Today we have a look at a really cute boy’s room, adorned with vintage treasure! To be honest this could be a girl’s room too and it makes the perfect vintage nursery. The home belongs to Hayley McPhun from Pigeon Vintage and the room belongs to Stanley. I caught up with Hayley to find out more about this cute room.
“Stanley is now one year old. We live in a very tiny village just outside Scunthorpe called East Butterwick. It’s one of those old fashioned villages with no post office, no shop or school and almost everyone knows everyone else. It’s a great place to bring up a family and get to have a snoop around people’s homes that haven’t changed for decades!
Pigeon Vintage is a little family run lucrative “hobby” that has taken over my life. It started when we found out we were expecting a baby and knew we’d need to “declutter”. That “declutter” rapidly turned into “your entire home is now storage for eternity”! The whole village help with sourcing and picking bits up for us, which is great because they’ve got some cracking links that I’d never get to meet otherwise.”
Why did you choose vintage for your son’s room?
“Our entire home is vintage or vintage inspired. We barely own a “new” item, other than beds and carpets. Everything is second-hand, passed through generations or raided from skips. We’ve been very lucky in creating our home, which was nicknamed “Pigeon Villa” by our friends, who ended up making us a house sign to christen its new name.”
What are your favourite items in Stanley’s room?
“The curtains in Stanley’s bedroom are one of my favourite items in our whole home, mainly because of how and when we acquired them: on my fourth date with my partner, we decided to go to Hemswell Antiques Centre as a treat and a way to figure out whether our tastes were similar. In the first room we walked into, I spotted these curtains and fell in love with the pattern immediately. I said “I don’t know what I’d use them for?” to which my fella said “In a nursery, we could use them in a nursery?”, then we both blushed with embarrassment and didn’t speak for about ten minutes. Bear in mind we hadn’t even held hands at this point! But it was right. Everything in that exact moment fell into place for both our lives and, yes, they were perfect for the nursery.
The Noah’s Arc is one of my favourite toys because I found it on OK Coral’s website when I was off work with dire morning sickness. I couldn’t afford it, so asked my mum if she could get it instead. She never replied, so I forgot about it until it turned up as a glorious surprise present for being pregnant with her first grandchild.
The light shade astounds me, still. I just adore it and always feel guilty for haggling the carboot seller down to 20p from 50p!”
WOW! Well they are your favourite items, what about his?
“He loves the wobbly yellow duck. I see now that they’re popular in the kitsch world. This was given to me by my best-friend about 7 years ago. He picked it up from a Polish sandwich shop, Stanley loves knocking it with his feet, though he’s started to get a bit rough so I fear for its condition!
Stanley adores the small Kewpie. The rest of the vintage world know this famous doll as Kewpie, but my family and friends will always call it Baby Gary, after I found the big doll in a charity shop while at University and thought he was the cutest thing I’d ever seen. From then he travelled around every single home and everyone knew him as my Baby Gary.
Snoopy dog is a favourite of Stanley and our dog Rufus, who likes to bark at it. Snoopy was mine and my brother’s growing up and the string broke so often, there are loads of strings ends just hanging off this guy, from various places. He’s well loved, that’s for sure. There’s a cross scratched into Snoopy’s left eye, no-one knows where this has come from.
The vintage Sooty was a present from Stan’s Nana for his first Christmas, last year. He loves this guy and so do I because of the cute story behind him. I was desperate to tell my best friend’s son (Zak) that I was pregnant. She warned Zak that I had some very exciting news, to which he responded “It’s ok Mummy, I know that McPhun is going to tell me that Sooty is coming to town!!”. When we met for a coffee, I told him I had a baby in my belly and he said “Yeah, I know. It’s Sooty!”, and from then Stanley’s nickname has always been Sooty.”
What will you do when he grows up and maybe hates this vintage stuff!!
“We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it* (see translation)
*He’ll be put in the bin!”
I still can’t quite believe that the gorgeous yellow light shade cost 20p! I really love this vintage nursery, it’s bright and fun and filled with toys that have lasted generations rather than modern, expensive toys that won’t even last Stanley’s childhood.
p.s. Have you seen our children’s vintage playroom?