Posts Tagged ‘antiques’

Pick of the Pads: Past Perfect

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

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White house exterior in Country Living magazine June 2014

It didn’t take much thought for our choice for Pick of the Pads this month.

Country Living June 2014 magazine cover

We’re already quite familiar with this gorgeous Welsh cottage, Bryn Eglur, owned & renovated by Dorian Bowen – and when it appeared in this month’s Country Living Magazine we just had to share it with you.

'Past Perfect' article title page from Country Living magazine June 2014

For Justin in particular, it’s a real favourite house from years of scouring interiors magazines.

'Antique dresser in Country Living magazine June 2014

The word character was probably invented for it!

'Wooden box bed  in Country Living magazine June 2014

It’s cosy & comfortable with perfect retreats to eat, sleep or read.

'Antique settle in Country Living magazine June 2014

It’s packed full of gorgeous country antiques too. An oak dresser filled with pottery & pewter, spindle back chairs, settles and spoon racks.

'Cast iron range in Country Living magazine June 2014

Spaces are softened with textiles & fresh flowers.

'Rustic stairs in Country Living magazine June 2014

Perfect, photogenic corners everywhere you look!

'Grandfather clock in Country Living magazine June 2014

It’s full of traditional charm, but there’s also no sense of it being in a museum with modern facilities such as this gorgeous kitchen.

'Whitewashed kitchen in Country Living magazine June 2014

And the best thing is… if you love it as much as we do, you can stay there!! Yes, it’s a holiday let! And for those fellow dog owners out there – your treasured pooches are welcome too.

'Whitewashed bathroom in Country Living magazine June 2014

It’s one of those cottages that offers a good location to explore the area, but also provides a gorgeous home to relish every hour you spend relaxing indoors. Perfect indeed!

 

Forthcoming Attractions: Late January 2014

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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selection of vintage homewares in the H is for Home space at Picture House Antiques

In addition to our web shop, we also sell items from the antiques centre in Todmorden.

selection of vintage homewares in the H is for Home space at Picture House Antiques

We tend to keep the web shop items separate from the antiques centre items to avoid confusion when things are sold.

selection of vintage homewares in the H is for Home space at Picture House Antiques

This does of course mean that lots of lovely pieces don’t even see our website, so we thought we’d share a few photos of how our bricks & mortar space is looking at the moment.

selection of vintage homewares in the H is for Home space at Picture House Antiques

We like to fill our pitch with a good mix of items; they mainly fall under three broad categories – namely country vintage, vintage retro and vintage industrial.

selection of vintage homewares in the H is for Home space at Picture House Antiques

Our country vintage includes two kitchenettes at the moment – and this fabulous 19th century butchers table/block. Also various baskets, stools, storage racks, pans, tins & jars.

selection of vintage homewares in the H is for Home space at Picture House Antiques

The term ‘vintage retro’ is now well-adopted even though, strictly speaking, ‘retro’ means recently produced items that have the flavour or style of past eras. We do tend to concentrate on genuine vintage. At the moment, these include small pieces of teak, beech & chrome furniture, fabric, bits of fashion like handbags, hats & ties, mid century pottery & glass, tableware, artwork including posters – and loads of great lamps!

selection of vintage industrial homewares in the H is for Home space at Picture House Antiques

The vintage industrial department (well corner!) includes filing cabinets, crates, boxes, drawers & wire racks. Some of those many lamps also probably sit comfortably in this section.

selection of vintage industrial homewares in the H is for Home space at Picture House Antiques

So if you’re ever near Todmorden pop in for a browse!

selection of vintage homewares in the H is for Home space at Picture House Antiques

Items come & go of course, but these pictures were all taken on Monday 20th January.

selection of vintage homewares in the H is for Home space at Picture House Antiques

If there’s anything you spy in the photos that’s practical to post were always happy to oblige.

Antique stools

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

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selection of antique stools

We’ve got a selection of antique stools for this week’s little pop-up shop. They’re full of character and have endless uses – a step for reaching the difficult shelf in the kitchen, a handy surface for a mug of coffee in the lounge, a simple bedside table. A vintage, rustic touch for any room.

Friday Folks – Kiera Buckley-Jones

Friday, February 10th, 2012

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three vintage Welsh wool blankets hanging from the wooden handrail of a humpback bridge

If we hadn’t started H is for Home, I (Adelle) would have loved to be an interiors stylist on a glossy homes magazine. This week’s Friday Folks interviewee, Kiera Buckley-Jones, is actually living (and working) that dream! We’ve known Kiera since the really early days of H is for Home and she regularly features our wares in her photo shoots. We were glad of this opportunity to find out a bit more about her working life.

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Who are you & what do you do?
I’m Kiera Buckley-Jones and I’m the in-house stylist at Homes & Antiques magazine. This involves organising photo shoots, producing shopping pages and coming up with ideas of how to show antique and vintage collectables at their best.

portrait of Kiera Buckley-Jones

How did you get into the business?
I started by doing work experience at various homes magazines in London, which was a great opportunity to get some hands-on shoot experience. Through these placements I met a number of stylists who I then assisted over the years, learning on the job. When the opportunity came up at Homes & Antiques, it really was a dream position as I’ve always loved going to jumble sales, collecting and history; and now I get to combine all these interests in each feature/project I work on.

