Golly gosh did I see a lot of shabby chic and faux antique furniture and homeware products this last week. I visited an area in the Midlands – not my usual stomping ground. I saw stalls holding sales of millions of christmas effects, spray painted in glorious metallic shades. It’s amazing just how many pine cones one can cram into a kilner jar! There were also some famililar household effects that had been repurposed and made to look more vintage than they might be. Coat hangers newly adorned with little lace borders and peg bags with frilly aprons and pleated kilt effect fronts. Families just love going out to local craft fayres and exhibitions. After such a devastating year with lockdowns and lots of restrictions on activity, there seems to be a genuine desire to get back to old fashioned ways. Rather like trying to turn the clock back to our childhood or maybe our grandparents’ era. I have seen a great deal of faux victoriana – heavily adorned trinkets and small pieces of furniture made to reflect the comfortable family parlour setting.