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Our Cotswolds Adventure

We have not long been back from our trip to the Cotswolds which was a great break and inspiring. I have returned ready to push forward with our project and now have a clearer idea of what we want to achieve with Backroom Vintage.

Firstly who doesn’t love the Cotswolds!? I had total house envy, although not of our shoebox holiday home, but rather the pretty chocolate box cottages and the not so small farmhouses in these quintessentially english villages.

With their Farrow and Ball painted doors and windows to match, you could be mistaken for thinking you are on a film or TV set.

We were lucky enough to stay down the road from Daylesford Farm HQ with the amazing organic farm shop, cheese larder to die for and their home and cookware departments. Not forgetting the flower shop, peaceful courtyard and cafe, so that was my food and lifestyle fix sorted but what about our love for vintage…….

In nearby Chipping Norton I found a great little vintage furniture shop focused on house clearances and auctions rather than the handpicked edited version which we aspire to, but it was great to see what they were selling and gave me a boost to think that this could be us soon enough.

Another amazing find was Station Antiques which has 80 dealers under one roof and literally everywhere you looked were desirable vintage and antiques for the home and garden, if we can find and stock pieces half as good I will be delighted.

I did make a few sneaky purchases for myself at good prices which will look amazing either in our own home or for display in our pop up shop.

Also after lots of rummaging in the charity shops and at vintage fairs I managed to collate quite a collection of vintage homewares to complement the furniture and pieces we already have. With the car reorganised yet again we shoehorned everything in (thankfully we were dogless on this trip!)

We bought some galvanised pails to turn into planters and one is destined to become our new light in the outdoor kitchen, yes it needs some work but we are aiming for an upcycled interior wherever possible as I mentioned previously Upcycled Interiors

Above is a selection of vintage pieces which are now available to buy http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/backroomvintagestore and the reality of our pop up shop is moving closer as the renovations are now well underway.

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