Charming collectibles and flea market finds are the key to a Vintage Chic look.
Recently, I asked my facebook page, “how would you describe my style?” One of my readers said “Vintage Chic” and I feel in love with the term.
In a world of white, farmhouse style homes, I lean more towards vintage chic. The idea of finding an old piece at a yard sale or flea market, then, figuring out what purpose it can play in my home is much more interesting for me. Rescuing them and giving them a new purpose is what it’s all about.
Recently, I was browsing through some old photos and found “before” photos of a house I lived in years ago. The house was sold in 2015, but it was my first project that I can really say was “me”. Over a period of 4 years, I was able to experient and add my Vintage Chic style to almost every corner of this home. I’m lucky enough to have these professional photographs to remember it by. Thanks to Gridley & Graves for the Photography. These “after” images are from an issue of Vintage Style Magazine.
First the dining room. The originally owners used this small space next to the kitchen as a traditional dining room. I saw it differently. I needed a larger kitchen and I loved the idea of having a sitting area so close to the action in the kitchen. We tore down the wall between the kitchen and dining room.
Oh, I could eat up every square inch of this photo and go on for days about every detail. But, I won’t, so if you have any questions, please feel free to ask me in the comments. (I will tell you that almost everything in this photo was a “found” item)
Oy, need I say more??
The money shot…
(psa, please don’t paint your ceilings white)
And, if you’re on the fence about using open shelving, hop over. It’s a YES.
other side of the kitchen – uhh, yikes.
This is the view from the sofa looking into the working part of the kitchen.
The traditional living room as presenting in the real estate listing…
…turned into our new dining room.
Even I’m staring at this picture taking everything in.
Have I mentioned that this house was over 4500 sq feet? So, it was deserving of that giant dining room with that massive table (which I still have BTW, just cut down to a smaller size) If you’d like to see more of this dining room, go HERE.
Here’s one of the bedrooms that the original homeowners used as a office.
For the magazine shoot, they needed a “master” bedroom shot. At the time, our master was not camera ready. So, we pushed the beds together in our guest room and called it a master. This is not a favorite look of mine.
The house had 2 masters suites. We turned one of them into a family room.
Here’s the view from the back porch. I’ve marked it up with “FOUND” signs. You wouldn’t believe what you find on trash day if you keep your eyes open and your back seats down.
Funny, as I write this post, I realize that it was 4 years ago to the day that I walked away from this home and never went back.
When our house was published in Vintage Style Magazine, I remember receiving emails and comments which were super nice and complimentary. I was surprised at how many people assumed I was living a fantastic life, just because of the way my house looked or how large it was, or what I owned.
It was a good lesson, because you are not your possessions and things are not always greener on the other side or any shade of green at all. Love what you have and make it your home. The internet can be a crazy thing, making you think what you have isn’t good enough.
Decorating is just what I do, I can’t stop myself. But maybe it’s not your thing and your house will never be “magazine worthy” and that’s ok. Happiness isn’t gauged on what color your walls are, or the size of your home. It’s raising amazing children, laughing ’til you snort and knowing that when your friends drop by, they don’t care whether your house has been featured in a magazine, or if the dog is licking lasagna off the floor. They’re there for you and not for what your house looks like. Well, that and maybe a glass of wine.