Spring is the perfect time to throw open the windows, reshuffle your furniture and make a few new additions to your home. If you’re looking to give your house or flat a makeover, look no further than Scaramanga to help – from handmade cushions to vintage tables, large storage to small accessories, we’ve got the lot. This week, we’re featuring the best retro homewares to add a unique touch to your kitchen.
If you’re lucky enough to have been blessed with a relatively large kitchen, you’ll be able to indulge in the luxury of keeping your dining table and chairs in there, as well as your appliances and accessories. Depending on the amount of space, you can opt for one of many Scaramanga tables and chairs, such as the retro formica table and chairs set, £325, which features the tapered legs and curved shape typical of classic mid-century design, complete with cappuccino upholstery.
If your kitchen is more compact, you might want to save space with our separates options, such as the solid wood retro dining table by Quitmann, £360, which dates from the mid 1950s, and has the ability to extend to seat extra people. Pair it with our red vintage stacking chairs, £85 per pair, which can be stored stacked together to save space, or our Air Ministry vintage folding chairs, £55 per pair, which were originally used as meeting chairs at an Air Ministry premises, and helpfully fold flat for storage.
Here at Scaramanga, we think that the best kitchens are the most organised kitchens – what good is a great table to eat at, if you can’t find the tableware? Our range of vintage cabinets are the ideal solution for anyone who just doesn’t have enough storage space – whether you want to organise your tins or keep your cups clean. The vintage cabinet, £375, has plenty of space, and carved upper and lower moulding, while the old colonial cabinet, £155, is slightly smaller, but has just as much character – in days gone by, this wonderful teak cupboard would have been used to store spices.
If you’re looking for slightly more colourful storage, why not try our turquoise vintage kitchen cupboard, £235, which has a single shelf, and a beautiful distressed finish. For smaller items, such as vegetables, our pair of vintage apple crates, £50, are ideal – dating from the 1960’s, these rustic crates have been gently sanded and waxed to give a new finish, while retaining the original stamps on the side.
It’s often said that it’s the little things that make the biggest difference, and we think that’s certainly true in the kitchen. Often the hub of the home, and the place where you spend a lot of time, you’re bound to want things to be comfortable, bright and cheerful. If tableware is your thing, you’ll love our brightly coloured Fulani placemats, £10; handwoven, these hard wearing mats are ideal for protecting your table from hot bowls, saucepans and plates. If you’re looking for bowls, choose from our many wooden bowls, from the small wooden bowl, £13.50, to the old wooden bowl, £25. Handcarved, and available in a wide range of shapes and sizes, they’re all perfect for displaying fruit, cutlery and any other kitchen accessories.
Rather than juggling the drinks and dinner, why not carry everything to the table in style with our old teak tray, £57. Our range of trays are all made from beautiful teak, and decorated with intricate carvings, making them the perfect kitchen accessory, both practically and aesthetically. Finally, add some colour and interest to your shelves with our vintage Indian print, £75, just one of our many kitsch prints, mounted in their original frames, or add a floral touch by displaying some brightly coloured blooms in our antique spring water bottles, £8. Embossed with the manufacturers name, these beautiful antique bottles are a must have finishing touch for any vintage or retro kitchen.