For many of us, the interiors of the future will be inspired by the past.
At the moment, so many homes are full of monochrome with rather flimsy, modern furniture but this trend will soon pass as fashions wax and wane like the moon.
Conversely, the vintage look never really goes away. It has already stood the test of time and it will continue to do so. Here are 5 steps to your vintage home, whatever your budget.
1. Family heirlooms
I work from a beautiful vintage desk with a genuine captain’s chair. I’ve had it since I moved into my house nearly 13 years ago because my parents didn’t want it. Actually, it was the start of my obsession for all things vintage.
In our living room, we have a toy box to keep the children’s toys out of the way when they’re not playing with them. When we were looking for somewhere to put everything, we knew we wanted an old storage trunk.
We looked around for ages and eventually, my husband’s aunt mentioned that she had one sat in her garage. Of course, we jumped at the chance of having that and it now has pride of place in our living room.
2. One person’s trash…
We have an old dining table (that needs restoring) that someone was throwing away. It’s not perfect at the moment, but when we have time to do it up, it will be amazing.
A few years ago, I decided I wanted a piano. It was a stroke of luck that I walked past a postcard in the local shop where somebody was advertising a piano free to a good home.
Collecting it nearly killed the very kind volunteers that helped us out. Never underestimate the weight of an upright piano. But it looks beautiful and the girls will be starting piano lessons soon.
3. Charity shops
I don’t wish to offend anyone, but I have to admit I hate modern furniture. The soulless, flimsy, flatpack wardrobes and chests of drawers that grace most homes just aren’t my sort of thing.
But I do love old, wooden furniture that was made many years ago and has aged gracefully and looks better than ever. One of the best places to pick this up is in a charity shop.
There are even charity shops that specialise in furniture. We picked up a wardrobe and two chests of drawers for £10 from the YMCA. They are all made of classic, dark wood. They won’t fall apart or go out of fashion and most importantly, my £10 will help someone who needs it to have a roof over their head.
4. Go bespoke
When it comes to living room furniture, I’m not sure it’s really possible to buy old seats and sofas that are still comfortable, firm and in beautiful condition.
That’s where bespoke furniture comes in. I love the replica vintage sofas that look like the originals but they are still comfortable to sit on. I’d definitely jazz them up with custom made home furnishings like cushions in the right colour scheme.
5. Make it yourself
Just because a household item is vintage, it doesn’t necessarily have to be old. I have a few incredibly talented friends that see interior items that they love and turn their hands to making them themselves.
If you love characterful wooden furniture, why not head to the beach and collect some driftwood to create a coffee table or a chair? Love vintage wooden mirror frames? Why not chop up some old pallets to make your own?
I have big aspirations for my home in 2016. I’ve already decided on my dream kitchen and I want the rest of my home to look just as great.
Please note, this post was written in collaboration with Englanderline. All views, opinions, hopes and dreams for 2016 and my dream home are my own.