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Visit these 7 stunning stalls at Henley Decor Fair

Muddy's favourite interiors fair is back 26-29 May, taking Henley by storm with 150 of the UK’s finest decorative traders. Here's the inside line on where to head first.

For decorative delights

Based in Henley, Fox and Peel specialises in display antiques: old apothecary cupboards, antique art, vintage kitchenware — so, basically, everything for sale here is beautiful. With a background in interiors, Lisa McLaughlin has an eye for the sort of stage-setting trinkets and treasures you’d so admire in a professionally-styled home. A vintage ceramic marmalade pot, a 19th century travel trunk, an old chemist’s till… basically, we want everything. Lisa will be exhibiting with the Merchant Stores collective (@merchantstores on Instagram).

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For stately statues

Done right, you can’t beat the casual opulence of a garden statue. A Venus de’ Medici peeping out through ivy, or bright geums growing in an old stone urn — oh, that old thing? With a collection of rare garden and decorative statues from the 17th to the 20th century, La Place Antiques is la place to hotfoot it if you want in on this stoneware action. Oh, and there’s gorgeous French furniture, too, but that’s practically gilding the lily.

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For individual character

Unique, interesting finds mark out Gary Wallis Antiques’ range — no surprise Gary has such a good eye, as he’s the main man behind Henley Decor Fair. With 30 years’ experience in the antiquing biz as well as TV spotlights on UKTV’s Restoration Workshop and Salvage Hunters, Gary’s stall offers an enticing, diverse range of upcycled objects for both interior and exterior style.

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For hand-picked must-haves

Normally selling entirely out of Nikki’s family home, everything on offer from Nikki Page Antiques has already passed her obsessive attention to quality and detail. The shop specialises in decorative pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries, and a lot of it is sourced from old French chateaus — are we hearing Escape to the Chateau chic? Every item is rare and unique, from floral wall sconces to antique woven prams.

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For fabulous furniture

Gorgeous vintage sofas abound at The Antique French Chair and Sofa Company. Featuring all kinds of knockout patterns, the shop specialises in restored 19th century French furniture: Napoleon chairs, sofas, day beds, ottomans, and more. If you’re looking for a styled vintage touch to your living room or bedroom, you’ll be in seventh heaven. Personally, I’m obsessed with the idea of a little loveseat in the corner of my bathroom, so keep an eye out for me, will you?

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For curated clutter

If nosing about through piles of gorgeous old homewares and art for something unique is your thing, look no further than Henley-based The Vintage Look, where the stuff you’re looking through has already been expertly curated. The shop’s been savvy at sourcing its antiques from the best local traders since 2008 so expect some serious goodies. It’s a proper treasure trove full of glinting copper saucepans, charming old prints and vases with stories to tell…

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For vintage crowns!

Okay, Old Whyte Interiors is not exclusively a shop of antique French crowns and tiaras, but it does have an entire section dedicated to them on its website, so… time to treat yourself like the Queen you really are? With a passion for rustic French interiors, you can find all sorts of gorgeous furniture, mirrors, textiles, garden ornaments, and architectural items for sale here. (And then you can make a beeline for the fairy tale crowns.)

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Henley Decor Fair, Greenlands Park, Marlow Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 3AP.

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