Thursday, May 12, 2011


I have given a lot of thought lately to how I would like to decorate my home. Nothing that I have suits my style. It was all hand-me-down and everything is starting to show its wear. The problem has been that I couldn't nail down my style. After thinking about it and looking for inspiration I have come to the conclusion that my style is "vintage cottage". It's kind of a combination of shabby chic and retro/mid century. The words I want to describe my home are words like: comfortable, vintage, whimsical, and fun. The colors I enjoy are different shades of aqua, buttery yellow, vintage (mint) green, pinks, tangerine and faded red. The color I want to go throughout my house is aqua. This picture sums up what I like perfectly:

 I want all white furniture with some standout pieces that are painted aqua or yellow. I like the idea of having a neutral back drop so that I can switch up my style easily. Here are some more decor inspirations:

 I love ruffled buttery yellow curtains like these. So feminine but not cluttered feeling.


Vintage suit cases make great decoration and also double as storage.

I love awesome retro clocks like this.

I want this bedding set soooo bad. The challenge will be finding it in the king size.

Rachel Ashwell

I want an open shelving hutch like this to display my white dishware.

I really want to find a super gaudy mirror that I can paint. In fact, I want several painted in different colors.

I love the idea of mismatched dining room furniture. I would just stick with aqua, white and maybe soft yellow.

I want a mix of retro dishes/utensils and classic white.

This is the living room of one my favorite bloggers. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!

I have yet to find the perfect kitchen but this one definitely inspires me. I like the combination of cottagey cabinets and retro appliances.

I think the first room I want to work on is my bedroom because we literally have NO furniture for our bedroom. We want to upgrade to a king bed so I am hunting craigslist for a nice hard wood bed frame that I can paint white. I am also on the hunt for end tables and dressers. Once I have the base pieces I can start adding the smaller decorative accents like funky painted mirrors, picture frames, lamps, milk glass vases, vintage suitcases, etc.

I can't wait to have a house full of stuff I found, crafted and love :)

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