Posts tagged antiques
3 WAYS TO DEVELOP YOUR OWN AWESOME STYLE

Whether you're brand new to my blog (well hey there!) or you've been a reader for a while, one thing is probably very apparent on arrival: I don't 'do' trends. It's just not me. I've always been anti mainstream and if someone else has something - let alone if lots of people have it - I don't like it. I remember even back in primary school when people would copy my shoes or hairstyle, I would hate it.

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TRAVEL DIARY: WHITSTABLE - VINTAGE SHOPPING, OYSTER TASTING AND CHARITY SHOP HAULING

Hey peeps! At the end of summer my friend Naomi and I took a little weekend down in Whitstable to celebrate us both turning 30. I'd heard so many great things about Whitstable and all of the vintage shopping, great food.... and more vintage shopping. Of course it was the perfect choice for two girls whose ideal day is spent rummaging through the racks of a local charity shop. Ahhh, bliss.

See what we managed to find and check out my top recommendations for where to eat and WHERE TO SHOP!

Oh and I tried oysters for the first time ever. Like or puke? Find out!

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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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MY FAVOURITE PIECES FROM THE SPRING DECORATIVE FAIR

I took my little brother Will along to the Spring fair which is on till the end of the day today, Sunday May 4th (be quick)! As well as getting to view a huge array of great items, from 18th century paintings to 20th century armchairs, I got to meet some brilliant young dealers and ask a few questions. Then we ate cake in the sun. It couldn't of been better really!

So are you ready to get stuck in to some seriously sexy furniture porn? There's a lot, so take a deep breath...

 

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A CUP OF TEA WITH ANTIQUES BUYER ELIZABETH FELL

I follow a lot of antiques heads on twitter and randomly came across Elizabeth Fell. Elizabeth interested me as she wan't a dealer, but rather an advisor and buyer to private clients, something I'm very interested in myself. Last week I headed over to Battersea Park to meet with Elizabeth at the antiques and textiles decorative fair to have a cup of tea and pick her brains about the life of an antiques buyer!

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A ROUND UP OF THE ANTIQUES AND TEXTILES DECORATIVE FAIR

Credit cards at the ready peeps, I just visited the Antiques & Textiles Decorative Fair at Battersea Park. A yearly event in which a wide range of dealers from across the UK travel to London to showcase their wares. This event is not for the faint hearted!

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EDWARDIAN STYLE IN A MODERN HOME

For those of you who don't know, I am a total antiques GEEK. After watching so much Downton Abbey recently, I've taken more of a liking to Edwardian furniture and antiques than I had previously. The Edwardian period was a short one, running only from 1901-1910, although some considered the Edwardian period to stretch beyond King Edwards death in 1910, up until the end of WW1 in 1918. The Edwardian era birthed some great pieces that are beautiful in their own right, but could really work in a modern eclectic home too. 

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The important lesson I learnt from Downton Abbey about my daughter's future

I'm a huge fan of anything historic, architecture, antiques, stories, so it's quite weird that I hadn't watched Downton Abbey until recently. I'd caught the odd part of an episode here or there whilst living with my mum but never really got into it and was confused by the amount of characters with their own storylines. I've had a lot of time off over xmas and decided to go from the beginning and watch all 4 seasons. The weirdest thing happened though. Yes, bear with me, I had a life realisation after watching Downton Abbey! In a TV show full of heirs, fortunes, life and death, I asked 'what have I set up for my own daughters future?'

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