Sometimes I wish I could redo some room in my house in historical theme and then switch it back when I was through. Unfortunately I have neither the time, energy, or money to accomplish such a task. Therefore, I am left to dream about the fun of experiencing and living in various rooms from various time periods…without spending a dime.
Here are a few of my favorite vintage rooms I would just love to spend a week living in!
While I would never go so aggressive with one color in my bedroom today, I would love to try it out! And this 1940’s purple inspired room would be so fun!
This 1950’s kitchen is so homey and inviting. I can already smell the apple pie cooking!
I would absolutely love to having a living room just like the Ricardo’s second apartment…love the curtains!
This 1950’s living room would be a wonderful place to read, chat, or take a nap!
Equally as lovely is this 1940’s sitting room!
And who wouldn’t love to sip an ice cold glass of lemonade on a veranda such as this 1950’s example?!
Even if I can’t create and visit rooms like this today, I can still appreciate their charm and appeal!!
Very few of us today use fancy china more than one or two times a year. I, unfortunately, fall into that category and find that I much prefer to use my everyday “heartier” dishes. While this may be the case with many of us today, it is fun to look back and notice that this wasn’t always the case. Around the late 1880’s using china on a daily basis was the norm, however there began to be a switch around the 1920’s to embracing more humble forms of pottery for the more simpler meals of the day. For example, the following excerpt describes the appropriate times and locations to use more simple pottery.
“A third class of tableware is “pottery.” It is , as a rule, the least carefully, and therefore the least expensively, made tableware…We speak of the simple “tea-room” variety, gay in color and elemental as to decorate, such as all are familiar with. Some of our readers may have collected pieces of such pottery when traveling in various parts of the world and know that it is the type of earthenware used by peasants, and for this reason the simple designs are often called “peasant patterns.” Peasant patterns are seen on earthenware also, and because appropriate for use in the simplest homes called also “cottage” patterns. If the house or apartment is as simple as the pottery (it may be so and yet beautiful) then you may use this ware for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In some homes, pottery is appropriate for breakfast and lunch and tea, but the dinner table may call for more formal china.”
– excerpt from Be Your Own Decorator by Emily Burbank, 1922
When I read this, I imagine two different types of pottery. One earthy, rustic, and displayed on a shelf like this:
Image from deja-vu
And the other, bright, bold and simple!
See current samples of Cornish Ware.
Regardless of which way you envision these “cottage” dishes, I love the idea that they have their place in the realm of tableware. That just because they are “simple” it doesn’t mean they are any less special at meal time.
Cover Photo by New Home Interior Design
What better way to start off the new year than with a historical fashion shoot! This particular shoot highlighted two new 1770’s gown I created last month. Which was a miracle I was able to get any sewing done, since I spent quite a few weeks hugging the toilet….I’m four months pregnant just in case you missed last week’s post! 🙂
Anyways!!! I am so happy to be feeling better and what better way to celebrate than with a wonderful snowy day and some wonderful photographs. So with a big thank you to my model Cassandra, here are a few of my favorite images from this fun photo adventure!
Both gown are currently for sale on my Etsy Shop along with many new Regency custom order listings!
Well, now I’m going to grab a snack and go work on a 1916 skirt….fingers crossed!!
Have a fabulous Wednesday everyone!