I read somewhere once that if you want to have a vintage-y feel to your home, the key is that everything should be old – just one new thing and the illusion is shattered. In our cottage, this is exactly what I have tried to do. I love the soft, romantic, nostalgic feel that emanates from faded fabrics, old enamel and depression-era pressed glass.
There is something deeply comforting about curling up, wrapped in a hand-stitched quilt that has been used and loved for generations and that somebody years ago spent many, many hours crafting.
Items such as linen towels with hand-crocheted edgings make even the most mundane of places feel a bit more special: this, for example, is the towel rail in our downstairs loo:
The umbrella stand from which I anally remove Steve’s golf umbrella whenever I see it:
And here are various items from the kitchen. Apart from the yukky tiles, I love how this room looks.
Of course, it does depend on judicious putting away of the hard-to-live-without modern appliances, such as this:
And, most definitely, keeping all brightly coloured plastic containers hidden away. Not good: