20th Century Furniture Sale

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Last Sunday we visited a furniture sale in Kingsclere and here’s some of the beautiful pieces we saw, tried not to buy and bought. There were two shops that had products that stood out to us. Some of their items we’ve photographed to show you below.

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The first pieces that we loved came from a shop called Redruth Vintage based in Pool, Cornwall. Some of their beautiful classic Ercol chairs caught our eye. The one on the left is the Ercol 427. The frame is original, the webbing has been replaced and the cushions re-upholstered. The people that have restored this chair are doing the same with other Ercol pieces in a specially selected range of colours. The colours are bold but not too bright, bringing the earthy tones that were seen in the original pieces. The chair on the right is an original Ercol butterfly chair. The stylish shape paired with the intricate grain of the wood makes for a simple and stylish dining chair. The shop has five of these chairs, they are on a hunt for the sixth to make a complete set but if you’ve got the cash I’d buy these asap.

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This charming and functional bureaux desk is the perfect compact combination piece of furniture. With its tidy nature it can be used in any room without being an eye sore. A great piece for someone who only occasionally needs the use of a desk.

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Here is another combination piece of furniture from Redruth Vintage. The top drawer on this chest opens up to show a mirror and pulls out so it can be sat at open or closed. This means this can be used as a simple chest of drawers, pulled out to be a desk or opened up to be a vanity dressing table. A great piece for a not so big room, where space needs to be saved, and combining three is the perfect answer.

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This sofa has again been re-upholsetered with new fabric matching the style of the original but giving it a fresh look and feel. The end of this sofa can be folded up part way to create a head rest or all the way up to create a side. It is also very comfortable which does help a lot with a sofa.

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The next lot of items we looked at were all industrial in style from a shop called Vintage Unit. The shop contained mostly storage options with the occasional stool, chair and accessory. The open shelving unit in the right side picture was pretty cool a great industrial piece which could be used in any room.

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The store also had lots of metal enclosed filing cabinets and lockers. The mixture of shine and wear on the pieces give them an character and edge. These need to be used within a specific style of room they are not as versatile as the open shelving above. A handy piece that this store also had was a sturdy wooden bench with metal baskets underneath. A great solution for shoe storage in a hallway.

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A very interesting piece from this shop was a set of three fold up chairs. A set that would be hard to place in a residential setting but could work very well within a commercial or F&B setting. The detailing on the chair mixed with the worn look of the arms and seat make for a stunning piece that wears its history well.

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In a separate room from the main sale of finished pieces was a ‘project room’. This had within it lots of pieces of furniture, mainly sets of chairs and dining table and chairs, that need a little love to restore them or re-vamp them to the beautiful pieces of furniture that they should be. We caved and bought the above coffee table for a very good price. It’s a big piece, 150 x 50 cm, with only a few little scratches and traces of wear. So far we’ve just been trying to find out a little more about it and then we’ll be getting to work on it. What we’ve found is that it is a 60s/70s table, the design of it is similar to that of floating table (where the legs make it seem as though there is a gap between leg and top) and it is in a surfboard shape. Hopefully the work we do to it will make sure it can go to a good new home, watch this space for an update of its new look, we’ll let you know how it turns out!

Not sure when the next sale will be but here is the link to the website for this one. It is definitely worth a visit if it is near you.

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Fabric – Scion

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 The fabric brand we’ve decided to look at this week is Scion. Here is their design ethos: “creating cutting-edge, accessibly priced and forward looking printed fabrics.” Their designs are usually bright, bold and fun. Some of them are a little more traditional, some are a little childish and the rest are just the perfect statement for a room.

There are a lot of fabrics within this design house and they all come under different collections. For this blog we’ve chosen one fabric design and colour way from each of the collections. For the purpose of this post we haven’t looked at the ten collections of plain fabrics.

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The first fabric is this Lintu print from the Noukku collection. This colour way is called Gecko/Pacific/Glazier… They like to have very descriptive names for their colours! From a distance this pattern seems to be just a criss-cross of colour and shapes – it is only when you look closer that you see they are actually little birds, this is a subtly fun and charming design.

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The next collection is Lohko. This fabric is called Sula in a Flamingo/Honey/Linen colour. At first I thought this pattern was a load of oddly filled wine glasses but it’s probably more likely to be tulips or some kind of abstract flower.

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Now over to the fabrics aimed at children… I love them all. The collection is called Guess Who? Fabrics.  The one we’ve chosen here is called In a While Crocodile! Although the Mr Fox Appliqué (a version of Mr Fox) is probably one of the best known designs from Scion.

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This is Lunaria, in Cream Sunflower and Gull, from the Melinki One collection. One of the more traditional looking designs but still with the graphic print feel that Scion designs tend to have. It’s a great pattern and the grey and yellow colour way is a very popular combination at the moment.

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This fabric beautifully brings in burnt orange with the very versatile blue and cream colours. This fabric is Fuse, in Tangerine/Kingfisher, found in the Rhythm Weaves collection. This fabric would be the perfect way to get needed colour into a room. It also gives a good selection of colours to extend into accessories.

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This berry coloured pattern is called Shibori from the Spirit Fabrics collection. This design is quite simple and comes in some nice bright colours making it an easy fabric to get into a bright and modern room.

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Finally, we’ve looked at this busy print called Blomma. This colour way is called Toffee/Blush/Putty and it is from the Levande collection. Still in keeping with the Scion block style the colours within this fabric seem to be less in your face and within a more traditional in tone.

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A few Little Greene Company colours & accessories

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We’ve chosen some Little Greene Company paint colours and matched them with fabrics, furniture and a few accessories. Hope you enjoy!

Hicks’ Blue and Gauze Mid

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Little Greene Paint, Hicks’ Blue (208)  & Gauze Mid (164) – Villa Nova Fabric, Norrland Indigo – Crumble Snuggler by Loaf at John Lewis, Brushed Cotton Flint – Ebbe Gehl for John Lewis Mira Sideboard – John Lewis Cavendish Cushion, Sulphur – John Lewis Boucle Cushion, Steel – Buster + Punch Hooked 3.0 Mix Cluster Ceiling Light, Copper/Stone

Ashes of Roses and China Clay 

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Little Greene Paint, Ashes of Roses (6) & China Clay (1) – Harlequin Fabric, MORAMO LINENS 132309 – Made, Frame Armchair, Blush Cotton Velvet – west elm Terrace Console Table – John Lewis Lockhart Floor Lamp, Dark Copper – John Lewis Hotel Morocco Rug, Cream – John Lewis Croft Collection Weave Cushion, Natural

Yellow Pink & French Grey 

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Little Greene Paint, Yellow-Pink (46) & French Grey Pale (161) – Fabric, Zoffany ILIAD 322619 – House by John Lewis Bow Upholstered Headboard Bed Frame – Fonteyn Bedside table, oak, Made.com – John Lewis Penelope Task Lamp, Quince – Design Project by John Lewis No.111 Rug, Blue – John Lewis Croft Collection Poppyheads Bedding – George Nelson Bubble Crisscross Saucer Ceiling Light, Medium – Roar + Rabbit for west elm Geo Inlay 6 Drawer Chest

Matthew Williamson Wallpaper & Pearl Colour Pale

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Wallpaper, Matthew Williamson at Osbourne & Little, Tropicana W6801/01 – Little Greene Paint, Pearl Colour Pale (167) – Fabric, Villa Nova, Vardo Petrol – west elm Mid-Century Extending Dining Table – Vitra Eames DAR 43cm Armchair, Cream/Chrome – Design Project by John Lewis No.004 Sideboard, Oak – Kartell FLY Ceiling Light, White – west elm Ombre Crackle dining collection – John Lewis Flamingo, Cactus and Melon Tumbler With Gold Rim – John Lewis Scandi Nova Table Runner, Mineral – John Lewis Pineapple Placemats, Set of 2, Green/Cream

Knightsbridge & Shallows

WILLIAMLittle Greene Paint, Knightsbridge (215) & Shallows (223)  – Fabric, William Morris & CO, Pure Ceiling Embroidery Paper White – John Lewis Hemingway Bookcase With Drawer – John Lewis Annabelle Armchair, Harlequin Vitto Sediment Fabric, Price Band G, Dark Legs – John Lewis Hemingway Round Lamp Table  – David Hunt Hare Table Lamp, Bronze

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Fabric – Villa Nova

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We’ve found and fallen in love with fabric. I will write a few posts like this, looking at different manufacturers of fabric – picking our favourite styles and colours from the collections.

The first manufacturer we’ve selected is Villa Nova. Today I got to see and feel the new fabrics books for their Norrland collection and they inspired me to write this and explore the collection a little and their older collections further.

The first collection I’m looking at is Norrland. This is Villa Nova’s description of the collection:

“The Norrland collection captures the rawness of nature embracing the misty stillness of forest landscapes and a desire to connect with the outdoors. The essence of ‘hygge’, the need for a sense of wellbeing, is instilled in the collection. Norrland encapsulates a relaxed approach to combining a myriad of textures punctuated with handcrafted inspired elements and timeless folk patterns that translate into a casual warmth.”  – Villa Nova

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Norrland Indigo, Printed Cotton.

This design is available in a perfect selection of colour ways. The abstract woodland pattern would make beautiful window treatments and the colours within this allow you to bring the very popular copper accessories into the room.

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Marit Shaker, Printed Cotton Linen.

Again available in many colours, we chose this because of its ability to subtly bring in greys, blues and even some purple tones. We’ve written about the inevitable blue trend that will be seen this year before and all of the patterns within the Norrland collection would fit perfectly into this upcoming trend.

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Alder Bramble, Jacquard Weave.

Earlier today I saw this weave being paired with the design style Croft, Croft involves a lot of light woods, whites, blues and different textures, adding this weave and colour way to it added an extra layer and went very well with the blue accessories.

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Sudare Eden, Printed Linen Union.

This is from the older Hana collection. We love the light mixes of limes, greys and corals. This fabric really allows you to bring in a wide range of colours and would be the perfect amount of pattern for a room.

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Senza Eucalyptus, Decorative Weave. Sanza Sheer Eucalyptus.

This print is from the Senza II range. This is actually the fabric that I have in my bedroom, the Eucalyptus being a roman blind and Onyx a curtain, I didn’t realise it was Villa Nova fabric until this post. So clearly, I liked this manufacturer before I knew what it was (a good sign I think). This pattern is also available in a sheer with two different colours- I liked it so much I had to include it!

Of course, Villa Nova also do a lot of plain fabric, as well as, a great selection and range of voiles. The best thing about Villa Nova is their price -they are very affordable. If you’re wondering where to get them you can look on the Villa Nova website or head into your nearest John Lewis, they are bound to have a large range of look books and hangers for the collection!

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