The Cocktail Hour
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The Winter edition of The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair will be raising a glass to the new year when it opens in Battersea Park from 22nd-27th January.
Inspired by fashionable 1950s and ‘60s nightspots, with a touch of Deco glamour, the Winter Fair will present as its foyer display, The Cocktail Hour – showing visitors how to create a contemporary space for parties or a modern club room vibe. The Cocktail Hour will incorporate diverse seating, side tables, lighting and decoration of all periods for a fresh look, beautifully accessorised with 20th century cocktail sets and antique drinking paraphernalia. Bar carts and trolleys are still enormously popular, and stylish examples will feature alongside cocktail cabinets, serving trays, champagne buckets and glassware. All the items on display come from exhibitors, and therefore available to buy.
The Hoarde Vintage website is an established buying portal, launched in 2011 by owner Jane Walton, a dealer herself. It’s a busy and friendly online marketplace, created to introduce you to various dealers selling vintage and antique furniture, lighting, art and accessories for the home and garden.
The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair features fine art and antiques specialists from across the UK, and is the place to buy the most traditional antique pieces to the latest in decorative chic style. Memories of the old Bristol training ship HMS Daedalus will be revived when a famous painting by a much-admired Bristol artist goes on sale at at Westonbirt School, near Tetbury from 4th – 6th January 2019.
Malvern Magic & Delights in Detling
If you're looking for fine art and furniture whether it be something practical or decorative to embellish a house, or maybe a unique gift there's something for all tastes at two great locations in Bridport.
If you have someone that you struggle to buy for at Christmas, then the B2B Events Malvern Flea & Collectors Fair could be your saviour! As the UK’s largest Fleamarket it features a huge amount of antique, vintage, pre-loved and up-cycled options – making it the ideal event at which to source a gift for even the most difficult of recipients!
Jewel in the Cotswolds
Matthew Cubbit owner of Cubbits Antiques, started out working for one of biggest fireplace companies in the UK, which ignited a passion for fireplaces and eventually everything antique and architectural.
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Located in the pretty Cotswold town of Chipping Norton, Station Mill is a fantastic space filled with an array of top dealers. Spread over two levels with a floor space of 11,000 square metres, each dealer creates their own unique look within their spaces, offering inspirational ideas on how you place items in your own home.
Based in Gloucestershire, The Oscar Collective specialises in furniture, art and decorative pieces from the European Mid-century period, the über glamorous Hollywood Regency era as well as 19th and 20th Century French objet d’art.
Dairy House Antiques & Interiors near Shaftesbury is not only a great centre packed with goodies over three floors, it also doubles as a fair venue. They already have two events in the pipeline for 2019 - a Vintage and Antiques Textile Fair on 22nd and 23rd March, and a Garden and Home Brocante over Easter Weekend.
Crewkerne in Somerset has become quite a hive for antiques and vintage over the past few years, and therefore is a great place to start you Christmas gift buying.
Start your search at Antiques Bazaar, which is home to around 100 sellers, all offering their own unusual take on antiques, vintage and retro, and you’re likely to find a good choice of jewellery, vintage Dinky and tin-plate for example. You’ll also find lots for your Christmas dining: large dining tables and dressers, turkey platters, decanters, wine glasses and lighting.
Worthy in Worthing
Sitting on Bitterne Park Triangle, just outside Southampton’s City Centre, is where you’ll find Track 21 Interiors, which opened in November 2018. Run by husband and wife Steve and Kerry Amies, the shop itself was a restoration project lovingly undertaken to reveal the building’s wonderful Victorian features – plus they have an original National cash register and a Victorian door-bell too.
Room to Think
Reginald Ballum opened its doors in 2014 and is the kind of shop that you could easily lose a couple of hours happily trawling through every nook and cranny- and you’ll always find something! This distinctive little antique shop nestled in the West End of Worthing, specialises in sourcing and renovating, then of course selling the diverse collection of decorative antiques, timeworn classics, vintage and unique industrial pieces.
After a childhood dream of designing interiors was stopped by peers: ‘’stick to numbers and words’’! Matthew Horsfield, owner of room, did in fact embark on a career to that effect, and it wasn’t until 8 years later whilst working for ‘Hollywood’ that he was inadvertently introduced to the link between dealers and designers. Re-imagining his dream, he made a decision and in autumn of 2018 room was launched.
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Mosey Home is an Independent shop most definitely worth visiting, whether that’s online or at their bricks and mortar shop in north London.
They skillfully bring together carefully chosen vintage and new design pieces to give you inspiration for your home. Sourcing mainly 20th century vintage pieces both classic and quirky, they then look for new designs that compliment these pieces, making a great eclectic mix – which, as you know, we love here at VE!
Imagine your favourite vintage store and Parisian flea market all rolled into one – then add those secret off-the-beaten track furniture shops and the Bric-a-brac junk shop of your dreams – and you’ve found yourself at a Market, simply known in the trade as Kempton!