Turn Of The Century Home Decorating Tips

Experts create a room inspired by films like Sherlock Holmes and The Golden Compass in Cracking Antiques.

Mark and Kathryn meet Jodie and Adrian Thurlbourne, who are doing up their first home. Inspired by films like Sherlock Holmes and The Golden Compass, they want a quirky, unique sitting room cum dining room full of intriguing pieces with bags of character.

WHAT IS THE ‘QUIRKY TURN OF THE CENTURY’ STYLE FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE?

The style featured in this episode covers a wide period of time, starting with the Victorian era in the early 19th century all the way through to the early part of the 20th century, encompassing the Edwardian era through to circa 1940’s. The late 1800s through to the 1940’s was a period of dramatic change and discovery. Queen Victoria’s reign heralded a long period of prosperity with industrial improvements that allowed an educated middle class to develop.

Queen Victoria’s son Edward took over when she died and his fondness for travel meant that he became the leader of a fashionable elite, heavily influenced by the art and fashion of continental Europe. The Edwardian era also saw significant shifts in politics where common labourers and women had more of a political voice than in the past. This was a time of huge technological change – the mass production of cars began, the first electric typewriter was invented, air travel advanced rapidly and the Titanic sailed. The human race was progressing at an unprecedented rate and with that came a belief in the possibility to achieve even more.

5 WAYS TO RECREATE THE QUIRKY, TURN OF THE CENTURY LOOK IN YOUR HOME

As you saw from the episode (click here for full details of the items mentioned), some key things that you can do to achieve this look are:

1. Be excessive with ornaments. Many of the eras in this period, especially Victorian, are known for indulging in an excess of ornaments. Choose ornaments that convey the sense of discovery and optimism of the time. Globes, trunks and maps are representative of the time, as travel became faster and more efficient. Objects with a strong technological focus make for a fun and quirky vibe – antique clocks, calculators, weather barometers, gramophones and scales were all featured in the show.

2. Furniture should be in keeping with the feel of a drawing room or library. The furniture should encourage a love of learning. Think a leather chesterfield sofa that you’d be happy to curl up with a book on and a large shelf that shows off your most prized possessions - books.

3. Be eclectic. This was an era about being open to the world and with that came revivals and interpretations of various historic styles and the integration of cross-cultural influences. Furniture could be taken from various time periods in history such as Neoclassical, Tudor, Elizabethan, Gothic and cultures such as Anglo-Japanese and Art Nouveau.

4. Customise to achieve the look you want. Like the Thurlbournes on the show, you may find that buying ready-made furniture in this style can be expensive. Think about reupholstering old sofas or cushions in interesting and distinctive patterns to make it unique.

5. Be adventurous. You don’t have to be one hundred percent true to the period, which itself is very broad. You could take a very knowing, postmodern attitude to your decorating and up the quirk factor by occasionally adding in some unexpected elements like anachronistic pieces such as pop-art.

5 AUSTRALIAN SITES TO VISIT TO GET THE QUIRKY, TURN OF THE CENTURY LOOK:

1. http://www.rjgalleries.websyte.com.au/
2. http://www.houseoftreasures.com.au/about-us/
3. http://www.belleepoqueantiques.com.au/
4. http://auctionsaustralia.info/Antiques/1/20081.htm (Search terms: ‘Victorian’, ‘Edwardian’)
5. http://www.totc.com.au/

SHOPPING LIST

Handmade cushions
60 pds $98.89
Niki Jones http://www.niki-jones.co.uk

Bespoke armchair
4000 pds $6,592.80
Squint http://www.squintlimited.com/

Clock
68.50 pds $112.90
Pedlars http://www.pedlars.co.uk/

Prints
17 pds each $28.02
Graham & Green http://www.grahamandgreen.co.uk

Globe
75 pds $123.62
Heal’s http://www.heals.co.uk

Reconditioned vintage phone
565 pds $931.46
Pedlars http://www.pedlars.co.uk/

Lacquered chair
250 pds $412.15
Niki Jones http://www.niki-jones.co.uk

Fornasetti plate
95 pds $156.62
Themes & Variations http://www.themesandvariations.com/

Antique bookcase
750 pds $1,236.45
Salvatore antiques http://www.salvatoreantiques.com/

Antique map 4500 pds
$7,418.70
The Map House http://www.themaphouse.com

Bent Wood Chair
82 pds $135.19
Scp http://www.scp.co.uk

Designer dining table
695 pds $1,145.78
Heal’s http://www.heals.co.uk

ANTQUES

Chair cushion
60 pds $98.89

Antique weather barometer
30 pounds $49.08
Salvatore Antiques http://www.salvatoreantiques.com/

Antique scales
29 pds $47.79

Vintage calculator
22.50 pds $37.08
Bygone Times http://www.bygonetimes.co.uk/

Vintage chesterfield sofa
300 pounds $490.40
Salvatore Antiques http://www.salvatoreantiques.com/

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