The Original Organic | New Interior Arrivals

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We’re all seeking to strengthen our connection with nature. This has undoubtedly contributed to a resurgence in incorporating natural, organic materials into our home decor. Think stoneware, wood, clay and jute and being... READ MORE

Scaramanga Vintage Jubilee Party Table

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Looking for some vintage Jubilee party table inspiration? Scaramanga brings you ideas for classic vintage street or garden parties. Overall, we’ve gone for an eclectically styled vintage Jubilee party table. Any table setting... READ MORE

How to create and style a Vintage Kitchen

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How to create and style a vintage kitchen. One of our biggest and most exciting projects has been to design and fit an entire retro-inspired vintage kitchen with free-standing cupboards and cabinets for... READ MORE

The Original Organic | New Interior Arrivals

We’re all seeking to strengthen our connection with nature. This has undoubtedly contributed to a resurgence in incorporating natural, organic materials into our home decor. Think stoneware, wood, clay and jute and being used across the board – from backsplashes to bathtubs, furniture and decorative objects. The raw, porous and imperfect nature of these organic materials adds depth and visual intrigue to your space, all whilst mimicking the calming, restorative ambiance of the outdoors.

Our Original Organic Interiors set is inspired by our desire to reconnect with the earth by bringing natural materials into our homes.
Our Original Organic interiors set is inspired by a desire to reconnect with the earth by bringing natural materials into our homes.

Sustainable Statement Storage

One of our most unique and eye-catching vintage finds in our new interiors collection is this ornately decorated Antique Rajasthani Damchiya Sideboard. With its outstanding craftsmanship and exotic style, this impressive organic piece of hand-restored history has travelled through time! Composed of original teak hardwood, this is a storage cabinet that will add depth and warmth to your space and, most importantly, never go out of style. The longevity of our pieces is so important to us (it’s why we ensure each piece is expertly hand-restored to the highest standard!), so rest assured this statement piece will go the distance with many decades of life having been injected back into it!

This impressively ornate Antique Rajasthani Damchiya Sideboard will add depth and warmth to a nature-inspired space.

Another just launched, one-of-a-kind storage option is our Large Wooden White Pitari Chest. The organic, shabby chic charm of this functional piece will add a splash of the rustic to any space. We love the way the original heavy teak wood and metal trimmings are exposed by the distressed paint covering. The natural and gentle ageing of time-worn pieces such as this Pitari chest evokes the concept of nature reclaiming earthly materials. The traditional restoration undertaken by our craftsmen has frozen the ageing of this historic piece in time; providing us with a snapshot of the rich life of the chest. Effortlessly add character and functionality to your home with this fine example of organic, shabby chic mastery.

The shabby chic charm of our Large Wooden White Pitari Chest will add a splash of rustic originality to any space.

Original Architectural Salvage

Some of our most intriguing organic pieces can be found within our architectural salvage collection, recently updated with brand new arrivals for Summer 2022! Why not consider this gorgeous set of old colourful Brown and Yellow Antique Doors? Their natural wooden composition will add a hint of the organic to your patio or living room.

Make a statement with in your home or garden with these salvaged Brown and Yellow Double Doors.

For an even more colourful option, we recommend our Vintage Carriage Shuttered Window. Ethically sourced from Rajasthan, these wonderfully pre-loved windows have been salvaged from an abandoned railway carriage. The gently aged surface and distressed original paint will immediately add organic, shabby chic charm to any room in your home.

Add a splash of colour to your interiors with this sustainable salvaged Vintage Carriage Shuttered Window.

Organic Inside & Out

In the market for something smaller? We have an eclectic selection of finishing touches, with just as much rustic appeal as our big statement pieces! Not only would these accents look great in a natural home, they would also perfectly compliment an organic garden space! These Vintage Wooden Trays are the perfect place to house your collection of seedlings and tiny succulents! Handmade, rustic and pre-loved, these old solid hard wooden trays were once used in rural Northern India. Secure one of your own today and add depth to any room with this original storage option.

House your summer seedlings in style with one of our original Vintage Wooden Trays.

Create a striking feature with height using one of our handmade decorative Iron Pot Display Stands, complete with 9 mini terracotta pots. This stand can be hung or placed on a flat surface and is perfect for cacti, succulents and other small house plants. Not only would this piece provide a natural nod to the organic within your home, it would also add depth to your abundant greenhouse or make a striking table centre piece when dining al fresco!

Why not use our Iron Pot Display Stand as a charming table centre piece when dining al fresco?

Reconnect with the natural world from the comfort of home with organic interiors from Scaramanga. Our carefully curated collections make it easy for you to incorporate sustainable, handmade and vintage pieces into your interior landscape. You can embrace rustic living with our just launched Original Organic collection, but why stop there? Our warehouse is bursting with unique finds!

