Welcome to My World. It Looks a Lot Like The 1950s!Holly By Heart
By Holly by Heart
There’s a running joke in our house, that I should wear a dress with an apron and be baking pies for dinner at 6pm sharp – which always triggers me to start shouting that it’s not the 1950s! Give me a pile of fabric and I’m in heaven but a bag of flour gives me a panic attack! It’s obviously not the 50s and I wouldn’t want it to be (in terms of equality at least) but in some respects they had the right idea. I’ll explain with a tour of my house.
Dining table and chairs: I’ve had them for 10 years. Before that, they were my parents. They bought them when I was about 13.
Sideboard: Well, it’s actually a changing table but it currently holds all my craft supplies! I bought it from my local charity shop about six years ago.
Chest of drawers: Slightly broken but still going strong, I bought these off a friend when she moved to the states. That was about 15 years ago.
Bedside table: Well, it’s actually a child’s chair that I rescued from being taken to the tip!
The kids furniture: All second hand from the charity shops.
Wardrobe: I’ve had since I was 19 and in a shared house at university. My dad bought it for me from a second hand shop. It’s 1930s and I love it!
Craft supplies: I have three sewing machines. One of which is this vintage Singer machine from the 1930’s. I bought it from a charity shop for £12. It needs a new needle but a lot of makers swear by these old machines as they sew through anything!
Most of my bags: Many are second hand, some are made from recycled materials like these from My Sister Mabel.
Most of my clothes: Second hand from charity shops. Amazingly, some I’ve had from the days before kids!
Shoe storage: I bought this old box second hand from a facebook group. Gave it an undercoat of cream chalk paint, then painted it green. It’s HUGE and holds all our shoes.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a beautiful table that my grandfather made (one was a plumber and the other a tv repairman) but I do have a lot of old stuff. There’s no real need to replace furniture just because you’re redecorating. There are some amazing paints now so you can revamp old furniture in a matter of hours! Your home doesn’t need to look like a scene from the past but you can still keep something and make full use of it. Second hand doesn’t mean second best!