Now, dear followers, you know I like to keep up to date. I love the latest trends, I’m never without my Blackberry and Twitter is more or less an extension of my own brain. Traditional, I am not.
However, there’s something so charming about spending a rainy Sunday afternoon pottering around a house filled with old fashioned treasures. I must admit, our little flat isn’t quite filled… not yet, anyway! Here are just a few vintage-style pieces making me grin from ear to ear today…
Our fitted kitchen is very sleek and modern, so these pretty pieces add a retro feel. The cake tin was a gift from a dear friend, as was the Cath Kidston teacup and saucer. The teapot was a £1.49 charity shop find and the vintage-look scales were from TK Maxx.
I’ve always dreamed of a farmhouse kitchen, complete with huge scrubbed pine table. The farmhouse kitchen is a way off yet, so for now I’ll settle for the table! The Gustav Klimt print was rescued from my Mum’s attic, the glass vase was from Ikea, the plant pot was unearthed in the basement of my student house and the 60s clock was from ASDA.
As much as I’d love to stuff the flat full of girly florals, Cath’s prints and pastel furnishings, I have the Mr’s tastes to consider. As a typical male, he’s not too fussed about the colour of our crockery but he did draw the line at a floral sofa. I don’t think he’s noticed this patchwork throw (Primark, £15) or the handmade cushion (50p, charity shop)… yet!
One of the frustrations of rented dwellings is the conundrum over hanging things on the walls. You can, say the estate agents, as long as you fill in the holes afterwards. This huge and very heavy mirror, which I uncovered in a cupboard in my childhood bedroom, is sure to leave a killer hole behind, so its currently resting against the wall in the hallway. I quite like it there actually – it’s the perfect for checking out my shoes!
This is probably my favourite place in our entire home. There’s no room for a proper dressing table, but I really wanted that French chic feel in the bedroom. By adding these oh-so girlie bits and bobs atop our simple white chest of drawers, I can imagine myself as a glamorous Parisian, arching my eyebrows and painting my lips for a night out in Paris. The mirror (£1.49), floral pot (£1.49) and brush (50p) were all charity shop and car boot finds. The toner and moisturisers are from the Boots Original Beauty Formula range, the cuticle cream is Burt’s Bees and the box housed my jewels from Eclectic Eccentricity. Both teacups were part of sets from charity shops and the pearls are both vintage necklaces (the pink is broken – I must fix it!)
I’m so proud of the home we’ve made here, and although I can’t wait to get into our own house (preferably with that farmhouse kitchen), I’ll really miss these cosy surroundings.
Are you a thoroughly modern miss or a vintage vixen? Or maybe a mix of the two, like me? Do share – I’d love to know!