Romantic Oval Gold Mirror

Stunning Upcycled Vintage Mirror

A while ago I was looking for a unique classic style mirror for my corridor. The scenario is I would look for inspiration online, for instance on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, however, when I go to the stores, it was hard to find some close to what I imagined.

Therefore, as I always do, I went on a vintage hunt. My favourite places to do this are at vintage events and car-booties. After a few visits and coming back home with other collectibles I did not plan to buy; I finally managed to procure one. It was a plain wooden, oval shaped, white canvas of a mirror. As my eyes landed on it, ideas flashed in my mind of how I could turn it into a beauty. In to my bag it went at a very reasonable price.

Whilst in the train I had a quick drawing of what I was envisaging. This time I wanted to go simple but elegant. Have a look below. Excuse my dodgy looking sketch 😀 Its more of a doodle but hey.

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Jijjy’s Maison Vintage mirror SKetch

Luckily, I already had most of the supplies for this vintage mirror project from the prepping material to decorations. Check them out below:

Preppring the Wood surface:

To prepare the wood surface of the mirror frame I used Wilko’s fine sand paper to smoothen the surface and get rid of any discoloration.





For decorations I used one of my pearl necklaces – grey in colour, and some mouldings left over after the project shabby chic picture frame. I purchased this from chic moulding. All together I glued them on to the mirror frame using the wilko interior pva wood glue. I left this untill the next day, however you can leave it for 2 to 3 hours to dry.

blue painters tape

To protect the mirror from primer and paint, I covered the mirror with newspaper and held it round with this blue painters tape.

Wilko quickdry MDF sealer

Next, I applied this  Wilko mdf primer. It helps in the adhesion of the top paint coating. The primer is a quick dry and can take as little as 30 minutes. I Brilliant thing is this product can also be used as a sealant after applying the paint of your choice.

platikote metalic gold

The exciting part is spraying over the paint. I chose gold to give it that classic look and a spray will give it that perfect finish. I used Plastikote as it has that yellow antiquey golf finish. You can find it on amazon or ebay. Two coats work very well.

Have a look at the before and after look.

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Before frame

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Vintage Mirror After Upcycling 

Even though this was one of my smallest scale projects, it was so much fun and really loved the transformations.

Here are my other vintage upcycling fun projects in my DIY section:

Project shabby chic dresser:

Project shabby chic picture frame:

If you are planning to try out or are presently completing an upcycle/repurposed furniture project share with us or ask me some questions; I would love to help.


Quest For Nostalgic Titillation At UK’s Best Vintage Fair

A Pop-up vintage and IACF (International Antiques and Collectibles Fair) affair at Alexandra Palace.

Its February and I am glad things are starting to pick up. It is all too much too soon, cannot be in three to four places at once and I like it. A sign that 2018 will be positively buzzing.

I was excited to attend the 2018 Antiques, Vintage and Collectibles Fair at Alexandra palace. This jewel of an event was organised by the, three times voted- best London vintage fair- Pop up vintage; and UK’s largest antiques event – IACF. Event took place at the iconic Alexandra palace in north London.

It is the second time I am attending this famous event (post) and to honest, I was not disappointed. I like to collect unique interior pieces for my future loving and beautiful home, also, as my sibling has managed to secure one I was excited to explore what was available and cannot wait to help with the interior decor. Collecting vintage pieces is also a hobby of mine.

Spotted a Star Collectible

One of my Favorite piece I brought back to add to my collection, was this pretty Vintage tea cup set which I bought from a warm and fatherly gentleman and his lovely wife. If you attend next London antiques fair ask for Lez and Mary’s stall. History on teacup collectible

Vintage 1940s Teacup

Name of this tea cup set is unknown to me. I have spotted the exact design in at least 3 period TV series and movie; Victoria, The paradise and if I am not mistaken- Darkest hour. when I saw it I had to have it. Let me know if you spotted it in other films

As a vintage fashion fan, I was also on the look out this year for some lovely unique nostalgic styles to vamp up my wardrobe.

