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Sunbury Antiques Market (Kemptons)

On March 3rd, 2013 by .

I am often asked where to shop for antique or vintage finds and the answer is Kemptons (Sunbury Antiques Market). Opening at 6.30 am, this is a full day out as there is so much to see. You will find a mixture of gems including; antique furniture, gold and silverware, jewellery, ceramics, kitchenallia, vintage and vintage fashion, garden ephemera, clocks, paintings, cameras books and much, much more!  Not only does the market attract those interested in the Antiques trade but also to general collectors, prop buyers, interior and exterior designers.  I haven’t found anywhere else that matches its diversity. My favourite London antiques market is Alfies, London’s largest indoor market for antiques, vintage, collectables & 20th century design.

In my experience, the most popular items that people tend to go for are ‘old skool’ chairs, armoires, mirrors, armchairs and lighting.  Below are just a few pictures from the markets gallery.  I love the cute wooden shoe fillers below, we used some similar vintage items in a shoot we did a few months back – take a look as it may give you some ideas…

A few tips; Sunbury Antiques Market is very busy and as you will be on your feet all morning, it might be best to go with a packed lunch, a decent amount of cash so that you are ready to do a deal, and finally, a large van, as you will need to take your purchases away with you.  Also, if you are buying furniture, make sure you have taken measurements of how big the item needs to be.

 A few facts: the market has been running for over 30 years and is now recognised as one of Europe’s premier antiques markets. It  attracts well over 700 stallholders with 350 stalls throughout the indoor halls and over 350 stalls (all on hard standings) in the  outside drive in area. PARKING AND ENTRY IS FREE at Sunbury Antiques Market!

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Pitfield London

On January 23rd, 2013 by .

Having just come back from Interiors UK , I had the pleasure of visiting Pitfields Pop up shop and cafe (and sampling one of their blueberry muffins – very good!)  Attracting the creative and curious and based in the heart of Shoreditch, Pitfield London is an eclectic emporium of beautiful, unique and attention grabbing homewares.  At the show, they managed to create a stylish and homely space using lots of their signature pieces, including enamel teapots, mugs, vintage floral chinaware, chunky knit throws and brightly upholstered furniture items. The cafe and seating area was simple yet creative.  Marked out with bright yellow steel supports, the area was busy and colorful.  Up-cycled apple crates were padded out with large blue glitter cushions and for the seating area, shipping boxes had been stacked together to create several vintage looking breakfast bars, but to top it all off, they had a £7,000 copper octopus suspended over their product display! (see image below). If you are in the Shoreditch area any time soon, I strongly recommend a visit to their shop where you will discover vintage finds, designer wallpapers and carpets, reworked furniture, inspiring gifts and much more

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We review Home 2013

On January 16th, 2013 by .

I attended Home 2013 at Earls Court yesterday and came away feeling inspired by some beautiful products.  There were lots Swedish, Norwegian and Danish exhibitors, feeding our passion for all things Scandinavian. The soft furnishings and textiles were awash with illustrative prints and geometric shapes (check out Mini Moderns backgammon prints), amongst all of this was a LOT of bright colour, the whole exhibition floor was alive with bursts of vermillion, mustard, yellow and cobalt blue (I am sure you are sick of me talking about these colours by now!) The kitchen accessories were either loud and proud (Rice) or simplistic and organic (atelier tete is a good example).
A few people that really stood out to me were Thelermont Hupton and KaunisteSerex Maison d’etre, Ferm Living, String, Italesse, LADP, Jielde, atelier tete, Design House Stockholm,  Another Country, LSA, Jessica Hogarth (Confessions of a Design Geek bursary for Home) and Rice.

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