Adopting an “Eclectic style” can be quite liberating when it comes to design dilemmas, don't you think? Here is my take on why I say so - it gives you the artistic freedom to pool together diverse styles, cultures and periods. The combination of different styles and cultures coming together is wonderful but the one thing that is imperative for me is that the home should feel warm and lived. For a home to emote that kind of a vibe, I think one must layer the home with a good mix of pieces from different periods. The worn surfaces, washed-out colors and peeling patina and paint of vintage treasures have the magical ability to infuse a room with character and an informal vibe that says come and sit awhile and put your feet up.
Like I’ve said earlier, flea markets are a great place to score vintage finds. And summer is the best possible season to explore them. If you are considering design on a dime, flea market style is definitely the way to go. I love the way my eight year old sums up the affordability factor, " Mom, really! For the price of an ice-cream you can get a painting?" Well, if you put it that way, then I say the ice-cream can wait and let's go on that flea market jaunt!
After all the rummaging what did we find, you ask? We scored some 1930s British Regimental illustrations. The print on the right depicts “The 10th Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales's Own)”, a cavalry regiment of the British Army from 1715 to 1969 while the print on the left, shows Skinner's Horse (1st Duke of York's Own), cavalry regiment of the Indian Army, which served in the British Indian Army before independence. I just love the aged tonal quality of the print - it is anything but a factory churned production of today!
Next on my list of the flea market loot, is the Hellenic glass set complete with a brass wire holder from the Jeanette Glass Company. The Grecian patterns pop against a sea-foam green and are reminiscent of Wedgewood design. These are sometimes hard to come by as Jeanette Glass shut down in 1983.
My final score, a vintage ceramic two tone milk jug that I’ve re-purposed as a vase!
So what say, ice-cream or vintage style?
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