Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Collecting Classics

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Collecting Classics

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Keeping everything you buy ( every chair, candlestick and cushion ( over the years is never a good thing.

But being a discerning hoarder ( now, that's a different thing altogether!

Throughout our lives, we spend years changing the look of our homes ( from oak panelling to flock to blown vinyl ( and that's just our walls.

Some trends turn full-circle. In the Seventies, furniture like Ercol and G-Plan were a must-have.

Then, with the Eighties and Nineties, demands changed and it was out with the old. But look in any interior magazines now and you are almost guaranteed to see these Seventies style icons.

However, some things are best forgotten.

I don't think anybody will be rushing out to buy an abundance of drink trolleys in the shape of a globe.

Although, having said that, I wouldn't necessarily have predicted that flying ducks would be returning to their nests on our nation's walls.

So, being able to differentiate between the things you should keep and the things you should not, is a skill but one which will stand you in good stead throughout your life, save you a few pennies and turn you into a `cosmopolitan collector'.

Firstly, if you want to have a home that reflects your own personal style, you should keep things that mean something to you and which make you feel at home.

If you're a bit of a hoarder, I'm sure books will be one of your passions and, although they can always be replaced (unless they are first editions of course!), they do look better when they have been well-thumbed.

Shelf-upon-shelf of books looks stunning and if the books are your favourites then they are not only a style statement but a personal reflection of who you are.

Furniture-wise, classic materials make the best choice for longevity of style.

Sturdy, hard-wearing woods and battered yet beautiful leather are two materials that are guaranteed to stand the test of time. …

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