I’m beginning to think that those who have the knack of being able to style vintage are the most eco of all. Being able to see the value in something old and rejuvenate it simply by placing it in the right setting, really is an art form. No sanding, repainting or decoupaging required – sometimes, it can be purely about the creative juxtaposition of objects, colours and textures. With this in mind, this post is part of a series on styling vintage in the home. First up are 10 inspiring ideas for decorating the bedroom from talented stylists, bloggers and home owners.
The minimalist bedroom
Avenue Design Studio is a Dutch studio run by interior designers, stylists and photographers, Holly Marder and Hedda Pier. They also have an award winning blog called Avenue Lifestyle. Pictured is Holly’s own bedroom where her and her husband’s harmonious capsule wardrobes somehow add to the covetable look.
Holly wanted somewhere that allowed her to see all the clothes she owns rather than having them all stashed away. The vintage cabinet belonged to her husband’s grandparents and provides storage for PJs, trousers, t-shirts and underwear, as well as functioning as a dressing table. The only update they made to it was a set of cognac leather handles.
The picture collection above the bed combines old and new, including a lithograph of a tree and framed butterflies found at an antique market. Note the non-matching bedside tables – one being an antique find with a marble top and the other a more contemporary marble design. You can read all about this bedroom makeover here.
This Barcelona home is owned by Crick King and Tommy Tang, founders of Federal Café. In the bedroom, the headboard is created with a shelf of personal mementoes. The vintage patchwork bedspread is livened up not only with a dash of animal print (the most stylish accessory of all) but also the candy pink striped pillow cases. Another clever detail is the striped blazer in the framed family portrait, which also ties in with the overall look. Via Nuevo Estilo
Vintage chair bedside table
For a chic laid back feel, swap your bedside table for a sculptural and elegant vintage chair. The chair pictured is an iconic 209 design by Gebrüder Thonet – you can buy something similar at 1stDibs. The pink Hide blanket shown is by designer Nienke Hoogvliet and is made of mohair, linen, cotton and silk.
I think probably every child dreams of owning a Narnia wardrobe, preferably one that leads to a wintery wood full of fauns, Mr and Mrs Beaver and Turkish delight. Back in the real world, an armoire such as this one can still add some magic to the bedroom.
The whole house was photographed by Katja for her Finnish blog Projektila. It’s full of interesting vintage pieces that have been carefully curated. I love the use of large pieces in this modestly-sized bedroom, including the crystal chandelier, especially when combined with modern graphic prints on the wall.
If the rug has sparked your imagination, you might want to read Apartment Therapy’s 10 Commandments to Buying Vintage Rugs.
Retro vintage curtains
This room is a great example of how a vintage fabric can look super contemporary. This guest room makeover is by San Francisco interiors blogger Sfgirlbybay and takes inspiration from old Hollywood. The floral curtains are vintage barkcloth drapery panels sourced from Etsy seller Travelstitch. The scheme also includes a vintage table from Etsy seller The Robot Parade.
Vanessa of the Vintage Whites blog proves that Minimalism isn’t all about a stark modern aesthetic. She chose a clean and decluttered look for her bedroom but creates a soft romantic feel with vintage furniture, a wooden carved headboard and lace textiles. I love her use of a vintage lace tablecloth to cover the box-spring. Walls, trim and floors are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Regal Select paint in Glacier White (colour #OC-37).
Curtains were removed completely and the window covered with an antique lace bed coverlet for privacy – a contemporary take on the net curtain. If you did need total darkness to sleep, the look could be combined with other window treatments such as a discreet blackout roller blind.
There’s something about old paintings and portraits against dark walls, maybe because it immediately creates a sense of depth and grandeur in a room. A touch of velvet seems also to be part of the winning formulae for what always seems to lend to a rich and modern feel. This room was styled by The Descendents for Incy Interiors.
I couldn’t find out the name of this wallpaper (although it looks a lot like a Josef Frank design from Svenskt Tenn). It shows however just how much a colourful print can provide a lively backdrop for an old piece. This photo is by Beth Kirby, the stylist, photographer and brains behind (probably the most beautiful food and lifestyle blog ever) Local Milk.
This bedroom belongs to Debi Treloar and mixes thrifted frames and pictures in different sizes to create a feature shelf. I love how the floral and botanical images are brought to life with floral light fittings and fairy lights in contrasting metallics. The bedroom was photographed by London photographer and stylist Carole Poirot who also has an inspirational portfolio full of vintage modern style – well worth a look.
Another simple arrangement of objects that proves less is definitely more. This bedroom design forms part of a renovation of a Revolutionary War home in the Hudson Valley (check out the whole house on Remodelista). Jersey Ice Cream Co are an interior design team headed up by Tara Mangini and Percy Bright. For this room they picked Farrow and Ball’s Beautifully Woven Wallpaper and added a few vintage accents above the bed. Photographed by Beth Kirby.
Until next time, sweet dreams everyone…