A confession from Naomi..

I have a confession. Back in the day, my magazine of choice was Heat. It coincided with student loans, watching Bargain Hunt and eating Chicken Tonight peppercorn sauce, minus any involvement of chicken. Magazine purchasing experienced a hiatus after my heady days of student life. The big glossies? Too full of advertising. The plethora of gossip/real life weeklies? Like the Chicken Tonight sauce it filled a hole, yet a slightly dirty feeling lingered. After years of being resigned to picking through the Sunday supplements in the hope that a feature might cover my interests, I am delighted to announce that I have proper new favourite magazine. Feeling all grown up, I would like to introduce BBC Homes and Antiques magazines.

In 2008 we took part in a shoot entitled ‘Party like it its 1959’ . Decked out in a one-in-a-million Horrocks dress (sadly gone now), the day passed in a whirl of gold balloons, Ossie Clark and fabulous 20’s dresses, all in the back of a deco themed club near Great Portland street. This was my first introduction to a magazine which , despite my love of the Antiques Roadshow and vintage, I had overlooked. When the complimentary copy landed at my door 2 months later, featuring yours truly, I read it cover to cover. Let me enlighten you: it’s a heady mix of interiors, collectables, photo shoots and now more and more vintage clothing, that would enamour any lover of culture, without a hint of musty snobbery that you might expect from the Antiques world.

The second time we were mentioned by BBC H&A in January this year, I was more interested in Judith Miller’s retrospect of collectable handbags. This month I tweeted ferociously about their mid-century china issue, a veritable must have for lovers of 50’s/60’s tea sets (and featuring commentary from VS favourite Katherine Higgins). Its still in the shops now so hurry. There is something for everyone, whether you like vintage, interiors, textiles, china with some amazing competitions to boot.

I am so pleased to have stayed in touch with the team and am chuffed to announce that they took time out of their busy schedules to organise an exclusive shoot for Vintage Secret, so without further ado, and looking a million dollars thanks to a wonderful vintage wardrobe from Gimme Shelter in Bristol, I present to you the team that puts the ‘A’ in Homes and Antiques.

From left to right, Rosanna Holmes (editorial assistant), Kiera Buckley-Jones(assistant decorating editor), Angela Linforth (editor), Natasha Goodfellow (deputy editor) and Katie Hallet (houses editor)

Wardrobe – Gimme Shelter Vintage Boutique located at The Lanes Bristol (gimmesheltervintageboutique.co.uk)

Fab hair do’s Headmasters, Bath (01225 447 028; hmhair.co.uk) Desk and office accessories Orange & Brown (07968 218029; orangeandbrown.co.uk)

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[…] Antiques Week is coming up (15th-21st November) and to celebrate my favourite magazine BBC Homes and Antiques has signed up over 100 antiques dealers all over the country to offer readers a 20 per cent […]

Vintage Secret : A very fine discount indeed. commented on Nov 08 10 at 5:16 pm

What lovely look at the brains- and beauty!- behind the magazine!Thanks Naomi!

Plinth commented on Mar 25 10 at 10:21 am

For some reason I thought I'd commented but I haven't!! I love BBCH&A with a passion. They deserve all the praise they can get!

Fleur de Guerre commented on Apr 01 10 at 5:04 pm

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