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Room of the Week: An England Kitchen

an england kitchen room of the weekI seriously think my heart stopped when I viewed this Suffolks, England kitchen featured as this week’s Room of the Week via Elle Decor.  The 1950s chairs are Danish and are nestled under a 17th century table. This mix of modern and antique is completed with a  Moroccan tiled backsplash by Emery & Cie.  Lighting by Davey.

Student Bedrooms – vintage decor

vintage style student bedroomWhy settle for the same old look in your student apartment bedroom or dorm room? Look out of the box (and big box stores) for ideas on creating a resting space that is functional, inspiring, and full of personality. A vintage style student room does all this.

vintage_girls_roomPretty in pink…and stately vintage. An antique white iron bed with storage beneath is a nice touch. The old bean bag chair in hot pink speaks vintage.

vintage bedroom orangeGrandmother vintage? Raid the ole attic and see what pops up, or out, and into your new student bedroom. Old silk sheets make great pillow cases with vintage glam flair. An antique phone and clock are essential, especially if you get them to work! And don’t reject the unusual colors, like this orange bed cover and curtains.

Student apartments listed at Apartments To Like.com

Blue Shabby Chic

A bland apartment space can be transformed easily into a cozy blue Shabby Chic haven with a few touches from this popular country design line. The color blue is both soothing, relaxing and promotes rejuvenation in the human spirit, especially when the blue is in the softest of pale shades. Bedroom image via Interior Fans.com

The antique appeal of Shabby Chic furniture and the roughed up finish of this pale blue sink chest and medicine cabinet are perfection in this style of decor. To make it more shabby and chic? Add odd finds from flea markets, like jars, old glassware or china to complete the look. These items can be functional as well for storage or soap containers. Image via Home and Decor.

Adding a heavily quilted and pillowed daybed to any room give an instant seating space or a great place to curl up and read a book or take a nap. Love the mix of blue colors here. Via Coastal Living.

Via Home and Decor

Add some floral slip covered chairs and soft patterned linens to your dining space for a vintage shabby chic feel. Image via True Lock Equals True Love.

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Defining Antique, Vintage and Retro

Antique Victorian Loveseat via Scenic Mesa.

What exactly do the terms antique, vintage and retro mean and what, pray tell, is the difference? Hmmm? This has been an on-going question in my mind and may be one for you as well when considering your decor choices. Here’s the nitty-gritty on these words of “old”….

Antique – as defined by Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary – A relic or object of ancient times or of and earlier period than the present; a work of art, piece of furniture, or decorative object made at an earlier period and according to various customs and laws at least 100 years ago.

So, basically antique means something old… like, really old. It carries all the dust, must and mold from its ancient days. It probably shows signs of wear and tear such as chips, scratches, gashes, paint-overs, and if it’s an electrical item it more than likely won’t run or light up. (Re-wiring officially needed!).

The word Antique has basically been clear to me, no surprises there, but vintage and retro get me confused. Just what is the difference?

Vintage – as defined by same dictionary as above – of or relating to a vintage (which applies to wine); of old, recognized and enduring interest, importance, or quality; classic; a period of origin or manufacture.

So if something is vintage it is old and “used” but not from your great-grandfather’s time. Vintage items and furniture may have imperfections also. Mid-century modern in style is considered vintage and objects might be associated with some people’s “younger days”, with pop culture, junk food, and fashion trends. Vintage, from what I’ve found, applies to a period of time such as the 50s, 60s, 70s etc.

Here we have sample of vintage industrial furniture via Style Devie.com

Now, for Retro…

Retro – definition – a prefix mainly meaning backward; back; situated behind.

According to Age Defining, the article I used as a source from Apartment Therapy, retro can also be defined as “fashionably nostalgic or old-fashioned.”

In short, retro is applied to something out of style. Items in this category are fashions of the past which bring a nostalgic feel when viewed but are not fashionable now. I realize that I may have applied the word “retro” to furniture and objects that may be considered “vintage” since they were presently in style to use in home decor. Retro also seems to apply to a person who may have out-dated decor or may dress in an old style, not in a fashionable sense, but simply because they haven’t updated their wardrobe since 1975! 🙂 Uh, I know someone like this…

In any case, I’ve found that mostly retro and vintage are interchangeable when used online, and I guess that doesn’t really hurt a thing. Mainly I get the idea that vintage items are in style, are not too, too old, and relate to a period of time in the past century. Retro seems to mean out of style and old, but nice to look at just the same.

If you have any thoughts on retro or vintage definitions, let me know.