Vintage chic comes to town

Alice's Antiques, Lauren Brown and Tessa Nelmes

Alice's Antiques, Lauren Brown and Tessa Nelmes

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Vintage furniture is coming to Kimberley high street with a star-studded opening of the store this Saturday.

Lauren Brown, who creates shabby chic furniture from her home-based workshop, has had such success with her business since it launched last year that she has decided to set up shop at Alice’s Antiques in James Street.

The 26-year-old is hosting an official opening between 11am and 2pm with boxer and EBF Midlands Cruiser Weight titleholder Adam Walters, as well as up and coming model Georgia Annable.

She will donate ten per cent of takings to a deaf charity throughout March and April.

Lauren made the decision to donate to The National Children’s Deaf Society after meeting Adam Walters at a boxing match in February and hearing how his nine month old daughter was deaf.

The ambitious mum, who lives in Alvaston, was inspired to start the business after she hand-painted a piece of her own furniture.

“I didn’t want to thrown it away so I looked online to see what to do,” she said.

Lauren said it grew from there, and amazingly all of her work has been generated through facebook.

“I put pictures up and people share them and it’s just gone crazy,” she said.

Channel Four’s Location, Location, Location star Kirsty Allsop recently shared a piece of Lauren’s furniture on facebook, bringing her an influx of orders in.

Lauren has worked on about 1,000 pieces of furniture over the last year, and has done work for various hair salons in the area including one in Langley Mill.

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