My Vintage Life - Tea With Ruby

I am over the moon to introduce you to one of my absolute favourite bloggers, Jane at Tea with Ruby. I've been following Jane's blog and her Instagram feed for some time now and her beautiful style always inspires me in my own home. I was delighted when she agreed to answer my questions for 'My Vintage Life' as I know how super busy she is. And especially as she has just opened her pop-up online store this week too. It's only open till Sunday 22nd November 2015 and I'm very excited and tempted by some stunning vintage treasures. 

Tell us a little about yourself?

Hello I'm Jane, writer of Tea with Ruby  and also the other half of Owen and Hunter.   Day to day I indulge in my passion for interiors and lifestyle writing the blog.  I'm also working on the launch of Owen and Hunter online pop up store which is a curated collection of vintage finds for styling your home.

Why do you like buying vintage?

I just can't help myself, I simply love a good rummage at a car boot or fair, I think its the anticipation of not knowing what gem you are going to uncover.  I'm a sucker for linens, glass pickling jars and chairs.

What's your interior style like at home?

Eclectic, it's a big old mix up of inherited pieces and things I have picked up along the way.   I'd love to say that I'm minimalist but that just isn't the case.  I love the modern rustic style of home, one day when we self build there will be lots of open space, concrete and white with an added dash of pre loved furniture and objects, I find this look very appealing

What's your favourite vintage era?

I don't have a favourite era, I'm not slavish to recreating a period of time.  When it comes to vintage I like mixing pieces with new things, I'm into paring things back a bit at the moment. Taking away the chintzy pieces and streamlining, adding in handmade ceramics, linens, grain sack and well curated corners that are pleasing the eye.

What's your most treasured vintage find?

Our bed, it's a turn of the century French mahogany beauty and I adore it, it makes me smile every time I go in the room.  We found it on ebay for £100 so I snapped it up, it looks so inviting when covered in white linen bedding.

Have you had any great vintage hand-me-downs from family or friends?

We have a few pieces from my husbands family, a wonderful large metal advertising sign that takes up one wall of our kitchen.  An old school trunk that I relined that is used as a shelf in our living room and many a chair (told you I like chairs!).  Very useful chest of drawers that I repainted that Robert's sister gave us, I love them.

What's your most recent vintage find?

I bought a job lot of Hungarian linen in the summer all for a steal from tea towels to table cloths, bolster cushion covers to sheets.  I've kept some for home but I will be parting with some through Owen and Hunter store over time.

Anything you'd like to find on a vintage hunt?

Too many things!   When we first bought our house we didn't really know what our taste was so most things came from high street stores.   Now I'm going about removing them all bit by bit and replacing them with well thought out older pieces and hand made items.  So on that note I'd rather like an old chesterfield sofa so I can have it reupholstered in beautiful linen.

Have you a favourite local place to find some vintage loveliness?

I  have two favourites that I visit all the time, firstly when spring comes you'll find me at York car boot, it truly is fabulous.  The other is a yearly outing to Ripley Castle for the Arthur Swallows Decorative Home and Salvage show it is a wonderful weekend, you can find anything you could possibly want and more just wish my bank balance was bigger! 

Thank you so much Jane for answering all my questions and the very best of luck with the pop-up store! It's absolutely beautiful.