an ideal find: antiques buyers Jo and Michael Saffell’s bathtub domestic

When relocating to tub, antiques dealers Jo and Michael Saffell weren’t just after a length domestic – they had been additionally trying to find a place with a in a position-made store below, now crammed with their collections of tough-to-come through British tins

The sitting room features an overmantel mirror that the couple bought at an auction in Plymouth. The inherited club chair has a throw from the Biggest Blanket Company. An Edwardian brass coal box and fender complements the unusual Regency fire guard



It’s fair to assert that antiques run in Jo Saffell’s family. Her father, brother, sister, aunt and one of her cousins had been all antiques purchasers and she and husband Michael had been in the company because 1975. at first, the couple had a store in Plymouth with Jo’s sister but Michael found himself increasingly returning to tub, the place he had been a student, to promote his inventory on the exquisite Western Antiques Centre. ‘We both admired the structure and the beauty of the stone’, says Michael. deciding they’d are attempting and purchase a standard Georgian house in the metropolis was one thing nonetheless it additionally crucial to have a shop on the floor flooring, a family-sized space above and fit the couple’s price range.

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The decorative balcony of Jo and Michael's shop still has its iron fittings where meat and game was hung from poles during its time as a butchers.
The decorative balcony of Jo and Michael’s shop nonetheless has its iron fittings where meat and video game was hung from poles during its time as a butchers.
The blue, white and orange china on top of the dresser is ‘Fantasy’ by Barker Bros. The blue-and-white plates are marked ‘Turners patent’ and are quite rare. The collection of peel boards makes a striking display on the wall above
The blue, white and orange china on correct of the dresser is ‘fantasy’ by way of Barker Bros. The blue-and-white plates are marked ‘Turners patent’ and are quite rare. The assortment of peel boards makes a dazzling reveal on the wall above.

The residence they discovered 33 years ago appeared most effective: just 10 minutes from the city centre, generally untouched and, seriously, it protected a store, which had been a butchers since the early 1800s, when most of the road-stage rooms had been became into retail outlets. The 1970s ‘old woman’ wallpaper may be eliminated and concepts for restoration had been excitedly discussed. What became no longer evident became the proven fact that the condo turned into leaning towards its neighbour and essential critical propping up. ‘Our surveyor outlined there were just a few problems with this place but we went ahead with the purchase,’ says Jo. That difficulty required the interiors to be stripped out and it took the couple 10 years to variety out the criminal features.

n the kitchen, Jo uses antique tin jugs (c1905) as flower containers.
within the kitchen, Jo uses vintage tin jugs (c1905) as flower containers.
An Ikea candle chandelier has been embellished with an old brass chain and faceted glass discs bought at the Birmingham Rag Market
An Ikea candle chandelier has been embellished with an historical brass chain and faceted glass discs purchased on the Birmingham Rag Market.

When the restoration work began, with help from a historical structures provide, Michael and Jo decided to hold as a whole lot of the duration detailing as possible – from sections of mouldings
and the butcher’s store iron hooks on the exterior to marble slabs, which at the moment are counter tops within the kitchen.

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The living room, once part of a shop, has windows onto the street. The rug is a traditional Tuareg design made from straw and leather; the yellow chair is a prototype made by Camille. Camille uses picture ledges so that she can swap around displays easily.

whereas the butcher’s store previously took up the entire floor flooring, Michael has managed to contain the store, which specialise in old decorative tins of every model conceivable, to the front. The couple’s brilliant kitchen is at the back of with awesome views over the backyard. Painted in Farrow and Ball’s ‘Dorset Cream’, it comprises unfitted, painted furniture with do-it-yourself open cabinets, a large ceramic sink, historical tins nevertheless in use and Victorian printed show playing cards and product labels. ‘The gentle is superb all year no remember what the climate,’ says Michael, ‘and having open vistas over the river is a good bonus’.

Jo and Michael’s collection of Huntley & Palmers oriental-style biscuit tins in their living room dates from the 1890s to 1908.
Jo and Michael’s collection of Huntley & Palmers oriental-trend biscuit tins of their front room dates from the Eighteen Nineties to 1908.
The sitting room features an overmantel mirror that the couple bought at an auction in Plymouth. The inherited club chair has a throw from the Biggest Blanket Company. An Edwardian brass coal box and fender complements the unusual Regency fire guard
The sitting room elements an overmantel replicate that the couple bought at an public sale in Plymouth. The inherited club chair has a throw from the largest Blanket business. An Edwardian brass coal field and fender complements the unusual Regency fire guard.

When it came to decoration, Jo and Michael have tried to replicate the period of the condo by using tender natural paint colorations. not handiest is Michael a educated antiques skilled however he is a skilled wood worker and decorator, too. He constructed the bed room cabinets and headboard, painting them and the walls to resemble ancient stone and more desirable the sitting room hearth with a marbling impact.

youngsters the couple started to concentrate on antique tins after relocating to bath, the collections in their home are vast. right through the apartment are humorous enamel signals from a bygone age. One reads, ‘No climbing on the railings by patients or group of workers.’ ‘they come from all sorts of sources, from hospitals to chemists,’ says Michael. The couple have a option for craftsmanship and issues with a narrative. ‘Most of our possessions have been with us for a very long time,’ says Michael. ‘all the historic china is used every day and there is nothing precious about the old furnishings.’ On the kitchen wall is a screen of wooden peels (p113). These are boards with handles that were once known for casting off baked objects corresponding to bread from the oven. The Saffell’s collection is in general early to mid 19th century and fabricated from pine, sycamore, elm and fruitwood. 

Hanging above a chest of drawers in the bedroom is a 1924 hand-tinted photograph of a young girl posed against a dreamy wooded landscape. ‘I bought it about 35 years ago for its charm and lovely frame,’ says Michael
striking above a chest of drawers within the bedroom is a 1924 hand-tinted image of a younger lady posed in opposition t a dreamy wooded panorama. ‘I bought it about 35 years ago for its charm and beautiful body,’ says Michael.

Of path, there are also some very decorative tins which have escaped the store in facts around the home, too. ‘We should be fairly disciplined. there are occasions when issues may additionally sneak in for a short time…’ says Michael with a smile. 

discover greater about Michael and Jo’s store at michaelsaffell.com

Michael made the bedhead to match the pair of cupboards opposite. An indigo Indian kantha throw from Egg in London is teamed with a sage cashmere blanket, adding a cosy touch to the bed
Michael made the bedhead to suit the pair of cabinets opposite. An indigo Indian kantha throw from Egg in London is teamed with a sage cashmere blanket, adding a comfy contact to the mattress.
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feature: Joanna Thornycroft
images: Andreas von Einsiedel