Trends and Looks - A Guest Blog by Stylist Philippa Curphey

22nd January 2017

With our first show of 2017 taking place next week we've been wondering what buying trends we will see throughout the year. We’re dying to know what fashions will emerge and surprise us, what new ideas we will see gracing the pages of our favourite interiors magazines, and what interior designers and home makers will be going crazy for? We can only guess, so we thought we’d ask someone in the business of interior trends what they see on the horizon.

Philippa Curphey, who spent a decade styling and sourcing for Ralph Lauren Home’s creative retail team, is a freelance interior stylist who passionately sources for, and advises, private and retail clients on trends and how to ‘get the look’. Philippa, who has an innate passion for all things old and beautiful, can often be spotted at our shows hunting down pieces for clients. All things considered, we thought she'd be the perfect person to offer up insight and inspiration.

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The antiques industry is currently encountering exciting times within the world of interiors, where trends such as ‘Eclectic Living’ and ‘The New Modern’ are playing a big part in how we buy vintage and antique pieces.

A cross-collection revolution has begun

Vintage buyers and interior fans are collecting and displaying interior objects from different eras together, and are experimenting more with contrasting styles that complement each other in a unique, and often less conformist, way. New, and very personal, looks are emerging and saying a lot about the personality of those who create them.

Eclectic Living


In any shape, colour or form, ceramics are a cool craze right now. From Victorian china figures, and kitsch exotic creatures, to German mid-century vases. Such objects can immediately lift a room, bringing heritage, colour and personality to compliment your existing furniture. If you want to know more about ceramics, particularly Fat Lava (below), then delve into one of Antiques Roadshow expert Mark Hill's excellent books.

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Pattern & Texture

Create depth to your interior space by sourcing a home accessory that is bold in pattern or texture. Choose natural elements with vibrant markings and striking hues, such as marble and quartz - or hunt down textured glass objects, lustred or lacquered pieces and decorated artwork with textural tones. Such materials can all bring richness to a room.


Botanical Accessories 

Pantone’s colour for 2017 is ‘greenery’, confirming that it’s all about bringing the outside in, and adorning your space with lush greens and exotic botanicals (check out Urban Jungle Blog). Quirky cool house plant accessories and containers are therefore in high demand right now, from Willy Buhl style Mid-Century Planters to industrial factory storage pieces. You’ll be sure to pick up something quite unique to display your greens in at a good fair.


Image courtesy of General Supply 

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Memphis Pop Art

Founded in Milan, this 1980s trend has made a big come back thanks to David Bowie’s recent Memphis Pop Art auction at Sotheby’s. Artist Camille Walala, who famously paints streets and buildings with her striking pop art murals, is influencing interior fans to do the same with their walls and furniture. Statement chairs are a winner here, as are sideboards. When decorated with a vibrant pattern of colour, with either paint or vinyl (see Scout & Boo for inspiration), a sideboard can really become quite a work of art in its own right.

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Metallic tones in the world of interiors are more popular than ever right now. The glamour and glitz and polished metals of the art deco period, combined with luxury Hollywood Regency objects and decorative metal ware from the mid-century (think Mauro Manetti barware, tropical brass flamingos and ornate lighting). These luxe looking objects are a great way of glamming up your room.

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Start by searching for one-off, heritage pieces to put that stamp of authenticity on your interior space. Take a trip to an antiques fair near you, or venture further as I often do. Fairs and markets are great hunting grounds for picking up the unusual, the unexpected, and great statement pieces - they rarely disappoint.

My motto

Don’t be afraid to rebel against what’s hip and in fashion, just be sure to find something that is unique to you, something that represents your style and works for your space. 

Whether you already know what you like, or you need a bit of guidance in injecting some personality into your home, then these five top-trends, that are hitting the antiques and interiors world for 2017, will help you with your hunting.

Enjoy creating your own style, Philippa.

Follow Philippa's creative journey as she explores the eclectic world of interiors whilst sharing her best vintage finds on Instagram and at

Don't forget to join us at next week's Antiques & Home Show at Lincoln Showground - Monday 30th & Tuesday 31st January. All details and advance ticket links on here.