Whether it's a 1930s French club chair or an antique Persian rug, vintage is an integral part of every Soho House space. There's something about beautifully worn wood, aged leather or a softly faded textile that adds warmth and character to a room, especially if you're furnishing it from scratch.

Seven years after starting her Soho House career as a waitress at the Electric Brasserie, House Style Director Siobahn Farley now sources all the vintage pieces for our Houses from markets around the world. Here are her top tips for shopping for vintage.

 

 

The early bird:

'Sunbury Antiques Market at Kempton, one of my favourites, starts at 6:30am so I'll get up at 5:30am and hit the road before the rush hour. I arrive early so I can meet the dealers and get the good stuff. People show up at 9am or 10am, but there's nothing left!'

Buy what you love:

'My top tip for furniture buying is to buy what you love when you find it. Don't wait with vintage because it won't be there when you go back! I love classic styles that will last forever, whether that's Art Deco or Georgian. I'm not so keen on modern design fads that will go out of fashion.'

Grit and glamour:

'When it comes to vintage, I'll source pieces from all over Europe. My job isn't all shopping in glamorous places - a lot of it is sitting in furniture trucks stuck in traffic!'

Mix it up:

'In the Houses we'll layer vintage over new, so it's all about finding that lamp, rug and bric-a-brac that brings a room together.'

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A hotel and member's club in the Fulton Market District