Over the last few months, I have been guilty of wasting the odd hour here and there planning my dream house on Pinterest. With my fantasy pot of never-ending money I’ve repinned vast kitchens with atrium style roofs and sumptuous bathrooms with copper baths. However, a recent trip to Andy Thornton’s Victoria Mill in Halifax beat Pinterest hands down as I wondered around decorating my dream house.
Now, I’m not sure if I’ll ever find a need for a life-size elephant or soldier in my new house but I’ll know exactly where to go if I do.
However, the 14 seat dining room table we found was pretty special as were the antique radiators, dressmaker’s cabinets, bars and (my personal favourite) an old butcher’s block.
The former textile mill has over 60,000 sq ft of reclaimed and antique furniture. From their previous home in churches or grand houses, the items are bought back and individually priced before going out on sale. It was quite sad to walk past row upon row of unwanted church pews and lecterns but hopefully they’ll all find a new home soon.
There wasn’t very much that would actually fit into the new house but it was great to wander around and I’ll definitely keep the front doors and box pews that I saw in mind when we get round to adding the finishing touches.
While I wouldn’t recommend going to the mill with a specific shopping list, there are some real treasures waiting to be uncovered. On this occasion, the poor weather stopped us from heading outside to the garden section but we’ll just have to save that for next time.