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Scaramanga Vintage Jubilee Party Table

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Looking for some vintage Jubilee party table inspiration? Scaramanga brings you ideas for classic vintage street or garden parties. Overall, we’ve gone for an eclectically styled vintage Jubilee party table. Any table setting starts with an old or vintage table and chairs. The size does not matter; a small bistro table for 2 or a long narrow Ockoberfest beer table and complimentary benches both work well.

We set our table on one of our natural wooden tables, but we have a wide selection sizes, colours and styles. You don’t really need a  tablecloth, but if you did you could choose a white tablecloth or something with a decorative pattern. We left our table bare, we didn’t want to cover the lovely textured old wood and bare metal.

We set the old white enamel plates, cutlery and Indian tea glasses for the basic place settings. We used stoneware and textured wood on our table. Our small and large vintage stone coasters make perfect platters for serving smaller selections of treats. Our wooden placemats with their thick deep carved tops are ideal for piles of yummy cakes and sandwiches. We displayed classic jam sandwich biscuits and small sponge and cream cupcakes on ours.

Strawberries were served in vintage solid brass bowls – previously used in India for serving curries. No party table is complete without bowls of tasty crisps. The wooden bowls we used were Carl’s from a previous trip to southern Africa. Try our old iron bowls for an alternative.

Although there’s a clear use of bare and natural wood and stone a vintage party table would be complete without a nod to vintage tea sets. We used vintage floral-patterned side-plates to serve chocolate fingers and Tunnocks teacakes. When you serve tea for your family and guests nothing but fine bone china will do! Of course, mismatched cups, saucers and plates are perfectly OK. In fact, preferred!

While the table is not huge we were still able to add a bunch of red, pink and white flowers in an old enamel coffee jug. If space doesn’t allow a jug of flowers use small glasses tiny bunches of wildflowers or small potted plants from the house.

There was another reason we set up the table under a tree. Not only does it provide shade (we didn’t want all those cakes and chocolate biscuits to melt!) we used it to hang our vintage style Jubilee bunting. We bought 10m and it could have hung right around the table.

Other items of on vintage garden table include an Indian tea glass holder. These were previously used by chai wallahs (tea-sellers) for carrying tea to customers at roadside tea houses. They fit our chai glasses perfectly. Our glasses really can be used for tea, lemonade, wine, beer … absolutely anything. The jug of homemade lemonade is served in a 1960s patterned glass jug.

You can decorate your table and area with vintage storm lanterns filled with strings of led lights, plants in large terracotta pots and as we have plants in repurposed buckets and fire bucket planters.

We hope our vintage Jubilee party table has given you some inspiration for your table. See more of our original vintage table and outdoor furniture decoration ideas on our website.

Where to get your accessories:

Scaramanga (naturally)

Fine bone china – your granny

Union jack bunting – The Cotton Bunting Company

Small house plants – Morrisons – £1.50 each. Pots from Scaramanga’s Kolkata hand thrown pots.

Union Jack napkins and mini cocktail stick flags – Asda

Learn How To Restore A Vintage Table The Scaramanga Way

How to restore a vintage table is part of a series of step-by-step guides showing how we bring our furniture back to life without losing character and charm. We started buying these old and vintage tables about 8 years ago. We started with just 10 and this year we will buy and sell over 400. They’re incredibly flexible and versatile. They can go through a long and comprehensive restoration process to prepare them for use for another 30 years. We will tell you a little about their history, how they are restored and how they can be used around your home.

We only use expert vintage table restorers

They’re very strong and sturdy, incredibly flexible, versatile and can be set up in seconds. This style of vintage table usually has an iron frame and legs. A top or legs and top made from tropical hardwood. Other styles include wooden legs and top. They’re built more for function than good looks, but because they have been used so man times, they develop a unique character of their own. They’ve usually been painted several times and older layers of paint and the dark hardwood are often exposed. The big domed bolts and washers used to secure the wooden tops and tubular steel frame give this vintage table an industrial look and feel.

This style of vintage table was originally used as indian wedding tables. Seen here dressed beautifully in bright pink and orange colours.

Vintage Table History

Originally these vintage table’s are used as wedding guest dining tables. An Indian wedding will often have more than 500 and sometimes 2,000 guests, who over several days are treated to an amazing feast of Indian curries and traditional dishes as they celebrate the bride and grooms nuptials. These tables are usually covered with a decorative table cloth and then seat 4-6 guests.

