Just a few days at home is enough to get my batteries recharged and find some eclectic Manchester inspiration for our fourth and final (for this series?!) Half Built House. Even from her sick bed Helen at Didsbury Life managed to tweet about an event at the incredible Victoria Baths, a restoration work-in-progress of what was described as the finest municipal bathing facilities in the country… back in 1906 🙂 The Vintage Home Fair sounded just perfect for a little Sunday afternoon potter and I’m a little ashamed to say I’d never seen the inside of this very famous local building before.
The interior, period features and sheer scale of the baths was stunning, amazing to think that pulling them down was even considered. It was an ideal setting for the vintage furniture, decor and homewards on sale.
Loved the saucy cowgirl print on the bar stools and the wooden printing blocks… at £2 each I bought HBH, of course!
*Somebody* liked their green tiles when these baths were designed and specified 🙂
The baths were state of the art at the time, costing the princely and budget busting sum of £59,000 to build – truly deserving of the name ‘water palace’. It’s a little shabby chic now, slightly battered around the edges but that only adds to it’s charm. Besides, young ladies are still inspired to keep up appearances when visiting…
So where was my inspiration?
Tucked away in a corner I found the Rose & Lee Vintage Living stall, which was just beautiful. Abundant with sparkling crystal filled with heavenly scented candles (I’m a sucker for them!), homemade perfumed soaps and quirky, hand-finished Best of British interior pieces. I KNEW there was a reason my inner interiors angel was whispering in my ear that I shouldn’t miss the afternoon’s event 🙂