I've always loved vintage furniture. Even way back when it was just called second hand.
I wouldn't have been able to furnish any of the places I've lived in if it wan't for the odd flea market find or charity shop scoop. And I love the idea of taking something with a bit of history, like my fancy glass fronted china cabinet and giving it a whole new modern lease of life.
So when gorge online Vintage boutique Layer Home got in touch to invite me to be their Blogger In Our Corner, I was doing old school style cartwheels. Read my first interview as a bonafide interiors blogger and bit-part vintage aficianado here: Layer Home/ BloggerInOurCorner
There are lots of different takes on the vintage theme. Personally, I don't go for the full on retro look, although I do love that vibe when it's done well.
Rustic, vintage farmhouse style looks super chic in the right property.
But do be careful not to spill into the realms of Shabby Chic won't you?
Mademoiselle Poirot, as she is known on her brilliant bog, plays a mean vintage game.
Enough glamour to make it feminine, enough retro to give it edge. So how do you nail the perfect balance?
Here's some ideas:
1) if you use florals, throw in some rock star touches; a bit of leopard print here, some tatty leather there.
2) Clash your metals. Paying excessive attention to door knobs and light switches is too anal for this look.
3) Buy what you love. It's that Not Giving A Fuck (NGAF) attitude I told you about in January at play here.
4) Mash up eras. Imagine you're a DJ and every decade is record. There is a definite skill to nailing the right mix.
5) Splash the cash somewhere along the way. Be it that dream sofa, the fabulous mirror or your favourite piece of art. Full on charity shop chic can have that old folks whiff about it, right?
So where to buy?
I love the hunt, but then I do have a bit of time on my hands for market stall trawling and I'm even happy to spend my weekends sifting through the dusty tat and nick-nacks of a charity shop. Not everyone has this luxury, so here's a few websites that do the hunting for you. Obviously there's your Ebays and your Gumtrees but it's always good to stumble across a go-to site selling one off wonders isn't it? Here's a couple for you to try.
Well I would say that this week wouldn't I? but just look at all this cool stuff in one slick web based format. It's all cleverly categorised for your convenience, so if it's a mid century Italian drinks trolley you're after... Bingo. Here's a screen full for your perusal madam...
2) The Other Duckling - Quite the sweetest peeps in the dirty business of junk shop rummaging. This husband and wife team are purveyors of a shed load, no cooler than that, a shepherd's hut load of quirky finds. Eg my gorge rustic yellow candle stick below.
3) Woodworks Architectural Salvage
You have to use your imagination with this site, but my friendly little (below 5ft 9 anyway) local salvage dealer has some gems if you're prepared to clean 'em up. He's a proper sound Yorkshire fella. And his prices reflect it. I've furnished three houses with his help and brought home delights including my very first alternative shoe cabinet, here....
Wow, that's a bit close. Still, don't be scared. Come talk to me about all things vintage won't you? What's your favourite junk shop find? Know any secret vintage treasure troves? Got any tips for great Instagram accounts or blogs to follow? I'm all ears. And OK, a lot of shoes.
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Thursday is all about throwbacks apparently so it seems like the perfect day for us to have a regular vintage love in. Same time next week?