Highlights of available items:

Whether you are an avid collector, antique enthusiast or just curious, there is no way you would have left empty handed. The hall was packed with sellers and collectors trading antiques and vintage pieces from as early as 1920s to the retro 1970s and 80s.

For the vintage fashion addicts:

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Mustard wool mohair 1940s French Vintage hat (Popupvintage/IACF fair)

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1930s Ladies vintage tweed shoes (Popupvintage/IACF fair)

French vintage hat

Maroon wool mohair 1940s French Vintage hat (Popupvintage/IACF fair)

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Purple snake skin womens Retro vintage shoes (Popupvintage/IACF fair)

For the vintage interior enthusiast

Antique stool

Where there is antiques and vintage, beautifully handmade items are not far away. Like this stunning handmade rugs from Valuable Rugs- who are located in Cricklewood northwest London.

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Handmade silk rug from valuable rugs

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Handmade rug from valuable rugs

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VIntage Planter

Pretty little vintage cycle in white, A decorative planter. (Popupvintage/IACF fair). Makes a garden look really pretty. Gardening ideas

Many more antique, vintage, and other fun fairs coming up throughout the year around the country. Have a look at Upcoming events.

Below are some charming vintage style home lightings made by J.A.M.S Ironworks which caught my eye. I arrived at the stall just in time for a mini presentation by the lovely wife of Andrew- the man behind the master pieces. Each piece is one of a kind; all recreated/upcycled using genuin antique and vintage parts. Exquisite interior pieces.


For the Zealous collectors

Gold AntiqueTea Box

Collectors Pure Crystal Glasses

Antique and vintage fairs are a great fun day out for friends or family. If you are looking for unique one of a kind items to glamorize your home, the fairs never fall short.

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2018 Autumn/Winter Mood Lifters- Plush Throws, Cushions & Opulent Interiors

I hope 2018 started well and positive for all. It is natural to feel like hibernating in the first two months with winter at its peak and its right after the December blowouts.

There are quit a few activities one can take on to either turn around or improve your mood during this period. In my case I took up some light exercises and detox to increase energy, clearing up my closet, giving to charity and my favourite is updating my interior space accessories.

According to Maree Louise, Project Manager at Little Home Renos in Sydney, Australia, minor improvements to your home can improve comforts; Raci- an interior designer from GDC interiors journal suggests that decorating your interior can make you happier and consequently healthier and more productive. So there you have it- a beautiful and cozy interior can positively improve your emotions.

I came across these interior design deco ideas for autumn winter. What can be more cozy than plush velvet textures, fluffy cushions, and warm throws. With all the trees, outside, naked from their loss of beautiful lush leaves, the indoor plants can be really inviting and cheerful reminding us of spring and summer hence enhancing our moods.

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Via Elle Decor

Chintz and Chinoiserie

Chintz and Chinoiserie




Via The Decoristor


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Timeless Boho Chic

Warning you better get your glasses on; it is about to get pretty, colorful, and cheery in here; It’s all about Boho chic people.

There is something about Bohemian style that tends to wake up my senses, from fashion to interiors. It so earthy, and for a girl who loves nature and all its glory, we all should not be surprised.

Bohemian aka Boho culture was started by the maligned perception of Bohemian aka Boho culture is that they are rebels and are against the bourgeoisie- middle class lifestyle. Known for loathing capitalism and are pro- collectivism. I associate Today’s Boho lifestyle with spirituality.

To cut the story short and leave the gravely bits a side, you have to love the earthy tones in the style. The mode really reminds me of beautiful colors and vibes from Africa like the famous Morocco, Kenya, or South Africa; Its easy to spot those earthy tones on South American prints as well.

Here is a quick glimpse:

Images credit: Word nomads, Muungano blog, Isuwanne blog, Culture trip.

My last holiday was in Kenya, where I visited the sunny, vibrant towns of Nairobi and Mombasa. The atmosphere there is addictive; so many places to tour. However, my trip would not be complete without a visit to the markets where I was able to haul some fabric treasures. My favourite market is the Masai market which moves around Nairobi on different days.

