I’m quite obsessed with Scandinavian design and interiors so Lovely Life blog, with its Swedish home tours, is one of my faves. I came across the home of Annacate recently, who is also a blogger over at Another Side of Life, and I fell in love instantly. The home is quirky, unique and effortlessly stylish. It was the vintage mirror above the kitchen sink that first caught my attention and then I saw the William Morris wallpaper, mid-century chairs and wall to ceiling books and I could not contain my envy any longer.
This home is a wonderful example of creating a personal, beautiful, interesting home within a period building whilst keeping it up to date – all the mod-cons with no sacrifice of the owner’s obvious passion for vintage style.
A few things to copy to make your own period home as beautiful and functional:
1) Create a white backdrop with white walls and floorboards as this instantly creates a fresh, crisp feel in a home on which to layer your furniture, textiles, wallpaper.
2) Use big, bold wallpaper or textiles in parts of the house to complement the age of your home. With a bright white floor, this will never feel too heavy.
3) Offset a brand new kitchen with vintage pieces like the mirror, dining table and chairs.
4) If original tiles have been lost replace with updated geometric patterned ones, reminiscent of Victorian tiles.
5) Replace modern radiators with cast iron ones or good replicas.
6) Use books (or in this home’s case LP’s) to decorate the walls.
7) Don’t scrimp on modern, cheap shelving as this will let down the rest of the room. Invest in vintage shelving like the great mid-century string shelving they have used in this house.
8) Use colours that complement the period of your home. I love the greens, blues and greys in this home, which can be seen in the tiles, wallpaper and paint on the walls and staircase.
9) Keep your vintage or antique furniture in its natural wooden state – don’t paint the death out of everything.
10) Let as much light into the house as possible, even if that means not having curtains or blinds at some of the windows. Allow the windows to show their real beauty, rather than covering them up, if possible.
Sit back and enjoy this beauty of a home…