A few days ago I visited a very clever person. This artistic woman had turned her home into a showroom for a range of retro furnishings collected, restored and made by her. I was immediately engaged with colour, style and the wonderful use of all things old, used and precious. Stacks of beautiful tartan blankets brought back to life through a clean, wash and comfort process. Tartan scarves from Scotland and England and mohair wraps lovingly returned to their splendour. Dinky stools covered in bright tartan fabric and matching cushions with big buttons. Little tables painted in striking and soft colours using a chalk paint technique. There were soft comforters from the fifties, colourful table cloths, framed prints and shaped lamps. Buttons, jewellery and carefully selected fashion books completed this wonderland of retro everything!
Then I realised why this collection was different. It was of course, style. Yes, the style and finesse that accompanied the pieces and the putting together of the collection was the edge that made the difference. I have seen many displays of retro furnishings, fabrics and clothes but the pieces are often lost when completing with each other for attention. In fact, I think that some retro displays can border on being gaudy. Not this display, it was simply beautiful, right down to the tags explaining the item and the process used to collect, restore and invigorate each piece.
Needless to say, I didn’t come home empty-handed. A couple of ‘I can’t leave them behind’ items were loaded into my car with the help of a friend. Thanks Marion, you’re a marvel but most of all you are inspiring.