Do the century mash-up
I’ve just spent the last couple of hours lying on the sofa with a box of Maltesers and a huge pile of glossy interiors mags, doing some in-depth ‘research’ into this year’s key interiors trends. Alongside bright green, natural materials, bronze, marble, and quirky lighting, it turns out that one of the biggies for 2017 is mixing together different periods, vintage and contemporary, creating a sort of ‘century mash-up’. The famous Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, coming up soon on the first weekend in March, will be packed with stuff to inspire – and to buy – to sit alongside your IKEA. They’ve even got an expert on hand to show how it’s done – and some free tickets so you can tag along, too.
The fair, which takes place in the iconic Bath Pavilion, has been running for over 25 years and attracts dealers from all over the world as well as some from just up the road. It brings together decorative antiques – painted furniture, lighting, textiles, collectable country house objects and garden ornaments – with chic metropolitan style.
With the century mash up, you could display a collection of copper pans on top of an industrial shop counter or sit back in a black leather and chrome chair and admire the thighs of a man in tights. Haven’t got an old oil painting of great, great, great, great, uncle Sir Cedric? No problem, you can snaffle one up here too.
We’re not talking Donald Trump bling but a touch of velvet never goes amiss when you’re talking old style glamour, which is also on trend this year. Oh la la, je t’aime, sensuously curved French sofa from the late 1950s. Touch it, stroke it, toss over a throw or cushions with pleated fabrics – texture is the thing.
With the spotlight on unusual and unique lighting in 2017, how about this freestanding film lamp which looks like it came straight out of The Artist. But does Jean Dujardin (or his dog) come too?
Green is the colour – but so is raw white…
This vintage Swedish bench ticks all the boxes: Artisan – check. Scandi – check. Raw white – hat trick.
There’s lots of marble – consoles, statuary, mantlepieces – to mix with metals, vintage crockery for modern shelving.
Antique Young Gun Edd Thomas will be strolling around the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair and the Bath Vintage & Antiques Fair, which is taking place on the same day on Sun 5 March, to put together a selection of contemporary and vintage pieces that work together. You can join him if you’re quick. There are some free tickets to the tour here (which include a glass of prosecco) but it’s first-come-first served, so don’t hang around, get your ticket now.
If you’re interested in collecting, Judith Miller (Millers Antiques Guides), one the biggest names in antiques and collectables, will be touring the Fair on Fri 3 March and you join her (sipping your glass of prosecco) as she chooses her top picks. Just click here for your free ticket.
Admission to the fair is normally £5 but you can get FREE TICKETS to the Fair here.
Open to the public: Friday 3 March 11am – 5pm; Saturday 4 March 11am – 5pm; Sunday 5 March 11am – 4pm.
Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, The Pavilion, North Parade Road, Bath BA2 4EU. bathdecorativeantiquesfair.co.uk