Antiques in a Bedroom Setting

Here is the second part of our ‘Antiques in a Contemporary setting’ feature. This part focuses on the bedroom, how to integrate antiques with modern furnishings and hopefully gives you some idea of how you can create this look in your own home.          

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Antiques in a Contemporary setting

We have on occasions customers saying “We have a modern house which won’t take antiques” or“Antiques will not fit in with a modern look”. To try and change this way of thinking we have given this challenge to Lisa Lyons a young lady who has just finished a BA (Hons) degree in Interior Design at Northumbria University. Lisa’s brief was … Continue reading

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Leadgate House update

I mentioned in the last Blog on Leadgate House that the lintel stone had the year 1700 cut into the stone and on either side of the date are initials belonging to the Richards family who owned the house around that period – it was the Richardsons who bought the house in which the preacher John Wesley delivered his sermons. … Continue reading

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Leadgate House Horsley

We will be moving Graham Smith Antiques Ltd to Leadgate House in Horsley at the end of May and will be open for business in our new premises around the last week of May the first week of June, we will keep you informed. Horsley is on the west side of Newcastle upon Tyne – 10 miles out of the … Continue reading

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Mirrors for the home.

The days are much longer now with brighter mornings and evenings and soon the clocks go back and the evenings will be brighter still. It is the time of year when we tend to think about moving house, redecorating or redesigning our homes and with so much more light about, a mirror placed in just the right place can brighten … Continue reading

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Antiques for Hire

    Over the years I have been approached on several occasions about the possibility of “Antiques for hire”, the renting out of antiques to use as film, television, stage or advertising props and on most occasions have agreed to hire out selected items.  In the past I have rented out a childs rocking crib for the remake of the … Continue reading

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Study Furniture for the home

    As more people work from home some or all of the time and because of smart phones and lap top computers, we are always connected to where ever you want to be connected to.  So a study or a place to work from when at home has become essential. At the very least most people require something to … Continue reading

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The Dining table for Christmas, how to adjust.

We are re-launching this blog to remind every one how to safely adjust your antique dining table for the extra guests you expect to arrive for Christmas. I know some people are used to taking the leaves in and out of their tables but for some this is the one time of year when they need to put in the … Continue reading

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A Visit to Northern Ireland and Titanic

We have just returned from a weekend in Northern Ireland – two days of rain and fun, that’s why it’s so green! Fortunately the fun had the edge on the rain so that was fine.  We stayed two nights at a country house hotel just outside of Lisburn and enjoyed some great food at two good restaurants in Hillsborough – … Continue reading

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Fine pair of Explorers

A great story to tell you  this week because I have had a couple of intrepid explorers in the store David Scott Cowper and his trusty assistant Mrs Jane Maufe. The pair have only just returned from their expedition sailing west to east through the North West Passage in David’s boat the ” Polar Bound” and they were only back … Continue reading

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