Often called ‘tent tables’ across northwestern India, they are used repeatedly during the Indian wedding seasons. Traditionally Rajasthani weddings would have been held in brightly decorated decorated tents – to keep the desert dust and searing sun off the guests. The Indian bride, groom and their parents will look for auspicious dates in the Hindu calendar. January, February and May are usually the months with the most dates, which means in Rajasthan larger cities like Jodhpur, Jaipur and Udaipur will see hundreds of weddings taking place on the same days.

An beautiful example of how this style of vintage table can be dressed for an indian wedding

We buy them their original very well used condition and spend around 2-4 hours restoring each table. Each batch of tables is different. A batch could number 10 or 150. Over the years the are hired out for wedding events they really do take on their own character. They will be painted and repainted every few years, over time the older layers of paint make come through. The wedding hire table owners will add their name and contact details on the tables. Some will need minimal restoration work and other substantial work to bring them back to life. We aim to retain their original patina and character. So we don’t strip off the old paint, sand down uneven edges or even fill the gaps between the planks.

Vintage table prior to being restored

Restoring A Vintage Table

Here is a step by step guide to how expert blacksmiths and carpenters restore old wooden tables. Below you will see how we buy the tables: rusty, damaged and in need of some serious expert restoration. Sometimes we need to repair damaged wood. We took one table and spent 4 hours painstakingly restoring it. It gets taken from a rusty grubby table to a piece that’s going last for at least another 20 years.

Metal framed vintage table in its 'found' condition before our expert artisans have restored it
This is a metal-framed table with a wooden top in it’s ‘found’ condition

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Rusted iron table as we find them in Rajasthan, India

The condition of some of these vintage tables can be pretty poor before we restore them
This is how many of our tables look before we start the restoration. You might be able to see bad / perished wood along the edge that will need to be replaced

Smaller damaged wooden sections are cut out and a similarly sized and coloured replacement is added. Sometimes an entire length of a plank needs to be replaced using old parts of other tables. Of course it’s not a perfect replacement, but that’s how the tables would have been maintained during their life and in no time at all with use and wear and the replacement section will blend into the rest of the table. Where there’s significant corrosion we’ll remove the worst with sandpaper.

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We have removed the top because the frame was damaged and the left edge needs to be removed and replaced with reclaimed wood.

Often we’ll remove all the wooden panels and Sankar, who comes from a long line of traditional Rajasthani blacksmiths, will repair the frame and legs which can become twisted and the folding legs may be wobbly. Where we’ve removed the top to repair the frame, we’ll check the wood before we replace the top. We use bolts and nuts to secure the top. The wood used for the tabletops is

beating the iron work back in to proper position on a vintage table

Our carpenter has replaced the perished wood with reclaimed wood and is sanding it down
Our carpenter has replaced the perished wood with reclaimed wood and is sanding it down

Expert Restorers Sankar can be seen here fixing the vintage table top back into place
Rajasthani blacksmith Sankar reattached the tabletop to the frame

Securing the vintage table top back into place on the iron frame
Chunky bolts are used to attach the repaired top to the repaired iron frame

Restored vintage table back in working order
The top is now been secured to the frame

Years and years of use have given the top an original time-worn finish.

This vintage table has had the top sanded and oiled to remove the dirt and give it a nice smooth surface for dining
The final stage is to sand the top and the frame to remove rust and give a smoother surface. Then use a polish to nourish the old wood

The penultimate stage involves washing the tables to remove dirt and grime. We finish off with a few drops of oil for the folding legs’ joints and several layers of polish to nourish and revive the old wood and prevent corrosion. Our vintage metal tables are now ready.

Once finished our tables retain their original old and well-used character

Where To Use An Old Tables

The folding tables can be used as an industrial style dining table, office desks (Carl has one in his office), outdoors / /patio dining table, a large number of them can be lowered to a height that allows them to be used by wedding guests sitting crossed legged, making them perfect as coffee tables too. Being folding tables means they are very useful where space might be a challenge.

A Vintage table would make the perfect garden table

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For an eclectic look pair the table with mismatched dining chairs – mid century, vintage and antique chairs in different colours. For an industrial style try Remploy plywood chairs or Tolix style chairs. WE thnk any atyle would work with these tables.

Use a folding table as a home office desk. When not in used for working, take it outside.

Old tables can be used as a desk for working at home or in an industrial influenced office. They can be easily moved. No toolbox and complicated instructions needed. Of course, they are at home in a kitchen or dining room. See Scaramanga’s full range of old and vintage dining tables we have many in stock.

How to create and style a Vintage Kitchen

How to create and style a Vintage Kitchen

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How to create and style a vintage kitchen. One of our biggest and most exciting projects has been to design and fit an entire retro-inspired vintage kitchen with free-standing cupboards and cabinets for our founder and director Carl and his family.