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Who or what inspires you?

Old magazines and films are great reference tools. I’m also inspired by collectors (and I meet a lot of these), people who are passionate, knowledgeable and have dedicated their lives to their subject.

Selection of Mdina glass from a page in the March 2012 Homes and Antiques magazine
selection of Mdina Glass from the current (March 2012) issue of the Homes & Antiques magazine

What has been your greatest success?
It was tremendous fun working on the Hemingways’ Museum of 51 last summer at the Southbank. I was given the task of creating a Homes & Antiques 1950s living room to reflect the design of the period. I begun my research by looking at old footage of the Festival of Britain site at the Southbank and reading home improvement magazines of the early fifties. The room needed to reflect the optimism of the period, the colour and the sense of the ‘new’.

room set styled by Kiera Buckley-Jones from the at the "Museum of 51" exhibition curated by the Hemingways at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London

Have you got any advice for someone wanting to break into the business?
Get as much experience as you can, as you never know when it will come in handy. Not only will this help you develop your skills, you’ll also meet lots of contacts along the way.

three antique Welsh country chairs under a vintage wall map

Bookmarks: The Way We Live in the Country

Friday, August 19th, 2011

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cover of "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

It’s been a real pleasure reviewing this book – it’s right up our street – or right up our country lane as the case may be!

page showing a simple country chair from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

This is the second review we’ve written in the The Way We Live… series, the first being The Way We Live With the Things We Love.

page showing dining table & chairs in front of an open fire from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

As the title suggests, this one is concerned with all things rustic & rural…

double page spread showing different tabletops from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

…the landscape, the lifestyle, the buildings & their interiors.

inside front cover of "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

Once again, there’s a wonderful introduction by author Stafford Cliff.

page showing eight different country landscape views throughout the seasons from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

As with all good introductions, it not only gives a  broad overview of the subject. It also creates atmosphere and whets the appetite for the pages that follow.

page showing antique racks from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

He begins with this magical image:

“Many years ago, long before mobile phones or sat-nav, I went to visit a friend who lived in central France. As the light began to fade, my companions and I found ourselves driving along narrow roads in open farmland with our map and our directions running out. Suddenly up ahead we noticed a narrow track leading through fields to a distant farmhouse. We knew that we had arrived at the right place because every few feet along both sides of this road my friend had placed old jam jars containing little flickering candles. The effect was heart-stopping and memorable, and it said ‘Welcome’ in a way no words ever could. The scene comes to mind again now, because it distils the special qualities of living in the country, or visiting those who do.”

page showing candlelit courtyard from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

The book comprises five main chapters – Country Landscapes, The House in the Country, Traditional Homes, Contemporary Homes and Country Details.

page showing an antique chair in front of an open fire from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

It’s great to see traditional & contemporary homes in the same book – the different interpretations of country living.

double page spread showing whitewashed dining table with metal bistro-type chairs from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

The blend of the two is just our kind of look – mixing antique country furniture with vintage ceramics & textiles from the 1950s & 60s.

page featuring different windows with deep sills from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

A tool used throughout the book is page spreads of images comparing similar house details in different parts of the world.

page showing detail of wooden chair backs from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

It’s perfect for a quick flick through, but also stands up to deeper scrutiny.

coffer and antique pottery urns at the bottom of a stairway from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

The gorgeous photographs taken by the late Gilles De Chabaneix are accompanied by insightful captions – adding detail & context.

large wooden table with runner from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

We have a handful of books that we gravitate towards – this one has joined their ranks.

double page spread showing an open fire with oatcakes drying above and a rustic, antique cast iron stove from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

This is a great book for providing interior decoration inspiration.

attic bedroom with exposed rafters from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

The mood of the subject simply washes over you. It’s very odd, but you almost sigh with relaxation – a sense of well-being & calm descending as you flick through the wonderful landscapes & houses.

page showing six different rustic kitchens from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

There’s only one question left to answer – Do we recommend the book?

rustic hand basin with recess above from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

antique wooden table & chairs with yellow pottery bowl in the foreground from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

Well it’s probably quite obvious by now – if you share our love of country living or country influenced interiors, then this is a must have book.

antique Winsdor chair in a room in the eaves from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

vintage blue & white bistro chairs on a patio from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

We’re sure you’ll revisit it over & over again.

rustic table & chairs under a low, vaulted brick ceiling from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

double page spread showing an old stone flagged floor with sunlight streaming through from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

The Way We Live in the Country is available from the publishers, Thames & Hudson, Hive and also from the H is for Home UK & US aStores.

double page spread showing an antique chairs & set table with lit candles at dusk outside a rustic whitewashed building from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix

photo of an old man holding a large pumpkin from "The Way We Live In the Country" by Stafford Cliff & Gilles de Chabaneix with vintage Briglin mug and antique metal candleholder

[Many thanks to Thames & Hudson for providing this review copy]