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Are you rustic or refined?

Interiors-wise, that is! Whatever your style, Somerset's annual design hub, the Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair has you covered

Kore Purchase, Tetbury

The Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair, on at the Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford between Fri 18–Sun 20 October, attracts around 50 of the UK’s top dealers and their vast array of traditional and decorative antiques for the house and garden. With everything from rustic folk art to mid-century design, it’s a unique interiors design hub in rural Somerset. I mean, where else are you going to find Scandi leather and chrome sofas, Bertie Bassett lamps and Gustavian bookcases all in the same place? There’s nothing else quite like it.

The BBC Antique Roadshow‘s expert Mark Hill be leading tours around the show picking out his favourite pieces but in the meantime, here’s the Muddy pick of this year’s stylish crop.

All white

Put your books and stuff in this cool white, rustic bureau and bookcase from Sweden.

Swedish Bureau Bookcase, 19th century, Lorfords, Tetbury

Step on it

Or hang this gorgeous vintage Turkish silk rug on a wall?

Rug by Rug Addiction, Stroud

In your cups

Hand-painted French ceramic cups for your girl gang.

Vallauris, Atelier du Grand Chene, 1950s, Mary Hossack, Somerton

Shiny, happy people

Put your coffee cups on here.

German ‘ring’ coffee table, mid 1970s, Scandinavian By Design, Wiltshire

Sweet tooth

Bertie Bassett money boxes become quirky lamps.

Bertie Bassett Lamps, late 2oth century, Virginia Ashton Lamps, London

Take a seat

Tubular chrome and black leather: a match made in heaven.

Zanotta Onda suite, 1985, Scandinavian By Design. Wiltshire


This Hollywood Regency (yes it’s a thing) table made from natural bamboo and rattan is rustic and refined, all at the same time.

McGuire wheatsheaf coffee table, 1970s, Mary Hossacks, Somerton

Time and place

The Fair’s open to the public on Friday 18 Oct, 2pm – 5pm; Saturday 19 Oct 11am – 5pm; and Sunday 20 Oct between 11am – 4pm.  In the trade?  Get in ahead of the crowd on Friday 18 Oct between 11am – 2pm. BBC’s Antiques Roadshow expert Mark Hill will be at the Fair on Saturday 19 Oct.

Tickets are £5 but you can get a FREE TICKET (entry for 2) HERE!


Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair, Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford, Somerset BA22 7LH.

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