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Transform your home with decorative antiques

PUBLISHED: 12:58 18 December 2013 | UPDATED: 12:58 18 December 2013

Andrew Purchase in his decorative warehouse and showroom at Chatham Historic Dockyard

Andrew Purchase in his decorative warehouse and showroom at Chatham Historic Dockyard

Manu Palomeque

Kent experts show you how to mix vintage with contemporary and antiques with high-end designer pieces

There was a time when if you were a fan of antiques and wanted to furnish your home accordingly, then more than likely your home would end up looking like an antique shop, filled full of well-constructed, expensive items that would hold their value over time.

And these items needn’t necessarily be part of a decorative scheme. To a modern readership, one conditioned to the idea that a home and the rooms within it should be decorated thematically, this might sound counter-intuitive.

But a generation ago the world of antiques, and the people who regularly supplied it with custom, felt differently. Back then, antiques were about value 
and not necessarily about decoration.

Over the past 30 years this has begun 
to change. Decorative antiques, those purchased principally for their decorative quality, now represent the fastest growing sector of the antique market.

Often cheaper than traditional antiques and broader in their scope (stretching both the definition of what can be classified as an ‘antique’ and the eras from which they come from), the decorative market has enabled new people to come into the 
trade and brought the world of antiques 
to a much wider audience.

Here in Kent we have a variety of people who have either chosen to specialise in 
this market or who have attempted to fuse it with the traditional trade. Three of them have taken the time to tell you what they love about this growing market.

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