2015's sun-drenched, three day show at Loseley Park couldn’t have been a more perfect setting to shop for the finest salvage, antiques, decorative homewares, furnishings and gardenalia. Visitors flocked in to enjoy what can only be described as one of the most relaxed home shopping experiences around, and with wonderful refreshments like Pimms, teas, cakes, homemade lemonade and Loseley’s famous ice cream served all day it had a truly English charm to it.
The great bonus to shopping like this is that there is time to stop and chat, consider what you’re buying, learn about its heritage and think strategically how things could be used in your home. The running theme with shoppers at this show was definitely ‘repurposing’, with many people feeling inspired to give objects a new lease of life.
Farrow & Ball sent a wonderful team from their Guildford showroom to offer advice on choosing paint colours and how best to use their exterior paint range. Showroom manager Anette Carman (pictured left) and assistant Jan Davidson (pictured right) were rushed off their feet handing out goody bags and tips on how to ‘upcycle’ using paint.
Emma Edwards and Leigh Langley bought an old hay rack to use as a planter in their garden but thought they might leave the paint as it is as they love the salvaged look.
Sophie Bridgen and George the Parsons Terrier had such a successful day on the Saturday that they came back for more shopping on the Sunday. Sophie was delighted to pick up so many salvage pieces and was planning on using this old urn in her garden.
These 1940’s cinema chairs with decorative cast-iron sides and flip-up seats have been slightly modified by Retro & Rustic so as they can free-stand, however they do work brilliantly when attached to the wall in a hallway or a small space. Visitors Richard and Ami Simpson were taking a moment out to mull over where the seats might look good in their home.
Brittany trader Gaille Skinner always offers a warm welcome to her stand, which is a one-stop-shop for sourcing classic French china and beautifully pressed linens, ideal for summer entertaining. Gaille skillfully adapts her stock to suit the season and you'll find her selling at many of our shows throughout the year.
Lyn Pashley was spotted with this gorgeous original Blue Bird Chocolate tin featuring a swallow, which she’d picked up from a vintage trader. Lyn had also bought two very stylish display solutions for her home, a compartmentalised wooden tray and a wire basket.
Zinc is all the rage at the moment and our exhibitors always show a great range, Polly Barnes and Verity Cavanagh had had a very successful day at the show and were off home to plant this salvaged bath up with summer flowers.
The next opportunity to visit one of our Decorative Home & Salvage Shows will be 7th - 9th August at Cheshire Showground. Also put 17th -18th August in your diary for our Lincoln Antiques & Homeshow. All show details are on our website and we'll keep you updated on Facebook and Twitter @asfairs too.