Antiques deliver historical past and character to a house… and to this classic retailer with a distinction  

The living-room space is painted Drab Green by Edward Bulmer Natural Paint (edwardbulmer, which gives the room depth and is the perfect backdrop for antiques. Painting the woodwork the same tone creates a sense of serenity

The living-room area is painted Drab Inexperienced by Edward Bulmer Pure Paint (edwardbulmer, which provides the room depth and is the right backdrop for antiques. Portray the woodwork the identical tone creates a way of serenity

The rooms all have their original floorboards, which provide a timeless setting for the shop’s mix of antique furniture, fabrics and art, including this Georgian daybed and mid-century lamp

The rooms all have their authentic floorboards, which offer a timeless setting for the store’s mixture of vintage furnishings, materials and artwork, together with this Georgian daybed and mid-century lamp

Step past the attractive double-fronted Georgian façade of No 44 Excessive Avenue, Tetbury, and also you’ll discover two issues. One, that at only one room deep, the property is much cosier than its grand exterior would recommend; two, its colors: such soothing, tranquil and velvety tones that make you wish to stroke the partitions.

Whereas its relaxed, seemingly thrown-together interiors fashion makes it look each inch a a lot cherished and lived-in dwelling, it’s truly a rigorously curated antiques store; every room a present area for all method of classic furnishings, mirrors and artwork.

‘The one method I might contemplate working my enterprise from right here, given my principal dwelling and household are in London, was if I might keep over whereas at work,’ says its proprietor, antiques seller and interiors designer Josephine Ryan. Regardless of the property not having a ‘correct’ kitchen and solely a bathe, she says: ‘I like being right here. At evening when the store is closed, it’s magical. I sit within the smallest room, painted in a serene shade referred to as Drab Inexperienced, with the hearth and candles lit and the shutters firmly closed, and I really feel like I’m in a interval drama!’

Tetbury, in Gloucestershire, is well-known for its many antiques sellers and design retailers, so it’s the good place for Josephine, whose love of time-worn finds – she confesses to all the time falling for ‘the frayed edges of used silk curtains or foxing in mirrors’ – assist to deliver a relaxed temper to No 44’s inside. 

Her store is filled with pure supplies – linens, painted floorboards and scrubbed picket tables. Outdated mirrors you possibly can’t see your self in and battered pewter are key to her fashion, together with contemporary flowers or foraged foliage, similar to ‘a single bloom or a lichen-covered department’ which deliver life to a scheme. ‘You may by no means have too many vases displayed thoughtfully on a shelf – even when not in use they give the impression of being attention-grabbing,’ she explains.

As for adorning, Josephine’s recommendation is to do as she does and ‘work with the interval structure of the room you might be adorning’ but in addition ‘to create your individual private fashion’. Paint naked wooden furnishings, construct bespoke cabinets with salvaged vintage fronts, set up unpolished stone or granite worktops that present the inherent magnificence and pure pigment.

Additionally, use pure fibres, specifically linen, which has an earthiness and stylish that works fantastically as curtains, offers texture to upholstery and is opulent as bedlinen.

Lastly, Josephine says, ‘Take inspiration from in all places – on a bus, a rustic stroll, artwork galleries – and bear in mind what delights you.’ After all, she provides, hunt down junk retailers and boot festivals – ‘and don’t be afraid to ring the bell of an antiques store both!’


This is an edited extract from Calm by Sally Denning, published by Ryland, Peters & Small Ltd, price £25. To order a copy for £21.25 until 31 October, go to or call 020 3308 9193. Free UK delivery on orders over £20.

That is an edited extract from Calm by Sally Denning, revealed by Ryland, Peters & Small Ltd, value £25. To order a duplicate for £21.25 till 31 October, go to or name 020 3308 9193. Free UK supply on orders over £20.

In the hallway, a rustic wooden table and Belgian oil painting set against walls painted in a calm, natural tone and flagstone floor creates a vibe that feels more like visiting a friend’s house than walking round a shop

Within the hallway, a country picket desk and Belgian oil portray set towards partitions painted in a relaxed, pure tone and flagstone ground creates a vibe that feels extra like visiting a pal’s home than strolling spherical a store

Sky-blue walls and off-white woodwork give the dining space an airy, open mood. Chunky antique furniture takes centre stage, while an old armchair – upholstered in Josephine’s go-to linen – is a favourite spot for her dog Ted

Sky-blue partitions and off-white woodwork give the eating area an ethereal, open temper. Chunky vintage furnishings takes centre stage, whereas an outdated armchair – upholstered in Josephine’s go-to linen – is a favorite spot for her canine Ted

For a calm vibe, Josephine suggests teaming similar shapes or colours together on a mantelpiece or table. Or play with scale to create a striking focal point, as with this oversized dried foliage in a huge urn

For a relaxed vibe, Josephine suggests teaming comparable shapes or colors collectively on a mantelpiece or desk. Or play with scale to create a putting point of interest, as with this outsized dried foliage in an enormous urn

The bedroom walls are painted in restful Jonquil by Edward Bulmer Natural Paint (edwardbulmerpaint. These paints are eco-friendly and allow walls and woodwork to breathe as well as giving a slightly textured finish

The bed room partitions are painted in restful Jonquil by Edward Bulmer Pure Paint ( These paints are eco-friendly and permit partitions and woodwork to breathe in addition to giving a barely textured end

 Methods to channel Josephine’s classic imaginative and prescient

 From getting the perfect value to mixing and matching, listed here are her ideas 

  • Hold an open thoughts. Antiques – until they’re copies, during which case keep away from – are one-offs, so it could take time to seek out what you might be on the lookout for.
  • Be able to cut price. Whereas sellers will allow you to pay with playing cards, money nonetheless will get you in all places. 
  • Take a measuring tape and in addition swatches of cloth or wallpaper, and even a photograph of your room that can assist you image how your vintage merchandise will look in your house.
  • When you love one thing, purchase it. You’ll remorse it later should you don’t. Some issues could value greater than you anticipate to pay, others could also be much less. It is going to all stability out in the long run. Antiques will final you your lifetime. 
  • Create collections – issues all the time look higher in multiples, similar to threes and fives. And blend your types – suppose a Georgian desk with mid-century chairs, a Swedish chest of drawers with a rococo lamp. 
  • Earlier than you half together with your cash, take into consideration transport prices. Whereas supply is typically included within the value, all the time test first. 
  •  Keep in mind, antiques get reused… so are inexperienced!   

 Britain’s finest vintage festivals 

The place to go looking in your dream classic piece 

Ardingly Antiques Truthful

With round 1,700 stalls and items starting from furnishings to silverware, Ardingly, close to Gatwick in West Sussex, has a fame as the most effective festivals to supply high quality European ornamental gadgets. Its two-day market – typically a Tuesday (£20 admission) and Wednesday (£5 admission) – is held most months.

Alexandra Palace Antiques & Collectors Truthful

This honest is on 4 instances a yr and recurrently attracts over 300 high quality antiques sellers from across the UK. Held within the gorgeous and historic setting of North London’s Alexandra Palace, it boasts the whole lot from vintage silver, jewelry, pottery and glass to extra modern gadgets. Admission is £6.

Lincolnshire Antiques & Residence Present

You’ll discover the whole lot from fantastic antiques, together with artwork and furnishings, to architectural salvage at this one-day, bi-monthly classic extravaganza. Established in 1995, this unmissable occasion has a fame for attracting not simply collectors, however the likes of set designers and prop consumers, too. Admission £5.

Sunbury Antiques Market

When you like an early begin, get right down to this Surrey gem at round 6.30am – apparently that is the perfect time to beat the queues and bag your self a one-of-a-kind classic discover from certainly one of its 700+ merchants. Held on the primary and final Tuesday of each month, entry is free – as is parking. We’re offered!

Newark Antiques Truthful

This two-day, bi-monthly occasion is the last word treasure-hunting floor – actually, it’s the biggest in Europe. Unfold over 84 acres at Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, it’s host to over 2,500 stands promoting the whole lot from classic vinyl data to uncommon cash. Admission is £20 on Thursdays and £5 on Fridays.