Love of Vintage

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…………… 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! 🙂

Colour Saturated Life | Vintage English Oak Sideboard

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!

Colour Saturated Life | Vintage English Oak Sideboard

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.

Colour Saturated Life | Vintage English Oak Sideboard

But time happened……..

Colour Saturated Life | Vintage English Oak Sideboard

……..and over time I fell in love with what it was….it’s flaws and character……….

Colour Saturated Life | Vintage English Oak Sideboard

…….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.

Colour Saturated Life | Vintage English Oak Sideboard

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…..

Colour Saturated Life |Vintage Touches

I like what each can bring to my home and the contrast between the two.

Colour Saturated Life | Lavendar

Another favourite vintage piece of mine that you have not seen is this Vintage Travel Trunk…..

Colour Saturated Life | Vintage English Oak Sideboard

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… 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.

Colour Saturated Life | Vintage English Oak Sideboard

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!



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  • Brynne@TheGatheredHome - June 9, 2015 - 1:04 am

    Oh Gilly – that sideboard is a dream! At one time I would have been all about painting it and distressing the details as well – thank goodness I was over that “one size fits all solution” by the time I found my antique French sideboard! There’s just something glorious about antique oak! I love the way you mix vintage and modern, history and patina and bold colors!ReplyCancel

  • Janet - June 7, 2015 - 1:31 am

    I, too love vintage furniture. I also love modern colors and patterns and I don’t think I am quite blending that contradiction well. I love updated vintage pieces too, even if it means painting them. I think the decision to leave your buffet unpainted was right. It works beautifully in that space.ReplyCancel

  • Georgia @ Silver Spiral Studio - June 6, 2015 - 11:50 am

    These are stunning. I love your classy, simple style. Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Such an inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Darrielle Tennenbaum - June 6, 2015 - 12:12 am

    I love that you kept it wood too! I am a painter of furniture, but there are times when paint is not the answer! GORGEOUS!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah // Charming Imperfections - June 5, 2015 - 12:07 pm

    Thank you for writing this! I feel so often that we lose the true charm of the pieces we so flippantly slather in paint. I mean, I do love a good painted piece, but don’t believe EVERY antique should be painted. This was a great confirmation of that feeling! Thanks Gilly!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - June 5, 2015 - 9:12 am

    Love your English cabinet. Your better self told you not to paint it. It is perfectly imperfect just as it is. A treasure for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Tabatha@ChicByTab - June 5, 2015 - 8:52 am

    Wow Gilly. You are so lucky!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - June 5, 2015 - 11:31 am

      At times I like to think I am, Thanks Tabatha!ReplyCancel

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