May Ripley Decorative Home & Salvage Show & Workshops Review

Published 20th May 2019

After the successful launch of our Summer of Salvage 2019 at the recent Ripley Decorative Home & Salvage Show we’re excited for the next five shows in the calendar at Cheshire Showground, Wellend, Loseley Park and back again in September for our closing event at Ripley. The North Yorkshire weather was kind to us and the stands, as ever, looked excellent with beautiful decorative homeware, cool salvage, gardenalia and an abundance of plants and flowers. Our caterers – The Little Tea Co, Cobble Kitchen, Birchfield Ice Cream and Silk Bar did a sterling job of keeping large numbers of visitors fuelled so that they could shop without dropping! 

Little Tea Co Ripley 2019As we hope you’re already aware, new for the Decorative Home & Salvage Shows 2019 is a programme of inspirational, interactive and hands-on workshops curated and hosted by writer and interior stylist Alice Roberton which are tailored to those who love making a unique, salvage home. Our first three sessions went down a treat; the content was excellent and all participants remarked on how inspired they felt. 

Jane Day Workshop Ripley 2019

First up was stylist, product photographer and content creator Jane Day from Tea with Ruby with ‘Good Image Making & Introduction to Social Media’, a session aimed to give confidence in creating a flat-lay image for Instagram and understanding the basics of posting on social media platforms and how to effectively engage with followers. Jane’s energy and passion for her work is infectious and it was rewarding to see people leaving with a new vigour for getting their social media ball rolling.

Matt Dixon Talk Ripley 2019

Next was a wonderful session; Alice Roberton took a seat to conduct a live interview with passionate antiques and interiors dealer Matt Dixon, owner of Tallboy Interiors, about getting into the trade at the tender age of 19, the highs and lows of sourcing, his love of French chairs and why buying antiques is green. Matt’s knowledge, humour and passion delighted visitors and gave them intelligent insight into to why investing in furniture built to last makes sense.

Lucy Nugent Workshop Ripley 2019

Owner of decorative antiques business Lucy’s Vintage Lifestyle and floral creative Lucy Nugent filled our creative ‘Workshop’ space with the scent of foraged and florist flowers and delighted participants with the simple joys of making a summer table centrepiece. Lucy’s wonderful eye for style and understanding of how flowers and antiques work in perfect harmony inspired everyone. Lucy will be back again with us on 7thSeptember at Ripley for another floral inspired workshop.

Workshop Tent Ripley 2019

With our Cheshire show just around the corner – 7th– 9thJune – we’re delighted to announce the workshops we have lined up:

Glam-Cycling: inspiring ways to transform dated furniture using paint and decoupage

Talk and demo hosted by leading furniture luxe-cycler Sarah Parmenter of RelovedMCR whose work has been featured in The Observer Magazine, The Times, Real Homes and Reclaim. £12.50, includes free entry and a glass of fizz. More details and to book.

How to Make A Stylish Salvage Home 

Inspirational workshop with Sian Astley (, lady builder, renovation expert, interior designer, salvage lover and project manager for BBC2’s Your Home Made Perfect. £12.50, includes free entry and a glass of fizz. More details and to book.

Learn to Make a Moss Ring Summer Wreath

Hands-on workshop led by Sara Webster, country rustic flower creative and co-owner of Bridgemont Decorative Interiors. £20, includes free entry and a glass of fizz. More details and to book.

Sessions are run in small groups and should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Each ticket gives you free entry to the event and a glass of complimentary fizz (or soft drink). 

Bottles And Plants On Table Ripley 2019

Decorative Home & Salvage Show dates:

Cheshire Friday 7th – Sunday 9th June & Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th August

Welland Friday 28th – Sunday 30th June

Loseley Friday 12th – Sunday 14th July

Ripley Friday 6th – Sunday 8th September

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Our next show is Lincoln Antiques & Home Show, 29th May - details here.