I would like to think I’m not a hoarder, but some of the items I’ve owned since childhood, will probably never get thrown out – Hopefully that Sylvanian owl family will come in handy one day…
It goes with out saying, that being able to reuse heirloom pieces from parents and grandparents in a child’s bedroom, is a wonderful thing. If however, all those items have moved on, decorating with vintage furniture and flea market finds, can also result in a magical interior for little ones.
These ten vintage decor ideas from stylists, bloggers and other creative folk, will show you how it’s done.
I found this project on the blog Lottieisloving. This beautifully styled girl’s bedroom features a blue vintage cabinet and Midcentury sideboard (pictured at the top of this post). This is the work of Emily, co-founder of Singapore-based boutique Cuckoo Little Lifestyle.
The contemporary look is created by introducing chunky textiles, bright pinks and pastel shades. Bold graphic elements have been achieved with a gallery of black frames, a patterned Moroccan style rug and Aztec cushion, as well as the circular pattern on doors of the sideboard.
Vintage plate decoration
This vintage plate with decal is by Sydney-based illustrator, Kelly White and owner of Etsy shop The story book rabbit*. Kelly set up her Etsy business after buying a tiny back rabbit called Juno. She soon found a way to combine her love of bunnies with all things vintage.
The adorable ‘shy bunny’ pictured, is one of the characters that feature on her vintage plates, which can be attached to the wall as decoration. She says her themes often include love, happiness, friendship, family, big events and ‘meant to be’ moments. See more of Kelly’s love of vintage on her Instagram.
What better way to inspire travel early on, than with a huge map of the world to gaze up at. This is Theo’s room, put together by blogger mum Marie-Eve of Lake Jane. For a similar vintage map try Etsy seller Vintage School Charts* who are based in Berlin.
Vintage picture gallery
Claire Brody is an interior designer in Austin, Texas, who created this shared kids bedroom for a client. Claire chose colours that felt soft and gender neutral, but not boring.
The gallery of thrifted pictures, some of which were bought from a shop called Room Service, is designed to make the space feel ‘collected and bit imperfect’. Colours in the pictures tie in with colour scheme, but also stray from it, creating the collected feel. And how great is that vintage rattan bench? See the rest of the room at Claire Brody Designs.
Vintage 1950s shelving unit
This is the home of Jenny Bäckström who you’ll find over on Instagram as Your Daily Deco. This vintage shelving unit was found at a flea market and offers plenty of space to store toys and books. Adorned with fairy lights, it makes a great statement piece and works beautifully against the soft greens and pinks.
Vintage book bunting
Peony and Thistle are based in rural Scotland. They give unloved books, maps, board games and fabrics a new lease of life by turning them into journals and bunting. This garland is made from a discarded vintage book about animals – available to buy on Etsy*
Johanna is a mum of three living in Småland, Sweden. Passionate about recycling, she’s created many beautiful spaces for her kids, using vintage finds. I particularly liked the vibrant yellow in this tiger poster which she has matched with the colours in the painted chest of drawers.
You’ll see lots more vintage decor inspiration on her blog, including these fairy lights adorned with vintage lamp shades:
Upcycled vintage school chair
This retro chair has been restored and totally transformed by illustration graduate Victoria Taylor, founder of Handsome Vintage. The chair features a charming illustration of a giraffe with its head in the clouds and two bears wearing party hats. Available in blue or yellow from Not on the High Street.*
Vintage storage trunk
Interior designer Mariska Jagt created this Scandi minimalist interior for a newly built property. The whole house follows a chic monochrome aesthetic, but features vintage finds throughout, such as these vintage trunks. This room has a cool, industrial feel, perfect for a teenage boy. Let’s hope he can keep it that tidy!
Nina Invorm is a talented ceramicist, illustrator and graphic designer, living in the Netherlands. Here, one of her heartwarming prints ‘You are so, so easy to love’ is here displayed above a vintage sideboard, in her stylish, colourful abode. You can purchase her fantastic work on Etsy* and be sure to check out her vintage plate designs too.
Like this post? You might also enjoy my vintage decor inspiration for grown up bedrooms too. You can check that out here.
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