H&A Fairs: The Autumn Decorative Living Fair at Chelsea Old Town Hall, London

By Alice Roberton,
25th September 2013 - 17:03

A fair favourite makes its debut in the Big Smoke 

Last Wednesday for the first time, The Decorative Living Fair left its picturesque rural home at Eridge Park near Tunbridge Wells and offered up its renowned selection of must-have decorative wares to a city crowd in Chelsea.
 
Several lavish halls boasted everything from textiles and fashion to painted furniture and stylish lighting - all stalls individually selected to sit harmoniously side-by-side.
The Old Rectory Sale's stand with its unusual finds was gorgeous, especially the blue bottles, found abandoned in a garden in Belgium and being used as vases for hydrangea heads. Co-owner of the business Madeleine Tomlinson revealed that her rose bouquet, created by her daughter Hannah especially for the fair, was in fact made of little cakes and not roses at all!
On the way back from trying this dove-grey crochet knit dress on, Melanie Kirk from Aylesbury dropped by the Wild Willow stand and bought a charming little French canvas painting. The canvas was stretched over an old wooden fruit crate panel, which gave it a wonderful sense of homemade charm.
French history, and an understandable love of champagne, are very much at the heart of No 1 Lewes' business, with almost all of its stock being regional vineyard paraphernalia. In addition to the grape pickers' baskets and crates, this pair of 1880s 'his and hers' chairs, recently updated with a fresh strip of vintage linen, was very eye-catching.
Pi Truckel, from London, is a maker who runs The Woolly Dog, a company specialising in handcrafts using wool, linen, silk and vintage textiles. ‘I’ve bought this little 1950s deckchair as a prop for displaying my stock and some vintage Sanderson fabric from the H&A stand, which was just too irresistible,’ she said.
Diana Fenton and Cathy Timms came especially from Surrey for the day and were very pleased with their finds. ‘I bought this 1950s vintage push-along elephant from Lois Pinnock, which I think is fairly unusual. It will make a lovely present for my granddaughters, Lucie and Izzy,’ said Cathy.
As always, it was lovely to meet so many interesting people, especially those who’d travelled a long way for this fair (as far as Norway in one case!). Midge Fowlie, a loyal H&A reader, had come all the way from Inverness and was delighted to finally treat herself to a subscription, which came with a handy Woven Oak shopping bag as a gift.
 
Do come and visit H&A at a fair near you to buy great homewares, textiles, magazines and subscriptions. Here’s where we’ll be during the remaining weeks of September and throughout October.
 
September
 
Saturday 28th September, 10.30am-4.30pm - Hexham Vintage Fair, The Trinity Centre, Hexham, Northumberland
 
Saturday 28th September, 10am-4pm - The Vintage & Antiques Fayre, Clarence Hall, Beaufort Street, Crickhowell
 
Sunday 29th September, 11am-4pm - The Vintage Home Show, Chiswick Town Hall, London
 
October
 
Saturday 5th October, 10am-4pm - Original Vintage & Handmade Textile & Fashion Fair, Chipping Sodbury, The Town Hall, Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire
 
Saturday 5th October, 12pm-12am - Retro Revival Festival, Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside
 
Saturday 5th October, 11am-4pm - Market Harborough Vintage Fair, Three Swans Hotel, 21 The High Street, Market Harborough, Leicestershire
 
Sunday 6th October, 11am-4pm - Discover Vintage Fair, Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester
 
Sunday 6th October, 10.30am-4.30pm - The Textile Society’s London Antique Textile Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London
 
Saturday 12th October, 10am-4pm - Stockton on Tees Chic Vintage Fair, Parish Gardens Marquees, Stockton-on-Tees
 
Saturday 12th October, 10am-4pm - Antiques & Vintage Fair, Bourne Hall, Spring St, Ewell Village, Epsom, Surrey
 
Monday 14th October, 10am-4pm - Vintage at The Village Hall, The Corn Exchange, Market Place, Blandford Forum, Dorset
 
Saturday 19th October, 9am-3pm - The Vintage Bazaar, The Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Frome, Somerset
 
Sunday 20th October, 10am-4pm - Leamington Spa Vintage Fair, The Royal Pump Rooms, The Parade, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
 
Thursday 31st October-Sunday 3rd November, Antiques For Everyone, Halls 17-19, NEC Birmingham, West Midlands
 
 
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