100 weeks and 6 days | Vintage style for the home

I love new things for my home. Better still I love finding vintage treasures for my home!

I love finding the perfect piece for a room, especially if it’s something I’ve had in mind for a while but haven’t been able to find!

Sometimes it’s easy to style a room, things just click into place and a corner can take on a lovely coordinated look without much thought.

Other times, things just don’t sit nicely together and it takes a bit of time to get everything just right.

I’ve had that quite recently with our grown up sitting room. I have lots of cushions on the sofas in there but wanted something a little bit different for my favourite chair. I had tried various cushions with it but none of them really floated my boat and were just what I wanted. I was after something quite unusual — wasn’t sure what though.

A vintage style of your own

A beautiful original piece of embroidery that has been reworked into a cushion cover. To say it’s beautiful is an understatement. The craftsmanship is extraordinary.

There are lots of modern alternatives out there — in places like IKEA for example — but they’re mass produced by machine and are just not quite as beautiful. The needlework on this piece is exquisite; someone obviously spent a long time creating all those tiny stitches! My granny was a talented embroiderer — we’ve got quite a few pieces that she crafted — perhaps that’s why I was drawn to it?

I LOVE vintage finds for my home. Don’t get me wrong — I love modern pieces too — but mixing things up a bit gives your home a unique personality of it’s own. Too much matchy-modern will have you feeling like you’re living in a show-home and too much vintage style will make your home feel like an antique shop.

An eclectic mix is a lovely combination. Strike a balance between old and new and you’ll end up with a gorgeous home, that reflects your personality.

Anyway. Delighted with my new — old — cushion!

Now to find the perfect side-table! ;)

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Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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57 Comments

  1. Jennifer
    18th Feb 2015 / 12:20 am

    Oh wow! That is gorgeous! I am never that lucky at find gems like this! The detail is amazing. Good work on your great find! Visiting from #twinklytuesday :)

    • 18th Feb 2015 / 9:31 am

      Thanks Jennifer! I’m delighted with it!! Just amazing to see all those tiny stitches!! Someone must have spent an awfully long time on it! x

  2. 18th Feb 2015 / 10:20 am

    This is so lovely – how come I never find anything like that?! I agree, it is so nice to mix up modern with vintage #sharewitheme

    • 18th Feb 2015 / 11:15 am

      I’m like a magpie with things for my home… will trawl through websites and shops to find just what I want. I love this cushion — would love to know who made it!! x

  3. Louisa
    18th Feb 2015 / 5:42 pm

    Such a lovely find. I agree that a mix of old and new is the perfect balance in your home. I wish I could drop on treasures like this! #sharewithme

    • 18th Feb 2015 / 8:44 pm

      Thanks ever so much Louisa! It’s always a real thrill to find something as beautiful as that! They’re there… you just need to keep your eyes open for them! X

  4. 18th Feb 2015 / 8:00 pm

    It is lovely Caro – I wish I had that kind of eye to get the perfect balance – I think I definitely tend to get sucked in by matchy-modern – it’s like I’m on auto-pilot. I probably need to go to a vintage type place and be a bit more discerning! X #sharewithme

    • 18th Feb 2015 / 8:49 pm

      Aaah thanks so much Sam!

      Maybe have a look in a junk store — or antiques shop — one day (no pressure!) and perhaps find a treasure that you really love — you’d be well on your way to breaking the matchy-modern spell! :) The thing is… as well I know, once you start, it’s impossible to stop!! You’ll end up being a vintage junkie! X

  5. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)
    19th Feb 2015 / 6:15 am

    Such a cute design and looks amazing on that cushion! I may well be coming to you for interior style advice soon if we ever get to move into our new house… visiting from #sharewithme

    • 19th Feb 2015 / 10:08 am

      Thanks Michelle! I’d be delighted to help!! Any excuse to look at lovely interiors products!! JUst holler — I could play at being a personal shopper!! :) X

  6. 19th Feb 2015 / 11:58 am

    Ohhhhh that is absolutely stunning. How gorgeous – I might have to come and pinch it from you! Thanks for linking up with #twinklytuesday

  7. 20th Feb 2015 / 7:37 pm

    Ahh this is absolutely stunning. Wish I was that talented. Beautiful. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

    • 21st Feb 2015 / 1:16 pm

      Me too!! I don’t think I’d have the patience to create something so intricate! I can design things for print but sewing is quite beyond me!! Thanks for hosting! x

  8. 27th May 2015 / 7:50 am

    It is beautiful! It’s such an art. I’m never lucky enough to find anything as beautiful either but I think I might not be looking in the right places ;) thank you for hosting xx

    • 27th May 2015 / 9:36 am

      It’s amazing isn’t it? I love to think of the person that made it — so talented — and SO much work!!

  9. Ellie Mulligan
    27th May 2015 / 8:33 am

    I agree I love the idea of mixing it up! #HomeEtc

  10. 27th May 2015 / 8:46 am

    It’s a beautiful cushion, the colours are gorgeous and the design so intricate! I love vintage things too and really looking forward to finding more peices for my home once we move which will hopefully be by the end of the summer! Thank you for hosting :) #homeetc

    • 27th May 2015 / 9:38 am

      Ooh that’s exciting for you Carolyn!! A new home!! Hopefully well see lots of lovely home and decor posts from you!! :)

  11. 27th May 2015 / 10:49 am

    That’s a ridiculously beautiful cushion! I love the detailing on it, looks great on your chair. #HomeETC

    • 27th May 2015 / 11:27 am

      Aaah thanks so much — it’s beautiful isn’t it? I’d love to be able to make something like that — I just wouldn’t have the patience!! X

