It’s no secret that I absolutely LOVE vintage interior design. The elegant aesthetics of the past offers a sense of history that transports me back in time that more modern creations simply can’t match. The best thing about vintage interior design is that you can (and should) have a mix of strong bold colours - intense greens, yellows, blues, reds, oranges and teal colours that when mixed together give you a sense of nostalgia… and if you’re an early 70’s child like me, these colours will undoubtedly bring a smile to your face and the memories flooding back in.
Now my favourite vintage era has to be the 1940’s and 50’s. This is most probably because I also LOVE the fashion… infact, it makes my heart sing so much, that the majority of my wardrobe consists of wiggle, pencil and circle skirts and when I am off out somewhere special, you will also see a fluffy petticoat to add to the volume. Oh the times I have been complimented on my skirts only for me to say “Let me do a spin for you” and do a couple of turns but making sure of course that I don’t fall from the dizziness.
My own vintage treasures
When you arrive at my home the first thing you see sat outside is my vintage caravan. I was lucky enough to pick it up from Gumtree for an absolute steal at $1200 - so unheard of for a 1970’s Franklin Hunter and I am proud to say that I renovated her myself, called her Cleo (with the help of my lil Angel Ruby-Flower) and feel so proud and blessed that I have a beautiful mobile home to take us on trips whenever we feel the desire to go out and spend some relaxing time in nature.
When you walk through my front door you will be greeted by a long 6 seater extender table from the 70’s complete with matching buffet. Another great find at $150 for the pair that are made from the best solid oak wood that you can get and were so well looked after by the previous owner that he even got the fabric on the chairs re-upholstered. Thank you again Gumtree. But it doesn’t stop there as you move around the dining and living area and spot an art deco corner table that I perch my vintage rotary phone on (it doesn’t work but looks great there) and my newest buy being a mid century coffee table. There are red vases with gold gilt, blue royal dalton vases and a gorgeous Tiffany Lamp on another side table beside my chair. I did recently have 2 green modular numero IV modular chairs from Grant Featherstone circa 1970 (as pictured below with the art deco table) but I felt that they no longer went with my current decor and I opted for 2 vintage replica sofas. I have to be really careful when buying vintage upholstered fabric as Ruby-Flower and I suffer from allergies, so anything second hand is a big no-no. Upstairs in my bedroom you will find a vintage dressing table and I am just about to get rid of a kids dressing table as I no longer have the room for with Rubes growing out of it a year ago. Even my crockery is vintage, with my glasses purchased from local op shops and finished with beautiful brown glass.
The Old has inspired my new
So when it came to my latest wallpaper collections I had to draw my inspiration from vintage interior design. My loves are the Victorian and Art Deco era’s which are seen in all of my Nature’s Glamour and Days of Old collections, which is where the ‘Glamour’ came from. Vintage to me has always been glamourous. From the beautiful jazz singers and their timeless voices, to the fashion that adorned their stunning hour glass figures. I feel so blessed that so many love my Australia wallpaper designs.
Raise The Bar in yellow - Days of old Eco Wallpaper Australia collection
Lydia in deep blue - Nature's Glamour Eco Wallpaper Australia collection
And let’s not forget that vintage is eco-friendly
Purchasing and acquiring something that has lived for many years and recycling it for your home and possibly passing it onto the next generation is the best form of sustainability and the bid to lead more of an environmentally friendly lifestyle.
'Go Bold or Go Home'
This phrase was recently said to me by a lovely client who purchased Octavia in deep blue for her bedroom. I can’t wait to see pics of the install that is a feature amongst a gorgeous vintage chaise.
So… go vintage, go bold, go for life and enjoy your vintage inspired space that will never date and will always remain timeless and classic.
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Written by Sharyn Kidd of Coveco Interior Design - Eco Interior Designer
You’ve got the essentials, now let’s give it a designer touch …
You all should know that I love choosing sustainable products and anything eco-friendly. Why choose sustainable products over regular products, I hear you say!? You have a brand new, beautiful being to look after now, so let’s begin by giving them fresh, clean air to breathe. Nurturing the health of our beautiful children is not made easy with so many products harbouring hidden, nasty chemicals. Keeping them safe from things such as harmful chemicals and VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) is so important, now more than ever. VOC’s, by the way, are released as gases or vapours into the air, hence making the air quality all the poorer. I’ve been lucky enough to find some thoughtful companies to recommend who are doing a wonderful job ensuring the safe and healthy future for our young ones.
Let’s start by giving the walls a shake up. A nursery can be themed up or given a colour lift by adding a touch of kids wallpaper. If you are starting your nursery from scratch, your building blocks for styling start here. There are also some eye-catching neutrals if you’re styling for a gender neutral look. I can highly recommend Amba Florette for eco-friendly, FSC certified wall paper which is pvc, formaldehyde and phthalates free. Not only that, this wallpaper also come with a Class A Fire Certification and are Greenguard children and schools certified.
Baby is eventually going to be old enough to play, so a playmat is a definite essential for your nursery. Freddy & Co. offer designer, reversible play mats. Your personal style on one side and a fun, educational design for baby on the other. The playmats are non-toxic and have passed European and US standards with flying colours. Freddy and Co. also offer 100% bamboo hooded koala towels. They are just gorgeous and great for home and beach days.
Ceiling Decor and Wall Art
I love turning to Etsy for beautiful, handmade in Australia products. The styles and colour palettes here are endless. You will have no trouble finding a mobile your baby will find stimulating and some ultra-cute wall art to go with your theme.
There’s no other choice here but organic cotton or bamboo as they are naturally sustainable fibres. These organic fabrics are chemical free and will allow your babies body to breathe naturally. If you visit Elkie & Ark™ you will find the most beautiful 100% certified organic cotton and linen, bleach free, toxin free and fair-trade sheets for baby.
Night time feeds are a given - hopefully only for a few months! This is where you will need soft lighting, just enough to find your way around. That way you can both remain in ‘semi sleep mode’ during feeding time and get back to what’s most important a little easier - sleep! Look for sustainable lighting designers who state they are looking after the environment during production and are utilising sustainable resources. I’m loving the table lamps at Mutating Creatures.
I hope these tips help you on your way to styling a sustainable, eco-friendly, designer nursery. Feel free to contact me if you need help moving in the right direction with your nursery design — that’s what I’m here for!
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