Time to book your next trip,maybe for half term, its mountains and snow for us but wherever you go enjoy the break.
Valentine’s Day and those famous cards
It’s amazing how quickly this time of year comes around again. It’s almost Valentine’s Day and you’re going to be thinking hard about what to buy your loved one on that special day. You’ll also be looking for a card, something that conveys a message really well, unfortunately a lot of mass made cards today are a little cheesy to say the least. You might like them, but for many they’re a little repetitive and the cards too much like the last one you picked up.
Interior Trends for 2017
Happy New Year! Yet again we have started the beginning of another year and we start with a quick look at what to expect from interior trends for 2017. If you’re in the process of refurbishment, or you’re getting ready to do it in the spring, then this should be the perfect place to stop first, so you get all the gen on what’s in and what’s out. It’s not overly prescriptive and you don’t have to take it too seriously, but it does give you some idea of what to expect in the coming months. That way, the next time you have a look on our site for new items, you’ll have a better idea of what to look out for.
Many of you will already have gone back to work, and some of you with children will have seen them return to school for another term. January is renowned for being dull, dark and wet, and sometimes we even get snow. It's enough to make you want to spend the entire month in bed until spring appears.
Some of you may have succumbed to flu this month, so you'll have taken to your sick beds rather than return to work, while others may have been sick over Christmas. Keep in mind that the days are getting longer and we're not too far away now from spring.
The pleasure’s in the giving as well as the receiving
An unusual vintage or antique item could be the opener to a question, a business venture, a thank you, or simply a reminder of good times gone by. Taking the time to choose something that’s a one off, and beautifully unique, the pleasure’s going to be in the giving as well as the receiving.
Make sure you take a leisurely look around our online site, and don’t forget that by browsing online for your gifts, you cut out the stress of shopping and fighting your way through the crowds, doubling your chances of finding something unique that catches your eye. That’s got to be better than the harsh lighting of a shopping mall.
Until next time, from all of us here at www.antiques.co.uk we wish you a happy, peaceful Christmas.
Unusual, unique and beautiful
Let’s look at some examples. These particular items could be off the page by the time this blog goes online, however, they do illustrate how easy it is to pick up items which are both unique, original and a worthwhile investment. We have an unusually shaped pewter box which has been exquisitely designed, a perfect gift which has practical uses as well as purely ornamental. There’s some gorgeous rings too, with the Victorian Opal and Diamond half hoop ring and an unusually shaped diamond ring.
And if you’re looking for some random and off the radar slightly, how about a French frame with new glass? There’s also the most beautifully detailed 19th century Cantonese enamel plate, or the 1900s-yellow upholstered Prie Dieux carvings. Yes, it is just the one chair, but can you imagine it placed carefully in the best corner of the hallway or the living room, a real conversation starter as well as something to sit on.
Antique/vintage gifts are so much more interesting than brand new ones
If you’re one of those people that like to buy gifts which are both original and unique, then a trip down the high street is possibly the worst idea possible. And buying antique doesn’t mean you’re buying some dark wood coffee table that no one will want, or a large, heavy and unattractive lamp that your friends are going to want to hide in the loft. Antiques gifts cover a wide range, and not all of them are purely for aesthetic purposes, some still have a functional use, a unique alternative to today’s made-quickly-out-of-man-made-materials products which won’t stand the test of time.
Christmas is only round the corner, so if you’re still looking for last minute Christmas gifts, then look no further than www.antiques.co.uk, where you’ll find plenty of antiques for you to choose from as a Christmas present to remember.
Thanksgiving and providing light
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
We hope you enjoy Thanksgiving and that your family are safe and well, and that you enjoy this peaceful time to give thanks in a world that’s becoming more turbulent and a year which has been eventful.
Guy Fawkes what will you be doing this November 5th?
We have a bumper selection of blogs this month as we enter the home straight towards the year’s end. We’ve got blogs on the back story to David Lloyd’s famous Guy Fawkes mask and a brief look at how an antique rug can change the look of a room, giving it a nice warm, autumnal feel. We also look at how lighting can transform a room whether it’s in winter or for Christmas, and www.antiques.co.uk has some beautiful lighting in its directory this month. We’re also looking at dinner services and coffee sets, now that the entertaining season is upon us.
Our blogs this month are about interiors and how you can subtly alter your home to fit in with the changes Autumn brings. Many of us are still not ready to say goodbye to summer, but now October comes we must come to terms with the fact that summer is gone and the colder wet weather will be with us now, followed by darker, shorter days.
September is over we’ve said goodbye to summer. We always hope for a few more weeks of sunshine, but we know those long days are numbered. It’s been a good summer and the Olympics and Paralympics were great for us all, just look at all those medals, well done.
In our blogs this month, we’ve looking at some of the trends for 2016 and what’s in vogue for the rest of this year. It might help inspire you to start a new collection and create a trend of your own. You may be starting to think tentatively about Christmas – well, there’s nothing wrong with thinking ahead and there’s plenty of ideas on www.antiques.co.uk
Our blogs this month are focusing on autumnal interiors and there’s plenty of inspiration to be had. It’s a really good time for antiques, because old and eclectic pieces look their best in the autumn and winter months. We hope we’re able to give you the inspiration you need to create an autumn paradise over the coming weeks and months.
Why did they make things quite so ugly and grotesque? It appears that quite often with far eastern and midlle eastern pieces that the more distasteful the piece the more popular it is
This interview takes place in the house of world renowned interior designer John Stefanidis, in the village of Chora on the island of Patmos. The house has a beautiful garden, and is just below the monastery. John Stefanidis was born into a Greek family in Alexandria, Egypt, and was baptised by the Bishop of Babylon. He was raised in Cairo and moved to Oxford at the age of 17.
I ask John: Are you working in Patmos?
Yes, I did a house for Nicholas Negroponte, and another house for an American family that live in Santa Barbara.
The Rio Olympics & Sports Memorabilia
It'll be the Olympics next month; it seems only yesterday that we were celebrating the London Olympics in 2012. But yes, the heady days of the London Olympics were four years ago and now we stand on the cusp of another Olympics, this time in Rio. I’m sure we’re all excited to see our sportsmen and women out there competing for GB and we wish them all the best of luck.
This summer there’s been a lot going on, we’ve already had the European Football Championships, with Wales and Iceland showing what a small nation is capable of, and Wimbledon saw Andy Murray win the Championship for the second time. It’s a great time for Britain, and I say that despite the results of the EU Referendum. Whichever way you voted, the sporting championships have at least taken us away from the pandemonium and the fallout that’s ensued following the results.
The UK voted to leave the EU on the 23 rd June, now that the dust has settled, what does it mean now? We have seen that Brexit has had an incredible impact on currency markets, bringing an exceptional level of volatility, and a rapid depreciation for the Great British Pound (GBP). The fallout of Brexit has been described as a once in lifetime event, not only rattling markets, but reshaping them in the short-term.
Sculpture – which is your favourite period?
As a means of human expression, sculpture goes back a long way. We can trace it as far back as the Egyptians and Mesopotamians, the ancient Americas, Asians, and those beautiful freestanding sculptures of the Greeks from the Hellenistic and classic eras.
Here in Europe we had the Romanesque and Gothic periods, which would have great influence on church buildings. We’re talking Moissac, Santiago de Compostela, Hildesheim and Vezelay to name but a few.