Anton and Karen Cull - Anton & K Decorative Living
Peter Whipps - Arabesque Antiques
You have an eye for rather large European furniture, often still bearing traces of their original paint, which isn’t always easy to source? Do you have to travel a lot?
We only buy things we would want to put in our own home and luckily we both have very similar taste, we only try to buy things that have a certain patina, things with soul and a history behind them. Since we closed the shop and are now only online, we travel a lot more.
Chloe and Karen Rymer - Molly and Maud's Place.
When did you start dealing?
I started dealing in my mid-twenties, just after Dawn and I met. After we bought our first house, we had very little money, so to furnish it we went to charity shops and car boots. We bought items of furniture very cheaply that we could paint, both working in the arts; we loved having colour around us.
Amy Jones - Brocante Living
Molly and Maud are the names of your sheep, aren’t they? How did you decide to use them to name the business?
Yes. We’re not very serious people and wanted the name to reflect that, which is how we came to name the business after our pet sheep ‘Molly and Maud’. When we started, we purchased a little wooden building and put it in an orchard behind the house, which before this, was home to Molly and Maud.
Do you come from an antique loving family? How did you get started?
My mum is the only other member of my family who loves antiques... mum used to have an antiques shop and I loved styling the displays, especially the large shop window.
I started by putting some items into the shop that I’d bought myself and then I went on to having units in antiques centres, now I have a room in a shared antiques shop, 55 Mill Street, Ludlow, Shropshire. I also sell at fairs across the country.