums and the items they have on display... as well as their amazing shops. Inspired by the past and offering beautiful design at a fraction of the cost of the original, they're places to find  unusual items for your home.  I've had a peak at what's for sale and put together a selection of  things that caught my eye. 

Victoria & Albert Museum

1. Hydrangea Cup and Saucer Set: £15
2. Bird and Rosehip Tea Cosy: £12
3. British Asian Style: Fashion and Textiles: £24.99
4. J by James Brown (Alphabet Lino Print): £55
5. Indian No.4 by Owen James (Giclee Print): £12.50

Southbank Centre
A lovely shop to pop into if you're in London, it's a treasure trove of gifts and homeware.  There were so many things I liked, I couldn't stop at 1 selection...

1. Candle Holder Lup Table: £25
2. Watch Me wall clock - multi: £35
3. Clock Tube Brass Piet Hein: £130
4. Sevens coaster set - taupe: £21

5. Quince Atlantic Cushion: £65/£80
6. Geo Thermos - Red: £59
7. Set of 3 Lab Flasks: £15
8. Tetrahedron Mug Gold: £17.50

British Museum

1. British Museum Bradley Globe: £99
2. Notre Dame Rose Stained Glass Roundel (Large): £19.99
3. Large Ceramic Egyptian Plate: £175
4. Wilderness Miniature Vase: £175
5. Enamel Persian Bowl: £110

Design Museum
Lots of quirky and lovely items...

1. 'Sitting Comfortably?' Cushion: £47.50
2. Plumen Bulb: £20.95
3. Nordic Light Candle Holder: £72
4. PATTERNITY: A New Way of Seeing: £30

5. Sky Planter: £25-£65
6. Conran on Colour: £25
7. Jacquet Cushion: £47.50
8. Convert Planter - large: £48

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