INVESTING IN FURNITURE

CHAIRS IN BRIGHTON FLEA MARKETThese days getting on the property ladder is increasingly hard let alone climbing it. Now at the age of 26 I came to a decision – whilst waiting for my Euro Millions ticket to come up trumps – that I would invest in something else; furniture. Gone are the days of visiting IKEA and getting home with four orchids, a print of Paris and endless amounts of kitchen utensils (…come on, we’ve all done it). Now is the time to choose wisely.

My love of interiors started years ago, when my mother would decorate our kitchen at least twice a month. The constant incoming and outgoing of antique furniture was actually exciting and extremely educational; years on I discovered that yes, like a lot of us, I have indeed turned into my own mother, much to her delight.

About a year ago, whilst working in Fashion PR, I took on a Saturday job at a fantastic antiques shop called Wren, set on the idyllic Lambs Conduit Street, along with other interior paradises such as Darkroom, Ben Pentreath and The French House. It was during my six months here that I discovered my passion for interior styling and generally making things look ‘pretty’. Every week my pay cheque – which should have gone towards the rent – went straight back into the shop and I would arrive home on a Saturday night with anything from a Victorian painting, to an Edwardian games table, or even an Eiffel Tower. I kid you not. Slowly my apartment started to look like Christie’s auction house and I realised I was on to something. Friends would come over, questioning if I had a secret offshore bank account funding this furniture addiction. I wish. I carried on this love affair with furniture but decided to get clever, so every weekend I would visit flea markets and antique shops in Brighton looking for bargains which when past this side of the M25 would go up in value. Recently I came home with a pair of French antique chairs which I bought for £120, a week later I was offered £300 for them.

brighton flea market

I’m not telling everyone to go out there and buy old furniture – you know, the kind that you used to look at in your grandparents house with disgust – but I do believe that investing in your home is a great thing. Whether you love modern or vintage style, it’s a great way to prepare for the day when you do own that dream house. If your style changes or you get bored then just sell it on with a pretty much guaranteed profit; it’s amazing what a lick of Farrow & Ball can do. If Modern is your thing then look at talented new interior and product designers such as Tom Dixon with his stunning yet affordable objets, or Merve Kahraman’s must have Diplopia coffee table. These really are stars of the future.

As a lover of all things home and design related I would like to introduce you to this new, rather stylish fortnightly column for So So Gay. Working in interiors I am constantly amazed at the great things that are continuing to happen and evolve within this increasingly popular industry. Investing in your home whether you own or rent needn’t cost a fortune or be a chore. I’m hoping that through these articles I will be able to share with you some great ideas and send you to places that can help you improve your home. Who knew buying a coffee table could be so much fun?

Here are my top picks of places to start your quest into interiors investment, this is like letting someone into my soul by the way.

Snoopers Paradise Brighton

http://vintagebrighton.com/2011/01/snoopers-paradise-documentary/

Wren Home London

http://wrenhome.com/contact/ 

Brighton Flea Market

http://flea-markets.co.uk