The H&A 1950s living room - part two

Claire Randall, Roadshow reporter, Bletchley Park, July 2009
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Stylist Kiera Buckley-Jones raids a collector's home to find George Hann prints and Jessie Tait ceramics  

So a week has passed and a few tasks on my ever-growing 'to do' list have been ticked off.

On Thursday, I visited the Taunton home of Fifties enthusiast and dealer Bronia Lee to raid her rooms for George Hann prints and atomic plant holders among other delights. It was a real pleasure rifling though such a collection; there were Noddy and Big Ears egg cups, atomic bird cages, retro clothing, biscuits tins, bold printed textiles and sunburst clocks - I had to resist the urge to take it all back to the office!

Through some careful editing, I managed to come away with several boxes of treasures to help make the Homes and Antiques living room a home-from-home, including Jessie Tait’s 'Red Domino' dining set which will complement my atomic colour scheme well.

I’ve been on the the phone to the helpful Justin Keefe and Adelle Robinson of H is for Home (01706 819941) who are also kindly sending me a box of 1950s gems, including a brilliant tea tray and atomic vase.

For furniture, thankfully I met Keith and Bridget Turner of Falmouth's  Elephant and Monkey (01326 218881) at Midcentury Modern at Dulwich College, London, a few weeks ago and they have agreed to loan us a G-Plan room divider - essential for any 1950s multi-functional space.

I've also used quite a few metres of masking tape to measure out a floor plan for the room in an empty space in our office. Happily, the Ercol sofa and GW Evans sideboard are going to fit!

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The H&A 1950s living room - part one
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