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Published 6th June 2014
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A vintage look for your home is easy to achieve in Greenwich, with a number of shops specialising in antique, up-cycled and one-off pieces
You might be forgiven for not having ventured into The Junk Shop on Greenwich South Street. With its cacophony of ageing bric-a-brac spilling out onto the street, it looks hard to get in. It seems as though it’s been untouched since the mid-sixties, when this little antiques shop was first established, with its yellowing, faded sign. But these are, of course, the very reasons to spend some time exploring; you'll be rewarded for being patient and having a good root around. The shop specialises in furniture, glass, porcelain, china, silverware, prints and pictures (sometimes very creepy). You're also likely to dig out nautical memorabilia, old phonograph records, antique books and other bits and pieces like brass knockers, doorknobs and enamel signs. This is the perfect place to find a one-off treasure for your home.
Celebrating and embracing Greenwich and Britain’s historical and cultural impact, Warwick Leadlay Gallery is tucked away in Nelson Arcade off the Market. The Map Room contains a cornucopia of maps from every age and era, specialising in those from the Greenwich area, so you can keep it local; there’s also a huge assortment of curios, contemporary prints, bronze statues and books. You’ll also notice an emphasis on nautical and seafaring images and artefacts, which will keep you salty dogs… well, salty.
When giving your home a vintage look, it’s not all about the furniture and accessories. Pickwick Papers & Fabrics on Nelson Road will help get some of the basics just right with their useful and good-looking interiors products – including traditional wallpaper with vintage floral and textured prints, a huge selection of fabrics available by the metre for all your upholstering needs, and made to measure curtains and blinds.
Sitting pretty on College Approach, Cedarlia is a haven of French-Nordic style, with handmade decorative items. The displays look like something out of the brochure for your dream French-Nordic home, if that’s the sort of thing you dream about: all lavender-lilac colours and thinning Elephant’s Breath. Every piece feels earthy, natural, and unique – and it’s surprisingly affordable. If you’re going for a country-chic look, this is a great shop to start with, and you’re bound to come away with something striking, be it a distressed cabinet or smaller accessories.