Wordless Wednesday : Retro Cute


My bedside – vintage inspired with tea for one

I love vintage glamour and shabby chic and heirloom pieces.  I love paying respect to my family’s heritage and present by including their furniture and gifts in our daily lives, as we live in a different country from all our family.  But I’ve got a problem.  You see, I live in a perfectly lovely modern terrace with clean lines and open plan living.  Very nice and we love living here, but it doesn’t immediately conjure up the image of bygone eras that, say, a double-fronted Victorian semi would.

So, I invented my own style term for decor and fashion – I call it retro cute.  It takes my favourite styles and pieces from the  Roaring Twenties to the Greed is Good Eighties, including some modern pieces inspired by retro designs, adds in a dash of some family heirloom pieces, that might not necessarily be worth a lot of money but are absolutely invaluable, and puts it all together in a style conducive to comfortably family living.  It’s retro cute, baby!


Vintage Singer marble-topped table with retro cute accessories and vintage demitasse cups



Retro-inspired chair from IKEA – Mr Bunsy’s favourite hangout



My paternal grandparents’ wedding in 1947



Vintage French tinwork repurposed as hair appliance stand



Vintage Henry Rushbury print of Hampton Court thrifted for a tenner



Vintage NZ souvenir scarf, repurposed 1950s NZ sixpence earrings – I’m feeling the retro cute vibe too!



My Great Gran was given this little seagrass chair by a Maori chieftain as a little girl



Whimsy for the condiments



Retro cute flamingoes with added bunny cuteness



My Little Drummer Boys



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