It does really feel like spring is now only a whisper away and hopefully this has filled you with a renewed energy for warm lighter evenings and longer days. It is coming, we just need to be patient for a few more weeks. At this time of year, some of you may be thinking about redecorating, rearranging furniture and sprucing up areas of your home, which are in dire need of putting some life into.
Thinking of redecorating or refurnishing your home?
Perhaps you're sick of the same old walls, perhaps the furniture's looking tired or the paint is starting to look dull. Whatever your reasons, you may be looking for a theme or style to choose. So we decided to write about interiors and themes, ones in which you could still have your antiques, but where the style would work around your key favourite pieces. Or, if you don't have any favourite antique pieces right now, then perhaps we could inspire you with certain pieces on our site right now.
Different themes, different styles
We've taken a look at vintage industrial antique and at minimalism and antiques, and asked the question - can they work together? We believe they can and it really helps inspire you to look at antiques afresh, to think about the many ways in which antiques can really give your home character as opposed to the old ways and the tired, banal, personality free furniture you're likely to see on the high street.
A different story and style for each decade
Antiques have a story and each decade has its own styles, trends and personality, and so much of this can be combined with more modern, contemporary pieces. Industrial is exactly what it is says with industrial ex-factory, ex-office eclectic pieces that can be mixed and combined with antique and contemporary.
Make the best use of the search engine and search items on the left hand side of the column because it's always better when you know what you're looking for. You'd be surprised at what will come up, you can put in a particular decade, or certain keywords, such as 'industrial' or certain materials, wood, wire, glass etc.
If you have a taste for interiors now then there are some exhibitions coming up in London in March. The first one is London Design Week at Chelsea Harbour on Lots Road between the 13th and 18th March, the second is the Ideal Home Show 2016 between the 18th March and 3rd April at the Olympia on Hammersmith Road, both in London. It may provide with some more inspiration.
We hope you enjoy reading our posts on interiors this month and that the rest of March sees you happy, healthy and hopeful as we are, for a long, warm spring followed by an even warmer summer.
Antique, Industrial, Vintage Interiors
Spring is on the horizon. It may not seem like it what with the cold weather, but there are clues everywhere. The odd daffodil, the sun peeking through snow white clouds, snowdrops poking through the grass. It's enough to make your energy levels increase as you see the longer days and warmer weather approach.
We know that as the word suggests, minimalist is about the bare minimum of anything, whether it be clothes, lifestyle or interiors. Perhaps minimalism is best known for its interiors, because it is so well represented in its lack of physical items. It's about space, the least amount of furniture, and specific items that are placed to create a dynamic impact on the viewer, and the place it takes in an otherwise blank landscape.
You’ve spent valuable time searching for the perfect antique to invest in or to brighten up your home. The seller of this piece just happens to be based in France, meaning you’ll need to pay them in Euros. The cost of your new purchase, in your own currency will be dependent on the rate of exchange you get when you pay as well as fees on top!
Have you checked the exchange rate or looked at alternative payment options?
You may think the bank is your only choice for this? More often than not they provide a poor rate of exchange, which may not be quoted upfront, and will charge you a fee for sending your money. The banks make this whole process quite expensive. ClearFX offer an alternative option; as your very own currency expert they can save you significant amounts of money. Antiques.co.uk recommend, and have partnered with ClearFX to help save you money.
ClearFX will quote you a bank beating exchange rate upfront so you know the cost of your antique right from the start, and they won’t charge you a fee for sending your payment to the seller, giving you complete transparency. They operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and can help with payments of all sizes from £100 upwards. Registering with them is free and comes with no obligation, and will save you money when paying for the antique you’ve fallen in love with that’s overseas.
We're starting our quiz again and there’s a prize for the correct answer, a free gold account on www.antiques.co.uk allowing you to list unlimited items for sale and reach over 1 million visitors worth £500-00. You'll need to have read our blogs and then use our search engine facility to get the answers. Good luck!
If you type industrial into the search engine on www.antiques.co.uk you'll see some pieces of furniture with a word used to describe the way the front doors have been designed. It involves using strips of either metal or plastic that are held together to create a sliding door. It helps create a flexible means of opening and can slide round tight corners. What is this word?
Terms and conditions apply. All participants must be over 18 years of age, they should be a new member to antiques.co.uk and for the correct answer they will receive a free gold membership on www.antiques.co.uk worth £500-00