Fabulous Fifi

For anyone that follows our blogs, you will know we are renovating a poorly neglected 1920s house. Check out “Our Patterned Palace” for a glimpse of the array of 60s wallpaper and carpet on every (and I mean every) wall. It has been a labour of love with many items hitting the skip and bin but……

We have finished the first room!!!!!!

Our bedroom was covered in pink psychedelic wallpaper which we actually liked, but was not in a good state of repair.

This has been replaced with an amazing wallpaper called Fifi. It is from Sanderson and is part of their 1950s range. Recently they have pulled together a fantastic collection of original prints from wallpapers and textiles which are both eye-catching and fun.

Coinciding with the 60 year anniversary of the Festival of Britain, this range is nostalgic of the many fabric designers who showed their new radical ideas here at a time when this country was just coming out of rationing.

The Fifi design was an original wallpaper which was recently found in someones attic. It depicts ladies with hourglass figures and Dior’s New Look shapes which launched in 1947.

Tight bodices, nipped in tiny waists and full wide skirts. Splashed with purple and green it looks amazing with our Murano and Whitefriars glass collection.

I love white walls…perfect for showing off your vintage homewares. Teamed up with cream stained floors the room is bright and calming.

People often think white with cream is wrong, but i love it. Look at our Panton lamp against the cream of the wallpaper.

The room is quite big so we have added a 50s chair, a glass topped kidney shaped table and a cocktail cabinet.

No….we are not drinking martinis in the bedroom!  It is full of my glorious 1950s bag collection: lucite box bags, Dorset Rexs, Atlas window pane bags, Caro Nans, Enid Collins, Midas of Miamis…..I LOVE THEM!!! They are kept behind glass to protect them from sticky fingers!

All we need now is some curtains and to find frames big enough for our amazing vintage magazine covers, as mentioned in our blog “We’ve got it covered“.

Let us know what you think of Fabulous Fifi?? And maybe check out the whole Sanderson 50s range…


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  1. 9 July 2011 / 8:26 am

    Love it! I too think white and cream can look great together even though convention says they are ‘wrong’. Room looks amazing and a great place to relax!

    • 9 July 2011 / 8:42 am

      Thanks for your nice words! It is very calming which i like in my bedroom…although with 2 kiddies jumping over the bed at 8am this morning it wasnt exactly relaxing! Really need curtains though (I HATE curtain shopping)….oh and am planning to pin some of my 50s bags to the wall (Mr YVL isnt too sure!)

  2. 9 July 2011 / 9:02 am

    And what’s wrong with drinking Martinis in the bedroom?!

    Katie, I really love what you’ve done here. The Fifi wallpaper is lovely and sits perfectly with your 50s pieces. White, cream and neutrals generally, always give a calming feel so they’re perfect for bedroom spaces. Who cares what convention says when it looks that good. Congratulations!

  3. 9 July 2011 / 9:04 am

    Thanks Louise! Its about the only room Im going to get girly wallpaper into…….it seems to be very calming…Mr YVL is still asleep in it!!! x

  4. Chic Alors! Vintage
    9 July 2011 / 3:55 pm

    It’s lovely! ADORE that wallpaper, just so perfect. And I have to tell you, I keep my collection of vintage box handbags in a kitsch cabinet too (but mine is in our dining room)! Great minds think alike.

    • 9 July 2011 / 4:50 pm

      Absolutely. I want to hang some on the wall too…window pane bags and bucket bags….watch this space!!

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