July is well underway and so far this summer there’ve been plenty of garden-related events. This time last week I spent a wonderful day at The Hampton Court Flower Show, the Saturday before I went to a Vintage Barn Sale at the home of Sarah Moore, winner of the Great Interior Design Challenge in 2014 and all round champion of vintage makes.
The main barn looked splendid, full of vintage china, glasses, fabric, cushions and furniture, all beautifully styled. It’s worth going simply for inspiration, the table runner [in the photo below] is made from a roll of sumptuous floral wallpaper, an idea to borrow I think.
The courtyard was a real treat, stocked with masses of vintage garden paraphernalia, from terracotta pots to benches, tables, vintage garden tools and all manner of potential plant containers, big and small.
It’s a great way of recycling, better to re-use all this rather than let it go to land-fill, but most of all because it looks great. A garden with some re-purposed items looks unique and has a bit of character.
You’ll probably have to wait a while for another of these barn sales, but you can find Sarah on Facebook here to find out more.
I’ve written a post about inspiring front gardens from Hampton Court, it’s choc full of ideas, here, 10 steps to sustainable gardening here, including a photo of me in my first show garden and you can see more upcycling ideas for gardens on my Pinterest board here.
What do you think, do you like trawling through barn sales for vintage gems, and do you know of any good vintage fairs? I’ll let you know if I come across any more.
Have a lovely week.
all photos: Jill Anderson.