There were an abundance of summery sights at our recent Loseley Park show, not just due to the glorious weather but because there were little corners that conjured up thoughts of travel and summer holiday adventures. We were awash with visions of packing up leather suitcases and taking to the high seas on ocean cruises, sailing yachts around beautiful coastlines, enjoying long, summery picnics with tasty dishes served in enamelware, lazing around in deck chairs, taking up temporary residence in holiday retreats and sipping chilled drinks on garden benches.
Leather suitcases - like the ones on the Sugden & Daugters stand - hat boxes, baskets, tea-chests and trunks are all associated with travel, with many having survived trips around the world and still bearing original luggage labels and souvenir stickers. Many of these luggage items are still good for travel and, if you’re not planning your round the world trip just yet, they make attractive storage items around the home.
Hampers, log baskets, fruit baskets, shopping baskets, you name it, there’s probably a basket for almost every occasion and this lovely collection was spotted on Gardenalia's stand. There’s no basket more romantic than the picnic basket though. This is the basket that will take you to beautiful places and enable a quintessentially English, feasting moment with friends or a loved one. Our advice is to snap one up as soon as you can and when the season changes and picnics are a distant memory it will be the perfect place to store winter hats and gloves.
The sound of clanking Enamelware may bring waves of nostalgia and memories of childhood camping for many. With its robust nature it was the first choice for hardy campers before plastic was readily available. Think boy scout camps, the sound of rain on canvas and the smell of damp fires - oh the joys of camping in the UK. Enamel kitchenalia, be it German, Hungarian, French, American or English is still readily available and looks gorgeous in any kitchen
For those who want a guarantee of fine weather then traveling further afield is a must, be it by car, plane, boat or tunnel. Many of the items on Paul Drewetts’s stand screamed adventure at us; old pictures of cruise-liners, pond yachts and 3D coastal maps. Athough a great nostalgic object, the HMS Titanic life-ring might just be taking the idea of adventure a tad too far for most of us though!
Looking at this slightly faded old dollshouse seemed reminiscent of holiday homes in need of a lick of paint, imagine New England weatherboard homes, georgian seaside townhouses, old farmhouses and stone cottages with roses around the door. Dolls house and miniature collecting is still hugely popular, if you're taken with the idea of exploring this topic more then why not visit the Kensington Dollshouse Festival at Kenstington Town Hall, London on December 5th 2015.
The bench is a place to rest, take stock, read a book, take in a view, survey a map or admire a summer garden. This one on the Jill Frost Vintage stand would have been a star buy for anyone wishing to create a slice of calm at the bottom of garden, far away from the mayhem of the school holidays.
Looking forward to closing the hoidays with our Ripley Decorative Home & Salvage Show, September 8th - 10th.