How to get the vintage look (part 4): Affordable décor

Vintage style doesn’t need to be pricey – in fact we’d say it’s meant to be homemade and thrift-store fabulous, with a little ingenuity mixed in too…

1. Build a wall of inspiration

First up (featured above), treat your walls to more of what make you smile. All those precious papers, buttons and small makes you’ve saved can all feature on a wall designated as your wall of inspiration. Play with textures and bulky items to get Selina Lake’s look. Get more inspo here.

Swan Planter | Vintage decor ideas | Mollie Makes

2. Vintage planters

We love things that double up as something else like these vintage planters. Works as an ornament and a vessel for blooms – win! More beautiful photography by Polly Eltes.


3. Thrifted blankets

Granny square quilts are the best – crochet your own or pick up a bargain from online stores (or, if you’re lucky, your local charity emporium). Simply sling the quilt over your aged IKEA sofa, add some mismatched cushions and you have a stylish vintage look, pronto.


4. Handmade curtains

Create a cosy caravan vibe with patchwork curtains. We love this little curtain made from teeny squares – the perfect stash buster! Pair with a strip of vintage lace along the top

vintage bedroom mismatched wallpaper


Image via Selina Lake

Patchwork paper decoupage door

5. Patchwork wallpaper effect

Full rolls of wallpaper can be pricey, but this fun idea from Rosy Little Things uses up scraps of pretty printed paper (we recommend using the freebies in every issue of Mollie) layered on a cupboard or bedroom door for a so-sweet patchwork effect.


6. Interesting side tables

Now, our houses aren’t big enough for a full-on step ladder, but this wee wooden one doubles up as a rather scrumptious bathroom shelving unit. A simple milk bottle or jam jar of flowers adds a pretty touch. Find the look on Eclectically Vintage.


7. Vintage frock display

Peer past the rather swank furniture in this gorgeous studio apartment (belonging to Adored Vintage’s Rodellee) and we think Rodellee has hit on a nice idea. Hanging your favourite vintage frocks along an old screen is a simple way to divide up a room – or even just dangle them from a picture rail, curtain rail or the back of the door to add a retro touch.


8. Paint it pastel

We love this beautiful Dutch kitchen, not least the mismatched chairs: pink and blue, pass the chalk paint! The lampshade is a particularly nice touch – you can pick up empty frames from charity shops (or simply remove the fabric from nasty-looking bargains). Or try Etsy for even more wire frames.


9. Weave in colour

This slouchy-looking chair from Urban Outfitters inspires us to get out the scrap yarn and add a splash of colour to our own chairs. The patchwork cushion turns it into a comfy-looking nook.

Crochet coat hanger tutorial _ Yvestown

10. Crochet hangers

A couple of granny-style coat hangers is an easy way to create interest on an empty wall, to hang your vintage frocks, or to add a little interesting to the inside of your wardrobe. Yvestown has a characteristically cute crochet hanger project here.

See the full How to get the Vintage Look series