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10 of the best Vintage Shops

24th October 2019
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vintage velvet panels on antique sofa at re-foundobjects.com

Note the title of this is 10 “of the best” not the 10 best as these things change all the time and these suggestions will only qualify as good if you find the thing you are looking for. That said, I have tried to include a mix of periods and styles and while some of…

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The Directory

Eight of the Best Vintage Shops

14th February 2018
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If you are a regular reader, or even dip in occasionally come to that, you will know that one of my mantras – I don’t want to call it a rule but it’s the closest I get to insisting – is that every room should have Something New, Something Old, Something Black and Something Gold.…

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Design Shopper, The Directory

Eight Of The Best Vintage Shops

7th June 2012
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As recyling and being eco-aware become ever more fashionable, it has become quite the thing to furnish our houses with what used, rather sniffily, to be called “second-hand furniture”. These days, it’s positively bragging to admit that you found that shabby-chic chair languishing in a neighbour’s skip, or that your wobbly stool used to belong…

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Tips and Tricks from a lifetime of sourcing vintage furniture

28th April 2021
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Merchant & Found Nicholl stool in white and 1970s Thonet stacking dining chairs for the German military in blue. Kitchen with white metro brick tiles and white cabinets. Mad about the house

Today for my Wednesday Ad break I’ve got a great interview with Paul Middlemiss, of the vintage emporium Merchant & Found. Paul, whose mother was an antique dealer, has worked at Conran, Habitat and Pedlars, and today, as well as sharing stories of sourcing trips where he was forced to sleep in his van in…

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The Shops are Open

16th June 2020
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cushions by bespoke binny

And lo the lockdown did end and the so-called non-essential shops did start to open their doors once more. And the Chancellor said it was our civic duty to spend our money and one in five people responded by saying they would never go into a clothes store again. And some of the shops were…

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Courses & Workshops

18th November 2019
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EL FENN DESIGN RETREAT SOLD OUT – more dates coming soon. Four days staying in the world renowned El Fenn in Marrakech in the company of myself and Sophie Robinson – plus access to our pick of the best eating and shopping addresses in town. Need we say more…? BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE SOLD OUT…

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Mad About . . .

How to Mix Vintage and Contemporary

10th August 2016
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This was one of the most popular posts so far this year, so for anyone that missed it, have a catch up. I can also tell you that, since I first wrote this, Rose and Grey have opened a real life showroom. And we should probably applaud them for doing it outside London. It’s in…

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365 Objects Of Design, Mad About . . .

How to Mix Vintage and Contemporary

31st March 2016
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I’m excited to bring you this post today which I have put together with a little help from Rose and Grey, one of my favourite sites. I wanted to ask their advice on mixing old with new as I know it’s something that many of you have asked about and rather than just reading my…

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365 Objects Of Design

Monroe Avenue: Vintage furniture

27th January 2016
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Now I don’t usually post about sales as they come and go and these posts remain FOR EVER, which is quite a weird thought but still, I thought I would make an exception today as I have been meaning to mention this company to you for a while and it turns out they have a…

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