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A Vintage Kitchen Living Space With Character & Style

They bought the house in 2014 and the entire house renovation was a major project. The most important room for them was always going to be the kitchen. Carl and Emma wanted colour and character infused into their kitchen, as well as wanting the kitchen to reflect their eclectic interior style. A vintage kitchen was a must. So having free standing kitchen cupboards, cabinets and units was going to be the best solution.  Both love traveling and wanted the kitchen to reflect the wonderful places and amazing places they have visited together. Before we could start, the old 1980’s old green kitchen was completely removed along with a 1970’ss Raeburn that was used to heat the house was removed with all the kitchen cupboard units, the entire room was rewired and plumbed and the walls and ceiling plastered. The wall between the old kitchen and the front reception room was removed to create a large open-plan family kitchen diner. They were left with an empty room.

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The kitchen is no longer the place for just preparing food, but more, kitchens are likely to be the real heart of a home and this was certainly going to be Carl and Emma’s plan. They wanted this kitchen living space to incorporate dining, entertaining, cooking, working and a place for the kids to play, as they knew they would spend most of their time there.

Naturally they chose original vintage kitchen cupboards and cabinets from Scaramanga and they wanted an original old Belfast sink and brass mixer taps. The cupboard below the sink was custom made by Chris at Claws Joinery, using five small antique doors reclaimed from antique Indian windows.

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Carl and Emma bought an antique extending French oak table from a local antique dealer at Pine Lodge Auctions, in Fife. The two industrial benches were repurposed from old wire mesh lockers, by commissioning a local blacksmith to make an iron frame with legs – Scaramanga have several industrial benches available.

Carl and Emma loved the old free-standing larders that would been very common before the 1960s in most kitchens and two brightly coloured armoires were used to store plates, bowls and mugs and dry foods.

Carl’s Top Tips for planning a vintage kitchen

1. Do your research and decide what works for you in the kitchen and what’s a must in a vintage kitchen. Avoid fitting a kitchen with all the latest trends, unless you plan to update your kitchen every few years as it could look out of date quite quickly. And do not be afraid to use the services of an interior designer for inspiration and help sourcing either fixtures, fittings, wall-coverings and more! An interior designer does not have to cost a lot and will often make suggestions and find ways you would not have done on your own. Many will also have good contacts for buying fixtures and fittings, often at discounted rates.

We removed everything from the old kitchen as part of the process of installing new pipework for plumbing / electrical wiring, restoring the stone floor.

2. Do not be afraid to try something different. If you like colour, then go with all different colours, like all the different cupboards in Carl and Emma’s kitchen, you’ll see different colours, heights, depths and widths, as well.  You may remember from a previous blog, the best advice is ‘buy what you love, and make it work’.  They chose 2 striking vintage armoires , which are usually better suited to a bedroom, but in the spirit of eclectic style, they tried them in the kitchen and loved them for storing plates, bowls, mugs and glasses. Now, they cannot image their kitchen without them!

3. If your budget allows get as much help and assistance as you can. Use recommended tradespeople and consider using an interior designer. They aren’t as expensive as many people think and are vital for sourcing hard to find items and often are able to negotiate discounts with shops and stores. Bonus!

4. It’s all about size. If space is tight, use compact cupboards and cabinets designed to save those valuable inches and still give an open airy feeling. A sleek, uncluttered look will increase the sense of space. Tall and wide wall cabinets and hidden storage will keep the floor area clear. Slim-line tall cabinets will allow you to store more, but take up space.

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5. Think about which style you would like: vintage, modern, classic country or an eclectic style.  Do not rush into starting. Look online with style publications, stores, blogs and Pinterest, Insta, as well as interiors and lifestyle magazines. Start a Pinterest or mood board. Visit stores and showrooms to give you an idea of their size and when it comes to buying, many retailers will match online sellers.

6. Work out the best location for kitchen essentials like: sink, fridge, cooker, radiators, this then gives you the available space for storage and work-surfaces. Use scaled drawings and mark their positions on the floor and imagine how you can move, work and live with objects marked out.

