I’m always on the hunt for inspiration. Whether it’s online, in magazines, at the shops or at other people’s houses, I love snooping around and discovering interesting ideas that give me my own starburst moments.
One of the most bountiful places for brainstorming is a show or exhibition. Last weekend I visited the Vintage Fair at the Maltings in Farnham. Stacked full of an assortment of eras and idiosyncracies, but with each stall setting out its own style, it was a real lesson in the importance of identity. ‘Vintage’ has become a catch-all term, but can mean so many different things.
On Friday, I received an invitation to the Spirit of Summer Fair 2012, in association with House & Garden. Running over four days from the 16th-19th May at Olympia, you can find out more about it here. Covering new trends for summer 2012 and creative ideas for indoors, outdoors and pure unadulterated indulgence, it sounds like a handpicked heaven of lovely things.
Here are some of the highlights that have already caught my eye…
If you fancy a trip along, Spirit of Summer is offering one Create Vintage follower a free pair of tickets for any of the days of the show. Just email your name and phone number along with which day you’d like to attend to Samantha@smithandmonger.com by 12pm on Tuesday 15th May, stating ‘CreateVintage competition’ in the subject line. One entry will be selected at random when the competition closes.
Good luck – just don’t blame me if your bank balance takes a bruising!