Today I thought I'd share some inspirational images that might help you get your head around the idea of decoating with vintage textiles.
I just love this vintage-looking bedspread, shot by Laura Resen
, who is one of my favourite photographers. I think it the sort of patterned textile that could have easily looked "granny" (not in a good way), but in this bright, white, cottagey space, it's pure loveliness.
And how great is this masculine red, white and grey number? I found it featured in a "modern folk" story on House to Home UK
. It's not actually vintage (it's a contemporary knit by Blodwen
), but doesn't it have a great vintage look?For most, I would recommend a small dose of highly patterned vintage textiles, as shown in the images above, but if you're into taking things a bit further, you might also consider layering your patterns. The look is way more boho/bold.
The images above come from a great 2011 House Tour (John and Stacey Cline
) featured on Apartment Therapy (with photos by Dabney Frake & Ann Manubay
). They've got one great vintage textile hanging on the wall behind their bed, acting as a headboard, and others layered on the bed itself. It's an intense look, but one I love. The same couple has also done great things with their curtains and draperies. Look:
To me, these curtains look like vintage sheets. And they would be so easy to make. Find a vintage sheet with a great pattern, fold over and sew down one edge to hang over a rod. Done!
Finally, I wanted to show some love to handmade granny square, knitted and/or crocheted pieces, like these, all by the talented Kathrin of Where Your Heart Is
. These pieces definitely yield a granny-chic sort of look, but they're also wonderfully light and modern. Katherin pairs her blankets with IKEA pieces and light furniture for a look that's both cosy and modern.
Finally, even if you don't like the look of vintage textiles and funky blankets for your adult spaces, I urge you to consider them for your kids' rooms. A little blanket goes a long way in a nursery. (The right image is from Lila's Old an New Nursery
, and the lleft image is a shot from Maeve Rosalind's nursery
, both seen on Apartment Therapy.)
As mentioned, textiles are now arriving at Will & Bequeath this week. I hope some of you decide to give these wonderful heirlooms good homes.