21st July 2016
Last weekend’s Decorative Home & Salvage Show at Surrey’s Loseley Park drew visitors from far and wide, delighting those who were visiting for the first time. Our French themed scavenger hunt went down a storm, bringing an influx of style savvy shoppers looking for hot continental homewares. The hunt revealed just how much love there is for the pared-back, rustic, faded grandeur of French interior style, and indeed how many wonderful exhibitors we have who specialise in this look.
Instragrammers posted their favourite French finds at the show using the hashtag #asfairs with super lifestyle blogger, stylist and photographer Janice Issitt picking the picture which best captured the look. The winning picture, taken by Julie of Home & Vintage, of wonderfully time worn, coverless French books on wonky painted shelves hit the mark – Julie won a bundle of French linen cleverly hand-dyed by French exhibitor Gaille Skinner.
Style champion Suzi Grant, aka Alternative Ageing, came with a huge enthusiasm for a show she’d heard great things about, and left with some wonderful French treasures. This pale-blue French enamel coffee jug was her French find of the day.
Amy Hilton, an American currently filling her nearby UK home with brocante finds, had a brilliant haul of things to add decorative touches to her home. Amy kindly blogged about her day at the show, which you can view here at Brocante Treasures.
Property developer Rhianna Pitten from nearby Guildford was sourcing decorative pieces for her own home, as well as properties she’s working on, “I love to mix old and new, and this is the perfect place to find beautiful old things” said Rhianna.
Amy Lammas, who recently downsized to a small Victorian gate house, was looking for mirrors to help make the house feel a little bigger, and was delighted to buy three of these lovely door panels.
Eastenders star, and keen salvage and decorative antiques shopper, Emma Burton visited too and had a very successful day of shopping with her family.
There is always a wonderfully French flavour at these summer shows and these exhibitors, Brocante Decorative, Emma Cox Brocante and Gaille Skinner, who specialise in decorative French wares and linens, all did a sterling job of putting a little ooh la la into the weekend. Well earnt drinks all round!
We will be running another scavenger hunt at the Cheshire Decorative Home & Salvage Show on August 4th – 6th so do take part. The theme will be Outdoor Living; post your favourite gardenalia, flora and fauna, garden furniture images etc. from the show on Instagram using the #asfairs hashtag to take part. The winner of the best capture will receive a gorgeous topical prize.
Keep an eye on our Instragram for updates and more information.