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Norwich goes retro for interiors

PUBLISHED: 12:05 12 November 2010

Norwich girl Amber Seamons paints and restores retro furniture and is opening a retro furniture shop on St Benedict's to sell her pieces and other vintage furniture and accessories.

Norwich girl Amber Seamons paints and restores retro furniture and is opening a retro furniture shop on St Benedict's to sell her pieces and other vintage furniture and accessories.

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Vintage fashion has taken the city by storm this year and now the shops are going retro crazy when it comes to interiors, says Emma Harrowing.

Since Glory Days opened on Wensum Street the Life Matters team has been craving vintage products for the home that are reminiscent of our childhood.

And it seems that the shops are listening to our whimsical cries, as many are stocking retro style products for the home.

Remember those reactive mugs that gradually changed colour as you poured hot water in? They’re back as part of designer John Rocha’s collection in Debenhams. The 1950s sideboard that provided a home for the best china or the vinyl records of Little Richard, Buddy Holly or Jerry Lee Lewis and was always a main feature in every 50s and 60s home has also made a comeback (John Lewis has a gorgeous one), as have 70s Formica tables that came in an array of different colours (check out the range at The Perfect Pad on Lower Goat Lane).

And, of course, the queen of retro inspired home accessories on the high street Habitat continues to feed our cravings for all things vintage.

We love the 70s inspired Panda fondue set and Fitz coloured glass table lamp in orange.

Today a new shop is opening on St Benedict’s that has already set our retro fashion pulses racing. Aunty Nana’s, owned by Norwich girl Amber Seamons, will sell original and reproduced vintage furniture and accessories.

The shop is set out in room sets which reflect a certain era, for example there will be a 50s kitchen, a vintage children’s bedroom and a retro lounge. All of the pieces for sale have either been made, painted or reproduced by Amber or have been made by local designers and are what Amber calls ‘new vintage pieces’.

“From the moment you walk into the shop I want it to feel like you have stepped back in time,” says Amber. “All of the pieces are vintage or are made to look vintage, and everything from the furniture down to the greetings cards have been produced and designed by local artists. It’s a real mix of old and new.

“I’ve scoured markets, fairs and even my nan’s loft to find original, good quality pieces that I have treated for woodworm and painted in 50s pastel shades.

“There is something for everyone and everything is priced under £200.

“Most items are one-offs and so the items that are in the shop will keep changing each week.”

Life Matters loves: 1950s glass drinks cabinet, £85; Cushions made from vintage Sanderson fabric, £18 each and dog draught excluder, £24.95; 1960s rabbit eggcups, £15 for set of four; Polka dot chicken doorstop, £12.95.

Aunty Nana’s is holding an official opening on November 12 and 13. Pop down and join in the vintage fun as there will be 50s themed drinks, vintage lemonade and free beauty treatments. Aunty Nana’s is at 20 St Benedict’s.

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