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Vintage style decorating resembles shabby chic
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Many people confuse Vintage Style decorating with the Shabby Chic decorating style. There are subtle differences between the two styles.


Shabby Chic by its name has an atmosphere of benign neglect but still has an elegance surrounding it. Visit Shabby Chic if you want to explore the characteristics of this style further.
Vintage style decorating, on the other hand, has the potential of bringing you back to your grandparent's home. It is similar in a way to retro style decorating. The furniture may resemble that found in the Shabby Chic home. It may be well loved with peeling paint and many dents and scratches from much use. The differences are not found so much in the furniture used in the two styles. What separates the styles is the accents and accessories found in the vintage style home.

Fabrics are most important in the Vintage Style Home
Fabrics are an important ingredient in creating this style. If you love the old cabbage roses of the 40's you are well on your way to enjoying this style. Calico prints from the 30's and 40's are also used extensively.
In the kitchen, oilcloth tablecloths are often used. Cookbooks were also often covered in oilcloth. Another favorite in the kitchen is the old roller towel rack. These often had linen calender prints or beautiful floral linen prints on them.
Another kitchen staple was the terrycloth towel with the crocheted buttoned handle that could be attached to a drawer knob or the oven door handle. Dishcloths and towels often had hand crocheted edges to keep them from fraying and help them last longer.
During wartime when fabric was scarce, grain bags were printed with patterns so women would have access to fabric they could use. Often bags were sewn from these to keep dry goods in the pantry. Beans, rice, pasta were stored in these homemade bags made from the grain bag fabric. Since many women canned in those times and many gave their specialties as gifts, jar toppers were also made from these bags. Many of these grain bag patterns are avidly sought for by collectors today.

Other Kitchen Decorating Ideas

One idea for vintage decorators is to have a coat rack in the kitchen displaying a variety of colorful aprons from the 40's and 50's. There are many of these aprons available at flea markets for a very low price.
Along with the roller towel rack, there oftentimes was a wooden folding rack for drying dish towels attached to the wall. The slats would fold down into it when not in use and could be brought out for drying towels and dish cloths when needed.
Enameled pots, both blue speckled and white were found in vintage kitchens. The variety of tools used is huge and great fun to look for at flea markets.


Below is a list of some items you might consider looking for:
gallon butter churns
butter molds
wire egg baskets
rug beaters
a display of old keys
colored canning jars
milk bottles
antique cookbooks
hand crocheted dish cloths and retro cotton dish towels
vintage pottery and canisters
a collection of fiestaware
tin breadboxes
vintage salt and pepper shakers
If you have a laundry area, a washboard could also be hung on the wall. To go along with that, everyone had clothespin bags that were hung from the clothesline, keeping the pins handy for use. Ironing boards were often covered with colorful calicos or cotton floral prints. Ticking was also a favorite fabric for covering ironing boards. Does anyone out there ever leave their ironing board out on display anymore?

Vintage style decorating tips for other rooms

Vintage Living Room
If you have a living room with a fireplace this will add a lot to your vintage style. You can use an old trunk, wooden tool box or toy chest for a wood box. A basket piled high with pine cone starters along with some vintage fire andirons and hand wrought tools will complete the picture. Don't forget to look for a really great bellows while you are at it. Oh and by the way, foot long matches in an antique holder will also add to the vintage style you are aiming for.

Decorating Vintage Style Bedrooms

In the bedroom you can transform your linens by sewing crocheted lace to your sheets and pillowcases. Be sure to pile plenty of pillows covered with vintage pillowcases on the bed. Quilts and eiderdown comforters will also help you create the vintage style look. Crocheted granny square pillows and afghans will certainly bring your mind back a few years.
Shop flea markets for some vintage lamps and lampshades. Beautifully shaped lamp shades fit this style as do padded hangers covered in vintage fabric. Hang scented packets of potpourri from the hangers and also create some for your bureau draws. Fill them with lavender potpourri and tie them with pretty ribbons for that really old fashioned look and smell.
Crocheted or tatted doiles are often used on bureaus and end tables. Antimacassars are sometimes used on the backs and arms of chairs. If you have never heard this word, these are crocheted pieces used to protect the back and arms of chairs from soiling.
A bit of trivia here: These came about way back in the days of sailing ships. The sailors used to tar their hair to keep it from blowing in the wind. The substance they used was called macassar. Naturally, this was very difficult to remove, so the women developed the habit of using bits of fabric to protect the upholstered furniture, hence the name, anti-macassar.
Antique water pitchers with matching bowls are highly sought for this style of decorating. Even chamber pots are used for an authentic look here. Antique jewelry placed in a vintage jewel box on the bureau is another way to add character to a vintage style bedroom. Look for some old heavy glass vintage candlesticks for added romance in the bedroom.


Miscellaneous Vintage Style Decorating Tips
A collection of mustache cups or shaving mugs with brushes would look good in the bathroom
Along with the shaving mugs would fit a razor strop used to sharpen straight edge razors
Place a wooden peg rail in the entryway for hanging hats
An umbrella stand would be appropriate in the front hall
Antique glass jars could hold bath salts and bath oils
Vintage frames holding a collection of old family portraits would fit in almost any room.
An old baby carriage or a doll carriage holding a collection of dolls would fit in this vintage style of decorating
A collection of antique toys or board games would fit here
Floral pictures in gold metal or plaster of paris frames are often used in vintage style settings.
These are some ideas for decorating your home in the vintage style. Hopefully, by now you get the idea of the differences between shabby chic and vintage style.

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