15 October 2011

Warm glow of Autumn brings on the action in Winchcombe

It's certainly been a unique few weeks in more ways than one.  The gorgeous heatwave sped up the leaves and fruit until everyone around here is virtually swimming in apples and pears.  The fruit trees aren't the only ones that have been busy, nestled amongst the cosy lull it's been non-stop here at 21 North Street.

If you're follower of ours on Twitter or seeing our Facebook posts you'll notice the stock has been turning over thick and fast.  From industrial chic (trolleys, petrol can lamps) to mid 19th century marriage bread boards.  Gorgeous, earthy pieces guaranteed to enrich any rustic kitchen and any rusty relationships (you never know). 
19th Century Marriage Bread Boards - domestic bliss

The quest is - as ever - to hunt out new and interesting items ensuring they work with contemporary homes.  Earlier in the month we spent some time at the Battersea Decorative Fair which was great fun, we bumped into loads of friends from the business and marvelled at the beautiful collections that had been brought together for that occasion.  Karen and I also spent a bit of time around the East End, lapping up some of the great energy and creativity that has been exploding in that part of London for the past few years.  Needless to say, some of it rubbed off a bit and we hope some of the ideas too.

So, what have we found? You might have picked up that we are extremely fussy about what works, we only want beautiful, time-worn items that really enrich the home.  I hope you agree that these things do just that.

All these items are French/continental mid 19th century, which is what we love and hope that others agree they're very attractive pieces.

We came across this leather Art Deco club chair, it's in great condition, really comfortable with beautiful curved arm rests and some cream piping to the seats and arms.  Below is another seat, but slightly more feminine (think luxurious boudoir) this delicate nursing chair has been covered in a gorgeous french natural linen .
For more of a country look in the bedroom, this oval table (below) would work well.  It's from central France, incorporates an X form stretcher and a central column support with bun feet.  It's in very good condition with its original pine patina, cleaned and preserved in a wax polish finish.  Great looking.
So, what else is new? Other than a photo shoot in our house (more to come on that in a later blog) and a new project with a local friend - it's calm around here.  So, yes we've got a lot on but we're hoping you like some of the fruit of our labours.

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