Friday, 28 June 2013

Something old, something new: creating a vintage home. Article by By Gabrielle Fagan – 25 June 2013

Old has never been more in vogue, and giving a home a vintage feel is bang on-trend.

If you're secretly yearning to give your home a charming new look, it's time to hark back to the past.

Remnants of vintage fabrics, old wallpapers, a little imagination and some basic craft skills are all that's needed to conjure the fashionable atmosphere of a bygone age, according to vintage expert Sarah Moore.

Her new book, Vintage Home, is packed with 50 handmade projects, from furniture to decorating, and all the essentials can be cheaply found in places like charity shops, car boot sales, flea markets, house clearances and reclamation yards.

"As you build your collection of thrifty and gorgeous vintage finds, you can customise them and decorate your entire home at a fraction of the cost of buying things new," she says.

"Slot a little bit of vintage into your home, or fill it with retro finds. You can get a huge amount of pleasure from finding just the right materials to add colour, character and individuality."

Here are Moore's tips for vintage style, and a couple of her projects to try.

Recycle vintage fabrics and use them to make curtains, duvet and cushion covers, or for jazzy details like a new ironing board cover or towel-edging, suggests Moore.

She advises choosing strong materials and washing them in a colour-kind detergent, then ironing them before use.

"Mix and match old fabrics with new. Striped ticking, dyed linen and calico sit really well alongside old fabrics," she says. "Use them for linings, which will allow your vintage finds to go twice as far.


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