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.
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.
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
Here are Moore's tips for vintage style, and a couple of her projects to try.
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.
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.
I have finally managed to get my last two consignments of antique and french fabrics washed, ironed and pre-listed onto the website. Today sees the start of these wonderful fabrics.
Many of the fabric designs of years gone by are being copied onto new cotton, however they don't have the same colour tones and of course no history at all. Our natural resources are running out, one of which is cotton, so it makes sense to recycle and re-use fabrics that we still have.
Here are the superb French vintage fabrics that are ready to use and available on the
This is a huge catch up as I have been very busy since I came back from
the wedding in Croatia. So my apologies for the lack of posts. Here are
the items that have been listed on the Rag Rescue website since the
What an exhausting day I've had. Yesterday my hubby slipped over whilst walking the dog and this morning his ankle and leg was badly swollen. I finally persuaded him to get an appointment at the doc's. He hates going but I was concerned. After going to see the nurse he was sent for an X-ray and told that he had broken his fibula. So off we go at 4.30pm back to the doctors who will take a look at the X-ray and probably send him to hospital to be plastered up.
My husband does all of the shopping cooking, walking the dog and trips to the post office, so gues who has to take all of that on now as well as run the business, look after mum and I still haven't dome the tax returns.
Still, I know that Steve would do the same for me and he never moans although he is obviously in a lot of pain, bless him.
I did manage to get some of my latest bundles of vintage fabric washed and ironed over the weekend and this afternoon managed to photograph them all. here is a sneak preview of them.