Category Archives: Design
Making your own furniture could be a long process. Though it can take a great deal of time to design and produce your own pieces, the challenge is quite enjoyable. It is possible to design the exact piece that you are interested in and then make it to the exact specifications. That means you can make the exact piece of furniture that you ever wanted. In short, if you dream it, it can be made.
Candles have been around for many, many years, but it was not too long ago that candles were just a means of getting some light in a room when the power went out, and they were a necessity for such emergencies. Nowadays, the role of candles has changed. Some are beautiful works of art which it seems a shame to light, others are a custom scented candle lit and used for relaxation purposes, with their perfume permeating the air.
Every girl wants order in her wardrobe, and these fabric covered hangers are as pretty as they are practical. You can add a lavender-stuffed heart made of the same fabric, or some fabric flowers, near the hook, too. Look out for the old-fashioned wooden hangers that have a hook that unscrews, as these are super simple to cover. Whilst you are hunting down old hangers, keep your eyes open for vintage hangers. Those with simple shape are easier to work with. Internet auction sites are a good source if you cannot see them at a car boot sale.
Windows are focal points in rooms so it is important that you think carefully about what you use to decorate them. Because a window allows you to show off your fabric over a large area, a curtain project is an excellent opportunity to make the most of your creative flair and imagination.
Everyone loves a hot water bottle. The calendars and thermometers are not nearly accurate at announcing the arrival of cold weather as the calls for hot water bottles at bedtime. To make a beautiful and unique hot water bottle cover you can knit your own piece, but if you are seriously unaccomplished knitter, you can borrow somebody else’s knitting to achieve the same effect.
You can present your cakes in a suitably retro style using Vintage Remix’s cake stand. Search local charity shops (or online shops such as eBay) for vintage record. Good quality recordings from the 50s, 60s and 70s are ideal. Don’t use gramophone records as they are brittle and will break easily. You can search for matching vintage labels with quirky titles or a selection of favourite artists or songs.
You can brighten your teatime table with a cheerful and unique teapot cosy, which is both practical and easy to make. Teapot cosies are always popular, and those colourful examples will help make a fun statement on your stall. There is nothing so funny and interesting as serve a nice cup of tea to your friends and family from teapot “dressed” in a beautiful, individually designed cosy!
Upcycling is a huge part of making the vintage home, and it may be a great project for you to find a new ways of using old things. You can use old crates (wine crates, fruit or vegetable crate…) or drawers to make new shelves for your kitchen, study or childrens’ room, bedside cabinets, coffee tables or newspaper and magazine rack.
Whether you are after original period furniture or second-hand bargains to create your vintage look, there is always something out there that’s right for you. Just follow simple rules about planning, searching and selection, and you can find fantastic pieces of furniture for your home. And if they need a bit of TLC, check out some of the techniques for restoring and looking after furniture so it will last and last and give a wonderful vintage look to your home.
James Ward, a.k.a. JimBobArt, is a young UK based freelance illustrator who’s beautifully drawings moves from paper to different objects – plates, cups, walls, even a bath tub! After his holiday in Sweden he was inspired to start to draw on plates, as he found there is a lot of natural history prints on plates and furnishing. He uses a simple plates and he loves the idea of making cheap items such as blank plates into something a little more valuable.