The Decorative Home & Salvage Show

At the weekend I got to go the Arthur Swallow Decorative Home and Salvage Show at Ripley Castle.  The show comes to Yorkshire annually and is THE event to attend if you get your kicks sourcing amazing ‘finds’ for the home.

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Local trades people hold stands there and it was great to see The Antiques Curio & Salvage Barn, Chris Holmes Decorative Interiors and Mister Toad with great exhibits.

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The Antiques Curio & Salvage Barn Stand

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Inside The Antiques Curio & Salvage Stand

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Taxidermy extraodinaire from Chris Holmes

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Riley keeps watch

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What surprised me was the sheer range of what you could pick up here… there was everything!  A pizzeria and Pimms tent avec bails of hay for seating created a relaxed, almost a festival feel.

 

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There are also clever little exhibits like this shepherd hut that rather reminded me of the time-capsule Grandpa gets into on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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For any non-Yorkshire folk, the good news is that Arthur Swallow Events are held at various locations across the  UK.  Check out their website here and I leave you with some sights that made me smile…

So Downton!

So Downton!

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What's it to be?  Pizza, Bar or Jesus!

What’s it to be? Pizza, Bar or Jesus!

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How to: Make the simplest Easter Tree

Last year during the Easter break we got into painting polystyrene eggs here at Beau HQ.  Although I grew up doing craft – I never sought to be a make-it, bake-it mother myself yet the season found us painting eggs (read the ‘how-to’ post here).  Time in the school holidays this year meant it was only natural to do an Easter ‘something’ and so we share ‘le tree’.

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The pussy willow bought a month ago is still going strong so we decided to add to it.  With Christmas is long gone, it’s kinda nice to make the effort and bring some additional colour inside the home if spring isn’t quite in full bloom… which it’s so not at present!  The eggs from last year we poked a hole in the top, filled with superglue then stuck some ribbon into.

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The owls were Christmas decorations I still  hadn’t got round to putting away (though the rest of the decs are away I promise)….

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Except these copper baubles which I deemed fit for the year through…

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..and that’s very simply it!  Hope you have a great Easter whatever you do, love those you’re with… chocolate aside it’s what Easter’s all about – LOVE.

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