As it was Mother's Day recently I decided to treat my mum to a day out to the Country Living Spring Fair at The Business Design Centre in Islington (about 2 minutes walk from Albert's front door!)
Having been to the Christmas fair last year I was very excited to see what the Spring one would be like, if there would be different sellers and hopefully lots of pretty pastel spring goodies to buy!
The Design Centre does not disappoint, it is a beautiful building with a gorgeous roof, decorated oh so prettily by the Country Living team.
Starting out on the lower level we found some beautiful shabby chic/vintage stalls selling the most gorgeous things. Mum has been inspired to paint some old wooden furniture indoors after a visit to the Caroline Zoob stall (which was one of my favourites, but too expensive to buy from!)
Although there are a lot of stalls there are quite a few which are not really to my taste, so I focused on the pretty handmade vintage ones and snapped some photos too. I loved the stalls packed with little details, rather than the bare modern displays of some. This one below was really lovely.
The staircase was planted with real spring flowers - daffodils and pansies which looked so pretty!
Note to self, buy more flowers!
This is looking down from the main level onto the lower level. It was very busy down there so we moved upstairs to have a mooch about.
I really loved these, cupcake bath bombs which looked so realistic that everyone was going over to have a closer look! They smelled amazing too, but for me sadly, things which are too pretty wont get used and will just collect dust on the side of the bath!
Look how cute!
I loved the styling on this stall. All vintage kitchen units and utility china. I want my kitchen to look as nice as this one day! Mum and I oohed and ahhed over the yellow Woods Ware china but decided to leave it behind as we have some cups and saucers already.
Its a lovely day out, and as you can see there are sooo many things to look at! This is taken on the upper level looking down onto the main level. Sooo many booths!
So we had a fab day, the weather was amazing and we found some lovely goodies too!
On the way back to the train station we walked through Camden Passage (which I love, and drag Albert down every weekend!) and I spotted this great display of Woods Ware china in one of the vintage fashion shops. I had to take a quick snap!
I also love walking past this place, its sooo quaint and pretty and has that lovely vintage look to it. I must pop in for a milkshake one sunny weekend.
So, what did I buy, well I bought china!
I spotted the Grindley peach teapot up high on a display and made the man take it down for me to have a look at! Its perfect condition and oh so sweet for a pot of tea for one!
I also bought (from this lovely stall: Simply Vintage Designs) two green jugs - the large one is very pale green with a lovely gilded floral pattern and the little one is actually a candle!
My mum did indeed find some Woods Ware goodies, but from the same stall as me and for a much cheaper price than we had seen earlier. She also bought a sugar bowl candle which is very pretty.
Here is my little teapot - I am in love ♥
I love collecting things for my future home and I have a very clear image of what I like and what I'll buy. I am hugely inspired by all the blogs I read, in particular though the Kitschen Pink blog and her stunning kitchen and I love trawling through Vintage Heaven and Curlew Country for amazing inspiration. Their vintage homes are so welcoming and homely!
Now shall I burn the candle in the jug or save it for a later date?
What would you do?
Lastly I wanted to show my new bag that I bought from eBay, the pink colour is perfect for Spring and big enough to lug all my crap around with me!
What do you think of my goodies?