Vintage Colour Inspiration: Purple

It’s the fourth week in my vintage colour inspiration series and today I am featuring the colour purple. When I was a goth back in the late 1980s, I loved purple. I had an amazing crushed velvet midi skirt that to be honest, I wish I still had! However, now my home is anything but purple.

Except my bedroom of course.

Kate Beavis vintage 1950s 1960s bedroomI fell in love with this Sanderson wallpaper a few years ago. It is called FiFi and is based on a 1950s design that they had forgot all about. The story goes that someone found it in their loft and sent it into them. I love that is is covered in 1950s style ladies in their New Look shapes.

Kate Beavis vintage 1950s 1960s bedroomThe rest of the room has touches of purple, or aubergine really mixed with grey, green and white. I bought this Big Ben clock for my husband for his birthday a while ago now, and it sits (not wound up) next to his side of the bed.

Kate Beavis vintage 1950s 1960s bedroomThe large Chance Glass handkerchief vase sits on my cocktail cabinet…hey everyone needs a cocktail cabinet in their bedroom surely? Mine has my vintage box bags inside, to keep them away from the kids sticky fingers. All these styles are very different: a 1970s Old Hall stainless steel candle stick with its purple Whitefriars glass top doesn’t really go with my patterned Poole Pottery vase. But do you know what…..I don’t care! If you love it, go for it!

Kate Beavis vintage 1950s 1960s bedroom

This glass piggy bank is the same as a green one I shared in my green colour feature. It is made by Lindshammar in Sweden. They don’t have stoppers to the base but you are expected to smash the glass when full. Er, I don’t think so!

Kate Beavis Vintage BedroomThere are other purple glass pieces in the room: Italian, Czech and British.

Kate Beavis Vintage BedroomKate Beavis vintage 1950s 1960s bedroomKate Beavis vintage 1950s 1960s bedroomKate Beavis vintage 1950s 1960s bedroomTo be honest, this is pretty much all my purple. There are some lilac touches in my daughter’s room.

vintage girls bedroom from kate BeavisAnd I have a few pieces of jewellery in purple. This 1960s large enamel brooch is one of my favourites alongside the 1960s bubble necklace and 1970s brooch.

Vintage purple jewellery as featured on Kate Beavis Vintage BlogAnd I have one dress only in purple (must try harder!). I have never even worn this one as it needs a repair on the back but now I’m looking at it, I reckon I ought get my needle out. I bought it from a charity shop about 7 years ago!

Vintage purple dress as featured on Kate Beavis Vintage Blog

I love this blue ceramic lamp with its original shade which sits in the hallway. It has purple flowers within the design.

Vintage purple blue lamp and shade  as featured on Kate Beavis Vintage BlogLastly, let’s finish with a Polly Pocket from the 1980s, sitting here on a Lucy Locket. These are so cute, but as the dolls are tiny they cause many a true headache for us mums!

Vintage 1980s Polly Pocket as featured on Kate Beavis Vintage home blogDo you have any purple in your home? Please do share!

Kate x

p.s. Didn’t catch the rest of this series? Well catch up here, here and here.

p.p.s Keep your eyes peeled for more photos of my daughters room as we are adding a few new bits over the next few weeks.


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