Antiques, Art and Vintage Textiles – unique and sustainable home furnishings

Some things are more sustainable than others due to their production process and the materials required. But the most sustainable choice of all for home decoration is vintage and antique. Buying something that already exists creates zero carbon footprint, and some items have had several owners, so have been re-cycled many times.

Last week I visited The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea Park, where the great and the good showcase vintage treasures. When you’re looking for something really special – this is a good place to start. Here are some of my favourite finds….

Dee Zammit  has a shop in Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, with a beautiful collection of interesting lights and furniture.

Dee Zammit has a shop in Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, with a beautiful collection of interesting lights and furniture.

Fiona McDonald  in Fulham is great for elegant mid century design

Fiona McDonald in Fulham is great for elegant mid century design

Joshua Lumley , based in Ashford, Kent, always has the most beautiful rugs in exquisite colours and patterns.

Joshua Lumley, based in Ashford, Kent, always has the most beautiful rugs in exquisite colours and patterns.

This lovely blue velvet sofa is comfortable, cocooning and classy.£1950 from  Nadin & Macintosh , Sherborne, Dorset.

This lovely blue velvet sofa is comfortable, cocooning and classy.£1950 from Nadin & Macintosh, Sherborne, Dorset.

This lovely stone lady, £2,800 is from  Troix Garcons , in Marylebone’s Antique hot spot, Church Street.  

This lovely stone lady, £2,800 is from Troix Garcons, in Marylebone’s Antique hot spot, Church Street.  

Globe £2,600  Troix Garcons

Globe £2,600 Troix Garcons

I wish I had a wall big enough for this huge round mirror from  Dean Antiques  in Tetbury, (the antique lovers paradise in the Cotswolds).

I wish I had a wall big enough for this huge round mirror from Dean Antiques in Tetbury, (the antique lovers paradise in the Cotswolds).

BrownRigg  in Tetbury always have an interesting selection of gorgeous things. Antique lamps from £800.

BrownRigg in Tetbury always have an interesting selection of gorgeous things. Antique lamps from £800.

If you’re looking for contemporary art –  RAW Editions  have an amazing collection. This Julian Opie is for sale at £6,750

If you’re looking for contemporary art – RAW Editions have an amazing collection. This Julian Opie is for sale at £6,750

My personal favourite in the show – by Sven Bertil Barntsson 1952. £1250 from  Saunders Fine Art  in Charlotte St, London W1.

My personal favourite in the show – by Sven Bertil Barntsson 1952. £1250 from Saunders Fine Art in Charlotte St, London W1.