I'd like to welcome a guest poster, Lisa Jolan to my blog today! She has put together a wonderful article that vintage/antique lovers will appreciate. If you are just beginning your journey with vintage/antique decorating and collecting, Lisa has some great tips on where and how to get started! Please leave some comment love for her!! It's a pleasure to have you here, Lisa! :)
Cool and Classy Vintage Décor
Shabby Chic, Vintage, Retro, Distressed, Architectural debris. There are so many terms used to describe the style of decor that we love. As a rule of thumb, I like to consider vintage decor to be adding some much needed personality and warmth to a room. There's a time and place for minimalist lines and primary colours, but if you ask me - I want my home warm and cozy, with a touch of history and romance!
It's All About the Details!
Elsewhere on this blog you will find that the key to unlocking a perfect vintage decor setting is the details. Check out some of the archives here or on other decor blogs. There's a world of information out there, and us vintage decor fans are a pretty friendly group of people!
Details, Details... Where to begin?
The secret to great vintage decor is the small details that you include in each room. These personal touches can be as big or small as you like. Sometimes less is more! It's easy to create a cluttered and claustrophobic feel if too many elements are used in one room.
Start by sketching out a rough idea for the room you are working on. Map out where you will place the main furniture items, and look for areas that will need some decoration or interest.
Some Places to Find Vintage Decor Items
1. Flea Markets are great fun, and a good family outing. Bigger flea markets have food and drinks available, and even live music. If there isn't one in your area, perhaps think about starting one and beginning a neighbourhood tradition.
2. Deceased Estate Auctions may seem a bit gloomy, but they can be a treasure trove of vintage delights.
3. Local Classifieds
4. Thrift Shops/Charity Shops can be a bit hit or miss, but some our favourite items have been bought here.
5. Garage Sales can be a gold mine for vintage decor lovers. Grab the weekend newspaper for your local area from a 24 hour store on a Friday night, and plot out your plan of attack. Wake up early on Saturday morning, and enjoy the treasure hunting!
The Old Cinema is an online shop for vintage items shopping. They not only list antique home décor accessories but also frames, rugs, clothes, fireplaces, jewelry, pots, art works and much more. You must visit it.
The Foundation of a Great Room is Good Furniture
Good vintage decor is dependent on the small personal touches that we love, but it's important to have good strong furniture as a canvas for our artistic flair.
Vintage furniture has a style all its own. The popular trend over the last few years is to paint the furniture pieces white, and then distress them slightly to add an aged effect. This is a personal choice, and some people prefer natural wood, untarnished by paint.
So What Are You Waiting For? Go And Start Hunting For Treasure!
After you have the right furniture in your room, the rest of the decorating will be a piece of cake. Good hunting, brave vintage decor adventurer!