Stylist, blogger, trader and die-hard Arthur Swallow Fairs fan Jane Day tells us what she buys and how she uses her finds in her own home
That excited feeling is starting to build as Spring approaches, it's time to go out salvage hunting for the home again. As soon as Easter is here I make a trip to Lincoln to Arthur Swallow Fairs’ Antiques & Home Show. It’s a large affair with many dealers and visitors coming from far and wide. It really is the perfect place to pick up all the wonderful things I like to replenish my home and the Owen and Hunter shelves with.
I go with an open mind on what I want to buy but I always seem to come away with items I can't walk past; piles of beautiful French and Hungarian linens, old worn wood, bread boards & garden sieves. Glass pickling jars are a weakness of mine too and don’t get me started on enamel-ware, that can fill a blog all by itself.
In the winter months I like having a good clear out. I remove things that don't fit in my scheme any more to make room for new items that are cohesive and unique. Shopping at any Arthur Swallow event is a joy and I always find myself stumbling across that one item that will lift a space. Knowing that I won't be able to find it anywhere else makes me smile and also gives me a buying buzz.
I'm definitely leaning towards the less is more look at the moment; a pared back style with wonderful earthly colours and tactile items.
My top three buys fit perfectly with this remit.
1. Linen. A medium which I couldn't be without, it’s perfect for making curtains, sofa & beds throws and for tables. It dyes beautifully too, as I found out a few weeks ago when dying a French bed sheet. It came out the most perfect grey and is going to be turned into a Roman blind for my kitchen.
2. Wood. Aged wood is beautifully tactile and I have recently hung an old garden sieve on the wall as a piece of art, it looks stark and interesting. To make a bigger impact I might try hanging a collection together to create a more defined look.
3. Glass. Then there’s the glass jar obsession. I simply adore them. They look wonderful placed by themselves but work equally well as storage jars or holding a simple stem. Fill them with fairy lights for a unique light instillation - I did this over the Christmas period and loved it so much it's still in my living room.
So the days are being ticked off for my next visit to Lincoln (April 4th & 5th), my excitement also builds for May and the anticipation of the three day long Decorative Home & Salvage Shows, in particular Ripley Castle (May 13th-15th and September 9th-11th) as I live close by. I highly recommend it as an overall superb weekend, and if you are lucky the sun will shine on that one item that you simply can't resist to take home.
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The next event for 2017 takes place on Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th March.