Inspiration & Tips


Berlin Iron

Berlin Iron

October 11 2019
Berlin Iron is a term applied to a group of cast iron items that were produced in parts of 19th century Prussia and in the modern day Germany. The assortment ranged from small decorative items to furniture, while jewellery represented a very large portion of production.
Blue & White Transfer Printed Pottery from Staffordshire, England

Blue & White Transfer Printed Pottery from Staffordshire, England

October 7 2019
Blue and white ceramics have been popular for hundreds of years, starting with the Chinese exports back in the 14th and 15th centuries. Transfer decorated blue and white was invented in the late 18th century and remained super popular ever since. This article explains briefly how it was made.
Arts & Crafts wallpaper pattern

Styles in Art and Design

October 6 2019
A style is like handwriting, it is unique. Each style has a defining set of features. When we look at any product, we can identify its style, and that allows us to unlock a lot of useful and cool information about the item. Some styles are well known and popular, Art Deco for example, others are relatively obscure. Often old styles become popular again — that’s called fashion.
Antique English wine glasses

Antique Georgian Drinking Glasses 🍷 Wine, Sherry, Port, Punch and Everything in Between

October 5 2019
If you enjoy port, sherry, Madeira or any other dessert wine or aperitif, then read on about the traditional glassware used to serve these drinks. These are some of the classical antique English glasses from the Georgian to the early Victorian periods. You can easily find and add them to your drinks trolley.
Wine and cocktail glasses

How to Clean and Care for Old Wine Glasses 🍷

October 5 2019
A fancy dinner or an informal drinks party are both great occasions to showcase your great old glassware. Vintage and antique glasses are mostly hand made, typically of a good quality and have bottles of individual character. Also, most of them are not as precious as you may think, durable and are very easy to take care of.
Blue & White table setting

Blue & White Willow china

October 5 2019
I have always loved blue and white china. As a little girl I remember my mother telling me the story of the oriental princess as she helped me to eat with my first cutlery. Each spoonful revealed more of the picture and as the story continued I happily finished my eating. I never tired of the Willow story and the trick always worked!
Antique Georgian glass decanters

Antique Glass Port and Sherry Decanters

October 5 2019
Port has long been known as the Englishman’s wine. Since the early 18th century Englishmen have manufactured it in Portugal and shipped home, and probably more than any other nation, they have drunk it in great quantities.
Arts & Crafts silver plated kettle

Arts & Crafts and Metalware Designs by Christopher Dresser

October 5 2019
Nowadays in the popular culture the name of Christopher Dresser (18034-1904) is often associated with his revolutionary metalware and especially silver plated tableware designs. However, Dresser originally was preoccupied with designs of ceramics, textiles, furniture and home interiors and only relatively later in his career he began contributing to the design field for which he is now particularly adored.
Historical Periods Explained

Historical Periods Explained

October 5 2019
Most historical periods have names and they help to describe an item by providing a context — it is like a code name that contains the useful meaning behind it. Say “it’s a Georgian table” and it will immediately suggest certain shapes and styles, even though the period lasted more than a century. Different countries and regions have different periods, often named after a monarch, political or social events. For example, French Belle Epoque ran in parallel with English Victorian and Edwardian periods.
Periodic table of materials

Materials in Antique & Vintage Homewares Explained

October 4 2019
Each item is made of something. That’s simple. But some materials used in vintage and antique homewares can be confusing. We explain in a simple form what each material is, how it looks and where it comes from.
Colourful monkeys

Colour Patterns Explained

October 3 2019
A list of popular ceramic and glass groups named after certain colour patterns or decorative techniques. For example, Blue & White — it can be a ceramic of any type, any shape, with any painted or printed pattern and from anywhere in the world. But this group is called Blue & White, because its main decoration is a blue and white colour palette.
Beautiful antiques

What-is-What in the Lavish World 💯

October 1 2019
Lavish Shoestring lets you shop unusual homewares from the past 300+ years , all in one place. And this is a not-so-serious list of what-is-what in the lavish world. Not sure about a certain item function? Read on!
CNN Traders Programme

Interviewed by CNN 🔔 The Story of Lavish Shoestring

July 1 2019
The cool kids of the old world!
Lavish Shoestring is the fun, friendly place for beautiful and unusual vintage homewares for everyday use. We believe vintage home decor is for everybody.