Having been inspired by other vintage gals' blogs (especially Temperamental Broad and Va Voom Vintage), I thought I would also share images of my vintage abode with you all. My home was build in 1985 and my husband and I have lived here since the mid-90s. In the beginning, I had no idea what design direction or theme I wanted to invoke. For many years, my house was a mix of "hand-me-down" furniture (mostly 80s) and cheap bits bought from Ikea and Target. Basically, it looked bad!
In 2002, my best friend, Sunny, who is an interior designer, decided to take matters into her own hands! She gave my poor hodgepodge abode a good 'ol fashioned re-imaging/butt-whoopin'! We replaced light fixtures, painted, re-tiled the kitchen, applied stenciling, created some faux finishes, and revamped my home's style. Heck, my house had NO style to begin with and it showed. Now, it still a work in progress (especially the master bed and bath) but it is so much better. I also have been building (slowly) a vintage collection of home wares along with some repro items. This week, I bought a few yards of Eames-era looking geometric fabric and I made a new table runner for the dining room along with matching pillow covers for the living room.
Here is my dining room (most of it):
Here is part of the living room:
Here is my range in the kitchen:
Here another view of the kitchen:
As it stands now, I need to re-carpet the entire upstairs. I re-carpeted the dining and living rooms in 2003, re-tiled the kitchen floor in 2002, and we also have wood flooring on most of the first floor. I also have a sunroom and I will take pictures this weekend. The sunroom was added on to the house by the original owners in their latter years of home ownership. My theme is tropical but I want to update it with a Hawaiian-tiki look. I just need to find some barkcloth fabric with a hibiscus print. What I have found so far is pretty but super expensive! I guess I need to save up for it!
Anyway, I am enjoying the slow transition from modern chaos to vintage comfort. Again, it is times like this that make me wish I had a time machine!