My Top 10 VHS Picks

Written by: VintageKeeley

This month, I’m busy taking the UK by storm with the Vintage Home Show!

That’s right! It’s back!

This time I’ll be taking it to Leeds (Sunday 19th June) and Manchester (Sunday 26th June), so you’d best be ready for that good ol’ vintage hit that’ll be waiting… in a city near you!

Fancy a sneak peek?

With so much of my attention taken up by the Vintage Home Show, I’ve been fortunate enough to assess a few goodies that will be finding their way over to you. I always get really excited, as I never fully know what amazing stuff will be coming along, but this time I’ve caved and had my own little preview!

AND OH MY

You’re in for a real treat!

Ok, enough teasing! I’m sure you’re on the edge of your sofa!

WELL, here are my top 10 picks – a few items that are making me especially eager to see this month (in no particular order)!

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1) Antelope Chair by Ernest Race

The Antelope Chair is widely considered to be one of Ernest Race’s most distinguished designs. It perfectly defines 1950’s living and this particular chair is a stunning example – the ideal addition to any Mid-century inspired home.

This one belongs to the wonderful Whittaker & Gray who will be attending our Leeds VHS!

If you want to be in with a chance of becoming its new owner, head on over to our Leeds venue this Sunday!

2) Teak Dressing Table

Teak everything! That’s what I say!

I absolutely adore this dressing table – it ticks all the right boxes in the design stakes!

Want it?

Make sure you look for Almeida at our Leeds event!

It’s one of the many beautiful, vintage items they’ll be adding into the mix this weekend.

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3) Fernand Legar ‘The Circus’ 

This amazing example of original, 1950’s art is bound to add a burst of colour to any room!

It’s completely unique and super funky – courtesy of Fifties Art! Be sure to hunt them down at VHS.

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4) Bitossi Duck & Vase

Ok, now I’m in love! I’m tempted to nab these for my new home…

This Bitossi duck and vase duo by Aldo Londi is packed fully of jazz. The cool blue, multi-tonal look is very on trend right now and this vintage set would look great in any house!

I can already sense the treasure hunt about to take place…

These two pieces will be brought along by Snygg Style. I really want the duck!

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5) Pineapple Ice Buckets

Always an ice-breaker (excuse the pun, it was intentional…) this collection of Pineapple Ice Buckets will no doubt be a funky talking point of the day! This is a fab set, with rich colours and an extremely detailed design, brought to you by Vintage Things Forever.

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6) The 1970’s Chair

How groovy is this???!!

This shaggy little vintage number is by Thomas & Byrne and I think you’ll agree that it’s very special indeed! I love the brown leather panels – adds an extra touch of warmth, don’t you think?

7) Bamboo Bar

This would have been incredibly iconic way back when!

Every household needs a bar in their living area… I think it’s even more appropriate nowadays, don’t you?!

If you love this as much as I do, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for Boomerang Vintage & Retro at my Manchester Vintage Home Show!

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8) Clear-topped Coffee Table

Another vintage beauty! This Mid-Century piece is ideal if you just want to add a touch of vintage chic to your home – a classic ‘nod’, if you will…

This one will be brought along by Oh So Vintage – make sure you have a good riffle through their exhibit as you’ll find some real gems!!

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9) Nest of Tables

Who loves a good table set? I certainly do! This particular nest of tables is from the wonderful Vintage Treat, who will also be attending our Manchester event.

It’s the perfect item for updating a living room – in an ultra stylish way!

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10) Stack of Metal Industrial Drawers

Bang on trend!

The vintage ‘industrial/urban loft’ look is where all modern-minded, interior-lovers will venture when searching for style inspiration.

This stack is the perfect place to start if you’re hoping to add a bit of industrial charm to your home! Look out for Absolutely Nice Vintage if this is where your heart lies!

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I think that about covers it this time! This is, however, just the tip of the iceberg as many exhibitors don’t have time to send pictures, so it’s all just one big, lovely surprise on the day!

Oh what a shame, I guess you”ll have to attend now…!

To avoid those horrid queues (and risk missing out on a gem) you can now buy tickets to the Vintage Home Show in advance via the following link (click here). Last minute deciders can still buy on the door though, so don’t worry!

