Fun Finds at the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

A slight delay getting this post up, but better late than never! I visited the Winter Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea Park in London last week and came across some amazing finds!

From antique French Bergère chairs to feather-clad lamp shades, there was so much to see and so much I wanted to take home! Photos from the event and my favourite vendors are below.

Furniture & Textiles

These sophisticated yet rustic chairs would look fantastic in a formal sitting room.
I loved these antique french sofas – so versatile!
These two beech framed ottomans were my favorite items on display at the fair. I loved both of the fabrics – they’re vintage welsh blankets! If I had a space that was big enough, I would have purchased one on the spot from David Bedale.
Loved the color combination of the fabric on this ottoman! Both ottomans would be perfect additions to a  ski chalet in Aspen or the Alps.

Chotskies & Art

Antique games, napkin rings, candlesticks, picture frames, and small silver items were all on display and available for sale. The fair was also a great place to pick up some artwork, particularly oil paintings.

The fair was a great place to pick up small silver items too.
These beautiful bone chess pieces were on display with countless antique games. The vendor, Luke Honey, ships internationally and has a wide assortment of backgammon boards, chess boards, and mahjong tiles.
SVR Antiques, Art & Design had a large collection of small items from these bull salt and pepper shakers to miniature bowls and antique bottle stoppers.
SVR Antiques’ stand was like exploring a treasure trove
The Parker Gallery had a large selection of their english pastoral and hunting scenes on display. The Parker Gallery Ltd are dealers and agents in Old Master & British paintings, based in London. They offer paintings and drawings from a broad range of periods and schools and they ship internationally.

Best Stands

I always like to make note of my favourite stands at exhibitions and fairs. Three vendors stood out to me in particular on this trip:

Sue Norman‘s blue and white china display was impressive and delightfully cheerful. She ships internationally and has a large collection of blue and white plates, platters, planters, and transferware.
Malby Maps LTD had a great display of antique maps, globes, prints, and frames. They ship internationally and are true experts in the field.
Antiques by Design had an artfully curated stand that was reminiscent of a hunting cabin filled with items that were inspired by the outdoors. Guy Trench uses a combination of antiques, reclaimed items, and old materials to create beautiful and unique interior and exterior pieces.

Exploring Brussels

Just one of the gilded buildings at La Grande-Place, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

I took some time away from blogging over the holidays but have been looking forward to documenting my latest trip. I spent last weekend in Brussels and had a great time experiencing the city and all that it had to offer. I toured the Magritte Museum, walked around the royal palace gardens, and played around on the docks in Sainte-Catherine. There is more to Belgium then just mussels, waffles, and beer… though, I had my fair share of all of that too!

Chez Richard in the Sablon is a great place for an afternoon snack or a refreshing Leffe beer. Blonde is my go to!

Home Goods in Le Sablon

Pair of leather chairs and illuminated bookcase from Flamant

Le Sablon was my favourite part of the city. The store-lined cobblestone streets and historic cathedral made for a great place to wander around. I stumbled across a beautiful home design store and enjoyed getting lost inside. Flamant is a Belgian brand, but they offer shipping throughout Europe and the UK. Artisan craftsmanship is at the heart of the company’s values and it’s evident in quality of their products. The collections range from classic country to urban contemporary living, so there are many options from which to chose.

Blush pink headboard and crystal chandelier from Flamant
A chaise is a great option for creating a cozy reading nook at home.
I loved this antiqued mirror and glass square coffee table!

Belgian Lace

I was also able to indulge in my passion of fabrics and textiles over the weekend. Belgium is well known for the production of fine lace and trims. I saw some beautiful handwork and made a couple of great purchases. The level of craftsmanship was evident in the detail of each piece; everything was so delicate! Click here to learn more about Belgian lace and its origins. The Lace Palace is a great place to pick some up (1-3, Rue de la Violette).

Intricate needlepoint lace is among the finest and most expensive of kinds of lace available today.
Such detail requires precision and countless hours of work.

 

Placemats and napkins with lace detail and trim

Overall it was a great weekend of culture, shopping, and eating. I’m looking forward to experiencing other parts of Belgium: Bruges just might be next on my list!

Some of My Favorite Bedding Brands Available in the US

Several readers have asked about my recommendations for bed and table linens and I’ve finally put some thought into it. I have had to narrow down my favorite brands in the US, the UK, and in France, as many are not available globally and mattresses differ in size across the globe. Please keep in mind that my definition of luxury centers around quality and craftsmanship. I have tried to focus on niche companies that have the best interest of their consumers, their employees, and our planet at heart. There are countless brands to choose from, but I hope my reviews will help narrow down the options as you create your perfect nest.

