Alice Roberton reports from the first Vintage Home Show at Chiswick Town Hall
Keeley Harris brought her much-loved Discover Vintage brand south last Sunday (18th March) to launch the Vintage Home Show to a London audience in the sunny surrounds of Chiswick Town Hall. There were 35 exhibitors, offering cheery mid-century homewares, a Wurlitzer jukebox added atmosphere and a vintage tea-shop, run by Mrs Terrence, was the icing on the cake so to speak.
Keeley lives and breathes vintage - and was also showcasing the most fabulous collection of 1920s-60s furniture, kitchenalia and glassware. We chatted about how 2012 is shaping up to be a big year for retro, with a spring and summer packed full of exciting events up and down the county. Keeley is organising the Festival Of Vintage in York on the weekend of the 28th-29th April which I'm really excited about attending. I was tempted to buy her lovely vintage picnic set (below) to get me in the mood for summer and, with Easter in mind, I took a bit of a shine to the azure blue glass hen (above), too!
Actresses Charlotte Riley and Fiona Sheehan were enjoying a fruitful shopping trip. Fiona said the fair was a wonderful West London discovery and perfect for finding things for her new home. 'I'm building up a red scheme with a vintage twist and I plan to use my new glass jug as a vase.' Charlotte, a new subscriber to Homes & Antiques, has grand plans for her 40s/50s-inspired living room; she bought an original film light to add a touch of drama and intends to get creative with the lovely fabric she picked up.
Next to me was The Vintage Studio, selling a colourful mix of 50s and 60s original and regenerated homewares. Jill Davidson has a great eye and her collection really does inspire you to embrace a more vibrant look in your home. I look forward to seeing her at The Vintage Festival at Farnham Maltings on 6th May where we will both be setting up shop.
Taking centre stage in the larger of the two halls was Vintage Design Rooms, which specialises in high-end bespoke upholstery, with the most fabulous collection of sympathetically restored 50s and 60s furniture.
I was captivated by the enthusiasm of Andrew Humphrey (aka The Tupperware Man) who, alongside selling at fairs, organises classic 60s-inspired Tupperware parties in the London area. H&A reader Sue Mitchell stopped to have a chat with Andrew, after which she was considering hosting a party of her own!