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Adding Vintage to Your Home

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by Jen Alexander (subscribe)
Taking you in and around Brisbane (and sometimes beyond)
Published April 27th 2014
Ways to bring out the nanna in your home
Ever wondered how to add vintage to your home? Or how to display treasures from a bygone era?

It's a little bit like an old and beautiful string of pearls. The real deal, ridgy didge ones. Preferably ones from another era, when added to an outfit just make your heart sing.

Well, I consider our home (Penola) to have her own beautiful pearls. Carefully crafted in a time long gone, when added to her wooden charm makes her (and my) heart sing. Of course I am referring to her jewels, the crowning glory to her body. Yes, that's right, good old thrifted nick-nacks. I thought I would share some of my Penola's recent acquisitions.

Before I start, here is the picture as promised of the beautiful tapestry my Mum saved from a friend's clear out. Recycling. Upcyclying whatever you want to call it. One man's trash is another man's treasures. Keep an eye out for people throwing out goodies. And once people know you are on the search for vintage items, it's amazing what they will send your way.



And, as with many good things, it came as a pair… (although please excuse that green wall behind it – one day we will repaint it a nice bright white).

artwork vintage


Some people say you need to balance the old with the new. I say indulge in what you love.

I am finding myself with a rather unhealthy love for doilies Here is one of my new ones. Purchased at the the Asthma Foundation OP Shop in Annerley.

Amazing to think, this was all done by hand. I have recently started stitching (for the school fete) and it makes me appreciate the hours of work that must have gone into making these beautiful.

Vintage Doily


And what about those collections of odd but beautiful plates? You know the ones with no pairs, no friends. Sitting there all by themselves just willing someone to buy them. I might make some plate stands one day soon. But in the meantime, I stack them up and put them on display. Or sometimes add tea light candles to them. And then, of course, bring them out for all to enjoy when entertaining.

vintage plates
Stacked high - Vintage plates


And while out on a furniture run near the bay I came across these two gems. $3 each. The Husband isn't so sure about the blue one, but I think Penola approves. You could also throw a more modern one in for some fun.

vintage cushions lounge room
$3 cushions!


So there you have it, a few ideas of how to add vintage to your home.
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I love old/vintage items. I have a mixture around the house. I have a variety of teacup/saucer/cake plate sets from my Grandmother on display as they are so pretty. I also get out the odd doily to put on a side table. They are so pretty. I still have an unfinished tapestry my Grandmother was working on before she passed away 30 years ago. I've nearly finished it & will turn it into a cushion perhaps. Vintage items should treasured.
by Therese B (score: 2|278) 1269 days ago
Totally agree. My house looks more like a nanas treasures cove. The tapestry will be something you will cherish for ever. x
by Jen Alexander (score: 2|131) 1268 days ago
I have a slight addiction to small floral bowls. It's amazing how many uses you can find for them.
by Lynne Cargill (score: 2|672) 1273 days ago
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