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.
a selection of velvet shoes from Matchesfashion.com clockwise, Attico bow sandals, Ancient Greek Sandals and Gucci’s slippers with removable platform / 19th century French dressing mirror Tallboy Interiors
SALVO 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. Emily’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.
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
Surprisingly 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. The Rumsey Wells where we discovered Pieminister’s ethical pies.
1960s Miss Holmes shoes made in Norwich at Retreat Vintage
Last minute Macbeth at the Maddermarket Theatre
Jo Flowers pop up at Carol Lake interiors
Hungry eyes for the green velvet sofa at House cafe on St Benedict’s Street
Photographs ©Style Salvo and Jaws courtesy of Horrorpedia
copper light window pane Smiths Architectural / vintage Chanel pumps Vestiaire Collective
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.
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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Vintage 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.Heritage 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. A 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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A 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. Gail 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. I 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.
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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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Thank 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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The 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.
vintage curtains at Snooper’s Paradise in Brighton / Chloe s/s 2017 catwalk images by InDigital
©Photographs Style Salvo and courtesy of Vogue.co.uk
Since putting together highlights for exhibitors getting ready for SALVO 2017, one of the largest architectural salvage fairs that takes place in Henley every June, I have had heavy metal on my mind. I thought I would share some hardware style for the change in season, including this lead sink table that Saxon of Metroretro (pictured) made from a tray that was under a water tank in an attic.
lead sink table in the making Metroretro / French painted metal wreath LASSCO / MSGM mules with metal applications Yoox / finished lead sink Metroretro / detail of a 19th century french garden bench Nikki Page Antiques
SALVO 2017, Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th June with Trade Day on Friday 23rd June
exhibitors include Nikki Page Antiques and Metroretro