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Make use of old suitcases. Vintage cases or travel trunks in good condition will sit easily alongside a more modern leather couch. Ideal in a home that may not have much storage – fill your case with out-of-season clothing and use in your living space as a coffee table.
TIP: If you’re stuck for shelving space, keep an eye out in antique and op-shops for vintage printing press drawers and drink crates. You can put them on their sides and use them as a quirky display solution that will only enhance your collection.
Another cool idea for a coffee table is using a vintage suitcase. You can store things inside the case when not in use – extra storage is always a bonus – and rest your drinks and magazines on top. You can get glass cut to size to place on top, or just leave it without. It’s a fantastic idea for renters and for people living in small spaces that need multi-functional pieces.More twists on the traditional coffee table
The bunting in this lounge/dining room shows how you can really use anything to make your bunting; it’s really up to you. Get creative with all shapes and sizes of fabric or firm paper, or peg up kids’ artworks or old greeting cards. Source the internet for useful tips and ideas.
CrochetAll nanas crocheted. There was no television so what else was there to do? The art of crochet seems to have enjoyed a recent revival, judging from the plethora of craft books out there. There are even books to show you just how to make the blankets that Nana used to make. Try: Granny Squares: Twenty Crochet Projects with a Vintage Vibe, by Susan Pinner.Traditionally, blankets were lovingly made as gifts for new babies through to twenty-firsts and glory boxes. What better to drape over the back of your sofa and keep handy for warming your knees on a chilly night?
Scour the marketsTrawl markets and second-hand stores as you can often pick up a bargain. Look for quality pieces, and consider whether they can be sanded, repainted, re-covered or repaired.More: Second Best: 5 Reasons to Scour the Op Shops
3. Work around the layoutWhen structural walls, windows and doors come into play, it’s tricky to demarcate an open-plan living and dining zone. A simple device is to add a standing light against the wall between the two areas, as well as a floor rug that lines up with the sofa.
Beloved belongingsNothing is off limits in this terrific dining and living area. The furniture is the real deal, the artwork and coat hooks speak of a bygone era and even the window blinds are a blast from the past. This retro space combines comfort with key pieces that bring the past well and truly back to life.HOW TO DO IT: Weave in family belongings wherever you can to give your home heart and soul. If you can lay your hands on Granny’s old crocheted rug or you fondly remember a painting your parents had when you were growing up, see if they are willing to part with it. I’ve got my eye on an old yellow jug from my childhood.