Posts in Antiques
SIX TIPS FOR SHOPPING VINTAGE AND MY FAVOURITE VINTAGE BUYS

The ethos of sarahakwisombe.com has always been about staying true to your own style. Regardless of whether that’s seen as being ‘on trend’. In fact, you’re more likely to see me avidly pushing you to avoid the trends! One of the best ways I find to stay true to your own style and not be influences by mass market mainstream fads is to shop vintage, charity shop and antique, so I thought I’d show you some of my fave finds that I've got for my flat to get you inspired.

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10 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HOME MORE STATEMENT-Y

I noticed pretty early on in my interiors career that it was actually super simple to create a statement space with a ton of style and confidence by just doing a few key things. In this blog I'm sharing ten ways that you can create that effortlessly cool statement look that everyone loves. 

Pens at the ready!

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GET THE LOOK: BOARDWALK EMPIRE'S ONYX CLUB

SO EXCITED! The 5th and final season (sniff) of Boardwalk Empire hit our screens last night, bringing 1931 back into our lives with more guts and glory than we only hoped it could. 

If you, like me, love the look and feel of the Boardwalk Empire interiors then I've put together the ultimate shopping list to help you achieve the dark, smoky, moody and incredibly captivating style of the show.

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MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER'S DRESSING TABLE MIRROR

This handheld silver dressing table mirror has been passed down 4 generations. It first belonged to my great grandmother in the early 20th century, and was then passed down to my nana. I remember seeing it on her dressing table when I would go to her house down in Gloucestershire as a child.

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HOW TO RECOGNISE MAISON CHARLES AND MAISON JANSEN LAMPS

Today's post is brought to you by my friends over at Roomscape. Roomscape vintage furniture have long been one of my favourite dealers, specialising in 70s brass lighting - my absolute fave. I wanted to pick their expert brains about Maison Charles lamps and Maison Jansen coffee tables, as I kept coming across the design houses almost every time I found things to obsess over, like the palm tree lamp they are so famous for. Read on to learn how to spot an authentic Maison Charles lamp.

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A CUP OF TEA WITH: OLGA GRANDA-SCOTT, FOUNDER OF THEHIGHBOY.COM

I came across The Highboy by accident on Instagram. What struck me straight away was their brilliant tone of voice, brand personality and style. Their bio read:

'... will change the way you think bout Antiques and Fine art. It's kind of a big deal.'

SOLD! I just had to make friends with the founders and send some questions across the pond to husband and wife founders, Olga and Doug.

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THE ART OF THE HAGGLE - 5 NEGOTIATION TIPS FROM ANTIQUES DEALERS

The best bit about buying antiques is the negotiation. You either love it or you hate it.

It can make your crumble, or it can puff you up to no degree, depending on how the negotiation goes of course! I talked to a few of my dealer friends to get the do's and don'ts of haggling when buying antiques, in these negotiation tips from antiques dealers. 

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MIDCENTURY SHOW EAST - REVIEW, PICS AND TOP 5 PIECES

On Sunday, I took my brother Will along to the Midcentury East show, based at Haggerston school. Designed by Erno Goldfinger, the school itself is a great piece of midcentury architecture. Sunday it was filled with the very best of the UK's top Midcentury modern furniture dealers, and I went along to take snaps, pick my favourite pieces and meet some dealers. 

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