The top of this old kitchen cupboard makes an ideal work surface
The top of this old kitchen cupboard makes an ideal work surface

7. Be prepared to lose space as a free-standing kitchen will mean that you will not have wall-to-wall cupboards using every inch of space. So look to keep less frequently used kitchenware out of the kitchen. This may mean extra pots and pans sets and unused wedding dinner sets and bread-makers are stored somewhere else. They have their dishwasher in another room! But sometimes less is more. Look to keep less used items in another room / space. A freestanding larder cupboard could be set up in a utility room as an overflow.

beautiful blue and green free standing kitchen cabinet

Get The Eclectic Vintage Kitchen Look

Antique and vintage free standing cabinets and units give a more lived-in appeal, which is enhanced by exposed or a faded paint finish. Open shelves and glass wall mounted cabinets may bring the kitchen to life by showing a more personal side to your life. Critically, good organisation is key to a comfortable kitchen space. So maximise storage space and design the kitchen to specific needs. If space really does not allow free-standing units then try a mixture of free-standing with fitted units. So if you are unable to buy a cupboard or cabinet to fit a specific space consider having it custom made using reclaimed wood or repurposed furniture.

Green kitchen wall rack

Shabby Chic kitchen wall rack

Distinctive blue vintage shelving unit

Think about using a joiner to custom make part of the kitchen if you are unable to find exactly what you are looking for. This could be the case if you are repurposing or upcycling something.

The good thing about free standing cupboards and cabinets are that if they do not look right or fit, you can easily take them out and try something else. So ask retailers if they offer a try before you buy service. So you might try several pieces before you choose the right one.

Space saving furniture and fittings will be necessary in a compact kitchen. So fold away tables or extending tables or mobile units are great options.

Blue vintage folding table
Blue vintage folding table, £265

An island or peninsula creates a zone between busy kitchen and social areas. But a traditional table can work just as well. Mix traditional woods with painted pieces add less formal living space.

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Add finishing touches with original vintage storage tins, glass bottles, old wooden crates and boxes. Often

vintage wooden crates, perfect for adding colourful storage to your home

Old plates and potted plants give flashes and colour and texture

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Vintage Kitchen Experts

Having professional experts helping made the vintage kitchen renovation mush easier. Thanks to all the trades and professional assistance we had over the 2 years the house was renovated:

Claws Joinery – 07788636819 – clawsjoinery.co.uk

Electrician Aaron Anderson – Chas Anderson 01334652102

Fiona Wilson Interiors – 07817 673827 (interior designer) wallpapers and curtains.

Ross Landale Builders 07947006010 – plastered kitchen and several other rooms, lowered the ceiling, pointed the exteral brickwork and rendered exteranl walls.

Edenside decorators 07880935666 – painting of the entire house.

Plumber – Robert Hopkins 07889 732074 – removal of old pipework, fitted new boiler, antique radiators and new pipe work.

Studio Baird Architects 01337 857 453

Pine Lodge Auction and Interiors – 01337 827007

Absolute Floorcare, they stripped, sanded and sealed all the wooden floors and original flagstones in the hallway and kitchen.

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Vintage Spring Interiors with Scaramanga

Make your home ready for spring this year by introducing a range of colourful and traditional vintage spring interiors. British spring time has officially begun and, as the nights begin to lighten and the days start to warm up, thoughts turn to refreshing our home to reflect the new season. And we think this is a trend that works all year round! We have chosen styles that embrace the beauty of authentic Indian furniture as well as fit perfectly in a modern home. In addition, you’ll get seduced by the bright, vibrant colours, rich tribal textures and unique patterns.

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New In Spring Interiors full of colour and character

Bring colourful, bright hues into your home with this gorgeous range of eclectic vintage furniture. There is as much practicality in these gorgeous new interiors as there is beauty. You can’t get more of a traditional piece than our large Indian Damichiya cupboard. This piece features warm colours such as blue and red that are very common in this trend. We have paired the vintage cupboard with contrasting curios, bright tiger’s head mask, yellow tins and of course lots and lots of plants. The ultimate for a vintage spring interiors edit.

Colourful Curios

Don’t skip the details when it comes to home decorating. Our vintage home accessories and botanical plant pots are the finishing touches you need to achieve that glorious spring interiors look. The yellow colour of our newly arrived vintage tins will bring vibrancy and sophistication to any room. These beauties remind us of a spring sunset or the ‘golden hour’ as some call it. We have many of these tins, each one gives off different hues making them all unique. They make for great desk or table accessories! A few clustered together would look lovely on a countertop for kitchen storage.

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Endless Plant Pots

If you are looking to introduce an earthy natural look to your home, the first place to start is plant pots. We love to fill a coffee table with a wide range of plants, complimenting the bright home decor beautifully. We have a wide range of plant pots from mini to extra-large to help you achieve that stacked look.

beautiful pink shelving unit, giving tonnes of storage and a gorgeous statement piece of furniture.

Storage Options

We love storage. Who doesn’t?! Over the years we all collect and gather more and more mementos of our lives and we believe these should be proudly displayed. Having said that, storage doesn’t have to be boring or plain. This stunning pink pigeonhole storage unit shows that perfectly. Oh and colour! Providing tonnes of storage but giving you a beautiful aesthetic for your home. You can also guarantee you’re getting a one of a kind piece of vintage furniture.

