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Finding and using vintage pieces in your home and garden

One of the most popular trends in interior decoration and horticultural style at the moment is vintage. If you’re looking to give your home and garden a little revamp in time for the (hopefully) glorious British summer, then using some simple vintage and retro ideas can be a great way to go. 

But what is ‘vintage’?
Vintage is a term that can be used to describe so much in terms of home and garden decoration. Loosely, vintage refers to items dating from around the 1920s – 1960s. Anything prior to the 1920s is usually considered antique. However, the further into the 2010s we go, the more we see items from the 1970s being considered vintage and retro as well. At the end of the day, we’re talking about your home and garden – if you want to use a piece from 1982 and call it vintage, who’s going to stop you?! The police won’t, I can tell you that for free. 

How you use vintage pieces in your home and garden will very much depend on the style you are going for. If you want to really recreate a 1950s American diner-esque kitchen then you’re likely to want to go for bold items of furniture, matching soft furnishings and maybe even a jukebox in the corner. If, however, you’re after just a touch of vintage in the back garden, then perhaps using a couple of vintage planters here and there will be enough to create your desired effect.

And then of course there are all the fantastic modern pieces of furniture, for both the home and the garden, that are made to look vintage – and are often a cheaper than the real deal (unless you’re a pro bargain hunter). We won’t tell if you don’t…

Where to find vintage pieces for your home and garden
Unfortunately we can’t all enlist the help of David Dickenson to help us on our vintage mission, and starting off the search can seem a daunting prospect. But fear not! We’re here to offer a helping hand.

Before you set foot on your hunt, you need to know what sort of things you are looking for - perhaps not specific items, but the era from which you’d like your vintage pieces to be. Although we’ve said that the term ‘vintage’ covers a range of decades, it’s a good idea to stick to one of those in your home or garden. Each decade has its own, very distinctive designs. Mixing them up too much may make the area you are decorating seem too hectic, and not the vintage paradise you were hoping for.

Once you’ve chosen your style – be it the swinging ‘60s or art deco or whatever takes your fancy – a great place to start your vintage search is from the comfort of your own home. Searching online, using sites such as the fabulous Friday-Ad, to give you an idea of what’s out there, and what you can afford with your budget. Even if you don’t find your perfect vintage item, this initial research can help no end. And, who knows, you might even find exactly what you’re looking for and then you need search no further!

After searching online, there are still plenty of places to look. If you’ve got an eye for a bargain, head out onto the high street and visit your local charity shops. A vintage shoppers haven, many large charity shops or warehouses will sell second hand furniture or other items for the home and garden. You could also try your local jumble sale, or if you’re lucky enough to have one nearby, a dedicated vintage store.

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