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How To Add Vintage Style To Your Home

Hello everyone! As promised I am working on bringing my readers more posts on vintage decorating style. Vintage decor is more popular than ever, and it can be incorporated into your home in so many easy ways. Even if your house is modern, vintage elements can still be worked in to add some cozy charm. Vintage decor and collectibles are great for making your house have a unique feel, and for giving it lots of character. Many vintage items evoke the countryside, and the farmhouse or cottage look, which so many people love. There is just something so homey and welcoming when we are surrounded by the timeworn items of yesteryear. *This post contains affiliate links.

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Shabby Chic Arched Wood Wall Decor

Source: Antique Farmhouse

It is so easy to get hold of vintage items these days, whether through junkin’ at estate sales, flea markets, antiques shop or even online. There are also many reproductions that can fool even the most experienced vintage junker and still add the vintage character that is so desirable.  Old doors, windows and architectural salvage such as corbels or mantels will instantly give your home vintage character.

Shabby Chic Cornice Bookends

 

Source: Antique Farmhouse

Shabby Chic Divided Cubby Wall Shelf

Source: Antique Farmhouse

You don’t have to be an expert in design, or history, to live and use vintage items in your home. If you are new to junkin’ you will find out very soon how easy it is to start amassing a collection of fun vintage items quickly and expensively. I highly recommend attending a Vintage Market Days or The Country Living Fair show that is closet to your location. Of course you can also scour local antiques shops and consignment stores. There are so many amazing items to choose from to get you started on your way to creating a vintage home style or adding to your already vintage styled abode.

Fabulous Flea Market Display Antiques Booth Display

Vintage Market Days

There are also tons of shops that sell “vintage style” items that are brand new. So if flea market foraging is not really your thing, there will still be plenty of  vintage items, in your local stores these days such as Hobby Lobby and even Target. There are also some amazing shops online like Bits Of Vintage, Antique Farmhouse and Etsy shops. Whatever time period or style you prefer, vintage can work for you. It is so versatile, and can be worked into any home. 

Beautiful Vintage Style Decorative Accents Vintage Home Decor Found Objects

 

Bring the Outside Inside

Vintage style often evokes a farmhouse or cottage feel, and this is all about the great outdoors. No matter if you live in an apartment, or out in the country, there are so many ways you can use the outdoors to decorate your house, and bring the outdoors indoors. Creating a garden theme will instantly evoke nostalgic charm.

Embossed Tin Potting Shed Sign

Source: Antique Farmhouse

Faux Rust Pot Storage Caddy

Source: Antique Farmhouse

With spring coming, it is the perfect time to style some vintage garden themed vignettes too. One simple idea is to use plants or flowers, fresh or faux. By incorporating some plants into your home, you can help create that vintage feel.

Reproduction of Vintage Wall Water Fountain

 

Source: Antique Farmhouse

Flower Frog Jar Vases With Divided Tin Holder

Source: Antique Farmhouse

Use old terra cotta pots with a weathered, rustic patina or vintage planters made by McCoy or Hull Pottery. Plants not only look great and freshen up the home, but they can be used showcase more vintage style collectibles.

Why not get creative and use an old watering can as a centerpiece, or an old step ladder as a plant stand? Bringing the outdoors in can really capture the vintage style, while adding a unique character to your home. Don’t forget to look for old garden gates, rusty garden tools, beautiful old urns, or old botanical or bird pictures.

Black Framed Botanical Prints, Set of 4

Source: Antique Farmhouse

Make it Your Own

Many people buy vintage items, and spruce them up to reflect their own style. Vintage can be anything from the very old, to the slightly out of date, and so often these items simply just need some TLC. This is a great way to make these vintage items fit into your own interior design style, and it can make old items even more unique, while adding character to your home. Painting, distressing, restoring or upcyling items are all great ways to make them your own. Olivia at Reinvented Collection blog often shares how to transform old vintage furniture with paint.  These antique chairs have been given a “new” chic makeover with a coat of red paint, all the while retaining their classic vintage look. The table has been faux finished with a fabulous weathered patina.

Gorgeous red painted chairs antique furniture makeover shabby chic vintage painted furniture

 

Simply using vintage looking textiles such as pillows, curtains and bedspreads can instantly create a vintage feel. You can live like mysterious Tommy Bahama who uses vintage style to influence his designs. 

Create a vintage style bedroom with Tommy Bahama quilted bedspred

Tommy Bahama Quilted Bedcover

White Ruffle Diamond Comforter Set, 3 Pieces

Source: Antique Farmhouse

You can find out how to create a dreamy vintage bedroom here.

Chances are, if you are reading my blog you already love vintage style. If you haven’t begun to incorporate vintage into your home yet because you feel like you may not know enough about “antiques” and are a little confused on what to buy, just follow your heart! Surround yourself with vintage items you find charming or that bring back a memory of childhood or a beloved relative’s home. These treasures can entirely change the feel of a room and can bring such individuality to your home.

Vintage handmade quilt scrap hearts ironstone and transferware

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Tomorrow I will be sharing a post at Katherine’s Corner blog all about creating winter vintage vignettes using authentic vintage treasures and trinkets I have collected over the years. I hope you will join us there!

Thanks for visiting today!

Amber

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For more vintage style inspiration, check out these publications:

 

Southern Living Vintage Style

Southern Living Vintage Style

 

Carolyn Westbrook Vintage French Style Book

Vintage French Style

 Vintage Style Magazine

Vintage Style Magazine

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5 Comments

  • Reply At Rivercrest Cottage

    Some great ideas in your post. I especially loved the white vintage comforter set at Antique Farmhouse.

    January 26, 2018 at 12:11 am
  • Reply Debra@CommonGround

    Oh, I LOVE this post! I’m ready for some warmer weather to be able to get out and stalk the vintage shops and markets. so many wonderful images!

    January 26, 2018 at 12:12 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thanks Debra! We will still have snow here in KY through April, but we will also have days in the 60’s here and there too starting towards the end of February. People will start having yard sales in early April!

      January 29, 2018 at 1:34 am
  • Reply Kathy A

    I’m slowly accumulating things that I love; old Japan figurines, ceramic birds, several wall pockets, a conch shell for my bathroom. And always dollhouse treasures! We had a two day trip to NH which included a SA, a GW, and a church thrift store. It had brand new clothes for $3 and I found a few vintage treasures, too.

    February 6, 2018 at 2:19 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Oh wow that sounds like a great trip! I would love to hit some New England shops! Thank you so much for visiting today!

      February 6, 2018 at 7:58 pm

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