Antiques, Lifestyle, Salvage


May 5, 2017

SALVO exhibitor Sugden and Daughters Bench outside  Antique dealer, Sugden and Daughters will exhibit at SALVO in Henley this June with stock including hand powered coffee grinder mills, in perfect taste for this year’s Green Living Fest. Louisa Sugden took time out to fill us in on the renovation of her ‘forever home’ and share highlights for this year’s fair. Expect French country kitchenalia and inspiration to go for the life you want, with style.

All or nothing, “shit or bust” as Louisa said to her husband Mark when Sugden and Daughters was conceived, and Louisa left a secure, senior job for a software company to set-up their own business. I should add, not her usual language, which is elegant, just like the style Sugden and Daughters have crafted over their first five years in business. I chatted to Louisa online, where she spends much of the day, working on email correspondence with clients and posting inspiring social media pics, but her stories made it feel like we were sat around a rustic Sugden workbench, sipping freshly ground coffee…

Do you have an anecdote from your childhood that you associate with your passion for reclaimed design and antiques?

My Grandad was most definitely a Womble; he had 3 garden sheds rammed with reclaimed materials, tools and other stuff.  He had a real make do and mend attitude and was into repurposing long before it became fashionable.  Grandad’s projects were rarely stylish – he had a belt and braces approach to design.  One of my favourite chairs belonged to my Grandad; it has nuts and bolts visible where a bit of extra stability was obviously needed.

This time last year you began renovating your ‘forever home’. How is it coming along?

Our forever home is taking forever to do, or so it feels.  Progress has been slow.  We’ve spent the last year stripping it all back to bare bones and it’s scary what we’ve found.  We keep telling ourselves ‘if it’s been standing since 1701 it’s not going to fall down now’ (we hope).  The biggest challenge to date was getting planning permission for a kitchen/bedroom extension.  The historic building consultant loved our idea of using corrugated tin cladding and a sedum roof but the Parish Council and jobsworth planning officer needed a little more persuading. With a fair amount of toing and froing and with the support of a brilliant architect our planning was approved with no compromises.

What challenges have you come across designing for yourself as opposed to designing for other people?

Designing for others is easy; you listen to the brief, ask the right questions and interpret was is required.  Designing for ourselves is a nightmare.  We have so many ideas we couldn’t possibly fit them all into the house.  Our own brief keeps changing as another bright idea pops into our heads.  We also feel an incredible pressure to get it right.  We’ve been dreaming about this forever home for so long that we don’t want to get it wrong.

Sourcing all over the world, and always returning to France for their love of good food and good quality, practical, time-worn pieces, Sugden and Daughters offer style for real life.

Sugden Daughters Table top of elegantly knackered wonders SALVO exhibitor Sugden and Daughters galvanised collection Sugden flags

Sugden and Daughters 

SALVO 2017 stand is not to be missed!
Where: Icehouse Lane, Henley on Thames, RG9 3AP
When: Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 June 2017
Open: 10am to 5pm
Charity Gala Preview and late night shopping: Friday 23 June 2017, 5pm to 8pm

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Antiques, Shoes, Style


April 17, 2017

Red chairs in Paris lr I took a pair of red velvet sandals to Morocco last year and have been obsessed with velvet ever since. The richness comes into its own when paired with something unexpected, whether it be chrome legs or a cotton dress. velvet shoes for springvelvet mirror

a selection of velvet shoes from clockwise, Attico bow sandals, Ancient Greek Sandals and Gucci’s slippers with removable platform / 19th century French dressing mirror Tallboy Interiors


Eating, Events, Salvage, Style


April 13, 2017

Mahala Press shot couple LRSALVO fair is celebrating sweet sixteen this summer with a Green Living theme to showcase salvage, not simply for its style but as a lifestyle choice.  Held just outside Henley 23-25 June 2017, I am collaborating with the original architectural salvage fair to incorporate food and fashion with green pioneers like zero waste chef, Douglas McMaster and designer/maker Emily Griffin with her homeware and accessories brand Mahala.

