Alright treacle? Forgive me, I’m practising my Pete Beales – all will become clear! After a few busy weeks, Smithers is back in the man cave for some dedicated blog time. Brace yourselves people.
March is finally with us at last, and there’s a lot going on in our little town this month. Have you visited Stamford before? If not, why not?! I may be slightly biased, but having travelled the world, in what now feels like a previous life, there’s no other place I’d rather call home.
Stamford is a small(ish) historical market town which was recently voted as the best place to live in Britain Uk (I’m saying nothing), but more importantly than that, it boasts of stunning architecture, cool, independent retailers (cough, cough, SMITHERS!), delicious eateries that I can never resist, more pubs than I care to mention and plenty of mischievous characters to jolly things along a bit! It’s full of charm, a perfect mix of old and modern and couldn’t be more lovely.
Stamford is also home to our annual Mid Lent Fair – the town is brought to life and the night air is filled with colourful fairground rides, foot tapping music, screams of excitement and all the usual, traditional games. Never has a coconut held so much promise as that of a fairground coconut!
The fair arrives on Sunday 15th April – Mothering Sunday (I’m coming to that later), and opens on Monday 16th for the week, so if you’ve never visited before, now is the perfect time. You could always kill two birds with one stone and pop into Smithers showroom to witness our fabulousness in the flesh before bagging your hotdog and candy floss!
I digress, but my point is I do have a real love of vintage fairground artwork, so you can imagine my excitement when I managed to get hold of a Reclaimed Desk made solely from an Ark and Speedway Fairground Ride from the 1930’s.
This desk is superbly original. You just can’t reproduce that eccentric sign writing and the natural patina is phenomenal. I cannot tell you what an amazing item this is.
I’ll readily admit, I have come so close to keeping this beauty all to myself, but I have decided to spread the fairground love and so, the desk is for sale. If you’re after a piece of furniture that will be a talking point of the most awesome standard – this is it. A lovely drop of “Roll up, Roll up!” if ever there was.
Now as I previously mentioned, Sunday 15th March is Mothering Sunday. I would like to clarify that I am only aware of this date thanks to my lovely wife dropping some rather weighty hints regarding gifts! As you know, our latest house move has been to an old farmhouse and I must confess that decorating the master bedroom hasn’t been at the top of my priorities. Silly me.
Clever Mrs Smith’s oh so delicate hints came in the form of paint and a few Smithers pieces to give our poor forgotten bedroom a much needed facelift. Or as Mrs S, mother of my somewhat excitable children pointed out – the bedroom she deserves.
Quite right. Mrs Smithers has a great eye for colour and a real knack for merchandising. Not
like me and my “stick it anywhere” theory! With a splash of pale grey on the walls, a Shabby Bedside Table either side of the marital bed, the French Mirrored Cabinet in one corner and the Paris Chair in the other, I must admit, I’ve done a bloody good job!
Joking aside, the furniture we’ve chosen from the Retro Chic range is stunning and Mrs S definitely deserves a nice space to relax in. Along with supporting Smithers and me, coping with the kids (Teddie is 2 – enough said), dealing with the dogs, not to mention the house, Mrs Smith also runs her own hair styling business in Stamford – Kim Smith’s Hair Design, so to say she’s got her hands full is a slight understatement. I’m beginning to think I got off lightly with the bedroom! Round of applause for Mrs Smithers please!
The classic shapes will offer maximum longevity whilst the subtle pops of colour give it an updated edge Having said all that, if your budgets not up to it, or your Mums just a bit crap (I’m going straight to hell), then Smithers can highly recommend our Silver 1930s Antique Leaf Photo Frame for £28 for a beautiful mothers day gift !! Plus you can always pop a photo of yourself in it to remind your Mum how spectacularly well you turned out!
I know Spring is inches away, but if you’re anything like me, once Christmas is over, I just want it to be Summer. Long winter nights are a drag and the weather doesn’t help. There’s only one thing to prescribe in such dire conditions. No, not gin. Nor whiskey.
Definitely not Prozac. Nope – the Woodstock Two Seater Patchwork Sofa is the perfect antidote to a long drawn out Winter. There’s no way this vibrant little number will fail to cheer even the grumpiest of buggers up!
The contemporary patchwork sofa sits upon solid, handcrafted wooden caster wheel legs and is the perfect addition to any room. The eye catching Woodstock blends beautifully with the colours of Summer but practically sings in the wintry darkness!
We have one in our dining room at Smithers HQ and it’s the perfect spot to sit and watch the world go by. Our daughter Maisee calls it the ‘Happy Chair!’ Whether your space is minimalistic whites, tonal neutrals or a barrage of colour, this sofa makes an amazing centrepiece.
Over the next few weeks, Smithers will be stepping into the somewhat unknown and visiting Lots Road Auction in Chelsea.
Have you seen Lots Road Auctions on Channel 4’s The Auction House? They specialise in everything you won’t find on the high street, we will feel right at home. Why not pay them a visit?
We can confirm our uber cool collection of Comic Batman Decoupage Chest Bombe will be making an appearance there, so if your home is lacking in the area of Super Hero, you’d best get your cape on (no Madonna pun intended) and get down to Chelsea.
As the warmer weather arrives, I will also be donning my Del Boy coat and heading back to Portobello Market with our Smithers of Stamford stall. Oh yes, there’s a fair weather market trader inside me, bursting to get out and show you the quirky goods!
Mr and Mrs S will also be venturing to bustling Brighton in April to check out some exciting auctions and maybe a bar or two along the way. Be rude not to!
Until next time my friends.