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Art lecturer, MA student and mother of two, Sophie, set up online store Stone & Sage at the end of 2018.
Stone & Sage stocks pre-loved British homeware and interiors, sourced in Suffolk and delivered straight to your door.
Sophie’s fascination with vintage items originally came from her grandmother and she had been collecting pieces for over 10 years ready for the right time to launch Stone & Sage.
She had been talking about her idea for a number of years, but with full time work and two young children, it wasn’t until late last year that Sophie decided to go for it and start a new chapter of her life.
“I was sick of hearing my voice saying ‘I could do it’ and so I thought, let’s just go for it!” explained Sophie, “I treat life as a book and each chapter could be a decade, or a month, but there’s always another chapter. With my nan’s passing, it made me realise that life is too short.”
Sophie sources the items for Stone & Sage by scouring antique shops and bric-a-brac stalls.
“I’m interested in finding the most quirky and original pieces. My main ethos is never to buy something new – one man’s junk is another man’s treasure,” said Sophie.
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After a lovely chat over a cuppa at Guat’s Up in Bury St Edmunds, Sophie explained to me how we can stay up to date with spring homeware trends, without resorting to buying new.
I think many of us are looking at ways we can reduce the amount of new things we buy – but still want to update our homes for the season. Buying vintage items can renew our own interior designs, without causing more waste.
Top spring homeware trends
Stoneware items are always popular in country themed homes, but this spring they are having a universal appeal due to their versatility.
“Stoneware is so popular and very versatile. It was originally used for storing milk, beer, cider, meats and culturing cheeses, but they are now often used as vases or decorative pieces,” revealed Sophie.
Crochet & Vintage Fabrics
Crochet has filtered down from the catwalks this season and is now reappearing in the home. This could be due to the ‘70s trend or a nostalgic turn during the uncertain political climate.
Sophie has a gorgeous floral crochet doily on the Stone & Sage website and she also stocks a number of vintage fabrics; “I’ve managed to find some ‘70s printed fabrics and there were some gorgeous ditsy florals. People are now shopping in charity shops to find fabric to make their own items, such as curtains and table cloths.”
Florals are always a big part of the springtime trends, but this year Sophie has predicted that we’ll continue to see lots of botanicals and also hand painted florals.
Yellow is a top trend for spring. In previous years we have seen lots of mustard tones in both fashion and interiors, but this year a brighter, sunnier shade of yellow is taking over.
“I love a bit of yellow glassware,” said Sophie, “I think a lot of people are quite scared to use colour in their home. In the ‘70s, everything was orange, yellow and had big, bold patterns, but since then interior schemes have become grey and neutral. Now that the ‘70s is back in favour, people are starting to use colour again. Yellow is a key shade that I’m looking for and I’m excited when I find something for the shop.”
Butterfly motifs and prints will be popular this spring and summer season. “People often associate butterflies with a connection to a loved one,” explained Sophie. Expect to find illustrations, prints and even vintage taxidermy butterflies this spring.
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