The Style Files No. 15calling all upcyclers, vintage finders & retro lovers - this one's for you!
It’s been a whole week, so I bet you’ve been eager to see the latest Style Files house tour post. Well you should be because we’ve got yet another stunner for you. We spoke to the gorgeous Sophie – a mum of three and wife to husband Toby, who bought her first 1930’s style house three years ago and has transformed it into a vintage-retro lovers dream. She teaches us that creating a beautiful space doesn’t have to cost a fortune and a little bit of effort goes a long way…
…To give you a bit of background on this house tour (and make you incredibly envious) Sophie works from home and upcycles vintage retro furniture to create one-off pieces that compliment peoples homes. It’s no surprise that we’ve got a whole tonne of compliments for Sophie’s home – perhaps this post will inspire you to grab a piece or two from her…
What was the process for designing your home?
When we moved in, I painted almost everything white, I wanted a blank canvas to then be able to decide how we wanted to decorate the rooms. After a lifetime of renting and having magnolia everywhere, I think it took a while to sink in that we could have anything we wanted in here and that other people didn’t have to like it! I love a whole range of styles and really wanted to have every room very different to be able to incorporate these styles. The front room evolved after we found a pot of dark blue paint in the sale. After decorating in there and being pleased with how it turned out, I think it gave me the confidence to really go for it in the rest of the house. From then on I had a more set idea of how i wanted to decorate each room.
How would you define your style?
I always find this really tricky but I think the best way to describe it would be a large dose of vintage, retro, a scoop of industrial and tiny bit scandi thrown on a fast spin hot wash. The end result is a quirky mish- mash.
What would be your advice to someone who wants to create a home like yours?
Be patient, it takes time to find vintage furniture at the right price. Look often, at the tip, on gumtree, freecycle etc. Dont have too much of anything new or from any one era. Think before you throw out, could that item work as it is or painted in another room? We’ve got an amazing German dresser with a mirror, passed on to us by family, that was in our bedroom for years, its now in the hallway and houses all our board games and knick knacks. I’ve used a metal framed log basket and turned it upside down as we needed a side table at the right height to put drinks on and we’ve got upside down tea chest for side tables.
How would you define your style?
large dose of vintage, retro, a scoop of industrial
Whats the inspiration behind your home?
My passion has always been 1960’s style e.g. furniture, art and fashion from that era. I’d say I was heavily influenced by that. I’ve always bought second hand and love that that a piece of furniture is having another life with you, rather than being binned. I also really like the fact that your house becomes unique by the things you find, rather than buying what everyone else has. Sometimes the inspiration comes from challenges we’ve come up against, specific to the house. For example, the stairs are really narrow and vintage wardrobes wouldn’t fit, so we’ve had to come up with alternatives. We were given a Danish shelving system, which we decided to use as a wardrobe with a clothes rail underneath, from that we came up with the idea of a curtain in front and using as a backdrop to our bed. I found an IKEA wardrobe, for my daughters room on gumtree for a tenner, I painted the frame gold / copper and the wood cream and it works really well in there.
If you could only own one homeware item what would it be?
It would be my teak sideboard that I picked up on Ebay for £20 about 10 years ago. I love the colour, the doors, the shape. It hides an insane amount of DVDs and amp for the record player that sits on top. We built around it to create the divide between our lounge and dining room. Its looked great wherever we’ve had it, definatley my favourite thing.