I was first introduced to Mahala’s signature bags made from army surplus fabric when I interviewed Emily for London Design Festival last September. Needless to say I was thrilled when she agreed to swap East London for an eccentric Henley estate to exhibit at SALVO 2017.  Mahala Press shot man LREmily’s East London shop is based in an old fishmonger, where a material Mahala sign waves you in with the aroma of organic candles and wild pistachio soap. There is no perfectly sustainable material, but getting to know the materials you dress your home and yourself with is a good place to start.  Working with old British saddlery leather and military canvases, materials at Mahala are upcycled and carefully sourced.

Mahala bags along with clothes and clogs made in England, vintage and handcrafted homewares will be available to shop.  Perfectly situated in the sustainable fashion marquee besides Douglas’ Silo at Salvo pop up restaurant, a good place to stop and appreciate home fashions and accessories at a slower pace.

SALVO 2017

on the private estate of Sir William and Lady McAlpine

Icehouse Lane, Henley on Thames, RG9 3AP

Book tickets for the Silo at Salvo lunch and get a free weekend fair pass 24-25 June

Follow Emily Griffin on the beautiful @Mahala_london Instagram

Photographs ©Mahala

Eating, Style, Travel


March 29, 2017

me in Jaws Norwich LRSurprisingly serene wearing this 1970s St Michael knitwear (a brand of M&S from 1928 to 2000) that once featured in an advertisement for a Jaws board game.  See below.  We got married in New York, and nowhere but Norwich would do for our first wedding anniversary.  Plenty to do for him and her, our retreat to Norwich was basically an excuse to get back to Magdalen Street for vinyls at Beatniks and Retreat Vintage for the best smelling vintage and the best stories EVER. Also check out The Bicycle Shop, a former bike shop, now serving tapas with a cosy downstairs bar.  We celebrated our anniversary there and they even made us Manhattans.  His and hers NorwichThe Rumsey Wells where we discovered Pieminister’s ethical pies.

Mike beats in NorwichJaws and shoes 1960s Miss Holmes shoes made in Norwich at Retreat Vintage

Norwich theatreLast minute Macbeth at the Maddermarket Theatre

Garden and blossom wall Norwich    Jo Flowers pop up LRJo Flowers pop up at Carol Lake interiors

House cafe Norwich Hungry eyes for the green velvet sofa at House cafe on St Benedict’s Street

Norwich cone heads and breakfastNorwich coneheads

Photographs ©Style Salvo and Jaws courtesy of Horrorpedia

Events, Garden, Reclaimed Renovation


March 19, 2017

Dulwich New Leaf LR One of the most neglected spaces in my flat, the garden is next on the list to get some lovin’. Today I went to my first Modern Show in leafy Dulwich to visit Metroretro.  Having started life in Camden Market in the ’90s, Metroretro is a brand to keep an eye on amongst the Midcentury Modern and industrial furniture scene.  Saxon of Metroretro dressed London’s Sky Garden with his bespoke collection of reclaimed furniture, and today I fell for this bench from his vintage collection to dress our small garden.  One sash window mirror from Architectural Forum, one 1940s army field bench from Metroretro, but still a lot of work to be done. Garden with Metroretro LR Metroretro Modern show pictures LRMetroretro bench close-up LRMetroretro light LR   Metroretro bench and chairs 2 LR

Metroretro exhibiting at Dulwich College Modern Shows

Modern Shows return for Midcentury East at Goldfinger’s Haggerston school, East London in October 2017

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Salvage, Style

Heritage home fashions at Vintage Vauxhall

March 18, 2017

heritage home Vauxhall LRVintage Vauxhall launched onto the market calendar last Sunday 12th March and will continue on the second Sunday of each month.  Having established BathVA Vintage & Decorative Antiques Market, a brand amongst the Georgian city’s independent shopping scene, founder Naomi Knight has collected a range of UK and European dealers to exhibit in Vauxhall.

