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Junk shops, antique emporiums, auctions, boot fayres... we love them all.

Having a good old rummage at an antiques fayre: there's nothing quite like it.

The thrill of finding your own personal treasure. You didn't even know you needed that life size marble bust of a Grecian beauty. But my goodness, now you've got her you've found the perfect spot in your home. A row of french enamel jugs? Looks great in the kitchen filled with freshly picked flowers. A happy tatty beautiful teapot that's lost its lid: a good idea to use for tidying the childrens toothbrushes? Yes.

Charming piano stool rehomed and Willis Bloom How Very British fabric in Stately Teal colourway.
Charming piano stool rehomed and Willis Bloom How Very British fabric in Stately Teal colourway.

So why buy old when you can have have shiny and new?

The satisfaction of original unique finds, something that few people have. This really is recycling: no emissions spent buying old. You can pick up a bargain (if you're lucky) and quite often the quality is better than newly made. The charming piano stool in this photo was found lurking in a dusty state in a Kentish village antiques fayre. Now happily living in our home.

I have a charming set of art deco side tables. A lovely simple, curvy set of three stacked together in a walnut veneer. They were found in Detling Antiques fayre after a rather blustery morning strolling and rummaging. I picked them up for £40. I adore them and I absolutely couldn't find new cheaper or want for anything different.

Willis Bloom Calla Lily fabric in Crimson Berry
My side table antiques fayre bargain and Calla Lily fabric by Willis Bloom

The thrill of the chase

Nothing quite like it. Will you succeed? Waiting for the gavel to fall and knowing your auction bid is the winning one. There's no guarantees of course and you can of course miss out but that's part of the game.

Complimenting old with new

I passionately believe in real homes, places to live that can celebrate and show off all our little treasures; whether these be grand antiques, gorgeous artworks or pebbles collected from the beach. My fabric and wallpaper designs have been created with this in mind and are the perfect backdrop to your treasures, whatever they may be.

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