Top of our list of places to visit this weekend is the Decorative Home and Salvage Fair at Ripley, near Harrogate. It runs from May 16-17 and is a wonderfully refreshing change from high-street homogeny.
There’s everything from antiques and curios to architectural salvage and upcycled furniture. Making its much anticipated debut is the shepherd’s hut built by Kevin Stevens and John Bennett.
I’ve already had a sneak preview and I can tell you that it is a magical space and beautifully constructed using traditional materials and techniques.
Kevin is a conservation architect and owner of Red House Interiors in Bedale, which is a treasure trove of vintage homeware. John is a Dales-based builder with an interest in heritage crafts.
The hut is true to its rustic roots and has an oak chassis, timber body and a galvanised tin roof. Kevin’s love of vintage is evident and adds to the authenticity of this fabulous hideaway. The walls of the hut are covered in pages from Victorian and Edwardian agricultural books and magazines, including Farm, Field and Fireside. The bed base is made with mahogany drawers from a Georgian bureau, the curtains are fashioned from old flour sacks and the rug is made from potato sacks.
The huts retail at £8,500 and I am adding one to my wish-list as it will look perfect next to my longed-for cottage in the Dales.
*Tickets for the show are £5 per person, children go free. For more details visit www.asfairs.com. For details about the shepherd’s hut contact Kevin and Janet at Red House Interiors www.redhousebedale.co.uk