The couple moved into this beautiful house just a few years ago and have spent two years largely gutting the interior, refurbishing and redecorating. They consider the revamp of the house to now be just about complete.
Mike runs a company which supplies fabric to most of the UK’s major sofa manufacturers. He started the business many years ago from a small workshop, importing textiles from China. As a result, he has spent many years in the country, making regular visits to suppliers and factories.
Mike and Sarah had thought carefully about furniture for their revamped home. They both knew the impact a carefully chosen original piece can have on a room, but didn’t want run-of the mill antiques. Whilst they wanted pieces with history, they sought ones with a more eclectic feel, different from the mainstream.
Mike had seen someinteresting antiqueson his visits to China, and looked into the possibility of having some of them shipped over. Before getting to grips with the red tape, bureaucracy and expense involved in shipping antiques from China, Mike thought he’d have a look at what was available in the UK. A simple web search foundShimu, and Mike was surprised and pleased tofind the showroomso close to his own home.
Mike and Sarah have several antique carved tables from Shaanxi province – all are at least 150 years old and have original finish and carvings
Mike and Sarah have skilfully furnished the house with a mix ofantiquesandreproduction pieces. The gorgeousblack lacquer tapered cabinetpictured above is a copy of a traditional style which was common throughout China. Its tapered shape is wonderfully fluid and its doors are set into the frames on wooden dowels, meaning metal hinges are not necessary and adding to its clean and stylish appearance.
The antique sideboard pictured above (see similar) is both beautiful and practical, acting as useful storage in the dining room. Mike and Sarah also have thisreproduction Ming sideboard in black lacquer in their living room, below a flat screen TV, which houses CDs, DVDs and books.
Reproduction Ming sideboard in black lacquer acts as useful living room storage