Posted: Tuesday June 28 2011, Blog Tags:
You've trawled flea markets and vintage stores for those one-off finds – but what do you do with them when you get home?
Different styles of chair look elegant arranged around a large dining table – just make sure none of them match. Paint any really battered ones. Prettify a vintage wooden bench with cushions.
Here, a set of misshapen drawers in warm wood has become a textured surface – and even used as a backdrop for miniature landscapes. Keep nearby walls simple.
Put colourful antique suitcases to good use by stacking them on bespoke or freestanding shelves. Here, the trunks are used as clothes storage. Extremely weathered, bleached wood, like this bed headboard, looks good against a dark wall, and the scuffed metal chair makes the perfect beside table.
Don’t reject ugly, tatty pieces, like this kitchen units, above: they’re useful pieces of kit. A few pots and pans (Le Creuset comes in many shades now, from ), and neatly folded tea-towels (Marimekko’s are miniature works of art, from ) can transform them. A wooden dish drainer forms a makeshift lower shelf.
Create a display of mismatched objects in an out-of-the-way corner – here, Tretchikoff’s Chinese Girl print (try or ), a mosaic lamp with a floral shade, and a painted wooden chair (find similar at ) – and what might seem random looks intentional. A plain backdrop works best (Fired Earth’s has the best selection of putty shades like this).
Start a collection of similar objects – keep a lookout at every market or thrift store you visit. Here, ceramic and painted swans enliven an otherwise plain white bathroom.
Hannah Booth, The Guardian
For more see “Modern Vintage Style” by Emily Chalmers. Published by Ryland Peters & Small.
Images by Debi Treloar.