I love Instagram, I literally cannot stop looking at the wonderful photos that vintage loving people have taken all over the world. On one of my regular visits, a beautiful, colourful home caught my eye and I knew in an instant that I wanted to share it with you all. What is interesting about this home is how the owner has mixed brilliantly her love of colour, upcycled painted furniture, vintage almost chintzy pieces from the 30s-50s with mid-century wall art such at Tretchikoff. This shouldn’t work but it does and I love it!
My name is Sarah Maguire I am 45 and I live with my partner of 10 Years, Mark and 3 cats: Boo Boo, The Dark Lord and Cub. We live in a Victorian 3 bedroomed end terrace house in Swindon. It was built around 1860/70 as part of the expansion of The Railway Village built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. I am a Freelance Event Manager and work from home so this gives me lots of time to work on my hobbies which are ‘faffing’ in my vintage home, upcycling furniture, rummaging in charity/junk shops and sewing.
We have lived here for 8 years and in that time the house has developed into what it is now. All the walls in the house are painted in a neutral colour as I have a tendency to cover them. Mostly with vintage florals, embroidery, tapestry and of course the Lynch Ladies and the Tretchikoffs. The curtains are vintage 50’s barkcloth, a fabric I truly love.
The living room is the smallest room in the house bizarrely so we have had to make good use of the space in here. It’s peppered with bits of bright colour, Tretchikoff paintings and heads. One of my prized possessions is in here- the blue display cabinet. I love the shape, the colour and that it’s full of lots of bits and bobs that mostly have sentimental value to us. I bought it on ebay for £5 many years ago. Mark actually chose the colour for it when we decided to paint it and I was very pleasantly surprised. The TV cabinet was a nasty orange pine one that a neighbour was getting rid of. I painted it and descaled it and put new handles on it. It’s perfect for this small room.
The kitchen is quite modern as we inherited it unfortunately. I just tend to fill it with as much vintage as possible so the eye is drawn to all the knick knacks rather than the cupboards. We have a large plate rack in here that displays all the gorgeous plates I’ve found on my travels. A lot of the really nice ones are on the walls around the house. There is quite a lot of pastel colour on the shelves in here. I like how it looks all grouped together. I am a huge fan of enamel kitchenalia too.
The bathroom is another of my favourite rooms in the house. It’s pink and full of vintage toiletries. I was inspired whilst watching old movies and how glamorous the ladies dressing tables were. The pictures on the walls are original toiletry adverts from old magazines. The curtains are original 1950 barkcloth. The cabinet is an old dentist’s equipment cabinet painted calamine pink.
We have 2 bedrooms; one is our guest room which is the next on the list to do. It’s in dire need of a facelift. It’s pleasant enough but it needs a good faff I think.
I know you will all agree that Sarah has oodles of vintage and crafting style. Make sure you follow her on Instagram at sarahmaguire_myvintagehome. And if you have a fabulous vintage or retro home you would like to share then drop me a line a few photos to firstname.lastname@example.org