The Art Deco Traveller and avid Vintage Life reader takes us on a journey around her 1930s Art Deco home….My name is Genista Davidson and I live with my husband (affectionately known as Passpartout when we are travelling and plain old Jeeves at home), our adorable six rescued cats, three chickens and dozens of ducks and moorhens, which reside practically on our front door step as the village green pond is only ten feet away outside our home.
As my life revolves around Art Deco, it just makes sense to live that life every day and, fortunately for me, Jeeves agrees. Our home has grown and evolved with us over the years. Occasionally I have been too rash to make room for a new piece, having to then sell another piece to make room for it – only to regret it later! We have managed to upgrade on quality over the years as some pieces can appear rather expensive, but then if you were to try to buy that same item now, it would probably cost double the price of the Art Deco one.
Where did you source the elements to create your décor?
My favourite well-stocked local Art Deco shop in Norwich called Deco Days supplied us with the three-piece suite and dining table and chairs, along with the light fittings. Other items we have sourced from auctions, second hand shops, charity furniture shops and online auction and sale sites.
Was there anything that was difficult to find?
Original fabric and wallpaper is practically a ‘no-no’ but high quality reproductions – although rather expensive – can be sought. Likewise I would love to own a Marion Dorn rug, but again these are astronomical in price and Art Deco contemporary style rugs can be purchased in many retail outlets and online relatively cheaply.
Which part of the styling process do you enjoy the most?
Absolutely everything, from deciding what the new acquisition will be, to how it will enhance or integrate with the other items already in situ. It is also important to me that the items not just decorative but functional too. I also get immense pleasure from keeping the furniture dust free and caressing it, as Art Deco is such a tactile design, be it a bakelite radio, or the marquetry inlay on a cupboard.
Do you have any tips for readers who would like to style their home in a 1930s Art Deco theme?
Yes, a little research beforehand will pay dividends in gaining a cohesive look. Get to know the shape and style, designs and colours, which all made Art Deco the iconic era it is known for. It does take time and a little effort to get the right look, but you can mix original with reproduction items and the style created is timeless and never fails to have an impact on visitors.