A Vintage Block Party

Some of you might know that I live in a particularly charming Art Deco block in East London which lends all sorts of feels to my period drama fantasies. At the risk of sounding hackneyed this is the real deal ‘it takes a village’ vibe. Cups of milk are readily offered when fridges are bare, a pint or four is regularly shared by the resident ‘lads’ (man-boys of various ages), babies are born and loved by all (despite daily noise emissions) and gossip is exchanged on adjoining balconies.

In the early days of motherhood there were mornings after bad nights when Aarya and I stepped out of our door ill-tempered and bleary eyed and have gratefully chanced upon neighbour after neighbour, spending a happy hour with Aarya stroking cats and collecting flowers whilst I began to feel more human with each conversation. Sometimes it’s all that we have needed. It is an idyll.

So every year, on a weekend in August it is truly a joy to see familiar and loved faces emerging from all corners, laden with their offerings, gathering in the courtyard for our truly vintage block party. The barbecue is fired up, music trails out of the closest open window, games are set up for the children and the elderly are eagerly helped down from top floor apartments to join in the festivities.

Earlier this year some nice people from Amazon got in touch to ask me to test out a few products from their Summer Store and I thought our party would be a good time to put them to use. I chose a beautiful Kilner drinks dispenser which was a perfect receptacle of Pimms for a large crowd and added to our vintage vibe whilst a gorgeous double wooden sand-pit and water table was totally in-keeping with our home’s aesthetic and ideal for multiple kids to play around.

I also cracked out what I think is going to be my favourite new toy – the Ricoh 360 Theta camera, which captures the entire moment in 360 degrees with one click. I has two spherical lenses on each side and links up with your phone – I’m planning on using it to give you guys 360 tours around some of my favourite homeware stores in the future – full disclosure though, I’m still working out how to link it to my blog – but you can see what images would look like here .

This post was in collaboration with Amazon’s #NowItsSummer campaign. As always, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at mail@rohiniwahi.com

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