Ripley Decorative Home & Salvage Show - September 2019 Review & Workshops

Published 24th September 2019

The ‘Summer of Salvage' 2019 ended on a high with the recent Decorative Home & Salvage Show at Ripley Castle enjoying great weather, an excellent roster of exhibitors and an abundance of visitors, three inspiring workshops and Salvage Hunters filming season 14 of the popular TV show. Now in their eighth year, these shows are a pleasure to take around the country and we’re extremely grateful for all the support we get from our exhibitors, new and old, and the visitors who come back year-after-year alongside those who discover the shows for the first time. We are fortunate enough to have the dedication of a wonderful team who work tirelessly to make sure the events run smoothly, safely and successfully, none of which could be achieved without being fuelled by our wonderful caterers. Thank you all! 

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To add value to this summer’s run of events, you’ve probably noticed us hosting a string of workshops aimed to inspire and educate across a range of subjects, from insider tips on how to style up your interior space with flowers and how to shop for a unique salvage home to introductions to water colour painting and how to create engaging images for Instagram. As with anything new, it takes a while for word to spread, but by the end of the season our sessions were sold out, testament to the desire our visitors have to learn about all things home and style related. With Prosecco flowing, we hosted a range of industry experts and hands-on creatives, across 16 unique sessions, who shared styling advice, sourcing tips and inspiring stories, as well as fantastic ideas to practice and perfect at home. Heartfelt thanks to you all. 

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Opening Saturday’s sessions in ‘The Workshop’ was the hugely talented Tamsyn Morgans, an award-winning photographer, interior stylist and content creator who keenly shared her passion for creating engaging images using vintage treasures and florals with an eager crowd of Instagrammers looking to improve their skills. Tamsyn’s warm delivery, coupled with hands-on styling tips, gave everyone the confidence to take the next step with their business, or personal, social media image making.

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Next up were textile and surface pattern designers and creative team Debra Roberts and Jules McKeown who brought the space alive with colour and creativity as they encouraged everyone to explore their more artistic side through watercolour painting and simple mark-making. With vases of flowers to inspire the budding artists, it was wonderful to see that in just one hour (assisted by a glass of Prosecco!) how much confidence can be gained with the right tuition. 

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After the success of her 'How to Make a Table Centrepiece using Summer Florals' workshop back in May, Lucy Nugent of Lucy’s Vintage Lifestyle brought us another seasonal arrangement to add that something special to the home. Under Lucy’s expert guidance attendees made full use of the all-natural materials to make a decorative autumn wreath using willow, dried and fresh flowers and carefully chosen foliage.

Outside The Workshop

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The results of this session were stunning, with some going for a maximalist look whilst others, like Michelle Moffat and Paula Rowson (pictured above), keeping things simple with Hops and Hydrangeas.

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Salvage Hunters fans were delighted to find Drew Pritchard and his crew filming at the event on the Friday; after enjoying a visit to our Cheshire show in August, Drew decided it would be a great place to film for season 14 of the popular TV show. Originally planning to film for half a day, the crew made a full day of it and were the last to leave, vowing they’d be back for more next year - ‘it was the friendliest fair I’ve been to in years – the stock was excellent and the prices good. I bought way more than I’d planned to and have already sold most of it,' Drew told us in a message after the show.

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As summer fades and autumn creeps in we’ll miss these shows, but we will of course be back next year for more and are working on dates now. As soon as we have all dates for 2020 we’ll be sharing them here over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and through our Newsletter, which you can sign up to on our home page - do follow and like us where applicable to keep up-to-date with all of our news.

In the meantime, we hope to see you at the Lincolnshire Showground at either our Antiques & Home Show - Wednesday 9th October and 4th December - or at the Vintage Flea Market - 27th October and 17th November. 

Happy Autumn!