Finding your interiors entente cordiale

Elms Farm perfectly embodies the Country Brocante look

Lucy Haywood reveals how her passion for ‘Country Brocante’ style draws on vintage inspiration from both France and the UK, and also explores a cross-Channel interiors amalgam

What is wonderful about vintage treasures and objects from the past is that you will rarely find two the same – you and your neighbour may have similar tastes, but accessorizing with vintage pieces means your home will be truly individual and unique.

I love to give vintage finds a new lease of life, but I am equally likely to pick up something purely for its nostalgic appeal.

Extracted from Country Brocante Style by Lucy Haywood, published by Ryland, Peters and Small, £19.99.

I have always been drawn to old teacups and saucers, particularly lustreware, and have been known to buy cups without handles, jugs with cracks and chips and – my favourites – plates riveted together with antique metal staples, fixed by an unknown hand, totally useless but utterly beautiful.

The Country Brocante fairs are the perfect hunting grounds for these period pieces.

There’s something for everyone, whether our tastes run to old enamelware, vintage kitchenalia or original haberdashery/notions – reels of faded ribbons and sheets of buttons. Some of us simply prefer pieces ...

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