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Spring Colours & Textures | Home Decor

Just like a Spring day, you’ll see our spring interiors make a sensory impact. The colours and textures of our wooden cupboards and other interiors are unbelievable. Most noteworthy, this range of furniture taps into the vibrancy that the beginning of Spring brings forth. Think of that bright blue sky on a crisp spring morning or that fiery red sunset.

Scaramanga Leather Ethical Policy-Nothing to Hide

Scaramanga Leather Ethical Policy-Nothing to Hide

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As Scaramanga grows, more and more people have been asking us, “where are your bags made?”  We find it incredibly encouraging that people are concerned about where their things come from.  We thought we would let everyone who hasn’t read the Ethical Policy on our website know exactly how we source our leather and make our bags. Continued

Sustainability with Style

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Back in the ‘good-old’ days…after the Industrial Revolution, new technologies, new materials and seemingly endless energy sources made it more profitable to create brand new products from scratch rather than repair and reuse old ones. Over time, things got so bad that manufacturers even started ‘stimulating’ the economy by ensuring that goods broke down or went out of style as quickly as possible to keep consumers coming back again and again. Of course from a sustainability perspective this is deplorable because new resources are continually needed to make newer models, and more often than not, the old product materials aren’t reused and end up polluting ecosystems and clogging up landfills. Continued

Antique Wooden Chest Restoration By Master Craftsman

Antique Wooden Chest Restoration By Master Craftsman

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Meet master carpenter and restorer Umaida Ram. Umaida is managing the restoration of what’s probably our single biggest purchase of wooden chests. 142 antique wooden chests we acquired in February.

Umaida is 42 and from Barmer, a town in the Thar desert in western Rajasthan, NW India. He has been a carpenter for 25 years. He comes from a long line of skilled artesans: his father was a carpenter, as was his grandfather and his grandfather’s father. His brother is a carpenter and so is his 17 year old son. So working with wood is pretty much in his blood.

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Umaida is repairing a small collection of antique Rajasthani wooden boxes

We’ve gained a reputation for specialising in antique chests travel trunks and old boxes and no trip is ever complete without buying a collection of chests. Our chests are delivered all over the UK and Europe. We are fortunate enough to have had our chests and trunks featured in TV dramas and blockbuster feature films and several have been acquired by museums across the world.

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Some of the antique teak chests Carl bought

When Carl heard there was a large collection of antique chests and storage boxes from the south of India he did not hesitate to buy the entire lot. Golden teak, considered to be the best teak in the world, was imported into Madras south east India from Burma, via Calcutta, in the 1800s and made into all sorts of boxes: merchant’s chests, storage chests and wedding chests by carpenters and cabinet makers in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

This is the condition we bought the collectio of antique chests

Umaida’s skill and expertise allows Carl to buy antique and vintage furniture that needs a small team of carpenters and restorers to bring them back to life without loosing any of the character and patina they have acquired over 100 years of use. Buying items that need to be fully restored may seem risky, but we have total confidence in our carpenters’ abilities. Our sympathetic restoration will allow the chest’s new owners to enjoy them for another lifetime. Many unskilled carpenters would use inferior materials and the wrong techniques. For these old chests we have used solid brass hinges, screws and rings for the small internal compartments, most other restorers would use iron. Often bun feet are added to the base of a chest where a plinth would have been and new brass edging added where the original has worn away. We always like to keep the chest as original as possible so would simply leave the chest without feet and not replace decorative finishing.

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Work in progress on one of the wedding chests, Umaida has replaced a compartment’s lid and some of the top edges of the chest

Umaida has worked with new wooden gifts and handicrafts, but loves working with antique and vintage furniture and architectural doors and windows. In 2012-13 he worked in Mumbai and Goa, but returned to Rajasthan to return to working with old furniture.

His role in the team is the most skilful as he is responsible for repairing the main structure and surfaces of the chests and tightening joints, the other three members of the team prepare and finish the restoration work.

Here are a few of the fully rstored antique tea chests
Here are a few of the fully restored antique teak chests

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Top tip: when restoring a chest work your way up from the base once it has been strengthened.

Biggest challenge when working with an old chest: re-securing hinges to the back of a chest when it has been split by the hinge’s screws. This is the same part of restoring Bill our UK restorer said was the most challenging. Both use the same technique of replacing the upper part of the back panel with reclaimed teak before re-securing the hinges.