See you there,

Keeley x

Fashion on the Ration

Written by: VintageKeeley

The Preview…

Guess where I was on Thursday evening?!

Only attending the preview of Fashion on the Ration!! An exciting new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in Manchester!

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I was invited to have a sneak peak before its launch to the public on the 27th May and I have to say, I was completely stunned by the exquisiteness of the exhibit!

Here’s my quick little review of the night…

To set the standard for the evening, Fashion Historian Amber Butchart gave a top-notch opening speech! She was incredibly captivating to watch (see below image)!

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Afterwards, we were invited to explore the exhibit, which featured an amazing collection of beautiful outfits full of colour and style. I had my camera at the ready all evening and I’m sure you will too!!

My favourite dress was this Victory Dress with flags, aeroplanes and pictures of Churchill on it!

Isn’t it amazing?!!!

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I also got to meet the lovely Leslie from Tin Tin Collectables, who provided some of the items for the exhibition, including a whole wall of ladies scarves with wartime messages (below). He has a fabulous space at Alfies Antiques in London for anyone wishing to have a scan through his collection…

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Also check out the underwear and dressing gown made of silk maps used during the war effort! Incredible!!

Expect to be wowed by all the ingenious and creative methods our lovely ladies undertook in order to break free from the bleak restrictions of rationing – it certainly is enlightening not to mention highly commendable!

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In my honest opinion, Fashion on the Ration perfectly demonstrates how our heroines of WW2 managed to conquer TRUE glamour – despite all the daily obstacles they faced!  It highlights their sheer determination to remain polished and elegant despite the chaos of war lurking around every turn.

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You MUST go and see for yourself! It’s impossible not to enjoy it, especially if you love vintage and anything 1940s!

For more details visit www.iwm.org.uk Fashion on the Ration is now OPEN!

Keeley x

Vintage Events: Hop over to the Home Show

Written by: VintageKeeley

The Vintage Home Show is BACK!

That’s right, folks of Bristol beware! We will be cooking up a vintage storm in your area this weekend!

Where? The Paintworks, Baths Road, Bristol, BS4 3EH

Sunday really will be Funday as I dazzle The Paintworks with a host of wonderful Vintage Homeware, all supplied from a wide-range of stallholders and vintage experts – most of whom I’ve known for a very long time (it’s almost an excuse to have a reunion but shhh).

Love Mid-century modern? Perhaps you’re looking at re-vamping your home in some way? Maybe you’re an interior designer?

That’s great! There will be something to tempt all of you!

In fact, head on over to my event on Sunday 22nd May and I challenge you not to walk away with an incredible vintage gem! From Mid-century furniture, retro lighting and ceramics to vintage textiles and artwork galore; my mission is to bring together the UK’s best Vintage and Mid-century Specialists to showcase quality vintage pieces.

If truth be told, The Vintage Home Show has got to be one of my favourite events to organise. Mostly down to my own personal love of anything G-Plan and Ercol! But also because it has such an incredible buzz around it. It’s always so lively! It’s also been known for a few celebs to pop in too so keep your eyes peeled and your iPhones ready!!

I’m also in the middle of having a new house built…

That could be why I’m extra excited for this one! A great excuse to join you all in a vintage buying jolly! Those who have met me, know how much I love going hunting so I hope to see plenty of other go-getters there, just like me!

I can’t wait! For all the details please visit my website here.

 

See you there!

Keeley x

The Aftermath…

Written by: VintageKeeley

Here’s to doing it all again in 2017!

Well, I’m sad to say that the Festival of Vintage 2016 has now been and gone…

It went so quickly but what a weekend it was! I’m, frankly, still on a come-down and probably could do with a holiday to recover…

BUT it was amazing as always!

For those of you who couldn’t make it, here’s a sneak peak and a quick recap of what went down…

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The Fashion Shows

Oh. The Fashion Shows.

They were divine!

Endless beautiful ensembles swished and swayed down our catwalk from a host of lovely vintage sellers.

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First up, we had our annual Festival of Vintage Parades, which showcased original vintage clothing from the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s!

