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A guide to upcycling and repurposing

Our helpful guide will help you to understand the difference between upcycling and repurposing.

Why scientific equipment is one of the most fascinating niches in antiques

Scientists have long employed a range of elegant, genius and sometimes macabre instruments which have fascinated and repulsed generations in equal measure. From antique medical equipment like the tongue guillotine (yes, really!), to microscopes and cameras, this niche area of collectables offers variety to the collector.

Gild standard: Decorating with antique photo frames

When photography became all the rage at the end of the 19th century, so did antique photo frames. Is there anything more precious than those small, beautifully crafted objects of virtue?

How to transform your home with antique tiles

From the hallway to the bathroom, antique tiles can breathe new life into any space. Tiles have been a thing for thousands of years, since the Industrial Revolution allowed homeowners of Victorian England to tile their floors inexpensively.

Creating a dream office space with antique library furniture

We may no longer have libraries in our homes - those special high-ceilinged rooms adorned with imaginative antique library bookcases. But that doesn’t mean you can’t inject this 18th and 19th-century flair into modern office spaces.

The wonderful world of kitchenalia & domestic antiques

Love the past but can't afford its fine furniture or precious wares? Then delight the array of curious goods found in old kitchens. Many everyday items from the Victorian era can be picked up on a budget - still attractive and even usable.

Edwardian bookcases & beyond: why brown furniture is bang on-trend

Flatpacks have had their heyday - homemakers, collectors and taste setters yearn for the individual craftsmanship and centuries-old hardiness that comes with furniture from the past. Today, we’re heralding the return of brown furniture - from antique walnut desks to oak Edwardian bookcases.
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Five loveliest antiques for your garden and conservatory

Once upon a time, not so long ago, it was common for people to leave all their garden furniture behind when they moved house. It’s only recently - thanks to news spreading about sculptures selling for millions - that we’re more aware of the value those unconsidered antique planters and pots may have.
What is antique and what is vintage?

What is antique and what is vintage?

With changing tastes and new interior trends, investing in forever-pieces is on the up. But exactly what is antique? How old is antique? And what is the difference between vintage and antique? Read on...
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Antique desks: how to choose the right one

From drums to Davenports, antique desks are as widely varied as the writers who’ve sat at them. While their original purpose was to provide a stable surface for old-fashioned artistry and literacy, they’re now well-coveted pieces for modern homes and offices.