20th September 2017
Our last Decorative Home & Salvage Show of the year came and went at the beautiful Ripley Castle Estate in Yorkshire and, despite the unsettled weather, was a successful show. Our exhibitors didn’t disappoint; with their stands looking as fantastic as ever. Our visitors, yet again, were wowed by the quality of stock on offer, with almost all leaving with beautiful things for their homes. To mark the end of the season we held our first ever Best Dressed Stand Awards, offering 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize for the stands which impressed our judge, Jen Chillingsworth from Little Birdie, with engaging displays and well-considered styling. Jen, a photographer, writer and slow-living champion, was looking for stands which cleverly summed up how to ‘get a look’ and how that look would work in the home.
Amidst stiff competition, first prize was awarded to the extremely talented trio at Brocante Decorative, Lucy Nugent, Josephine Oates and Emma Cox (pictured above with Jen and Richard from ASFairs). The effort which goes into their stand always impresses us and we felt the win was very well deserved; their look - romantic, faded French grandeur mixed with a down-to-earth splash of rustic charm - always gains them a lot of attention at our shows and most certainly had our judge taking in every nook and cranny. Smiles, rosette, and bottle of fizz aside, Brocante Decorative won a £100 voucher to be redeemed against their next stand booking (2nd prize received a £75 voucher and 3rd prize a £50 voucher).
Second prize went to Antiques Young Gun Matt Dixon (pictured above with Jen and Richard from ASFairs) of Tallboy Interiors for his elegant, and almost regal, room-set stand. The crushed velvet drapes, made by his grandmother, which were used to backdrop the stand were what really caught Jen’s eye “they just give such depth to the display and really set the scene beautifully, and I love that his family are so involved with his work” commented Jen. Despite Matt’s tender age of twenty he creates a sophisticated and mature stand which really commands attention.
Third prize was given to Sally Shakespeare (pictured above with colleague and fellow trader David Gardener) of Shakespeare’s Vintage for her clever and detailed styling, “what really engaged me was Sally’s small vignettes all around the stand, the small details and placements really had me looking closely at her lovely stock” said Jen. Shakespeare’s Vintage always stands out as bold, colourful and fresh and is a hit with visitors.
The uptake for entries was good and the competition fierce - we particularly liked this quaint scene on the Country Chic stand (pictured above) - so we plan on making the awards an annual event and can’t wait for next year.
Amidst the awards excitement we also ran an ‘Rustic Style’ themed Instagram Scavenger Hunt which Jen judged too. The winning shot was taken by Harrogate resident Louise Eaton whose image, in Jen’s words “sums up the natural element and pure simplicity of Rustic Style”. You can see the winning entry here. Louise won a themed prize of a hand-tied, dried-flower wreath made by the girls at Brocante Decorative.
The ‘summer of salvage’ season may be over but 2018 will be here before we know it – 2018 dates have not been confirmed yet but we can assure you that, after another successful season, there will be more Decorative Home & Salvage Show goodness to come. In the meantime, we have plenty of shows to keep you, and us, busy. You can visit us at the Lincoln Antiques & Home Show, Antiques Markets at Donington & Stoneleigh (new market launching on 16th October) and the buzzing, bargain hunter's paradise Vintage Flea Market at Lincolnshire Showground.
Happy Autumn from all at Arthur Swallow Fairs.
Forthcoming Show Dates:
Lincoln Antiques & Home Show, 9th - 10th October & 4th - 5th December
Stoneleigh Antiques Market, 16th October & 27th November
Vintage Flea Market, 19th November