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What is your favorite part of each room?
It took us years to find all the parts we needed to build our 1950’s English Rose kitschen.
Some parts were just beyond finding and we had them specially
fabricated, much to the amusement of all around us.
The 1950’s had not
quite become trendy and very few of our friends and family really
understood why on earth we didn’t just buy a ‘proper’ kitchen. But we
always knew it was worth the effort.
The cabinets are really well made
and the addition of the 1960’s wall cupboard means that the space is a
really functional working kitchen. Cabinets which were destined for the
tip have been restored, re-sprayed and newly laminated and it’s as hard
wearing as any modern kitchen would be.
As much as I enjoy just looking
at everything in the kitschen, it’s that
continuity I love the most. That we are using cabinets every day which
were built in a factory over 50 years ago. It appeals to my thrifty
The family bathroom, like much of our home, came together by accident.
An accumulation of treasures and happy finds sort of resulted in the
blue and red colour scheme. Somehow everything just fits together. The
addition of some thrifted curtains which I lined with red gingham
really gave the room a warm homely feel. I especially love the light
pull. We got bored with the nasty white plastic one and our son chose a
jolly red button which was just the right thing for the job!
Bathroom Bathing Beauty - Bathroom Light Pull
In the master bedroom the room is a very calm eggshell blue and the
colour is all in the textiles which add warmth. I am very fond of
vintage patchworks and so these would have to be my favourite thing in
here and I often change the look of the room by swapping around the
textiles (well I have to justify my collections somehow!).
In our son’s
room I love that he has accumulated his own boy’s brand of vintage
which has nothing about it that is pink or floral!
In my workroom it is all about inspiration. I display the materials I
use in my work; ribbons, braids, pens, buttons and fabrics, to keep
reminding me to work! I like to be surrounded by colour and pictures
and the books and ornaments which inspire my work. It’s quite a busy
room but it’s my girly space and I love it all!Where do you find inspiration for decorating your home?
For me vintage is about getting use out of things, whether these are
family heirlooms and hand-me-downs or happy finds on trips to charity
shops, markets and auctions. I like to make still-life displays around
the house that catch my eye and make me smile. I see no point in having
collections which are hidden away, I don’t do precious! I think what
makes our house a home is that it has grown over many years. Things
have been added, a few things taken away, but mostly it has just
developed so it’s a comfortable space to be in!
Big Blue Dog
Any advice for creating your look?
I would always say not to worry what other’s might think about your
choices for your home. Buy things that make your heart dance and if
you’re in the mood to buy things for your home, never take a shopping
list! Just see what sings out to you when you get there! It’s not
sensible, but it is fun!
A special thanks to Teena for sharing her beautiful home with us. You
can see more of Teena's home and her current projects at her blog Kitschen Pink.
Also, visit her shop on Etsy
to purchase her adorable puppies.All photographs in this feature are copyright Teena Vallerine