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What is vintage?

What is vintage?

Nowadays the word ‘vintage‘ is bandied about all overthe place, especially in relation to style and fashion, but we can think of it as just a smart way of saying second-hand. Of course, The Oxford English Dictionary gives a slightly more elevated definition, saying that vintage ‘denotes something from the past of high quality, especially something representing the best of its kind’, so let’s use that as starting point. Furniture, soft furnishings, crockery, china, absolutely anything for the homecan be vintage if you are not the first person to have owned it, though it must be from the past and less than a hundred years old – as any older makes it antique.

Merging Old and New in Vintage Home

Merging Old and New in Vintage Home

It is important to make the point here that vintage style for your home is not about historical re-creation of rooms from the past. It is not about travelling back in the past. A house decorated from top to bottom in a 1930s’ style, for example, could very easily look staid and feel more like a museum than a home.

Distressed Vintage Chair

Distressed Vintage Chair

Doing up old, second-hand furniture is a must to achieve the vintage look in your home, whatever era you are going for. One of the best ways to completely transform an old piece is by painting and distressing it. You can find special workshops that can do it for you, or you can try to do it by yourself. It really is an easy and straightforward technique, and has amazing results. What was a dull old chair become a bright and wonderful piece of furniture that gives your interior completely new dimension.

The 50’s Style in Interior Design

The 50’s Style in Interior Design

After the black-out and restrictions of the Second World war, the 1950s were a much brighter time. Although rationing was still in place at the start of the decade, just a few years later wages had increased and the economy was growing. People were more affluent and had more disposable income. The horizons were expanding, and more people started going on foreign holidays (the first jet plane was produced in Britain in 1954).

Reclaiming Fabric for Vintage Projects

Reclaiming Fabric for Vintage Projects

Vintage fabric rarely comes by the meter, unused or still on the bolt, so you will probably find that you will need to reclaim it from curtains, clothes or other made-up fabric sources. Searching out and salvaging what you can is the way forward.

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