Interiors, Vintage

On My Mind: Vintage with Color

Worn and warm (Photo Source) Artist Luke Sciberras‘s home

It’s December of 2021 and this was a tough year for me and, not to assume, but I’m sure it was for a lot of people. Coming out of 2020, I thought 2021 would be amazing, but it turns out you can’t just emerge from 2020 like a butterfly with the world singing in harmony.

I just finished Jodi Picoult‘s new book Wish You Were Here, a fictional book that takes place in March and April of 2020 in New York City, and it brought me some perspective on how my life and the world changed in 2020 with Covid. I never thought I would want to read a book detailing the early days of the pandemic, but it helped me move through some thoughts and feelings that I had buried. Most days, I just move through life with my head down, getting things done. Yes, I stop to look at sunsets, but I’m not reflecting on anything wise or profound when I’m doing the looking. This was, and still is, an emotional and difficult time. Acknowledging this, is helpful to me for some reason. I did get a chance to talk with Jodi on my book podcast – check it out if you’re interested – we had a great conversation.

Here are a few interiors that have been inspiring me lately. Age, texture and a little color are the themes! I’m increasingly drawn to red in interiors. I think I like the strength of the color.

A little bit country…love the red. (Photo Source)
This image doesn’t really fit with the others, but I’m a big fan of vintage dressers turned into sink vanities and I like the simplicity and budget friendliness of this one! Affordable style is very appealing. (Photo Source)
I’ve seen this project for so many years now and I still go back to it as one of my all time favorites. (Photo Source)
I’ve been a sucker for plaid and floral since I first laid eyes on a late 80’s Ralph Lauren Home ad. (Photo Source)
I love the floor tile and old table in this gorgeous Laundry Room. The light fixture is perfect too. (Photo Source)
Oversized hardware and cabinet mesh paired with antique mirror? Sooo lovely! (If you know where this is from, let me know)
I’ve shared this image before and it still really appeals to me. It’s a good example of the power of paint and vintage pieces. (Photo Source)
I love this tomato red! I think the bar built in to the library shelving is such a good idea. (Photo Source)
I don’t love the styling of this photo – but look at this island and that big green piece in the back! (If you know where this photo is from, let me know)

“Stories never start at the beginning, Benny. They differ from life in that regard. Life is lived from birth to death, from the beginning into an unknowable future. But stories are told in hindsight. Stories are life lived backward.” 

― Ruth Ozeki, The Book of Form and Emptiness – I read this book recently and absolutely loved it.


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