This post will focus on luxury linen brands available in the US. Please note a few of these brands will create bespoke linens and ship internationally. I will follow up with a post on UK brands in the weeks to come. Promise!

Léron

duet-ming-sheeting_collection_add219b1-9fab-49a7-8470-d70edd0e417a_largeLéron offers a small line of beautifully hand embroidered linens for the bed, bath, and table and also has a bespoke department. There’s custom and then there is Léron custom: everything is tailored to the individual and the level of personalized care and attention to detail is evident in their business philosophy.

Schweitzer Linens

riga_angelicaIf you are a born and bred New Yorker, there is a good chance you’ve heard of Schweitzer. The company has stores scattered around the Upper East and Upper West side as well as a catalog and website. Schweitzer delivers excellent quality and gorgeous detail at an affordable price. The linens are soft, durable, and will stand the test of of time. The company also offers a variety of throws, blankets, baby and children’s bedding, as well as fabric available by the yard.

Matouk

marsalis_bedEveryone loves Matouk for their fresh and modern interpretation of classic fine linens. The all-American company based out of Massachusetts produces beautiful bed sets as well and towels, gifts and home accessories. The brand stands for sustainable practices and delivers exceptional quality and design at a great price.

Leontine Linens

54c138eb9f37d_-_hbx-leontine-linens-1-57022814This New Orleans based brand has a cult following and is a favorite for all those who love monogramming. The company offers great designs but also has countless monogramming styles from which to choose. Bright colors, modern fonts, bold curly cues, it’s all here. With so many options to choose from, you’re bound to find exactly what you want for your home.

Peacock Alley

la-femme_ensembleThis Texas based brand has been around for nearly 40 years and delivers high quality fabric sourced from around the world and sewn in Dallas. The vision for the founder’s family-run, locally based company has not changed: Make and sell bedding and bath linens that are simple, beautiful, and impeccably crafted. Mary Ella Gabler understands the importance of detail and elements of craftsmanship. This boutique company is definitely one to know.

Boll & Branch

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Though the blog is designed to focus on luxury linens with elements of high quality craftsmanship, I understand some readers may be looking for more affordable options. Boll & Branch gets my stamp of approval because of their commitment to fair trade, sustainable practices, and quality textiles.

Do you have a favorite brand that I haven’t listed? Please feel free to share in the comments section.

A Day At Decorex International 2016

I had the pleasure of attending Decorex International 2016 on Wednesday September 21st and did I have a blast! The four-day event enables access to some of the best designers and manufactures in the world and was a true display of craftsmanship, creativity, and beauty.

Many of this year’s designers built unique display stands with gorgeous installations and it was great fun to walk around and experience so many different spaces.

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My personal favourite was The Sofa & Chair Companys installation that mimicked a luxury flat complete with bar area, dining space, living room, and master bedroom. The display was perfectly curated by the company’s team of interior designers and merchandising experts, who did a wonderful job of showcasing innovative products inspired by the latest design trends in this season’s neutral and serene colour palette of blue, gray, beige, black and elements of gold.

As they so well illustrate, what city flats lack in size can be made up for with high-impact style choices: bold and unique furniture pieces, a great colour palette, and textured décor can transform a small space!

img_1361Next, I spent some time admiring Heirlooms‘ fine linens. This English brand began manufacturing linens in their workshops in West Sussex in 1984. The company combines the finest materials and traditional craftsmanship to create linens of exceptional quality and lasting beauty. Heirlooms designs for the luxury consumers’ every need at sea, on shore, and in flight. I fell in love with a few beautiful safari themed nursery items and table linens that would work perfectly as a place setting for dinner on board a fabulous yacht.

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Lastly, I loved learning about the high quality textiles available for made to measure curtains, blinds, and bespoke upholstery at Prêt À Vivre. The company is London based and offers a nationwide measuring and fitting service as well as personalized guidance throughout the process. Prêt À Vivre has a huge range of exclusively sourced fabrics and offers a wide range of colours and prints. They also teamed up with French company Toile de Mayenne to supply their beautiful fabrics in the UK.

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I enjoyed a glass of bubbly at the 1508 London designed Champagne Bar, attended a LuxDeco sponsored panel discussion with Maurizio Pellizzoni, Matthew Jones, and Nicole Kluk about how the different areas of the creative community work together to produce bespoke spaces, and met with many company founders and creative directors. It was a packed schedule, but it was highly informative and fun! I even got to play with some English Sheep called “Exmoor Horns” brought to Decorex by the Campaign for Wool and I cuddled with a Springer Spaniel named Charlie.

img_0899Decorex also works to support a few organizations, take a moment to check out their websites and learn about the good they are doing: Goodweave and Fine Cell Work.

Next stop, the Monaco Yacht Show!

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