July 30, 2014

A blissful life in Adelaide

Life in Adelaide in the 1960s! A short film made by The Commonwealth Film Unit 1966 and directed by James Jeffrey.   

This is a brilliant snapshot of what things were like around Adelaide at this time. See local landmarks including King William St, North Tce, the hills and beaches, fashion, dining, shopping, gorgeous architecture, and even the The Popeye on the Torrens!


July 28, 2014

Retro Delights Pop-up in the Burbs!

Last week I purchased a teak coffee table from e-Bay and when I went to collect it I had no idea the treasure I was about to discover in the burbs ...

I arrived at a cute 1950s dwelling in Everard Park, and as I was walking across the front lawn I realised that the home was being used as a so called "pop-up shop" - a place for pick-ups of retro bits and bobs being sold via Gumtree and eBay.

I was greeted by a lovely lady called Heather, who proudly showed me around her mother's home still beautifully dressed in its original 1950s decor. Each room including the garage was setup with a life time of vintage collections, including original left over items (dresses, ribbons, buttons, underwear) in new condition from a 'haberdashery' and dress shop in Renmark. Heather's husband's parents ran a quaint store in the 1950s and 60s in the riverside country town.

I was overwhelmed with all of the amazing collections and was disappointed I did not have my proper camera with me. So the snaps above were quickly taken on my iPhone. 

As I left I said this really is like a retro delights pop-up shop and asked her if she was open to others stopping by. Of course, she was very happy with the idea of me helping to spread the word through the Retro Delights blog and Facebook page!

Heather lives just around the corner so would be available to meet people at the cute home most days.
If you are interested in checking out this cute pop-up shop, please contact me directly or via the Retro Delights Facebook Page and I will send you Heather's email address.


July 16, 2014

Upstairs Bedroom Renovation

Saying goodbye to this retro wallpaper, the bedroom reno has begun. 'Before and After' blog post will be added but a bit of work to do before then. We are feeling pumped! Yes!

More to follow soon...


July 8, 2014

Alfie & Audrey - Vintage Reinvented

my initial logo concepts...
It’s not often that you get the opportunity to work on a business brand for an industry that you are passionate about. When Ruth from new Adelaide start-up Alfie & Audrey approached me to work on her business brand I was so delighted. Anyone who knows me well knows that I love chairs, so this was my ultimate job!!

logo inspiration - Ruth's old 1950's radio!
The design brief was to create a vintage inspired logo, incorporating elements that promote quality, tradition, heritage, distinction and the classic timeless style of Audrey Hepburn. Design, colour and texture inspiration came from Ruth’s 1950′s radio, adding a masculine touch to introduce her Grandfather ‘Alfie’ who was also an upholsterer.
The end result in print.
Ruth shares my passion for reinventing vintage furniture. Specialising in vintage chairs, and once restored each Alfie & Audrey chair becomes an individual personality – a ‘one off’ so to speak. A range of high quality fabrics are selected and perfectly matched to each chair design breathing new life into the chair with each and every loving stitch. Alfie & Audrey chairs are a unique artistic feature for any interior space, much like a painting you would hang on the wall, instead a functional piece of art!

Here are a few examples of Ruth's special work and vision to reinvent these lovely chairs...

See more online at www.alfieandaudrey.com.au or on Facebook.

July 1, 2014

Knock Knock! Anyone home?

Yes I am!

Sincere apologies for my absence over the past 12 months! I have been in the background making updates to the Retro Delights Facebook page, but over the past year I have had to rearrange some priorities/time to fit in being a full time student!

But please know that my love of all things vintage and retro has not diminished at all during this time. While studying, I have also been working on multiple design projects, and yes many of them have a retro vibe goin' on!!

So to kick things off for the new financial year, here is a collection of the vintage inspired brands I have developed over the past 12 months!

Alfie & Audrey - Vintage Furniture
Your Toolbox - Creative Services
Two Keys Photography on Facebook
Kerin Burford - Photographer
The Stranded Store - Cafe
One Small Room - Pop Up Shop
The Whole Meal