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



  • Trish - 24 January 2013 - 7.46 am

    You nailed the retro vintage cute look. Awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Sonia@ LIfe Love and Hiccups - 23 January 2013 - 11.03 pm

    Nobody rocks vintage with quite as much style as you do hun. You are so unique and freaking fabulous xxReplyCancel

  • B - 23 January 2013 - 10.40 pm

    Yep… we are twins. I do the same things! At the moment we are into 50s things, so that it matches our chamfer on brick house… I love mixing the old with the new and the sentimental with the kitsch. Those flamingoes are smokin’… *smirk*ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Have a laugh on me - 23 January 2013 - 5.30 pm

    What an awesome style you have, my mum (also a Kiwi) totally rocked scarves like that one when I was young, around her neck! And the spoons are fantastic, I was a BIG Diana fan when I was little. EmilyReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 23 January 2013 - 7.06 pm

      Why thank you, Emily. I’m always on the lookout for vintage Kiwiana scarves – the kitschier the better! I try wearing them around my neck but I feel like a hostie. I’ll have to get some tips from your mum! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style - 23 January 2013 - 5.13 pm

    I love the tea cup. Such pretty colours. I love your taste and the way you put things together. Rachel xxReplyCancel

  • mumabulous - 23 January 2013 - 5.00 pm

    Chuck n Di teaspoon – an absolute classic!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda @ Shop Me Chic - 23 January 2013 - 4.58 pm

    I love that flamingo!

    Happy to see your pretty face back around these parts xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 23 January 2013 - 7.03 pm

      Yes, they’re fab. I really must remember to chase up B so I can pay her for them! Oh, and thank you xReplyCancel

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