Image credit: Ninara / Flickr, Wikipedia

If you have read my other blogs sewing bees have a few cheeky habits. Another one is to ‘see fabric, buy fabric, think of project later’. Just like in my Traid charity shop visit!! This was me …

piled up with fabrics

Only went to get 4 types of fabrics, Max. Ps- the picture is a tard exaggerated, just think a quarter of that. Back to London, I was very excited to try out some ideas with the fabrics. So here we are, at a quick glance of the first batch I made , tell me what you think. I will add to this as I go along





Bohemian style interiors tend to be beautifully colourful and envokes feelings of comfort and happy moods. Have a look at this beautiful interiors from Harpers Bazaar and Atlantis Homes.

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Harpers Bazaar

I had a super delightful time making these. Let’s add to the fun, if it was a collection, what would you call it.

Jijjy’s Personalized Cushions

Hey pals, what are you buying your loved ones this year? It’s been a long-awaited Christmas season? I am sure you have spotted many gifts options and offers around shops and online. I did not even realize that the sales had already started guys. Shopping mayhem is on its way.

Last year I remember thinking that I am bored of the same old cheezy gifts I keep buying for my cronies and my family. Question was, what unique, unexpected gifts can I find, for them, on their birthdays and Easter, baby showers, weddings oohh my goodness. The list is endless. I was tired of the usual pair of socks, hat, cheeky cup.

One of my friend’s birthdays was nigh; I was looking through the party pictures, and how much fun and laughs we have shared. I realised I would be sad if one day she decides to leave to another country for instance dues to career or go back to her family or even get married and move away.

Then it dawned on me, I could make something. Now for those of you who have watched friends season 6 episode 17, please don’t take you mind there, come back to the blog deary, as funny as that episode was.

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Phoebe makes her Firends Sock bunny present 😀

It had to be something she will never leave behind and always remind her of her buddies and fun we shared.

As one does, I researched online; straight for some online shopping – much needed supplies y’all; and this is what I came up with.

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Jijjy’s Maison Customized Cushion

Since I love sewing and vintage lifestyle, it is no surprise that my design idea turned out to be the above.

It was one of my very first customed gift for a friend, but I have been perfecting the finish with each customised cushion I have given to each of my cronies. But I tell you what, I have loved making each and every cushion. All unique from the next. I do get surprised when they taken a back by the gift. This is what I tend to say “really? You actually like it, honestly?” smiley face. It runs through my mind that, maybe they say that since they are friends LOL.

This has motivated me to make more of them, and think of more innovative ideas for gifts along the way.

At this point I am still loving the ‘customized Jijjy’smaison-cosy-cushys’. My aunties, and siblings order for their friends, friends order for their work mates and family members. It has been all round fun.


One of cousins, our little beauty is all grown up and has been blessed with her Love, to get married in December. I am super excited to surprise them with one of my ‘customized Jijjysmaison-cosy-cushys’. Hoping the blessed couple really like it.

I will share a “how to” blog post to show you how I made this lovely gifts, and what materials I used on another blog post.

AND….Let me know what unique gifts you have made for your loved ones, even cheeky ones. In the past or present. It will be a good laugh.

Any queries, or if you would like a #jijjy’spersonalisedcushion for yourself or for a loved one, Email:


Shabby Chic Interiors with a Retro touch

Oh my goodness, I found this beautiful -‘vintage chic french rose cotton linen fabric’, whilst shopping for my sewing accessories. You know that feeling when you spot the perfect beauty of a shoe and you leave the store without it? Then it plagues your mind all night day? That is the feeling us sewing bees get. Evidently it was not left behind.

Vintage Chic French Rose Butterfly Retro Cotton Linen Fabric

Purple, pinks and grey; some of the beautiful interior colors that are trending at the moment. Shabby chic interior style is another of my favourite interior looks. It has been  trending for years since its emergence. The vintage community has been coming up with chic and innovative recycling /upcycling ideas. Other interior designers caught the lovely bug and the trend evolved over the years. Its one of the most loved styles out there, inspired by the antique look.

