Antiques for your Garden

Garden antiques are a very versatile way of adding direction, focus, drama and charm to you garden.  Use them however you like, they always add visual value!  Be it in a traditional garden where beautiful antique jardinières full of flowering plants and shrubs draw the eye across a large space, or in a patio where a sculptural water feature may add definition and focus to a smaller space.

At Angela George Antiques there is a good variety of garden antiques that will enhance your outside space.  Some have a practical use, as well as being visually stunning, such as large antique copper planters, which are ideal for planting shrubs and even bay trees.  Alternatively there is a good collection of antique garden ornaments, such as gnomes, stone dogs and frogs which add a whimsical light hearted and cosy feeling to your garden.

For so many of us our gardens and terraces have now become an extension of our living space, the area where we spend much of our recreational time during the warmer weather.  They are ideal for entertaining friends and hosting meals during the summer and into autumn.  It is therefore not surprising that there is always interest in my decorative garden antiques as well as antique garden furniture, which needs to be both appealing to look at and practical to use, for example, antique garden tables and benches are always in demand, throughout the year.

Why not take a minute to visit Angela George Antiques and start planning your next activity in the garden!

Antique Linens

  • Antique linens French antique monogrammed tea towels

So many beautiful items spring to mind at the mention of the word ‘antique’, be it fine eighteenth and nineteenth century English and French antique furniture, vintage and decorative antiques, even old garden furniture now has its place in this eclectic group, but we must not forget antique textiles!  Indeed at the moment, they are far from forgotten, with a continuing resurgence in their popularity, use and desirability.

Antique linens are particularly in demand at present, their flexibility means they suit so many interiors and have a wide ranging appeal, be it thick linen embroidered cream or white napkins resting happily on beautiful antique dining tables or in modern homes, where linen tea towels add rustic charm to even the most mundane of jobs!

Today we value sustainability and antique linens are not only practical but they also help our carbon footprint.   Sometimes they have been recycled and may have old hand sewn repairs, which are now admired and respected, showing the love and care taken to preserve these beautiful antique textiles by previous generations.  At Angela George Antiques any repairs are always listed in the item description.  For generations antique French linen has been grown in a natural and sustainable way, with French farmers using very little water and fertilizers to grow their flax plants, due to the cool and wet weather conditions in Northern coastal France, where linen production has historically thrived.  Even when linen cloth comes to the end of its lifespan it is biodegradable.

The climate also gives French linen its fantastic strength and durability.  In the past, particularly in the northern coastal areas of France flax plants were able to grow to their natural length, and not become broken and weakened before reaching maturation, which gave French linen the extra strength for which it is still so admired today.  So much so that it is now popular to use antique linen for upholstery, especially on footstools or French antique armchairs, adding a contemporary twist to typical antique chairs.  Long may antique linen continue to be valued and used!

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