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    Hey guys,

    Anyone have any tips, websites or shops that are good for picking up cool homewares?

    I've just got my first house and I'm keen to make it look sick. Really love retro, 70s style but clean and modern at the same time.

    If anyone knows of any that'd be great.

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    Where in the world are you?

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    There's a lot of small vintage specialist shops around the UK but they're not cheap. I do a lot of interior design for clients and we'll sometimes import stuff from the UK - there really is no end to them (Google's your best bet).

    However, if you're on a budget or just don't want to waste money, your best bet is to cut out the middle man and go straight to where these shops get their supplies from which is - for a large part - your local salvage yard. Generally the ones prefixed with "architectural" will have the better stuff. You'll pick up anything and everything from them - kitchen sinks, garden furniture, lighting, stuff from old ships, flooring etc etc.

    You can also get a lot of retro / vintage bits and bobs (toasters, clocks, lampshades, nick nacks etc) on Amazon and eBay.

    Have a look on Pintrest for design ideas - it's a great resource for ideas.

    And congrats on the new house... may you have many happy years in it!

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    @Simwells - I'm in nottingham, East mids bud.

    @Dorian - thanks, will keep my peepers open on eBay and amazon. Have been using Gumtree to snag a few bargains too. Will start going round salvage yards though good idea although it's more furniture, ornaments, cool bits and bobs I need as the house is actually decorated really nice as it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naboo View Post
    it's more furniture, ornaments, cool bits and bobs I need as the house is actually decorated really nice as it is.
    You should head for architectural salvage yards rather than building salvage - a good one will stock all those things you're after. My favourite one this side of the channel is Wilsons. You want a post box, a clock from a submarine, a 1950s chair, a 1930s French bed, some vintage weighing scales for the kitchen? They got it all!

    Vintage Set Of Kitchen Scales

    stylish pink and cream chair ( 1950's )


    Original Soviet Union Submarine Clock

    http://www.wilsonsyard.com/period-style-double-door-post-box.html












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    Interior design is one of my main passions. As a start try

    Modern, Contemporary and Classic Designer Furniture - Blue Sun Tree
    Made In Design : Contemporary Furniture, Home Decorating and Modern Lighting

    Also the houzz app on iPad is amazing, almost too many ideas

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    Congrats on the house. Sounds like we have pretty similar taste.

    We snagged most of our stuff on eBay, got some absolute bargains too... Got this sideboard for 11.76 from a house clearance place:



    They are goldmines for this type of stuff. (excuse the building site style living room in this pic)

    Also got our dining set from here:

    items in MADE-GOOD Danish British midcentury store on eBay!

    Not the cheapest but not the most expensive either, and they will negotiate on price if you order a few bits.

    My final link is to my friend's businesses FB page, he imports a lot of OG designer furniture from the Netherlands that goes for big bucks which isn't really my market, but he has hundreds of sick photos on his page which were a really good direct inspiration for a lot of our decor:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Modernistiks/189663771070168?id=189663771070168&sk=photos_strea m

    Have fun with it man!
    Last edited by Ivan Condor Aasllani; 09-05-2014 at 08:53 AM.

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    If you're after bargains then the MSE eBay search tool is great. It allows you to find stuff in your local area where the seller has specified it must be collected. This tends to go for far, far less than the same item where postage is offered. You can find the search here.

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    Ivan - where did you pick up the Paris print / art? I really like it

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    Quote Originally Posted by DorianGrape View Post
    You should head for architectural salvage yards rather than building salvage - a good one will stock all those things you're after. My favourite one this side of the channel is Wilsons. You want a post box, a clock from a submarine, a 1950s chair, a 1930s French bed, some vintage weighing scales for the kitchen? They got it all!

    Vintage Set Of Kitchen Scales

    stylish pink and cream chair ( 1950's )


    Original Soviet Union Submarine Clock

    http://www.wilsonsyard.com/period-style-double-door-post-box.html











    That clock is sick

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