The fabric pattern and colors already make a statement, but I wanted to challenge myself in terms of sewing as well as design. Let me know what you think, It would be lovely to read your views on them.


The shabby chic idea is to making furniture pieces look like they have been around for centuries, yet stylish, giving the feeling of nostalgia of the yester-years. It also involves restoring old furniture and giving it a new life, whilst still retaining the wear and tear.

In term of fashion and fabrics, its all about that classic look. The 1950s and over are termed as ‘Retro’. This is upcycling in style; trust me its all fun fun fun.

You might discover a few shabby chic styles; for instance- country shabby chic which has a cosy country cottage feel, and french shabby chic.

L: Country cottage shabby chic R: French shabby chic

I find that when I constantly redefine my interior style from time to time or add a few pieces to vamp up the look can be exciting and gives that fun, playful and positive vibe especially in a repetitive rat race world. Imagine its end of Christmas and a new year is neigh; that hollow empty feeling at end of the festivities, creeps in. Setting your self some new goals, re-inventing oneself, gives you that positive vibe, something to look forward to; like an unbroken chain of excitement.

A few ideas I had in mind for the cushions

The gorgeous green side dresser and the stunning wall clock are examples of upcycled lovely pieces of shabby chic furniture from Fifi’s Furniture.

With Christmas round the corner I decided to use the fabrics, to make friends and family some lovely gifts. Of course I end up keeping some for myself; additions to my deco piece collections. I usually make the gifts depending on the individuals personality; as you might figure out, I have in mind who is going to benefit from these gifts.

There are quite a few vintage fairs coming up this season 2017 that I am looking forward to. I am hoping to find some vintage or antique pieces to add to my collection. You could also give them a try and see if the experience might spark a new hobby for 2018. You never know…..

One of my favorite Shabby chic recommendations:

Clock and Side dresser from –

fifis furniture

Get your hands on similar cushions by clicking on this link:

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Cosy Log Cabin Interior ideas

Do you have a cosy interior style dream for your home that you wish you could come back to after a hard days work?

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Willow Farm, Image: Cool uk

In my case it would have to be the log cabin look. This affinity started after an exciting hiking trip to Hadrian’s wall where my friends and I stayed at the lovely Willow Ford Farm .

Including a weekend in Brecon beacon where we slumbered each day in the  charming Log-cabin-esq cottage – the Wern Watkin after long walks and tours.

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Wern Watkin, Image: Bland

I loved the earthy bare wooden walls and interior. Remarkably tranquil and surrounded by endless green space. These cottages gave me the feeling of staying in a log cabin surrounded by nature away from the buzz of the city.

First thing that comes to mind when I see a log cabin is an avid traveler staying at a stunning cabin in the romantic snowy mountains in Scotland, Switzerland, or Canada. Picture yourself sheltered in an all wood cosy interior, warm fire with the smell of burning wood, comfy soft cushions and hot cup of Earl grey tea or mulled wine, away from the noisy city. NO internet (eerrmm we can take a reign check on that).

Perhaps, to quench my yearning for Log Cabins, I could book myself into a cabin holiday like Wingbury Farm Glamping  and immerse myself in the romantic earthy interiors.

In the mean time there is the options getting rich and buying a log cabin as a holiday home or  transforming your home into something similar.

Have a look at some of my favorite Log cabin interior designs.



The exposed wooden beams and stone walls conjure up the natural environment of trees and the mountains surrounding the cabin.

A few gorgeous interior pieces that would complement the cabin look:



Antique Pink chair: From Antiques atlas

Handmade rug: From Design emporium

Antique Cream chair : From Antiques atlas

Atlas Cushions: Jijjy’s Maison Handmade designs

Brown leather chair; Vintage french

Chunky knit blanket: From Calaways Gallery

Vintage suitcase: Evieb young at heart