Megan, from Purple Rabbit Vintage, supplied all the fabulous vintage garments and compared the fashion show; sharing incredible design information and garment histories.

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Now, I have to give all the models a rather BIG shout out here, for volunteering and really making the parades the best ones yet! Their continuous enthusiasm was highly infectious and certainly wooed the crowds! They pulled out some serious moves and pouts along the way! The photographers had a blast!

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I would also like to say a massive thank you to all the backstage help we received, including the fabulous hair & make up team! You know who you are!

Thank you very much for participating, you all did wonderfully!

Secondly, we had the incredible House of Foxy showcasing their stunning vintage inspired collection. The quality and detail that go into each of their designs is astounding; it was a joy watching their shows and hearing their behind-the-scene inspiration.

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Clare Quartermaine, Founder of House of Foxy (their absolute secret weapon) simply captivated the audience with her vintage knowledge and let us in on her design secrets. If you caught one of her shows over the weekend and spotted something you haven’t stopped thinking about since, click here and saunter on over to her website.

My next shout out goes to…. The Vintage Beauty Parlour! Yes, they were back in full swing providing all my lovely visitors with stunning vintage looks. They also styled all of House of Foxy’s models too! What a busy weekend it was for them – Bethany Davies and her team are such professionals though so they made it all look too easy!

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The Shopping

I have to admit that I spent most of the weekend rushing left, right and centre, making sure that everything went smoothly so I didn’t get the chance to shop…

BUT I, the busy bee that I was, couldn’t help but be taken aback by the sheer beauty and quality of my stallholders this year.

Honestly, it was next to impossible not to get distracted!

I’m not just taking about the immense array of vintage offerings or quality here but the level of dedication and creativity involved in setting up each stall. So much love went into every one of them and the impact they made, collectively, was so powerful. It made me feel really humbled and privileged to have them at my event!

Here are a few snaps I managed to take…

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I wish I could list each and every stall holder and tell you all exactly why they’re amazing but you’ll just have to come along next year and see for yourselves!!

All Singing, All Dancing

Music is a really important aspect of The Festival of Vintage and I always take great care in booking the best quality performers.  From Rock n Roll to Blues we catered for all vintage tastes and the result was electrifying! The atmosphere wouldn’t have been the same without them!

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We also had some fabulous vintage vehicle displays, workshops, dance lessons – you name it!

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Another special shout out MUST go to the fabulous M&S Company and York Castle Museum for their great talks! This was a first for the Festival of Vintage and it went swimmingly so a huge, warm thank you to them!

SO much went into making The Festival of Vintage 2016 really special so thank you to everyone who helped, attended and fell in love with vintage all over again! Remember we are an annual event so we will be back in full force next year on the 22nd & 23rd April 2017!

There’s no time like the past…

Keeley x

Vintage Events: There’s no rest for the wicked…

Written by: VintageKeeley

I’ve been here, there and everywhere once again folks!

What can I say?

I’m an unstoppable vintage-force to be reckoned with!

So, what have I been plotting?

WELL…

Firstly, my wonderful Discover Vintage Fair is back on its Manchester stomping ground on Sunday 3rd April!

I always love doing this event especially at the fabulous Victoria Baths! It’s a golden oldie favourite of mine! If you love Vintage Fashion, Homeware and Curios from the 1920s to 1970s then make this your next stop for a good old vintage fix!

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NEXT UP…

You know that amazing vintage event we all love attending once a year, at York Racecourse? The one that usually arrives at the end of April, making York explode with excitement and incredible vintage antics?

IT’S BACK!

YEP, of course I’m referring to The Festival of Vintage! I’ve been a busy bee making sure this year is even BIGGER and BETTER than the previous. I certainly have some treats up my sleeve so be sure to mark these dates down in your diaries – the 23rd & 24th April.

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For those of you stumbling upon it for the first time and desperate to find out more (how could you not be?) make sure you click here and prepare to fall deep into a vintage-clad rabbit hole!

I promise you will come out of it alive but you’ll no-doubt emerge fully transformed into a glorious vintage butterfly!

Tickets can be bought in advance here or on the door upon arrival.

Can’t wait to see you all very soon!

Keeley x