A jour­ney back in style

LAT­EST EDI­TION: This prop­erty in Leeds is a les­son in how to cu­rate an ever-chang­ing retro col­lec­tion while cre­at­ing a stylish home. Sharon Dale re­ports. Pic­tures by James Hardisty.

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Homes&garden -

F you are pas­sion­ate about vin­tage then you will know that it is an ad­dic­tion and that clut­ter is one of the ma­jor side ef­fects.

Col­lec­tors sim­ply can­not help them­selves when they spot some­thing spe­cial, as they know that there is un­likely to be a sec­ond chance to buy.

Pretty soon the “finds” are fight­ing for space and your home be­comes a jumble of old stuff. It’s why Simon Warner and Ni­cholas Blakey now have a strict “one in, one out” pol­icy when it comes to their retro trea­sures.

The strat­egy has paid off and their home in Leeds is beau­ti­fully edited, stylish and full of in­ter­est.

“We rarely buy any­thing new, ex­cept bed­ding and tow­els,” says Ni­cholas. “We tend to buy what we like and hope it goes to­gether. Most of the time it does.”

Like most vin­tage afi­ciona­dos they have phases of col­lect­ing. The sit­ting room shelves are tes­ta­ment to a Mu­rano glass fish phase and the walls are the re­sult of a sus­tained hunt for won­der­fully kitsch Tretchikoff prints.

Ce­ram­ics are a long-stand­ing love and their shelves house col­lec­tions of Aca­pulco by Villeroy and Boch; Gay­time by Lord Nel­son; Span­ish Gar­den by Mid­win­ter and Carn­aby Daisy by Crown Devon. They also find it hard to re­sist West Ger­man pot­tery and are wait­ing for a fat lava lamp to be de­liv­ered.

Glass too is an en­dur­ing pas­sion and they are al­ways on the look-out for strik­ing pieces of White­fri­ars, with the drunken brick­layer vase top of their lust list.

Their love of the mid-cen­tury also extends to their hair sa­lon, Simon Warner Hair in Head­in­g­ley, where they have con­verted a retro bar into a re­cep­tion desk and a china cabi­net into a place to dis­play prod­ucts.

“Clients seem to like it. In fact one of them gave us a red Mu­rano fish. She ad­mit­ted that she thought it was old tat and wanted to get rid of it, while we were only too happy to give it a new home,” says Simon.

He and Ni­cholas have a num­ber of favourite shop­ping haunts, in­clud­ing the Vin­tage Home Show in Manch­ester, or­gan­ised by York­shire’s Keeley Har­ris. She used pho­to­graphs of the cou­ple’s prop­erty to help il­lus­trate her book, Style Me Vin­tage Home, which has just been pub­lished by Pav­il­lion.

St Gemma’s Hospice vin­tage fairs in Leeds are an­other hunt­ing ground, along

She thought it was old tat, while we were happy to give

it a new home

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