The Magic of Scaramanga

I just cannot get enough of this Fife based, vintage and interiors salvage company Scaramanga. They import beautifully distressed antiques, mainly from India. I was fascinated to hear that they have been the go-to supplier for props buyers around the world for ten years now and was delighted to hear of their latest starring role in the film Victoria and Abdul.

They provided 15 pieces to the film set: trunks and boxes, tins, bowls and leather journals.

This is the second time we have photographed the home of owners, Carl and his wife, Emma. You can see the previous shoot here.

Buying pieces from them, such as this gorgeous vintage chest and antique maps, is a sure fire way to add character to your home. They have since upped their game in the home department and we have recently done this shoot for Period Living magazine.

Emma admits she can never leave this house now, because she loves these doors from Rajastan, that lead through to the ensuite in their bedroom so much. I am not surprised!

The combination of the restored Indian furniture and the modern chunky appliances they have added in gives the room an edge, heightened by the original 1940’s Coolicon lights and the benches Carl made out of old sorting office wire baskets. ‘It is now my favourite room in the house’ Emma says. ‘Don’t be afraid to try something different’ she advises. ‘It is very easy to go down the plain-white-kitchen route, but Carl encouraged me to put in these restored cupboards from India and I absolutely love them.’

And who says you can’t hang wallpaper in the kitchen? A discontinued pattern from Habitat has been used here to stunning effect. Keep looking for what you want rather than rushing in and buying a repro or something cheaper just to tick that item off the list. There really is nothing like a vintage radiator.

Vintage styling does not necessarily mean expensive: most of the time an authentic antique will cost less than an equivalent new high street item.

This bathroom was completed on a shoestring budget, but carefully chosen tiles and lighting give it an expensive finish.

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