HOME GROWN:

Cover ver­sions of vin­tage pieces d BRIGHT IDEAS: with Claire Hornby

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Homes&garden -

AF­TER a 30-year ca­reer as a TV art di­rec­tor, Sandie Shepherd has launched a new cre­ative en­ter­prise.

Scar­bor­ough-based Sandie makes wall­pa­pered fur­ni­ture. She up­cy­cles vin­tage and retro pieces from sale rooms and cov­ers them with the dec­o­ra­tive paper, which is coated with var­nish to pro­tect it from bumps and bangs.

“With con­sid­er­ate use it will be as durable as any qual­ity fur­ni­ture. I also like to top each piece of fur­ni­ture with glass,” she says. The re­sults are stun­ning and Sandie also takes com­mis­sions to paper people’s ex­ist­ing fur­ni­ture.

For de­tails tel: 01723 367781, www. sandieshep­herd.co.uk SOME of the great­est mo­ments in TV hap­pen on the Antiques Road­show when lucky own­ers get the sur­prise news that their item is worth a small for­tune.

But by choos­ing care­fully now, you could be lay­ing down the her­itage pieces of the fu­ture. Rar­ity is al­ways an in­di­ca­tor that some­thing may gain value as it ages, so in­di­vid­ual pieces are a sound pur­chase. Take Er­col’s Blotch Stu­dio Couch, de­signed in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Glas­gow-based fab­ric and wall­pa­per stu­dio Tim­o­rous Beast­ies.

Er­col is a de­sign clas­sic from the word go – the Stu­dio Couch was orig­i­nally con­ceived by founder Lu­cian Er­colani in the Fifties. But now it’s been brought exquisitely up to date. Each fab­ric swatch is printed to or­der fea­tur­ing the dash­ing Omni Splatt and Thun­der Blotch de­signs, which means each piece is unique.

An­other unique piece is the Pash­tun Chair, made by Bri­tish crafts­men, and up­hol­stered in re-worked vin­tage Suzani throws hand-em­broi­dered with words and pic­tures cel­e­brat­ing vil­lage life. The throws – dis­cov­ered by chance in Paris – are works of art in their own right.

Strong shape is of­ten the key fac­tor in de­ter­min­ing whether some­thing will con­tinue to gain value, and I al­ways point to the Kartell Book­worm as a de­sign piece that will al­ways hold its in­ter­est. This curvy yet sturdy wall-hung PVC book­case can as­sume any shape you fancy. So let qual­ity be your guide and you can’t go wrong.

Claire Hornby is cre­ative stylist at Barker and Stone­house. For more de­sign ideas visit www.barkerand stone­house.co.uk

FU­TURE HEIR­LOOMS: Er­col’s Blotch Stu­dio Couch, top, and the Pash­tun Chair, above, are both unique de­signs.

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