Adding Vintage Touches To Your Home

Your home is a reflection of you, your style and your taste. But whilst for many, an ultra modern home is the target, with everything gleaming and new, some people (me included) look towards the styles of the past when they are creating their ideal living space.

I live in a Victorian mid terraced house that is celebrating its 120th birthday this year. We were very lucky when we moved in, many of the period features were still in place, including original doors with the original rim locks still in place and the pigs ear hand rail on the stairs. Other features had unfortunately disappeared, the large sash windows had been replaced by a 1970s style bay, and many of the cast iron fireplaces had also disappeared. But the great news is that, these days, you can replace the period features that you may have lost, either with original finds, or with very good quality reproductions.

Here are a few ways to add vintage to your retro home.

An Edwardian Conservatory

It is a common misconception that leads many to think that conservatories are a modern invention. For whilst the idea of putting them on suburban houses may be fairly recent, conservatories themselves date back to the 18th century when they became a popular addition onto stately homes.

An Edwardian conservatory is the best way to keep your home looking traditional and vintage. The mixture of window sizes and the ornamental central ridge give the conservatory an elegant look that will suite a period property.

Fireplaces

Fireplaces are one of the best period features you can find in a property – real works of beauty in many cases, whether they are cast iron efforts or Adams style. Unfortunately, they were a period feature that has often been ripped out, especially in bedrooms. But the good news is that these can be replaced.

There are many good quality reproduction fireplaces that can help you get the look, but it is also worth looking at reclamation yards and antique shops and centres like The Doghouse antiques who also have reclaimed original fireplaces. These sometimes need to be worked on as a restoration product, but the end results can be wonderful.

Windows

The beautiful sash windows of the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian era were another item that were a casualty of the 1970s and 1980s era of modernisation. Today you can add sash windows to your property that have all the style of era’s gone by, but also have the practicality of UPVC – these are not likely to suffer from woodworm or wood rot and so are practical and hardworking in our modern times.

Finishing Touches

Charity shops are the best place to hunt from finishing touches if you are aiming to add vintage style from your home. Mismatched china, glass dressing table and vanity sets and 1930s style mirrors that often hang on chains are just some of the pieces that you can pick up quite cheaply in the bric-a-brac section of your local charity shops. I recently picked up an art deco coffee pot for £8 and an Amber Glass dressing table set, also in an Art Deco style, for less than £5. These are pieces that are affordable and eclectic.

 

Currently Loving: Vintage Luggage

Vintage luggage is my current obsession. I love the idea of using a piece of luggage whilst you are traveling and making new adventures, and knowing that, once upon a time, someone else may have done exactly the same. Who knows what adventures your luggage may have had, what sights it might have seen, which airports it might have traveled through. The whole idea of vintage suitcases and vanity cases are that they bring a touch of romance to your travels.

The great news is that it is relatively easy, and fairly cheap to pick up vintage luggage. Junk and antique shops, vintage fairs, and even charity shops seem to have these on a fairly regular basis. You need to look carefully for damage – often the linings may not be in such good condition, and you need to look carefully at the fastenings to ensure that the case actually does fasten and is secure. (Don’t wait until your smalls are all over the carousel before deciding that, actually, the fasteners are not as secure as maybe they need to be.) But other signs of wear and tear are part of the charm, a sign your suitcase has been on some adventures. I spotted some amazing suitcases on a recent trip to Wales at a great store called Pieces for Places and was lucky that the hubby treated me to the blue one as an Easter gift. It now takes pride of place on top of my wardrobe – you don’t necessarily need to use your case to travel, it could be for decoration or storage in the home.

I just love to travel with vintage luggage – anyone else? #vintagefashion #vintage #retro #travel #fsbloggers

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If you love vintage luggage but don’t like the idea of using something that is second hand, the good news is that you can find great design which gives more than a nod to vintage ideas and style. Betty Hemmings Leather Luggage is a great example of beautiful pieces that evoke the golden age of travel but are totally modern and new. These are not nylon style zip suitcases, or those ultra lightweight designs, but traditional style suitcases and vanity cases with leather corners and straps as well as combination locks. This is luggage that looks like it could tell a story or two, and would be perfect to get you that upgrade at the airport.

When it comes to luggage, what style do you prefer?

 

 

 

Classic French Interiors style with Dandelion Interiors

When it comes to interior style, my tastes definitely move towards vintage and classic looks. I love the idea of pieces that take their inspiration from the past, and have a range of eclectic vintage pieces that have been picked up from antique shops, vintage fairs and junk shops. But sourcing vintage inspired pieces takes time, and can also take serious money, so it is always lovely to find a brand that sells pieces that have that authentic feel, but take out all the leg work. Dandelion Interiors is just such a brand.

Dandelion Interiors have a wonderful range of homewares and furniture that have been specially curated for the discerning customer. They stock lines such as Art Deco style console tables, French inspired chandeliers, decorative pieces that fall under the catogory of weird and wonderful, and generally offer something that you will not find in a High Street interiors store. It is the sort of site you need to visit when you are looking for something with the WOW! factor to finish a room in style.

I have been recently looking for a statement clock to finish my dining room. The room is shabby chic in style so I wanted a clock that had a similar feel rather than something neat and tidy. I also had a specific place to put the clock so want something sizeable, rather than a smaller mantle clock. I found the perfect piece at Dandelion.

The Large Antiqued Black Industrial Mantle Clock with Manual Calendar is described as sleek, sophisticated and handmade. It is a very large and heavy clock (dimensions are 46x31x15cm) and has the markings of a clock that you may’ve found in a hotel 80 years ago.

Large Antiqued Black Industrial Mantle Clock with Manual Calendar £58 Click to visit Dandelion Interiors

The clock has an aged, shabby look to it – there are signs of rust on the case and on the face, and parts of the clock look like they have seem better days, but this just adds to it’s overall charm and beauty. This clock looks like it has a story to tell, like it has seen lots of comings and goings in the Parisian Grand Hotel, and this makes it a really stunning piece. The date features works through manual twisting of handles on the side of the case, and the clock needs a battery that can be added by opening the door at the back.

If you are looking for something that is not only beautiful, but is a little different too, check out Dandelion Interiors.