A couple of weeks ago I was given the honour of styling the window at Miss Kay Seamstress in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Miss Kay is a beautiful bridal boutique that specialises in wedding dress alterations, however this boutique really is something special. Firstly, you step in from the busy road and are instantly greeted by warm and lovely ladies. Martine, the owner, is so incredibly talented and has a real calming presence, just what you need in the chaotic process of planning a wedding! Her and her team work magic and are lovely throughout.
The boutique itself is stunning. With a very calm & luxurious feeling, it is just where you want to go to try on your beautiful wedding dress and be treated for the occasion. Martine has filled the boutique with beautiful finds that compliment the character of the old building, and it has a feeling of an elegant French boudoir.
Martine has a very talented and creative background and has been beautifully dressing the window herself over the years, so I was honoured when she approached me to come in and style the window for the Autumn. Martine loves all my elegant vintage props and furniture I have available to hire, along with how I style them, and thought they would work really well in her window.
Upon being given the brief of bringing a touch of elegant Autumn to the boutique, I set to work planning how I would style the window and what I would use in it. Now if you know Vintage Amy at all, you will know of my love of vintage lace. I knew I wanted lace to be featured in the window, along with warm gold tones and some deep Autumnal colours. I wanted the elegance to shine through, and to also give an insight into how you feel when stepping foot in the boutique.
My starting point was using my vintage lace net curtains as the backdrop, and I then wanted flowers to feature somewhere in rich, Autumnal tones. I, therefore, created three wreaths to hang at various lengths on the lace. These wreaths were very easy to make and I simply took a brass hoop bought from Curious Egg and wrapped silk flowers, in tones of deep red, pale apricot and warm cream, from Mezu Silk Flowers with gold florist wire, spreading them out on each side to give the biggest impact against the lace, and I hung them with beautiful hand-dyed silk ribbon, in a rich Autumnal gold, from Lancaster & Cornish.
After the wreaths were in place, we added a beautiful wedding dress made by Martine and her team, that has a gorgeous 1950s feel to it. Martine added a piece of stunning vintage Indian material around the dress, in a rich colour to compliment the deep red of the silk flowers, and with gold embellishment to pick out the gold tones. The effect really worked to add some depth and keep a continuous look throughout.
From then on we added additional elements to continue the luxurious and warm feeling that was being created. My stunning vintage chair worked perfectly, due to its boudoir feel, lavish gold tones with hints of dusky red and pale apricot, that worked perfectly with the silk flowers. I placed more of the silk flowers in vintage brass vases, all available to hire for your wedding day, and my vintage brass candlesticks worked perfectly dotted on the ledge and on an elegant, vintage style, gold side table.
Finally we added one of Miss Kay's beautiful handmade veils, a vintage tiara and some vintage lace gloves to add a finishing touch and complete the whole look. I delicately draped these items over the vintage chair, to add a finishing touch and to allow for a vintage boudoir feel, which gives brides an impression of how getting ready in the morning of their big day should be an event in itself.
There you have it, the finished piece. I love how it really works with the quirky character of the building. Can you see Vintage French Boudoir? I would love to know what you think? And if you're ever in the area, pop by and have a nose at the window itself! These beautiful photos were taken by Claire at Little Olives Photography, a very talented and lovely photographer in Tunbridge Wells.
Many of these items in the window are available to hire, and you can contact me here to discuss. Or perhaps you are dreaming of a wedding adorned with vintage lace, brass candlesticks and vintage furniture elegantly styled. I'd love to hear from you for any of your styling or hiring needs.
Thanks for reading, VA x