A simple blue design

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Today I’m heading off to Portsmouth and so I’ve based this mood board on a light and airy blue seaside-y feel. I started with the fabric from harlequin and the light, wooden furniture. This fabric is great for being able to tie in a range of different shades of blue within the accessories and lighting. Using the neutral furniture also means that the room is easily changed – simply just swap out the accessories with different colours.

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Hopefully the weather in Portsmouth is as light and airy as this design…

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The products:

Paint: Little Greene Gauze (106) | Fabric: Harlequin Estrato Denim/Nude/Sky | Bed: Ercol Shalstone | Bedside table: Ercol Shalstone | Ceiling Light: George Nelson Criss Cross Bubble Light | Lamps: Pooky Bluebell Table Lamp & Elsa Table Lamp | Sofa: Ercol Salento, Vernaldo Driftwood | Accent Chair: Made.com, Lars | Cushions: Made.com, Harbor Cushion, Blue Coral & Paloma Velvet Cushion | Bedding: White Company, Charlcombe, Silver Grey | Throw: John Lewis Moet Knitted, Spruce | Side Table: Swoon editions Reid White Tripod | Coffee Table: Made.com, Range Round Table | Vase: Dartington Crystal Little Gems Urn Posy | Terrarium: John Lewis No.023 | Artwork: Stuart Roy, Blue Horizon.

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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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