OK so travelling is exhausting no matter how much you try to treat it as an adventure but when you are doing the things you love then it is a hundred times easier. Last week we travelled the length of England (almost) but
when we saw our first port of call it was so well worth it. We were in Leigh on Sea in Essex to deliver that huge 200 year old frame to a Ghost Furniture customer. The couple, who were delightful and so very welcoming owned a fabulous Art Deco house over looking the Thames Estuary,
how's this for a room with a view? They made us a lovely cup of tea that really hit the spot after such a long drive.
On to Newark for a visit to the International Antiques Fair with over 4,000 stalls. This is the stall of Kate Ellway, a young lady with a great eye for vintage styling.
I loved her layouts
and lusted after these beautiful purple velvet fan holders and
this fabulous pelmet.
I then found Nina of Straight Lace and just had to have this gold lame and lace collar for one of those fabulous gold chairs I bought in Paris last week.
Her collection of 1920s hats blew me away and
her collection of sparkling vintage jewellery was to die for.
I just had to buy a Burlesque Fan from Pilgrim Antiques for the back of one of the French Salon Chairs I bought in Paris last week, these are the others I left for other people to buy, mine is black and huge.
and no way was I going to leave this lady in that cup, she came home with me and after washing her face she is now stunning.
I adored this fan but it was just a bit too expensive and not quite big enough for my needs.
Pilgrim's collection of vintage photos and silhouettes were beautiful.
I had to wipe my mouth in case I drooled all over this vintage leather portfolio with 34 minature glove samples from a Parisian designer.
Each and every one was stunning. If you are interested in purchasing these (if the lovely lady still has them) you can visit her website - Bags of Style - and contact her.
I was very tempted but overcame the desire.
She also had some fabulous glass and pewter bottles that would grace my dressing table beautifully.
Do you think I bought this hat from Jean Jones? YES I DID! Very Jean Shrimpton don't you think?
Jean had some stunning pieces such as this Coffee Set
stacks of vintage shoes and
a fabulous Vanity Case with all it's bits and pieces.
All in all a very lovely trip.
Contacts for the above:
Kate Ellway: 07765051204
Straight Lace: 07970 678013
Pilgrim's Antique Centre: 01427 810897
Jean Jones: Always at stand 69 in The Shopping Arcade section of the Newark International Antiques Fair.
I will take a stand at Newark but haven't decided if I can stand the cold for 2 days at the December show, though I am very tempted.