Tag Archives: vintage

Ercol Windsor Sofa and Chairs

I spotted this little beauty on EBay last Autumn.  A cute little Ercol Windsor 2 seater settee – and two matching armchairs!

 As soon as I saw it I thought ‘summer house’ – perfect!

However, first problem – it was a few hundred miles away in a remote area in the North of Scotland.   Secondly and this is a biggy – no summerhouse!   

It was going for a song – probably because of the location so I bid and it was transported home by an antiques dealer who was delivering up that way, so then I stored it away all winter, waiting for the summerhouse to be built in the Spring.   You may have seen the summerhouse post so my little treasures now have a home.   

I decided to discard the back cushions altogether because they made the suite look a bit too homey.   

The base cushions are in good condition and so I just gave them a bit of ‘oomph’ with some polyester wadding and covered them in a steel grey cotton upholstery fabric, with piping in the same fabric.  


 The scatter cushions are covered in Prestigious Rowan fabric in mimosa and again, I added piping.   The wood was ligthtly sanded a to remove and scratches and then gives a couple of coats of clear Matt Ronseal.   

I am thrilled  with the result.   The pale wood, the size and proportions and fresh print fabric is just perfect in our little summerhouse.   

The lady from whom we purchased the suite had had it from the 60’s and had owned it from new.   I hope she would like what we’ve done with it.

I’ve seen many fabulous refurbished  Erocol pieces on the web and on Pinterest when I was onlooking for ideas. There are many, many creative and inspiring people giving new life to these classic pieces of furniture and I probably would never have attempted this project without seeing their ideas.    I’ve added a couple of ‘before’ photos just so’s you can see where we started out and hope you like how it all turned out.



Summerhouse – just in time for Summer!

This project has been keeping us occupied all Spring, with the hope that we will be able to enjoy it all Summer – should summer ever arrive.   We have had rain, hail, wind, sleet and the occasional sunny day here in Scotland throughout May.   Roll on June!!!!!image

A wooden summerhouse has taken the place of our rickety old wooden garage.   Quaint as it was, being about 60 years old and built to last, it wasn’t big enough for a car and had become place to store everything but the kitchen sink.

The guys built the whole thing in a couple of days, basically it slots together like a jigsaw .   There is a cosy little seating area where we can get lovely views of the garden from a different perspective than from the kitchen French doors.   There’s also a little shed/storage area for garden tools.

imagePainted up in pale grey and off white, it’s a lovely addition to the garden and quite cosy in this cooler weather we’ve been having.   We’ve added a little path and steps, which will hopefully start to blend with the garden as the herbaceous plants take over.

I’ve been busy reviving a little Ercol sofa and chairs and a funky old clock for inside and will be posting those projects soon.


Beautiful Blooming July

Well it is now actually August and the weather hasn’t been so pleasant that last few days, so instead of sitting in the garden I’m sitting at the computer.   July was wonderful here in Central Scotland the the garden really flourished.   Here are some of my favourites.


Nothing lovelier than roses on a sunny day.
Nothing lovelier than roses on a sunny day.

The pond has been amazing this year.


P1020120P1020121A few new additions to the garden this year, which have been a great success.

P1020115P1020113P1020112P1020111My vintage ladder display of traditional geraniums and pinks has taken off and really brightens up an otherwise dull corner of the garden.

P1020117P1020118P1020116I think this will be an annual addition to the garden as it has received so many lovely compliments.