Vintage chic is an instantly recognisable style of decorating that’s both romantic and timless, comfortingly familiar to everyone, but uniquely personal to the individual who created it. It’s eclectic, eccentric and full of rose-tinted nostalgia for bygone days. Vintage fabrics, softly fade florals, everyday household items from the past, battered toys loved by generations of children, all these combine to create vintage style.
Vintage chic is not just a clutter of old objects that have seen better days. It has a kind of faded charm, a used, lived-in and loved look that appeals to us all. Fabrics are natural and soft – think muslins, linens and cotton for the summer, woollen throws and cashmere cushion covers for the colder months. Designs and patterns are also often inspired by the natural world, maybe plaids and stripes or old-fashioned roses and other flowers as a theme.
Decorating a room, or even your whole home in vintage style is an organic process – it’s not something you can achieve instantly, but is a look that grows gradually as more and more beautiful objects and textiles make their home with you. Putting the look together is just as rewarding and enjoyable as living in the finished rooms will be, if indeed such a look can ever said to be finished. Touring estate sales, country auctions and junk shops can be an absorbing hobby, as can finding new and ingenious ways to reuse old pieces. In the process you’ll develop your individual style and learn to rejoice in the thrill of the chase and the reward of finding a bargain.
Vintage style also celebrates the individuality of objects from the past – made in the days before mass manufacturing and machine production. Such items possess an individuality that is often sadly lacking in today’s products. It’s not about the financial worth of such objects, which may or may not be valuable, but is about the appeal your collections hold for you. If you’re considering items you’ve been given or have inherited from friends or family, then who can put a financial price on sentimental value? Even chipped or slightly damaged items have a place in a vintage interior as such damage is part of their long and varied history.
This look cannot be mass produced or put together from items available in every high street or shopping mall. Rather you must take the time to seek out items, or be patient and let them come to you. Vintage style does not depend upon passing fashion, but rather upon the pleasure you gain from your surroundings and putting the look together. The only reason for allowing something into your home is that you love it – and not just because fashion dictates that it’s a “must-have” this season.
Re-using vintage textiles is a particularly versatile way to bring this look into your home – and DevonBear Designs can offer you a number of items handcrafted from vinage linen and in particular our wonderful aprons, no two of which will ever be the same. The fabric we use comes from Europe and is at least 80 and probably nearer 100 years old. An old-fashioned kitchen is the centre of family life and along with your vintage free-standing furniture and cooking utensils that have weathered the test of time you can hang one of our vintage linen aprons on the back of the door with pride!
Helen Dickson is the owner of DevonBear Designs. She designs and makes a small range of really practical – and pretty – textile items and stationery all inspired by the wonderful coast and countryside of South Devon, England. Helen is a talented watercolour artist and all DevonBear Designs products feature one of her images. Visit her site at [http://www.devonbeardesigns.com]
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