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Much like accessorising your clothes to influence your personal style, accessorising your home with vintage goodies can really accentuate your tastes. Moreover, it’s not one look or another. You can create harmony with just a few of helpful tips:

1. There are many, many uses for beautiful, old wooden crates. Consider them wall mounted to be used as shelves, as a  shoe rack for the entrance way, toy storage in the playroom, plant pots for the garden; there are endless opportunities!

2. Vintage suitcases look great under the bed, stacked on top of the wardrobes (perfect for hiding the Christmas gifts from curious eyes!) or are fab for storing children’s toys.

3 Random chairs painted or not, look gloriously retro around an old farmhouse table.

4. The old enamel bread bins in great nick can be used as per its purpose. Alternatively, use them to store potatoes. Regardless of their use, they look beautiful in pride of place on the worktops.

5. Transformational fabrics: Vintage fabrics are just darling for blinds, particularly ideal for decorative purposes like in the kitchen. Transform old curtains into scatter cushions, perfect for the lounge, conservatory, guest rooms and bedrooms, or even create little scented pillows for draws and cupboards.

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6. Use old vintage gold or wooden frames as chalk or noticeboards; ideal for the entrance way, kitchen and/or office.

7. Consider old milk crates as wine holders. Store them in the garage to keep extra cold and it makes it super easy to transport in and out of the house.

8. Use old pine, open shelving in the kitchen. Kitchenware and cookbooks look beautiful out in the open. Alternatively, your cupboards could be situated beneath and the shelving used as open plate racks above.

9. Fill beautiful old Kilner jars with flour, pickles, tea, sugar etc. on open shelving.

10. Collect your favourite items and display them in groups. Use old frames and mirrors to create a ‘framed’ wall

11. In any room, you can always change your door/cupboard handles with old Victorian chest of drawer knobs.

12. Use enamel jugs as vases to sit in the middle of your dining table or in the kitchen window- a great excuse to treat yourself to some flowers too.

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Don’t be afraid. Buy what you like, not because you think it ‘goes’. As a rule, if you’ve chose it, it will go!

Looking for some help when it comes to finding and sourcing vintage items? Vintage Von helped us with these top tips and she can help you too! Head to her Facebook page to check out her latest vintage finds.

Photographs provided by Matthew Smith.

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