If you have been around here any time at all you would have noticed that I have a love of vintage things…..this has been a long standing love, like longer than my (this year) 16 year marriage. My first real vintage furniture purchase was when I was 17, my Mum helped me buy a red velvet vintage lounge suite (a couch and two armchairs) from a local antique shop. I loved that lounge suite, I remember seeing it in the window of the shop and wishing it could be mine. I begged my Mum to help me buy it. When I got engaged to my husband at 20 we bought our first home, a little workers cottage, and the first piece of furniture to go into it was my velvet lounge suite. It was really an impractical lounge, uncomfortable and you couldn’t even “lounge” on it which is the whole point of one! But I didn’t care, it was pretty and all mine. It made me feel all grown up.
Over the years I have bought and sold so many different pieces of furniture, including that lounge suite….eventually I got tired of it being uncomfortable and thought it was time I got a “grown-up” couch. I have never loved any of our lounges the way I loved that velvet one……………..you never forget your first love.
My favourite piece of vintage furniture we own now is our English Oak Sideboard. You would have seen it in my living room. I begged my husband to let me buy it, it was an easy sell! 🙂
It is my pride and joy now, the piece of furniture I love the most. I am going to tell you a secret and you CANNOT judge me! When I first bought this I planned to paint it…….
………..pause for reaction!
I know a lot of you are probably screaming at me right now….trust me when I say this, I would be too! We moved this into the house while I was making my decision on what colour to paint it, it was a big decision, I wanted to make the right one.
But time happened……..
……..and over time I fell in love with what it was….it’s flaws and character……….
…….and I came to realise it didn’t need anything else……that it was perfect the way it is……that really I couldn’t improve on it…..that in reality I would ruin it.
I love what it brings to our home, a sense of history……something beautiful and timeless. You cannot find this in modern furniture. But I like to mix the two together, modern and vintage…..
I like what each can bring to my home and the contrast between the two.
Another favourite vintage piece of mine that you have not seen is this Vintage Travel Trunk…..
It was passed down from my husbands family. We both love it but I don’t really have a place for it in our home at the moment…..it currently sits next to the TV Cabinet and before that we used it as a toy trunk for my daughter. Now I just can’t decide where to put it…..I love it because it is well worn, but it wears its age well.
But I just can’t seem to find just the right spot, it deserves to be the center of attention….to be loved and swooned over. The perpetual problem with living in a small home is you cannot fit everything in, that I have to shuffle furniture about to try and make everything I love work. But sometimes things just don’t work and you have to make the hard decision to put it away…..for now.
I wonder sometimes what adventures my vintage items have seen…..what stories they could tell about their previous owners. That is why I love them, they have so much that they could share but instead keep hidden. There is a mystery about them.
Do you have a favourite piece of furniture…..what stories could it tell?
Have a wonderful weekend!