Vintage Homes and Decor Inspiration

Friday, July 20, 2012

I’m not great at Interior Design.

Some people seem to have the most amazing ideas for their homes. They look amazing and totally represent the person they are, whilst being practical and easy to live with.

I’ve lived in rented houses for most of my life, and on most days you’re lucky if you can see they floor. I’ve some bits I like, but I’ve never seemed to master that quirky chic organised chaos look, veering more towards total chaos.

I am about to move into the first non rented house, so I’m quite excited by the book that’s just been released by Jo from Vintage Brighton and Mat from Southern Retro.

Your Inspection Welcome offers a sneak peek inside 10 houses with vintage inspired decor from Victoriana to Mid Century Modern. Not only can I scour the photos for inspiration, but they’ve also delved a bit deeper and asked the people behind the homes to share the stories of their special vintage finds. (Something I did do a few years ago in my house, maybe I should do an update!)

In Jo Ann’s words

“These are not in-your-dreams, out-of-your-budget, over-styled interiors, but real, lived-in and imperfectly personal homes, some rented, some owned and spanning one-bedroom to five storeys.”

Sounds perfect for my charity shop inspired decor finds.

Your Inspection Welcome by Mat Keller and Jo Ann Fortune can be ordered online at

5 Responses
  • perdita
    July 20, 2012

    LOVING this book concept … for when we finally get round to finishing our tumbledown home haha!

  • Charlotte
    July 20, 2012

    Looks great! I really want to go fleamarketing to try and find some more good decor items – every time I go charity shopping I convince myself I’m going to find a piece of 50s kitsch, and every time I find myself empty handed 🙂

    xx Charlotte

    • Gemma
      July 20, 2012

      ha ha! Me too! I’ve found some nice bits, but everything else is ikea 😉

  • Straight Talking Mama
    July 20, 2012

    oooh well as you know I love interior design although I’m not precious about it and our house is nowhere near done how I’d like it to be cos of budget and time!

    I have to say I have found some real cheap gems on ebay in the last year, but as with anything you have to keep looking, particularly for badly taken pictures and strange finishing times. If you’re after anything in particular let me know and I’ll keep my eye out. I LOVE doing up homes xxx

  • Bunny
    July 20, 2012

    ‘Sigh’ i’m still not sure how you can show off much loved- Not Junk But Beautiful And Highly Decorative And Retro/Vintage Stuff -and make it look nice and not as if a charity shop/old persons house/jumble sale has exploded in your living room…