  12. Antonia Ludden
    27th May 2015 / 11:02 am

    What a beautiful cushion, such craftsmanship! x

    • 27th May 2015 / 11:28 am

      Thanks so much Antonia! I was so pleased to find it — there are similar in Ikea but not quite as intricate — OR as old!!! ;)

  13. 27th May 2015 / 2:22 pm

    I already commented on this – back before you were my co-host hehe! Still such a beautiful find – I can’t wait to pretty my home with such stuff! Thanks for hosting lovely :) #HomeEtc

    • 29th May 2015 / 9:50 am

      It’s so weird isn’t it?! I LOVE being your co-host :) Amazing how things turn out! :)

  14. 27th May 2015 / 2:56 pm

    Caro I love the cushion it is beautiful, and I ma exactly the same I like a mix of both x

    • 29th May 2015 / 9:51 am

      It’s gorgeous isn’t it? I wish I had the time — and skill and patience — to create something so beautiful. They were so skilled in those days weren’t they? X

  15. Ashley
    27th May 2015 / 3:26 pm

    Oh love that idea…and that it’s authentic!!! <3

    • 29th May 2015 / 9:52 am

      Me too Ashley! There are similar things on the high street, but nowhere near as beautifully crafted x

  16. 27th May 2015 / 8:15 pm

    Beautiful – I’m with you a mix of new and old makes for the perfect style, I’m still to convince MOH though – but I think I’m making progress ! :) #homeetc

    • 29th May 2015 / 10:03 am

      Keep at it Stephanie!!! My poor boy doesn’t even argue any more… things just keep popping up in the house and he’s resigned himself to it!! X

  17. 27th May 2015 / 8:21 pm

    It’s beautiful, Caro. Someone must have spent hours on that. I know the IKEA one you mean too as I almost picked it up :)

    • 29th May 2015 / 10:04 am

      Amazing isn’t it? Those were the days before TV and the internet!! No wonder we haven’t time to make beautiful things like that any more!! Too many distractions :)

  18. 27th May 2015 / 8:22 pm

    Ooh great find! I love mixing old vintage pieces and new bits, my home style is very much a mix-up. #HomeEct x

    • 29th May 2015 / 10:05 am

      I think a combination is a lovely thing — otherwise you feel like your either in a museum or a shop!! :)

  19. 27th May 2015 / 8:25 pm

    Love this – what a beautiful piece and so pretty. The colours are stunning :) Jess x #HomeEtc

    • 29th May 2015 / 10:05 am

      Thanks lovely — so many pretty colours it goes with everything!! :) Thanks for being a fab co-host xx

  20. Jenna
    27th May 2015 / 9:26 pm

    Oh I love pretty vintage pieces too.

    Your cushion is gorgeous and looks great in your arm chair.

    I think charity shops are some of the best places to find things like this – I always pop in my local ones for a nosy when I’m passing by.

    Thanks for hosting #HomeEtc

    • 29th May 2015 / 11:09 am

      Ahh I LOVE having a rummage in a charity shop — or a car boot sale. One mans trash is another man’s treasure; it’s lovely to find beautiful, unique pieces for your home isn’t it? Really makes your home your own xx

    • 29th May 2015 / 11:05 am

      Thanks Fi… although I think it chose me! It literally leaped out at me and I’d just been given some birthday money to spend. It was meant to be ;) X

  21. 27th May 2015 / 10:26 pm

    That is simply gorgeous! The colours are lovely. What a clever way to re-use that piece of embroidery. I used to collect lots of sweet little 1930s tray cloths, but never really knew what to do with them. I wonder if they’re still in my loft? I’m definitely a vintage girl at heart, although I love to mix it all up – nobody wants to live in a museum! . #HomeEtc x

    • 29th May 2015 / 11:04 am

      I’ve got quite a few tray cloths too… I used to use them for propping!! They’re so beautiful aren’t they? Makes you wonder about the ladies that made them. Thanks for stopping by! X

  22. 27th May 2015 / 10:47 pm

    What a gorgeous cushion! I wish I was more crafty (or had the time to be!) I really love the armchair too! x

    • 29th May 2015 / 11:03 am

      Thanks so much and I totally agree about time Jemma! I have so many ideas but there literally aren’t enough hours in the day!!

  23. 28th May 2015 / 12:09 am

    Wow that is beautiful, the colours are lovely on the thread. I loved mixing and matching new with old too, the old brings a story and the new, well you give it a story! #HomeEtc
    Sabrina xx

    • 29th May 2015 / 11:02 am

      Thanks so much Sabrina. I wish the person who made it could see it now :)

  24. 28th May 2015 / 12:16 am

    I am thinking of doing some embroidery as a hobby, that’s a lovely design.

    • 29th May 2015 / 11:02 am

      Maybe we should start an embroidery revolution Lorraine?! Crochet and knotting have made a comeback — we could revive the embroidery trend!! ;) X

  25. ceri
    28th May 2015 / 2:57 pm

    Such a gorgeous item. Lucky you.

  26. 28th May 2015 / 5:22 pm

    Woe, that’s stunning I love it! I always keep my eye out for little finds like this #HomeEtc

    • 29th May 2015 / 10:31 am

      Me too Toni! I’m like a magpie :) I love rummaging through charity shops and car-boots sales — you never know what you’re going to find!

  27. Mrs Puddleducky
    28th May 2015 / 9:37 pm

    That cushion is absolutely beautiful! What a great find! X

    • 29th May 2015 / 10:14 am

      I was SO pleased when I clapped eyes on it! Had my name on it, that’s for sure ;) X

  28. 29th May 2015 / 9:27 pm

    This is gorgeous! When can you come and style my home… #homeetc

    • 30th May 2015 / 5:20 pm

      So beautiful isn’t it? I so wish I had the kill and patience to create something as beautiful by hand xx

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