Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Everything Vintage

Everyday I try and do a " power walk" up the hill lane next to the Gop and around what we villagers call " The Marian" . I usually do this alone as all of the dogs but William are past marching in the heat of a summer's day.
Towards the top of the Hill, high up over Trelawnyd ,sits an estate cottage. For some reason it shrieks 1940 to me , although the cottage is much older.
It is, pure vintage.......and vintage , apparently is the word du jour at the moment.


The Professor sees " vintage" as tat.
I see vintage as " lived in"
The truth, I suspect is somewhere in between.
I'm in the middle of carpet washing this morning and am not getting much done and my last visitor was a hiker and her friend after some eggs, more or less walked into the front door as I was clearing out the log burner.
"Your living room looks like a 1950s film set" the woman chirped up pointing at our vintage lamp and the pre war bookcase.
" vintage is in" I informed her proudly

Old jugs lie everywhere



The pans I use the most are two enamelled pots from the 1940s


Vintage linen in the hall 


Untidy bookcases in the living room and bedroom






46 comments:

  1. A bit of blue, peeking out from behind the old jugs! Of which there are plenty around here as well.
    That gave me a smile. =)

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  2. your home is very warm and inviting and lived in. I'd love to see more of it.

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  3. A man after my own heart!!

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  4. I have a similar eclectic taste John. Anybody want to clean some copper and brass for me?

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  5. Vintage clothes all around me at work, I keep wanting to say "I had one of those in 1973" but it is too embarrassing. I am get reminded of my age everytime I see it. ,Your vintage in the house is a different thing. Love it. I only come close with the vases of flowers, i always have lots too.

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    1. I also used saucepans until recently like yours. Then they both got a hole in them and leaked and had to be disposed of. They had been my mother's before me.

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  6. Vintage is good, a 1960 Mancunian vintage is the best :-)

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  7. I love vintage...reminds me of happy times long ago.....

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  8. My old farmhouse is decorated in similar fashion. Though I think I need more jugs around, for flowers.

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  9. I loves old jugs, I do.
    I'm worried tho, when/if you move will you be able to keep your flavour or will it have to go upmarket or indeed, 'footballers wives'? The FW's pref style *grin*.
    Yep, pre-stables I had to walk the dawgie first then it was my turn to march.
    x

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  10. Yep. You and I would be most comfortable if we suddenly found ourselves in the other's house.

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  11. I love your house and the vintage china and patchwork quilts . I have a lovely collection of old china from grandmothers and other family members and pieces I have collected from charity shops . I love them all and they remind me of times and family long gone . I don't think I could ever be a minimalist.

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  12. I say vintage is old, but you pay more for a vintage house than you would for an old one; or a vintage coat over an old one.

    Vintage simply costs more than old but it's basically the same thing.

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  13. Eclectic, vintage, artsy, all me, but I confess to a love of modern too. My best friend just bought a new house in the city which is new and modern and I am green with envy. A wall of water, beautiful glass, rolling doors and endless open spaces. I told her when I die, I want to go to her house, so if she hears me bumping about, it's just me.

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  14. A lifetime of collecting bits and pieces makes a rich tapestry of life

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  15. I like vintage but it is so hard to find real vintage here.
    your home is beautiful.

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  16. you have a lovely home with a lot of beautiful things in it John.....

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  17. Humph, Vintage is the normal, comfortable, real way that people live isn't it? Those with houses filled with only new things, have no grounding. I like your house.

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  18. vintage stuff is good solid ware, modern stuff is cheap plastic crap. my house is full of antiques.

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  19. Beautiful flowers and linens.

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  20. All that hidden history...vintage always makes me wonder about the story behind something...

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  21. You may need your lugholes syringing John! Surely the woman said an EIGHTEEN 50's film set.

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  22. Love vintage! Everything has a story to tell.

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  23. Your's is what I call a 'home". Cozy and comforting. Wish it was mine.

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  24. Your's is what I call a 'home". Cozy and comforting. Wish it was mine.

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  25. Lovey home no matter the "label". Just looks welcoming and happy.
    Adore all the jugs with flowers .

    cheers, parsnip

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  26. Vintage is very " in " at the moment. I love young customers at the charity shop enthusing about things we took for granted when we were young !

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  27. Yes, you could be a very good vintage style blogger!!! It is better than that though because it just the way you are rather than trying to be something!

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  28. Home is where the heart is. xxx

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  29. I prefer to call it 'cosy' 'cottagey' and 'very comfortable' John.

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  30. You have some nice bits and bobs. Some of it is quite collectable now (your 40s pans for example - I have similar things in my Unit in an antiques shop). I love your Deco jug too - I bought one the same shape but with Primroses on as a birthday present for a dear friend who died earlier on this year. She adored it.

    Your cottage has a nice homely feel to it, especially with all the jugs of flowers. I hate going to places where you daren't sit down in case you put a crease in the cushion and it's shoes off at the door.

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  31. I hope you don't wind up in Ikea-ville when you move. But as you say, soon it would be homey.

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  32. I have a bad case of saucepan envy! They're fab!

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  33. I love your cottage and you have all the right touches to make it a home. The quilt is lovely. Is that one made by a family member? My grandmother was a quilter and I have and cherish many that she made. Personally, I would hate to move from the colorful village you live in. Maybe you can rent your cottage and one day move back and retire there.

    I haven't seen pans like that in years and years. I used to have a small little enamel sauce pan when I first moved out on my own. Makes me wonder whatever happened to it!

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  34. The opposite of my minimalism (no surprise).

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  35. I agree with the Professor, it's tat.

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  36. I had a pan like that in South Africa !

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  37. Your home is lovely, and as a quilter my beady eye is drawn to the quilt. As for vintage, Who cares what it's called as long as you enjoy it, Mind you, I'm 49 today and am feeling extremely vintage hehe

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  38. I love old things, I love that I'm not adding to the consumerism, and I generally want to be the youngest thing in my house. In this one, we do have a new couch and chair, and TV, and a couple other things but everything else is either second hand or I made it. This makes me happy :)

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  40. It looks comfy and "lived in," and I don't mean that as any kind of slur. :)

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  41. My entire world is "lived in, tat, vintage"

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  42. I own vintage Ikea. ;)

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  43. I am trying so hard to be a minimalist ....but.... I still have my prom dress ....it's "vintage" 1965 (50 years old!!!)

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  44. I like the looks of your home. It looks like a happy place with lots of love. I realized with a bit of a start this week how many of the things I use on a daily basis are at least old if not vintage. Some are getting a bit tattered, so I need to say good-bye to them, but other things are still going strong.

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