BBC Interview with Mark & Kathryn

Interior designer Kathryn Rayward and antiques expert Mark Hill, from BBC Two’s Cracking Antiques, tell BBC Programme Information‘s Tony Matthews about their plans to fill people’s homes with individuality and vintage quality.

Recessions, what are they good for? Not much, but if there’s one thing an economic downturn does encourage it’s thrift and a fresh approach to consumption.

“The housing market gets tough in a recession and people tend to move less,” says Kathryn Rayward, the presenter of BBC Two’s Cracking Antiques, which aims to inspire viewers to seek out style and glamour in vintage furnishings. “They also become more imaginative and start to fill their homes with personality again. The best and cheapest way to do that is by buying vintage.”

Whether its Georgian furniture, the English country house look, Victorian eclecticism or stylish items from the mid-20th century, Kathryn and fellow presenter Mark Hill aim to show relative newcomers the joys to be had in picking up second, third- or even fourth-hand bargains and finding beauty on a budget.

“Antiques have a profile of being apart …

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