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Six Of The Best New HERITAGE ATTRACTIONS
Built in 1721, and considered the world’s first modern factory, Derby Silk Mill is a key part of Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site, a blueprint for the many industrial settlements that followed. Post restoration, the mill is reopening t
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HOMES & ANTIQUES
Editor Charlotte Packer Senior Production Editor Rachel Nott Senior Features Editor Katie Pike Acting Features Editor Dominique Corlett Senior Staff Writer Sophie Hannam Shopping Editor Rosanna Morris Antiques Writer Caroline Wheater Art Director Ch
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Sarah’s Little Black Book of FAVOURITE PLACES
• ‘I always head to the Hayward Gallery when I’m in London because you never quite know what to expect before you arrive – I like the element of surprise and intrigue.’ @hayward.gallery • ‘When I walked into Anthropologie in New York in the early 200
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48 HOURS IN… Bethnal Green
Bethnal Green in London’s East End may not be the obvious choice for an antiquing mini break. It was one of the worst slums of Victorian England, bombed heavily during the Second World War and, in the 1960s, it was home to infamous gangsters, the Kra
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Comfort Tip
Soft flooring comes into its own in the bedroom and, along with the living room, is often the place where people choose to have fitted carpets. If you prefer floorboards, ensure you still gain comfort underfoot by investing either in a large rug that
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The Edit
Get comfortable this spring with Sofology’s stylish new Pioneer sofa, which comes in a range of sizes and colours. Promising longevity and sustainability, it uses recycled plastic materials in its seat cushions instead of foam and the upholstery is m
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All Aflutter
We love the new Cabbage White Butterfly design from Emma Bridgewater. It comes in pink and green on bowls, plates and mugs – we’re thinking afternoon tea in a corner of the garden surrounded by these precious insects. From £12.95 for a plate. emmabri
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Laid-back Vintage
For interiors blogger and sustainability expert Rebecca Lawson, the key to creating a relaxed and homely environment is to keep everything quite soft and neutral: natural wood finishes for floors and worktops, a muted colour palette for walls and til
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Dress To Impress
Your article about ‘Shelfies’ in the March issue made me smile. I inherited a lovely Art Deco dinner service from my husband’s parents when we married 24 years ago. Five years later, my grandmother passed away and I chose a tea set and some odd cups
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Style. Now.
This spring, American design house Schumacher opens its first UK showroom at Design Centre, Chelsea. To celebrate its growth on British soil, it launches a collaboration with surface pattern designer Neisha Crosland. Neisha’s collection of fabrics, w
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The Kelly Bag
The Kelly bag started life in 1923, designed by Émile-Maurice Hermès and Ettore Bugatti as a spacious travel bag for Hermès’ wife. Refined in the 1930s, it was first sold as the Sac à Dèpêches and became the first handbag to be propelled to super-sta
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Simon’s Little Black Book of PEOPLE & PLACES
• ‘St Fagans National Museum of History has such an amazing collection of houses that have been saved, moved and rebuilt. But, better still, each one has been furnished with such authenticity. It’s like a time traveller’s dream!’ museum.wales/stfagan
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Ancient Celtic Copper Figure Discovered At Wimpole Estate
In summer 2018 , work began at the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire to investigate and prepare a large area of land for a new visitor centre and car park. During the dig, National Trust archaeologists and colleagues from Oxford Archa
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Top Tips
• Ensure your broker is regulated by the FCA, and ideally recommended by a specialist organisation such as BADA. • Make sure you insure the collection for its full value to avoid the risk of insurers reducing or refusing a claim payment. • Get update
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Georgian Tripod Tables
Perhaps one of the least assuming types of antique furniture, but arguably one of the most useful, tripod tables are often overlooked in the auction room. As with every aspect of the antiques market, the finest examples command high prices, but if yo
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Focus On THE BEDROOM
The new maximalism is about layering pattern. There is no limit to the amount of pattern; you can use it on walls, curtains and headboard, then add in more details with lampshades, throws and cushions. But that doesn’t mean creating a chaotic mess. Y
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Colour PLAY
Perhaps it’s not such a surprise given the nature of her work, but artist Clare Woods is definitely not afraid of colour. The rooms of her Hereford home, which she shares with sculptor Des Hughes and their two children Sid and Stripey, pay testament
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Artful Layering
Pair of 19th-century brass candlesticks, £45, Corvus Antiques at The Hoarde. Fornasetti Silenzio scented candle 300g, £155, Harrods.
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Peace Of Mind
Insurance may not seem the most exciting or glamorous consideration when it comes to your cherished antiques, but it’s certainly worth thinking about, as establishing the right cover is vital for protecting any high-value pieces. And while you should
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Online Fairs
16th Clerkenwell Virtual Vintage Fair, 11am–5pm @clerkenwellvint; clerkenwellvintagefashionfair.co.uk HOW TO SHOP: Browse all the traders’ virtual stands on the @clerkenwellvint feed a couple of days before the fair. Tune in to the Insta stories
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Eleanor Lakelin
Coronavirus made 2020 a year of disruption and uncertainty for many. But for woodturning artist Eleanor Lakelin, it was also a year of significant milestones. After almost a decade of producing sculptural wooden pieces, her beguiling, almost ghostly,
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Provincial Silver
All silver has performed extremely strongly in recent times, with early and provincial pieces keenly contested at auction. A pair of Queen Anne Scottish thistle-shaped cups by Thomas Cleghorne, hallmarked Edinburgh 1702, sold recently for £10,000 (es
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Flower Nostalgia
These joyful accessories will bring colour and charm to corners of your home ■
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The Month May
From the mid 18th century onwards, Staffordshire potters included animals in their popular range of figures designed to display on dressers and mantelpieces. A pack of ceramic dogs bounded through the decades – spaniels, poodles, greyhounds, retrieve
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Boho Chic
Metamorphic library ladder in original paint, mid 19th-century, £545, Fontaine Decorative.
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Métiers D’art Parisshanghai Black Lucite Matryoshka
Chanel has always been associated with radical practicality and female rebellion. The company’s first break came in 1929 when, inspired by the chain on soldiers’ bags, they added a shoulder chain and freed women’s hands from the limitations of a clut
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SOCIETY ANTIQUES & DECORATIVE
What is your background? Bit of everything. Apprentice electrician. Sofa surfing skateboarder. Freelance writer. Dealer. Father. Lover. Dumpster diver. When and why did you launch your business? My writing gigs came to an abrupt end after the cras
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Star Letter
Our star letter winner* will receive a bottle of Taittinger Brut Réserve worth £44.15 – taittinger.com * UK readers aged 18 or over only. Please include a daytime phone number. Please note that there may be a delay on the shipping of prizes due to
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Cabinet of Curiosities
My grandmother’s clockwork toy collection began by accident. Her original plan was to entertain the children of friends who came to the house: she bought the toys brand new from the local village shop and brought them out of the cupboard as a reward
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6 Online Dealers In Antique And Vintage Lace
Stefano (Stef) Stella, who grew up with his parents running a stall on Portobello Road, sells everything from antique collectors’ lace to costume embellishment through his Instagram account on Tuesday evenings. ‘I inherited my mum’s passion and exten
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