Yesterday the Egg family upped sticks and visited Rye in West Sussex. What a gorgeous little place, percect for a lazy picnic and some meandering. It is approx 90 minute train journey by train from Brighton and is a little historic town situated sligihtly inland from the coast.
Picnic – yummy, walk though fields full of new spring lambs – check, stroll through historic cobbled streets – done, antique shop visit- check, which is where I stummbled upon a little gem called Country Collectables. (Sorry the pic isn’t great as I was trying to walk and snap pics at the same time, and couldnt check the image as the sun was in the way).
Im not usually one for pastely prettiness and 50′s kitsch (I often associate it with budget ranges in Argos and Matalan…sickly pink buckets and mops, toasters and tea towels…bleugh!), but this shop was styled so well that I felt there could be a little space in my heart for this style of prettiness. The collection of icecream/ sundae dishes, rabbit shaped jelly moulds and bowls was so lovely and all of the colours together against the white brick walls just made me want to live in a little farmhouse in the country with white washed walls, bake in an apron, have ditsy prints everywhere and use pretty pastel crockery. The shop also had a lovely collection of Cornish styleware too which was equally as lovely.
However, whilst I entertained the farmhouse dream for about ooh 50 seconds (you would have to prise me out of the city like a limpet off a rock), I did start to think about how some of the pieces could be used in a more contemporary setting. The limey green sundae bowls could be used to store jewellery and trinkets on a high gloss or mirrored unit, the blue bowels could be used in any modern setting filled with fruit or flowers (how about some bright perfect orange or nectarines?) and the pink mini lamp (bottom shelf) could be used to add a pretty detail to many a room.
I am not actually sat kicking myself that I didn’t buy a rabbit jelly mould (to hang somewhere unexpectedly) or the pink mini lamp…oh well it is only 90 minutes away…I feel a day trip part two coming on.