Rummaging around at Shepton Mallet
For something really lovely the IACF probably has the edge and I saw plenty that could have graced the homestead without a hint of a shellac varnish. However, this was business and I had to dig below the polished façades and unearth something in need of a little TLC. I searched, uhmed and aahed over a 1920s Anglo-Indian carved tray that need a bit of filling and tidying, an old French armchair – knackered but a very pretty shape and relatively easy to reupholster (and had I been buying for myself, that would have been the one). However, in the end I settled on a tired but functional trunk (£20), a perfect size for a coffee table and – inspired by the achingly trendy Merci at Liberty concession – just ripe to be transformed into an eye-catching piece of floral loveliness. I can see the result in my head, but can it be executed? Watch this space and (hopefully) September’s issue to see the ‘after’ shot and our step-by steps.