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Ripley Decorative Home & Salvage Show - September 2017

Well hello there! Next weekend I'm super excited to be heading to the Arthur Swallow Fairs' Decorative Home and Salvage Show at Ripley Castle. It is one of the highlights of the year for me as it is an interior lovers' dream come true. Sadly I didn't get to go to the Spring show back in May as it fell over my son's birthday so I'm really looking forward to be attending the final show of the year. Held over three days, (details are below), it is an event that I absolutely love and I always come away hugely inspired with new ideas for both my home and garden.  From up-cycled furniture,  architectural antiques, decorative furnishings to period home fixtures and fittings, there is a vast array of beautiful and unique items that have been sourced from all over the world. Last time I was there I came away with a galvanised pot to use as a planter for my bay tree and some beautiful grain sack that I currently use as a rug in my porch.  This visit I plan on looking for some more rustic treasures - wooden milking stools, vintage linens to make into cushion covers as well as a couple of earthenware pots and vessels but I have a feeling I'll be tempted by some other beauties. 

I'm really excited to announce that I'm working alongside the Arthur Swallows team to showcase this wonderful event. I'll be Instagramming my favourite stalls and finds live from the event (@jenlittlebirdie) and I'm also judging the first ever 'Best Dressed Stand' award on the opening day! This award has been launched to celebrate the impressively high standard of stand displays at the Decorative Home & Salvage Shows over the past year. It's going to be a tough job as the stall owners are a super talented bunch and the styling really is top notch. 

I'd also love you to get involved in a little scavenger hunt whilst visiting the fair! I'm a huge fan of Rustic Style, bringing natural elements and materials into my home. From old wooden crates and trugs, stone jugs, shutters, ladders to antique linens, I'd like you to go and find lovely Rustic Style inspired scenes or objects at the Ripley show and then share them with myself and the @asfairs team over on Instagram. There will be a prize which will be hand selected from the show that will fit with the Rustic Style theme and this will be posted out after the event ends. Yay! In order to register your entry you need to do a couple of things - please use the hashtag #asfairsripley on your post and write ''My Rustic Scavenger Hunt entry' in your caption. It would be great if you could also Geotag the location too. The Scavenger Hunt will run for the duration of the weekend and I can't wait to see what treasures you find! 

If you'd like to read some more about this event then I recommend reading my lovely friend Jane's blog post from her visit in September 2016. Image on the left on the middle row and the bottom two images were taken by Jane and have been used with kind permission. 

Hope to see some of you there! 

Details:

Friday 8 September 2017 - Preview Day 12 Noon - 5pm £10 per person. 

Saturday 9 September 2017 - 10am - 5pm £5 per person.

Sunday 10 September 2017 - 10am - 5pm £5 per person. 

Accompanied under 16s are admitted free. Tickets are available to buy at the gate. 

There are refreshments available at the event too. 

Full details including how to get to the event can be found here

       

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