Tips from Archie Mackie

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1 If you want to in­stal tongue-and-groove cladding on your walls, try web­sites such as Salvo (, which is great for ar­chi­tec­tural sal­vage ma­te­ri­als.

2 Mono­chrome or soft, pale paint colours will let the char­ac­ter of vin­tage and an­tique fur­ni­ture stand out.

3 We love to mix up styles and pe­ri­ods, for ex­am­ple us­ing ’50s pen­dant lights in this 1906 build­ing. It helps to ac­cen­tu­ate each piece; things can get lost if they’re all from the same pe­riod.

4 When look­ing for an­tiques and vin­tage, it is all very well buy­ing some­thing that looks amaz­ing, but we make sure it’s a prac­ti­cal piece that can be used on an ev­ery­day ba­sis.

5 Re­pur­pos­ing pieces can work well: for ex­am­ple, we cut down the legs of a vault­ing horse (be­low) to make a bench. We’re very keen to re­use things like this that have been built to last from qual­ity ma­te­ri­als.

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