How to use vintage pieces in your home

My love of vintage is well documented here. As far as
I’m concerned there isn’t much better than a morning spent hunting for vintage
and pre-loved bits and bobs. If you’re a lover brocantes or
flea markets integrating those impulse finds into your home can be a head
scratching moment once you’ve got your purchases home. I now have to stop
myself, almost forcibly, from buying any more chairs. Well at least until I get
storage container or something else of that sort. One couple who don’t seem to
have that challenge is Andrew and Erica behind The Other Duckling, an eclectic
online store full of great vintage homewares, delightful home accessories and
gifts most of it with a vintage vibe. Their lovely home is a delightful mix of
their vintage finds, homely accessories, and bright colourful contemporary
items and wallpaper. 

I
think it probably helps that they both have a very strong visual language,
Andrew having worked in digital media and Erica as a trained textile designer
with a long stint in marketing and design including at the awesome innocent
drinks. Their family home exudes that casual confidence that so many of us want
in our homes, a space that reflects us and is unique. That’s when vintage
hunting can really work it’s magic, you might just find something no one else
has. Or at the very least won’t be available on every highstreet.  Erica and Andrew s
earch high and
low for unique and interesting pre-loved vintage homewares for their store and
some of these wonderful treasures end up in their own home.

The
wonderful vintage kitchenware shown above are not just for show 
(I’m especially taken with those blue pans). And according to Erica they work
just as well on the Rayburn as they do on their induction hob, practical as
well as pretty.

An up cycled chair in a hallway with modern wallpaper by Cole and Son Flamingos (it comes in 4 colour options). Juliet Travers also does a lovely flamingo wallpaper called Nakuru.

Decorating
a room with different furniture styles, colours and patterns creates a unique
space — but it can also be hard to pull off. My advice, contrast is key. 
Furniture
that feels wrong in a space can often be made to look right by painting it or
reupholstering.

Just like Erica and Andrew I’ve also
used vintage crates in my own home to store children’s paraphernalia and toys.
They’ve taken it one step further though and fashioning some fabric liners to cut
down on splinters and stop escapee toys. These also slide in and out really easily so little Delilah can always get to her
toys herself.


I
asked Erica how she achieved the right balance of vintage in her home. She puts
it down to unconscious decisions about surrounding themselves with things they
like (which just happen to be a mix). Some of it is just practical (and
historical) but they’ve always liked contrast…. like rustic old wood
furniture against contemporary prints or tiling, jam-packed shelves full of
vibrant colour against clean white walls, contemporary lighting and vintage
decorative accessories.  The calm spaces all help to set off the quirky
stuff.


If you’re looking for some vintage inspiration and additions
to your home I think that’s sage advice from Erica. Below are some beauties to
help you get the balance right.

Top Row: industrial style storage stacking boxes, large enamel saucepan, handmade mug

Middle Row: blue chair, crate and bottlesvintage demijohn

Bottom Row: jelly mould, victorian enamel jug, black painted chair


Recyle and Reuse. Preloved = real love.

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2 Comments

  1. August 6, 2015 / 3:11 pm

    Absolutely love your Aga, did you paint that yourself? Looks very Matt effect! Just gorgeous!

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