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A Stunning Vintage Home in Bristol

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Enjoy this stunning vintage home tour, packed full of secondhand gems.

I came across the vintage home of Bristol-based blogger Lou Archell on Design Sponge. And, gosh, I instantly fell in love with her Victorian terraced house packed full of secondhand and vintage finds.  I’m a big fan of using secondhand furniture and Lou has really used her furniture to great effect.  Our own home is very much a work in progress so I’m definitely using Lou’s vintage home for inspiration!

The Kitchen

Their modern kitchen is complemented really well with all of Lou’s vintage and artisan accessories.  This could pretty much be my dream kitchen.

white metro tile kitchen

The Living Room

At the heart of their living room is a cosy wood burning stove. If I could pull up a pew here, with a good book in hand, then I’d be a pretty happy Wendy!

wood burning stove

The Dining Room

The dining room’s pièce de résistance is surely the William Morris wallpaper, which complements the vintage furniture and accessories beautifully. The stuff of dreams I tell you!

william morris wallpaper
vintage dining room furniture

The Bedroom

The bedroom feels simple and relaxing. I love the idea of using an old chair as a nightstand.

vintage bedroom furniture

The Bathroom

Even the bathroom has the secondhand treatment with this beautiful old mirror, customised by Lou.

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You can see the full vintage house tour over on Design Sponge – I highly recommend it!

Lou blogs at Little Green Shed, where you can see more glimpses of her stunning vintage home.  All photos were taken by the talented Laura Pashby.

You might be wondering on the progress of our new house?  Well, we’ve fitted a new bathroom. However, we can’t finish the room due to a problem with penetrative damp on one wall, which we’ve just had a pretty hefty repair bill for.  Hopefully this will be sorted out ASAP!  

We installed a wood-burning stove in our living room a few months ago. However, we haven’t yet found the time to paint over the dark brown paint that currently adorns all of the living room walls (and our bedroom walls!). We’ve also just had the plans drawn up for our new fitted kitchen, which we hope to have fitted in the next couple of months.  As soon as the house is in a better state than it is now then I promise to share the photos!

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Stylish Secondhand London Flat

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I wanted to share with you today this stylish London flat filled with secondhand, vintage, and upcycled finds.

It’s rented by Cat Smith, who blogs at the beautiful lifestyle blog Take Courage.  Lately, she shared how they’ve furnished and decorated the London flat that they moved into last year. Here, they’ve taken it from an average flat into a stunning and homely space.  As renters, I’m amazed at how much personality and uniqueness that they’ve managed to inject into the space through their furniture and accessory choices. All without making any major alterations to the place.

Cat’s London Flat Tour

Cat is a lover of all things vintage and secondhand. She regularly attends markets and visits vintage shops – and this really shines through in her lovely home.  And as well as the enormous luck Cat seems to have in finding such great vintage finds, she’s also pretty darned crafty. Cat has upcycled a lot of their furniture to fit with her taste.

Have a little look for yourself:

The Living Room

vintage styled living room in london flat
secondhand dresser in a stylish london flat

The Kitchen

The kitchen is just as homely as the living room:

homemade home in a stylish london flat
vintage styled kitchen

The Bedroom

And the quirky vintage feel continues into the bedroom:

vintage styled home

Cat and her boyfriend made the fabric covered headboard themselves, and customised their Ikea chest of drawers.

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vintage dressing table
Kienzle tam tam alarm clock
ikea wardrobe hack

Cat inherited the wardrobe from the previous tenants of the flat.  It wasn’t to her taste so she got busy with paint and wallpaper and transformed it into something beautiful that fits perfectly with their flat.  She upcycled the suitcases on top of the wardrobe too!

stylish london flat

Cat and Chutney the cat!

To see more photos of Cat’s stunning London flat and to see some of her upcycling talents in action then you can visit her Instagram account.  You won’t be disappointed!

All photos c/o Cat Smith

ps: check out my interiors tag for more secondhand home inspiration!