I’ve come to a conclusion: It’s so much easier to decorate and style older properties!
Over the years I’ve lived in many different styles of property; from brand new suburban detached houses to Victorian terraces, from converted chapels to sprawling welsh farmhouses.
Our last home was a lovely converted stable block with stunning vaulted ceilings and gorgeous window ledges 2 feet thick. It was so easy to style (newly converted and painted with chalky white walls and soft grey woodwork, it was unnecessary to decorate) because all we had to do was bring out the features of the building itself with a few beautiful pieces. Rooms were spacious and those pieces could be quite large.
A changing family and needs meant that we recently moved from the stables to a modern little cottage right across the road. Most of our furniture pieces are too large for it’s bijou proportions. Yellowing pine abounds and there are no real features to make the most of. In fact, we need to minimise the impact of quite a few things!
I’ve trawled the internet to find ways to help us create a lovely home with vintage styling and local artisan pieces. I’ve found far more ideas for styling an older, character filled home than a new, featureless one! Shared here are some of my favourites… Click on the pictures to find the original source).
The colours are so restful in this kitchen. Someone painted ours citrus yellow!
This kitchen has a vintage feel but could be recreated in a very modern home. White gives a sense of space and light with splashes of colour to lift it.
I love this idea! The cupboard doors are easily moved, hide the cables and add an instant vintage feel. Gorgeous!
Another upcycled vintage door reused in the bathroom this time. I just love chippy paint…
There is plenty of inspiration out there. We just need to find what works for our house, our taste and our budget. Wish us luck!