In celebration of our 300th issue, we invite you to join the Homes & Antiques party! Here, we’ve celebrated three decades of decadence – art deco, the 1970s and today’s eclectic mix of old and now – plus offered handy tips to help you to recreate each timeless look at home.
Go on, grab a slice of cake and something fizzy…
Display happy times past and present on a photo wall. Leave a camera next to a smart guestbook to encourage partygoers to record their own memories
Wall painted in ‘Kyoto Blossom’, £44 per 2.5l, Designers Guild. Balloon, from a selection; tassels, £13.99 per pack, both Talking Tables. Brass étagère, c1970, £950, L&V Art and Design. On étagère, upper tier: disco-ball lights, £13.99, Talking Tables; disco ball, 1970s, £55, Renato at Alfies Antique Market; notebook, £26, Rockett St George; ice-fountain bottles, £6.99 each, Talking Tables; for similar vintage camera, try Alfies Antique Market; vintage cocktail shaker, £175, Gazelles; napkins, £3.49 for 16, Talking Tables. On étagère, lower tier: Val Saint Lambert vase, c1950s, £195, L&V Art and Design; straws, £2.99 for 30, Talking Tables; ‘Globo’ boxes, from £198 each, Jonathan Adler
Some art deco pizzazz will make your party feel formal and fabulous. Go graphic with eye-catching banners and elegant paper fans
For similar paint, try ‘Basalt’, £42 per 2.5l, Little Greene. Paper fans, £29 for three, Talking Tables. On bookshelf: art deco decanter (top left), £650; frames, from £850 each; French art deco jug, £750; Murano round casket, £900; Italian casket, £1,000, all Guinevere. Books, from a selection, Peter Harrington. ‘Celebrate’ banner, £9.99, Talking Tables. ‘IC F1’ light, £489, Aram. Art deco chairs, £1,450 for a pair, Gazelles. ‘Kismet’ table, £1,750, Jonathan Adler. On table: champagne bowls, £72 for six, Rockett St George; art deco tazza, £250, The Old Cinema. Cabinet, £2,250, Gazelles. In cabinet: glasses, as before. Sugar caster by Keith Murray, £220, The Old Cinema. ‘Illusion 2’ rug, £1,588, Amy Kent
Festoon your room with tassels, pom poms and foil balloons, and add celebratory slogans on a modern peg board. Industrial lighting and scaled-up prints sit together against period detailing for an artistic, eclectic mix
Walls painted in ‘Obsidian Green’, £42 per 2.5l, Little Greene. ‘The Surprise’ mural by Claude-Marie Dubufe, £65 per m, Surface View. ‘Cameron’ wall light, £250, Andrew Martin. ‘Respectable Gent’ painting, £800, Cubbit Antiques. Pom-pom lights, £29.95, The Letteroom. Message board, £45, Rockett St George. ‘Party’ balloons, £9.99, Talking Tables. Late 19th-century table, £200, The French House. On table: basalt vase by Keith Murray, £1,450, Gazelles. Champagne flutes, £19.50 each, Rockett St George. Tibetan trunk, £960, Elemental. Silver-plate shot cups, £320 with shaker, Diplomat Treasures at Alfies Antique Market. Dog inkwell, £2,300, Guinevere. 1970s glass box, £120, Diplomat Treasures at Alfies Antique Market. Joules sofa, from £998, Dfs. ‘Cruz’ cushions, £75 each; ‘Whistlejacket’ horse cushion, £69, all Andrew Martin. Angel cushion; floral cushion, both £24.99, We Love Cushions. Late 19th-century armchair, £250, The French House. Tassels, as before. Persian Luri rug, £1,074, Retrouvius. Georgian table, £680, Puckhaber. Letter candle, £5.95, The Letteroom
Adorn your celebratory table with swathes of fresh greenery and mismatched vintage china for a vibrant and eclectic mix. A fresh linen tablecloth and bold foil balloons complete the look
300 34inch Silver metallic party balloons, £5 each, Helium Canister, £18, Hobbycraft. 18th Century Irish Mahogany Chair (bak to wall), £850, Early 19th Century Grained rosewood chair, £225, AG Horne Antiques. Antique tablecloth, £40, Hand-painted floral pale green case, £20, Sunbury Antiques Market. Brass champagne bucket (used as fruit bowl), £48, Rockett St George. Faces vase, £695 for pair, Recency Gold and white tureen, dinner plates, £680 for full table set, bohemian vase, £45, Green and gold cup and saucer trio by Hamsterley & co, £15, Harrods. Cut crystal and gold candelabra, £195, all The Antique Warehouse. Coloured dinner candles, £36 for pack of 12, True Grace. Green glass wine glasses, £12 for set of 6, brass claw foot bowl, £28, vintage cake plates, £3 each, Glass cake stand, £12, all Packhouse.
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Photographs: Katya De Grunwald
Styling: Ali Attenborough and Selina Lake