Once the excitement of the festive season has died down, the next thing to think about is the new year – from parties and celebrations to the usual list of resolutions, there’s lots to think about. Whether you’re planning an overhaul on your home, or aim to explore the world a little more, here at Scaramanga we’ve got some great things in stock to help you reach all of your goals for 2014.
Resolution: Organise Your Home
Apart from diets and exercise, one of the most common resolutions is to simply be more organised at home. Whether you’ve decided to tackle craft supplies, paperwork or even the childrens toys, here at Scaramanga we’ve got a wide range of furniture and homewares that will help you cut out the chaos in your home. For books, DVDS and other chunky items, we’ve got a great range of vintage industrial shelving units and racking, but one of our favourites is the vintage pigeon hole shelving unit, £300; made from solid wood, and featuring 24 separate compartments and a top shelf, it’s the perfect place to organise and display any collectables, craft supplies or other small items. If you’ve got a lot of paperwork to organise, our vintage university display crate, £150 makes a great alternative to boring modern filing cabinets, and can either stand on the floor or sit on top of a desk or sideboard.
Resolution: Dress more Ethically
With the topic of the environment constantly in the news, more and more people are deciding to opt for a more ethical approach to fashion this year; it’s no secret that here at Scaramanga, we’re huge fans of anything ethically produced, and we think our range of leather satchels tick all of the eco-boxes. Fairly traded, and hand produced by experienced and traditional craftsmen, they’re the easiest way to stay stylish while limiting your impact on the planet. Our medium leather old school satchel, £70 is one of our most popular and versatile bags; with an array of pockets and compartments, an adjustable strap and a dark chestnut finish, it works superbly for everyone, from students and parents to working professionals.
Resolution: Give your Home a Retro Makeover
If you’re tired of mass produced furniture and have vowed to give your home an element of eclectic style this year, we’ve got some great smaller pieces that will add a lovely vintage touch in minutes. While it can be fairly daunting to think about changing everything, adding things gradually couldn’t be easier. Vintage suitcases not only look great, but also have loads of different uses; stack them up and use them as a coffee table, perched beside the bed as a nightstand, mounted on the wall as feature shelves… the possibilities are endless. We particularly like our vintage military suitcase, £65, which has plenty of space inside, and features handwritten notes and labels on the outside. If you’re trying to find more eclectic and retro furniture and toys for a childs room or playroom, the Scaramanga vintage rocking horse, £150 could be just what you’re looking for; dating from the 1970’s, this charming one-off toy has a sturdy pine construction and is in a great condition.
Resolution: Travel More
If you’re aiming to spend more time exploring this year, you’re going to need a reliable bag to throw everything in before you set off. Whether you’re planning far-flung worldwide adventures, or just visiting other cities in the UK, the last thing you want is a flimsy bag that comes apart on the journey – after all, who wants to find their underwear scattered on the luggage carousel after a flight? Here at Scaramanga we have a huge range of travel bags which cater for every possible trip; smaller bags such as the hand luggage-friendly large vintage flight bag, £94.50 have an adjustable strap and numerous external pockets for easy travelling, while the vintage leather travel holdall bag, £140 is ideal if you’re heading off for a bit longer; with huge dimensions, double stitching, and a tough canvas lining , it’s guaranteed to keep all of your belongings clean, safe and dry.
Resolution: Cook More
With ready-meals so widely available, it’s never been easier to produce dinner by simply opening the microwave door – but if you’ve decided to go back to basics and cook for yourself this year, the first thing you’re going to want to do is get your kitchen space organised. The Scaramanga vintage kitchen cabinet, £225 manages to combine great vintage styling with high function; the plate rack and hooks would be ideal to keep crockery and utensils organised, while herbs, spices and oils will all fit nicely onto the three shelves. Made from beautiful teak, this would be a wonderful addition to any contemporary or retro kitchen, and is sure to inspire plenty of great cooking.