The Decorative Living Fair, Eridge Park, Kent
The sun shone for visitors, exhibitors and the H&A team as everyone enjoyed a wonderful day of decorative delights
The Decorative Living Fair hosts a selection of hand-picked exhibitors trading vintage, antique and decorative homewares in a delightful country-house setting, and with its breath-taking stands and glorious views, it’s hard to know which way to look. H&A was proud to sponsor this year’s event and our stand buzzed all day long with readers coming to say hello and new readers keen to sign up to our great subscription offer. Vintage designer, Sarah Moore, was in prime position to enjoy the glorious setting.
Despite a busy day, H&A editor Angela Linforth found time to feed her passion for lustreware and picked up a 1940s sugar bowl along with a characterful ‘deer’ jug.
Our stylist Kiera Buckley-Jones was on hand and pulled some great styling tricks out of her magic box to make sure the stand looked utterly gorgeous and summery.
H&A hosted an array of topical talks on ‘The Joy of Upcycling’ with Angela Linforth, ‘Pots of Style’ with Gardens Illustrated editor Juliet Roberts, ‘Style Me Vintage’ with vintage guru Naomi Thompson and ‘Summer Styling’ with the ‘Pretty Pastel Style’ author, Selina Lake. We'll be at Selina Lake’s Handmade & Vintage Summer Fete in Kingston-On-Thames on June 29th, so do look out for us.
Sally Barton (right) works from home as a maker and artist and makes up for Kate Forman. ‘I make her lavender hearts, lampshades, laundry bags and more, and just love working with her fabrics,' she said. She and her sister Judy Crane enjoyed a very successful day's shopping and topped it off by both taking out a subscription to Homes & Antiques.
Chloe Troutt had travelled from Buckinghamshire especially for the fair and was delighted to pick up this old piano stool from The Washerwoman as an upcycling project. ‘I plan to re-upholster and paint it, then re-purpose it as a dressing-table stool,’ said Chloe.
Alle Pflaumer from Medway in Kent was visiting the fair for the first time and snapped up these cushions from the H&A stand. ‘I’m not sure where I’ll use them but I’m sure as soon as I get home they’ll find a place!’ she laughed.
I just loved the story behind the materials used by first time exhibitor Sarah Jane Murray (pictured right), of Home Front Vintage, who enjoyed a hugely successful day selling her WW2 silk escape map cushions. Debra Redout bought a cushion depicting a map of Sicily. ‘I love the history of them and this cushion will also remind me of my recent happy holiday to the island,’ she said.
Every year one exhibitor is awarded ‘Best Dressed Stand’ and this year, it was Liza Barnes of Nutley Antiques. The competition was very stiff, with Home Front Vintage, Paul Drewett and The Old Haberdashery very much in the running - but the decision was ultimately up to Eridge Park owner, The Marchioness of Abergavenny. ‘The overall standard this year was amazing so it was a very hard decision for the Marchioness to make,’ said fair organiser Caroline Zoob.
H&A will have stands at the following events throughout the rest of May and June.
Friday 31st May & Saturday 1st June 10-5pm - Village-Vintage - Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton, East Sussex
Saturday 1st (10am - 5pm) & Sunday 2nd June 10am - 4pm - Vintage Revival Marquee @ Country Fest, County Showground, Crooklands, Kendal, Cumbria
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June (Sat 9am - 7pm Sun 10am - 5pm) - MK Handmade & Vintage, The Centre, 24 Silbury Blvd, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Sunday 2nd June 10am 4pm - Vintage, Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham,
Saturday 8th June 11am - 4pm - Market Harborough Vintage Fair, Three Swans Hotel, 21 The High St, Market Harborough, Leicestershire
Sunday 9th June 11am - 4pm - The Vintage Home Show, Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester
Saturday 15th June 10am - 3pm - Kitsch and Stitch Vintage & Makers Fair, The Vestry Hall, Cranbrook, Kent
Saturday 15th June 11am - 2pm - Vintage & Handmade Jumble, Selwyn Hall, Box, Corsham, Wiltshire
Saturday 15th June 10am - 4.30pm - Topsy & Elsie’s Vintage Fair, The Institute, New Road, Kirkby Lonsdale
Saturday 15th June 10am-5pm - Brixton Retro & Vintage Market, Station Road, London
Friday 21st June 11am - 4pm - Cuckfield Vintage Emporium, Queens Hall, High Street, Cuckfield, Sussex
Saturday 22nd June 10am - 5pm - A Jolly Good Do - Vintage & Handmade Fair, Kings Meaburn Institute, Kings Meaburn, Penrith, Cumbria
Saturday 22nd June 11am - 4.30 pm - Sussex Country Brocante, Wisborough Green Village Hall, School Road, Wisborough Green, West Sussex. Look out for a feature on this fair in the July issue of H&A, out on 6th June.
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd June 11am - 5pm - Crikey It’s Vintage At Killerton, Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon
Saturday 29th June 11am - 4pm - Selina Lake's Handmade and Vintage Summer Fete, Market House, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey