Q: Describe your home and its style.A: It’s a work in progress. The house is 12 years old and a blank canvas. We plan to extend in the next few years to create an open-planliving space. So far we have installed a two-sided, contemporary Dru gas fire set into a bespoke shelving unit we designed ourselves. We’ve put down oak flooring and used a Farrow and Ball colour on a feature wall in the sitting room.
Planting trees and shrubs creates a more attractive garden and is a great way to fill a gap, provide privacy and screen sights and sounds from next door. But before you get carried away, remember that roots often extend to distances in excess of the height of the tree and they can take moisture from the soil. So before you start planting, here are some practical tips from NHBC, a warranty and insurance provider for new homes, to help reduce the risk of potential damage:
Vintage style has floated in and out of fashion over the years but it seems that the trend has finally graduated into a mainstay.There are many potential reasons for this but quality of design and materials, the desire to be different and nostalgia are top of the list.The craftsmanship of a G-Plan coffee table made in the 1970s beats today’s mass-produced equivalents from China. You don’t have to be an expert to discern the quality of mid-century fabrics. You can see and feel the difference. As for pottery, some of those retro dinner services look bang on trend.Just as compelling is shopping for vintage fashion and homeware. It’s like hunting for treasure and you never know what you might find. You may start out looking for a 1950s enamel bread bin and come away with a set of Hornsea storage jars and some gorgeous 1960s art glass.You’re also safe in the knowledge that most vintage items will appreciate in value, so they are a good investment.Fortunately, Yorkshire is a hotspot for specialist shops, fairs and events. One of the coolest stores is Space Vintage on The Ginnel in central Harrogate. It has an equally popular record shop and a great bar-cafe upstairs. The owner has just opened Pool Bank Vintage Interiors in an old mill complex, near Otley, which is proving a big hit with interior designers and homeowners.The fabulous Festival of Vintage at York racecourse runs on April 21 and 22, and attracts people from all over the country. Founded by Keeley Harris, it features a wonderful mix of stalls selling 1930s to 1960s homeware and fashion and offers a great excuse to dress the part. The ticket price, from £11 if bought in advance, includes entertainment, displays, shows and live music. The week after, on April 28 and 29, Rose & Brown are hosting the Leeds Vintage Furniture and Home Fair at Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley. It acts as a barometer for what’s fashionable. Organiser Caroline Brown says that Ercol and G-Plan furniture is still sought-after, as are industrial items and adds that there is a growing re-appreciation of brown furniture.“Without generalising too much, the mid-century furniture and homeware, such as West German pottery or Scandinavian glassware and kitchen accessories, which have a retro feel, seem to appeal to the under 35s, who may be kitting out their first homes,” says Caroline.*Festival of Vintage, York racecourse, April 21 and 22, www.festivalofvintage.co.uk; Leeds Furniture and Home Fair, April 28 and 29,Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley, www.roseandbrownvintage.co.uk; Pool Bank Vintage Interiors, www.poolbankvintageinteriors.co.uk*For anyone interested in knowing more about vintage and retro classics, Judith Miller’s book “Mid-century Modern: Living with mid-century design” is a must.It charts the most desirable furniture, ceramics, glass, metalware and textiles of the era from the 1940s to the 1970s and lists 175 key designers, including everyone from Alvar Aalto to Frantisek Zemek.It’s stylish, a great read and hugely informative. It costs £30 and is published by Octopus Books.