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Mary Portas – 28th June 2010
Notes from the show…
Abigail Ahern – Interior Designer. Imaginative style.
Quirky and distinct but commercial and in demand.
Mish Mash of style.
Vintage mixed with modern. ‘Odd Ball’
It’s not one particular style but it is held together with this tongue in cheek twist on revamping bits of old junk into making them super sexy.
But fundamentally it is eclectic.
Calm, comforting – blues, greens, turquoise.
Wood is key, underling ecological theme.
Dip dye cushion, something you could do but just would never have the time. – hints of nostalgia.
Old and New – Heritage and heirloom items, it is about balancing the fashionable and the forever.
Old finds mixed with new – Juxtaposition them – it is something new/ something different.
As well as Nostagia some retailers upcycle – this is reworking some of these old and new finds, a lick of paint here or there, deciding to leave some bits as is, but with a beautiful yellow vase on it.
The accessible prices, something different from the highstreet but not madly different designer price tags. Something different from Habitat, Heals etc.
Ardingly the antiques fair in West Sussex. Martin Hanas