I am Kate Beavis, a writer, speaker, and brand ambassador, loving vintage design and style, often with a modern twist.
I started out in the vintage world as a collector and enthusiast. I bought 1960s mini dresses as a teenager, teaming them up with Red or Dead shoes and wild hair. Calming down in my twenties, I started to collect homewares after discovering a piece of M’dina glass in a local charity shop. Now, happily married with a home full of mid century, I own the National Vintage Wedding Fair as well as writing about vintage for magazines and my own blog which was a finalist in the 2015 Cosmopolitan Blog Awards.
In 2013, my first book “Style Your Modern Vintage Home” was published through FW Media. It takes the readers through from the 1920s to 1990s, focusing on buying, restoring and styling. With a foreword by Paloma Faith, a top 30 ranking on Amazon and selling worldwide, I have continued to write for various publications including being the Wedding Editor for Vintage Life and creating a monthly upcycling feature for Reloved. My work has appeared in Closer, Homes and Antiques, Prima, Homes and Gardens, The Metro, The Lady, Inside Crochet, Mollie Makes, Homestyle, The Daily Mail to name a few. I am also a Huffington Post writer.
I have appeared on television and radio, most recently sharing my buying tips on The Lorraine Show (ITV) and winning The French Collection for Channel 4: where I bought industrial and vintage furniture in France, upcycled it at home and sold for a profit in Bristol, UK. I have also been interviewed for Channel 4 News as an expert on vintage weddings and appeared on This Morning.
I am the company director of the original UK and award winning The National Vintage Wedding Fair, running wedding fairs across the UK and is the editor of a wedding blog and directory.
As a business consultant, I help creative indie businesses get noticed. Focusing on my 20 years retail experience I mentor on branding, marketing and social networking and hold regular seminars for London Edge.
Described by my peers as “vintage perfection with a great eye for detail” (Catwalk Threads), as “having the keen eye of the super stylish” and the ability to “make retro interiors appear fresh and current with her fresh eye and clever writing” (Betty Pamper), a “genuine vintage enthusiast” (Keeley Harris, Discover Vintage) and having “a great eye for vintage” (Homes and Antiques magazine).
I love fashion and am often seen wearing a 1960s dress on the school run. My vintage handbag is the envy of many and was even featured in Homes and Antiques magazine. I believe in living life with integrity, ensuring my handbag always matches my shoes and start my days with a hot lemon and ginger!