Located in the London Fire Brigade’s former workshops, the event space is part of the new vision for Vauxhall, building on its heritage to attract culture and community.  The re-emergence of the area is also helped by the new American Embassy and the extension of the Northern Tube line to Battersea.  Buyers awaiting the completion of their Vauxhall by Versace apartments are yet to arrive, but Vintage Vauxhall looks set to attract homemakers from all over.  Me for example, a DFWL (down from west London) who never noticed the beauty of the bronze statues on Vauxhall Bridge until last weekend.  Buffing up my knowledge of the bridge, I learnt the Grade II listed steel and granite structure opened in 1906.  Replacing the early 19th century bridge, originally known as Regent Bridge, a gateway for more visitors to attractions like Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.Vintage Vauxhall outfit LRHeritage is fashionable, we take comfort in the tried and trusted, objects of quality and provenance.   Today Vauxhall has an exciting Gallery District, it is home to LASSCO Brunswick House and residents like author and antiques specialist Mark Hill and Philip Reicherstorfer, owner of the restaurant COUNTER, who both helped Naomi Knight make Vintage Vauxhall happen.  Vauxhall Bridge LRVintage Vauxhall lights LRBOATS Vintage Vauxhall LR Firemen The Workshop LR Flying firemen LR Vintage Vauxhall midcentury mirrors LRA destination for those seeking some ethical shopping and something individual that won’t break the bank.  We left with a ’50s mirror from the stall above.

The next Vintage Vauxhall is on Sunday 9th April 2017

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Antiques, Salvage, Style


March 5, 2017

BDAF The archives antiques LRA longtime Instagram salvage stalker of Simon Wharton Antiques, I met him and his fireplaces at the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair this week and bought the unique 1940s Polish hands decorating his stand below. BDAF Simon Wharton LRGail McLeod, an instigator of the Antiques Young Guns movement is doing an amazing job rallying buzz for Bath.  Sadly I missed the century mash up tour today, but I was glad to join BBC Antiques Roadshow expert Judith Miller who gave great gossip about things I wouldn’t ordinarily have noticed like these Staffordshire dogs.  Known as comforter dogs, they were sold to men in pubs to take home to their wives for forgiveness for their drunkenness. Amazing they didn’t get smashed. BDAF tour LRBDAF No.1 Lewes LRBDAF salvie LRBDAF Elham Antiques LR BDAF Paul Drewett LRBDAF Chris Holmes 2 LRBDAF La Place Antiques LRBDAF John Read-Smith Antiques LRI stayed the night at my step-sister’s family house aka the Bath HQ of Hazael Homes and saw their gorgeous renovation for the first time.Ruby's House LR

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The next date in my diary is Vintage Vauxhall, which Naomi Knight of Vintage & Decorative Antiques Market is launching on Sunday 12th March in the former fire engine workshops of the London Fire Brigade in South London.  Vintage Vauxhall will be a monthly menagerie of vintage, mid-century, decorative antiques, furniture, fashion, Jewellery, vinyl, reclaimed, salvaged and upcycled pieces.

From the top, Bath Decorative Antiques Fair exhibitors and credits include

The Archives Antiques / Simon Wharton Antiques  /   No.1 Lewes  /  Laurence Decade shoe salvie /  Elham Antiques  /  Paul Drewett / Chris Holmes Antiques  / La Place Antiques  /  John Read-Smith Antiques

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kitchen, Reclaimed Renovation, Salvage, Style, Wardrobe


March 1, 2017

Reloved mag detail LRThank you Reloved magazine for featuring me and my reclaimed kitchen.  Had I not restyled my old kitchen into my walk-in wardrobe, upcycled and saved old things to create my new kitchen then I wouldn’t have had space for old dresses like this sixties silk dream, which normally lives in my old kitchen, now my walk-in wardrobe.

And the cycle continues…

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Reclaimed Renovation, Style


February 28, 2017

Snoopers 70s curtainsThe Chloe s/s 2017 collection indicates we may well be following Scarlett O’Hara’s style tips come summer and start repurposing curtains to wear as she does in Gone With The Wind.  The first thing I did when I moved into my basement flat was donate dated heavy curtains that were blocking the light, but with longer days on the horizon I wouldn’t mind dressing myself or my windows with these flower power prints. Chloe ss17

vintage curtains at Snooper’s Paradise in Brighton  /  Chloe s/s 2017 catwalk images by InDigital

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