My favourite pieces of vintage furniture in our home
Like many of you I will be spending many an hour at home over the coming weeks so I thought now was a good time to share some of my favourtie vintage pieces of furniture that we own. It will come as no surprise that our house is full of vintage furniture. In every room we have something I would call old or pre loved. They are featured alongside more modern pieces of furniture or decor and each one means a great deal to us and has a story to tell. So here are a few of my personal favourites.
Edith’s wooden school desk
A vintage children’s school desk just had to be top of the list! This particular desk was meant for Blue Ticking but when it entered the studio I just knew it would be perfect for Edith’s bedroom. She did have a smaller single desk but with her ever expanding stationary and ‘stuff’ it was getting pretty obvious that she needed an upgrade! I especially fell in love with this one because it was a great size (not too big but much bigger than what she had) and the overall look was just what I was after. It really was meant to be! It has the shelf underneath which provides very handy storage and there is plenty of work space so she can do her homework, write her notes and draw. Edith thinks it’s pretty cool too so it’s win win!
(If you want to see our range of desks just head to our desk and table pages.)
This amazing occasional chair has been in the family for a long time and was given to me when my parents moved house. We took it to our first bought home in Tooting, London and I had it reupholstered in this black stripe. When I had children I used it as a nursing chair, the arms were just the right height for feeding and it’s super comfy. Now the kids are a bit older it currently resides in our spare room. I think it might need a bit of a spruce up at some point, it’s seen a lot of life over the last few years!
Bathroom beach shelf
This brilliant shelf was picked up on one of our many treasure hunting days. All we needed to do was give it a good clean and I instantly knew it would house all of our beach finds. I love the fact it has different sized holes and the strong green is great and matches our bathroom perfectly. It’s a bit of a nightmare to dust so we tend not to move everything around too often!!!
Vintage Apple Crate
We have a couple of these vintage apple crates in our home. One is used as a bedside table in Maggie’s room and the other is in hanging in the kitchen where it houses some of my favourite glasses, china and enamelware. I love the rustic/imperfect look of it and it works really well with the other pieces in the kitchen/diner.
Dining table and chairs
This fab set was sourced from Spittalfields market which used to be one of our favourite places to go when we lived in London. We were after a set for our new flat and my lovely Mum said she would buy it as our wedding present. Nearly 11 years later and its still going strong. I don’t worry too much about the top so it has lots of markings from when the kids paint and draw; all adding to its rich tapestry and story.
We bought the chairs with the table and they are all slightly different, a look we quite like because we aren’t keen on everything being too matchy matchy!
Retro chair reupholstered in blue ticking
We bought a few of these retro style chairs to sell on our website but the plan was always to keep one back for us! Obviously I had a spot in mind and there was no doubt that it had to be reupholstered in ticking fabric! It’s a chair that gets used daily and I can often be found here drinking my morning coffee! It’s also not too big so doesn’t impose on the room.
The Maggie and Lollipop soda crate
As you would expect we have a number of Maggie’s dotted around our house, but this is my favourite. I love the red, it’s vibrant and really stands out particularly against the dark wall. This one houses some of the kids shoes and when the kids aren’t around it’s a seat John nabs to watch the rugby!
We are also huge fans of these Lollipop soda crates from America. We have used ours to display some of our enamel mugs but you can also use them as freestanding storage units. We have a few of these left in our online shop and I know lots of customers have used them for storing craft items, stationary and pens.
Mahogany chest of drawers
This beauty can be found in Edith’s room but it used to live in John’s uncles house. It’s a stunning mahogany and I just love it. We also have the original mirror that sits on top. I really like the fact that it’s another piece of furniture that has been passed down within the family and hopefully one day Edith will take it with her and it’s life will be extended even further.
Maggie’s classic single school desk with chalkboard lid
We can’t talk about vintage furniture without including the classic wooden school desk with lift up lid! Maggie has one and she loves it! We added a chalkboard lid which she uses all the time to write on and practice her maths. (This photo was taken a little while ago and i’m pleased to say she now writes the number 3 the right way round!!!)
As I have said many times I just love imagining the many children who would have sat at this desk over the years. The lift up lid is useful because it reveals really handy storage for Maggie’s also growing pad and pen collection! Don’t forget to head to our online shop to see what desks we currently have in stock.
Another antiques fair purchase, this time very much orchestrated by John! He spotted it from afar and had to have it! We need another light for our lounge to sit above a chair which is often used for reading and this one fitted the bill perfectly. It also has the added bonus of being extendable so you can shine a light on anything you desire! It’s safe to say the kids aren’t allowed to touch it:)
I could list many more of my favourites but these are most definitely at the top of my list. Our house is quite eclectic so each piece sits beside other older pieces or more contemporary ones. It’s a great mix and no doubt we will add more over the years to come.
If you fancy adding some vintage pieces to your home do check out our website where you will find lots of inspiration!