Typically the lid has broken aay from the chest. Substantial work is needed to reinforce the back so the hinges can be secured to the back of the chest
Typically the lid has broken aay from the chest. Substantial work is needed to reinforce the back so the hinges can be secured to the back of the chest

What happens when you restore a chest:

  1. clean the chest thoroughly and a precautionary treatment for pests
  2. rub down the chest with sandpaper
  3. repair structurally (often replacing panels from the base)
  4. repair internal compartments
  5. repair surface damage (broken corners)
  6. wash and sandpaper again
  7. add old brass hardware
  8. wax and polish

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Umaida can restore 1 to 2 large chests a day. The rest of the team will prepare and finish 10 chests in two days.

Some items need basic work to clean and remove surface dirt and grime and finish with waxing and a good polish, others need remedial work to replace broken glass, renew drawer runners, tighten joints. Extreme restoration may involve reconstructing a chest’s panels, remaking doors and drawers from reclaimed teak from old furniture. We buy a selection needing wide variety of work.

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Go Bold with your Interiors in 2022

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We all need to add colour in our lives.  Colour sets the mood and the tone of the home but when it comes to decorating and adding colour, we tend to focus on the walls, leaving the interior styling and furniture as an afterthought.  Here at Scaramanga, we think when it comes to creating beautiful interiors, it pays to get creative with colour.  You’ll see from our Interior Trend 2022 Blog, we see Blues and Greens as the main headline colours for this year. While the delicate neutrals will remain popular, vibrant colour is becoming a chic alternative.  So, whether you want a pop or burst here and there, or you want to pack a colourful punch, we’ve got some creative and unexpected ways to add a little more colour to your home this year.

Statement Colour

It takes courage to use coloured paint on our walls and it makes us gulp all the more at the prospect of owning a piece of furniture in a bold colour. Bright colours in furniture are rejuvenating – it’s unexpected and a breath of fresh air.  Scaramanga is specifically selects items that can used in many areas of your home. All with their natural knots, textures, aged paintwork and shading of the timber that’s used. No two pieces are the same, so you can be sure to own a piece of originality in your home.

brightly coloured vintage cow artwork

Grouping Various Colours

Why choose one colour when you can have them all. Grouping of various colours can add an impactful and non-permanent pop of colour to your space. We have plenty of original vintage pieces full of colour. How about starting small by adding colour using home accessories? Our terracotta pots, old storm lamps and Upcycled fire planters are the perfect place to begin.

Subtle Colours

Why not try styling an open cabinet or a worktop? Don’t let all your curios sit behind closed doors, instead, let it become the star of the show.  This is an easy way to mix more subtle colours in your home with more bright and bold colour.

Coloured Artwork

Art is not only a great way to personalise a space, it can also bring colour into a room.  You don’t need an extensive collection of fine art, simply a few coloured paintings, vintage posters or map will do. Hanging art on your walls will not only give your walls an instant pop of colour, but the paintings will add another layer of texture and dimension to your space.

vintage school posters

Pops of Colour

Bring pops of colour into your home and make a statement with a single piece of furniture.  Painted vintage furniture is a perfect way to add new life to something old.  How about this beautiful blue and yellow wall cabinet, with its gorgeous bright appearance?  It’s much easier and more fun than painting a whole room, and so much more stylish!

yellow and blue cabinet, perfect for adding colour to your walls

Have you been brave with colour recently?  How did you introduce it to your home?  We’d love to hear your tips, so comment below.

2022 Interior Design Trends By Scaramanga

It’s time to look ahead to the big 2022 interior design trends. Overall there’s nothing revolutionary. Some of the trends are continuations from previous years with subtle evolutionary changes. After a couple of years like no other, when we’ve all been spending much more time at home you’ll notice a theme with trends will focus on reclaiming spaces previously adapted to home working, a renewed interest in bringing the natural world indoors, and a desire to buy and renovate more consciously.

A home should really be about living with what you love. Sooz Gordon, Dundee-based interior designer says: ‘Home for me is about being surrounded by personal and meaningful objects. I am drawn to pieces that have character and have an interesting narrative. As a designer and maker, I look for quality materials, and appreciate craftsmanship and artistry’. We’re going to bring you trends that’ll allow you to create a home space to express yourself in 2022. Whatever you choose you can’t really go wrong.
We would never advise following trends for big spend pieces because they could easily fall out of trend and you may be left with an expensive piece or an entire room that you regret having spent so much on to not like anymore. So here’s some Scaramanga inspiration for 2022.

2022 Interior design trends for:

Overall there’s nothing revolutionary. Some of the trends are continuations from previous years with subtle evolutionary changes.

