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Vintage Home Show #designupnorth

Karen off to Vintage Home Show

I’ve just got back from the Vintage Home Show at Pudsey Civic Hall, in Leeds. And i’m still buzzing. A design lover’s dream event. This was my smile BEFORE I got there… imagine how big it was after i’d got back!!


The Vintage Home Show is a Discover Vintage event, which was founded by fellow Leeds-ite Keeley Harris in 2009. Since then she’s been organising vintage events across the UK. The Vintage Home Show was launched in 2012 in Manchester and the Leeds show is the first time the event has been held in Yorkshire.

Keeley herself has been dealing in the world of vintage since the age of 15 and is now well-known  in the field, having shared her expertise on TV and in the National Press. Her current book “Style Me Vintage Home” was launched in March this year.

“This event is all about the 1950’s-1970’s with bright colours and bold patterns as well as teak furniture and funky chairs and if you love bright orange, you’ll be right at home”

And I totally was at home. Hyperventilating in fact (in a good way). Am really glad I got an invite to arrive early, get some snaps and meet some of the fab stall holders. Want to see some pictures then?

Let’s go!




Space were the first stall to greet you as you entered the main hall. Based in Harrogate and coming equipped with their own music system it was a lovely way to start the “vintage tour”. They also had an impressive stripped back fire extinguisher lamp!



It was actually Alice from The Deco Press that told me about the Vintage Home Show. I met her at a local vintage fair and we got chatting. So thanks, Alice for the heads up. Go check out her site, she specialises in vintage and French art but also has various other lovely collectables to peruse.



Serious “Lamp Off”.


One of my faves.


All theses pieces were from Blackbird Vintage. Their range of industrial and mid century was impressive with some lovey Art Deco pieces to soften up the space.



Ben Frais from Decotrade was also here with some fantastic big art, and some great mid-century armchairs. I loved the North by Northwest, Hitchcock poster.



I spent a long time chatting with Mike Eastwood from Bold Statements of Harrogate. Mike is a huge fan of reclaimed and salvaged materials so I got very excited chatting to him. His enormous stripped stainless steel desk with solid oak desktop was awesome. I look forward to getting my hairpin legs soon Mike!!



Geometric Coffee Table.


Simon Grover from Whittaker & Gray was giving us some serious Ercol and G-Plan furniture. Up on the stage no less! Along with that super gorgeously velvety Egg Chair.


This is how busy it was only an hour after the doors had opened. Leeds. Loves. VINTAGE!!



Emma Shaw from Light Fandango had a fantastic range of retro handmade drum shades. Really good prices too. My fave being the cute TV shade.




Oh So Retro  were there representing from the south. Caroline Dill had travelled up from Hertfordshire with her eclectic mix of 50’s and 60’s furniture, accessories, artwork and home decor.


This made me do the “gasp”. Stunning Danish design.


Ercol classic.


Retrolicious admit being addicted to mid-century and retro design. They are based in Salford Quays and offer stunning Danish, UK and European designer furniture.


Unfortunately these were not for sale, which I was very sad about as I LOVED them. Very much indeed.


Awesome cinema seats.




Jane Whitley from Mabel on the Table had a stall rammed full of goodies. From industrial lighting, cinema seats, lots of cute glassware, ceramics, old post war food canisters and everything else in between. It was definitely a colour lover’s perfect spot.



Funky Vera, expertly hand makes cushion covers in any size and in a fantastic range of retro and hard to find fabrics. Vera’s website isn’t live just yet, but keep an eye on it as she’s got some really cool designs.






My one purchase (I was very restrained) was made from Caroline McCarthy’s stall, Red Eyed Dove. I shall show you at the end as my “ta-da” moment! I could have gone a little bonkers there to be honest. Some great finds.

I tried to meet as many sellers as possible, so I’m sorry to anyone I didn’t manage to catch today. Here are a few more photos from today’s Vintage Home Show…






Big thanks to Keeley Harris for bringing the Vintage Home Show to Leeds. So great to meet so many fellow design enthusiasts.

“I really love this show and the traders really do make sure they have some amazing things saved especially for the event. It’s about time I organised a show in Leeds and I know I will want to buy just about everything”

Couldn’t agree more Keeley. I shall look forward to next year’s event in Leeds again. But, if you’re like me and can’t wait until next year, then get yourselves to Manchester on Sunday 25th October for another Vintage Home Show event.

Oh and how could I forget? Here’s my purchase from today. My burgundy Anglepoise lamp sitting on my chest of drawers from last week’s trip. She’s a beaut isn’t she?!

anglepoise lamp burgundy


  1. Ooooo, so many treasures! I would have been in serious danger of spending far too much there. Love your lamp x

  2. Wow, there was some seriously good stuff at that show! Real quality pieces and reasonable price tags by the looks of it. Great photos, Karen! xx

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