Multi-functional spaces:

This shouldn’t be too surprising to most people. We’ve spent almost 2 years working from home, side by side with students and children learning from home. We’ve entertained more from home sporadically. We’ve become more connected to a chosen few, whether it’s through Zoom or a chat and cup of tea at the kitchen table. 2022, like the 1970s, will see a big shift towards entertaining at home and creating spaces for friends and fun times.

With home working now a permanent part of many people’s lives creating space for working/studying while still keeping spaces for entertaining / living can be done by creating zones using moveable screens, pop up or lightweight. Or simply by rearranging the layout of your furniture.

2022 interior design trends include indoor plants

House Plants:

They were on our trends to watch last year and we’re still in love with bringing the outdoors in with houseplants. We’re not talking about small single pots or a container on a windowsill. Create small jungles and eye-popping displays. No one does a better job of showing us what can be achieved in a relatively small space than Hilton Carter, in his book: Wild At Home. There are so many available from a wider choice of outlets than before you will have no problem finding plants to suit your style and spaces. They can be displayed absolutely everywhere – in every room and if space is short they can be hung from walls, ceilings and trail from shelving, wardrobes and cupboards. It is not just about the plants and their flowers, but what they’re planted in. Plant in interesting pots – simple hand-thrown terracotta pots, Mix textures with concrete, faded vintage terracotta pots with chipped edges and smooth geometric curved pots with succulents and cacti. Break up the greenery with brightly coloured glazed pots and repurposed metal containers.

Indoor plants fell out of fashion briefly in the 1990s, but we’re happy to report that they’re back – not only are they beautiful, bringing vibrancy and colour to our homes, but they also freshen the air, filtering out pollutants and releasing oxygen.

green 2022 interior design trend

Natural materials and textures:

Nature has a calming influence in our lives. Especially on our senses, it calms and relaxes us. So bringing tactile textures like dried flowers and grasses into your home to create mindful spaces. Natural materials also have an irregular form and texture that contrasts well with ‘highly’ finished contemporary items. So pairing natural handwoven jute rug, with wooden furniture, stone floors, with a mid-century glass and polished steel coffee table. Elements of using natural materials can be seen in other styles ranging from ‘rustic modern’ to ‘cottagecore’. The image above shows a natural jute rug and hessian strung vintage iron bench.

Sustainability:

Sustainability, responsible use of materials, and the rise of the ‘biophilia’ trend is predicted to be a leading 2022 interior design trend. Climate change has been at the forefront of 2021. Consuming sustainably has led us to think about how we live our lives. Measuring energy consumption and CO2 during the making/fabrication process has led us to reconsider how we buy furniture and homewares. Reclaimed, salvaged, and repurposed interiors are more popular than ever.

People want to know where they come from, what materials are used and how they’re made. Of course, reusing and repurposing is nothing new, but people are becoming a lot more accepting of using older materials. Especially as often things were so well made 50, 100 and 150 years ago. Furniture was handmade using traditional tools using durable materials like hardwoods and iron.

WE strive to make our homes unique, so searching for a well-made piece that was handcrafted by an expert craftsman, that has since taken on a character of its own makes perfect sense.

Green:

We’re going to see a lot more green in our homes in 2022. The tranquillity of nature is best reflected by the colour green. It’s the real colour of nature. There’s no specific green, but it is certainly influenced by the botanical and house plant trend we’ve seen over the last few years as well as embracing the idea of bringing the outside inside. Several variations range from emerald green to leaf green or a ‘greeny’ turquoise. We think whichever green you consider using in a room makeover or adding to a room or space it will have a calming effect on your mood. So look at pastel green walls with natural wooden furniture, bold wall prints. If painting a room green is a step too far looks to create smaller areas or pockets of greenness. So vibrant textiles here or a deep green cupboard or armoire set against a satin grey polished concrete floor. Or curate clusters of potted house plants rather than single pots around a room or space. The image above show’s Carl’s home office with Shweta Mistry’s Tranquillity Wallpaper and Farrow and Ball’s Breakfast Room Green.

Living Room Bars:

We can attribute this trend to ‘lockdown’. We all got used to staying at home and recreating our ‘local pub’ or gin/cocktail bar at home. The drinks trolleys and cabinets of the 70s and 80s came back and seems set to stay. People used reclaimed materials like pallets and old wood. They range from chic mid-century Scandi teak pieces to repurposed vehicles like this old Indian tuk tuk bar.

We’ve picked out all our fave 2022 interior design trends that are really easy to bring into your home right now. Nothing crazy, no remodels required, just little things you can change in your home to bring it up to date with the latest interior design ideas.

Our full range of authentic antique and vintage furniture and interiors is constantly changing. Our stock can be seen online or at our store in Cupar, Fife.

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