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The best vintage-inspired gifts for the home

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

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Vintage homewares for sale by H is for Home

If you’ve been invited to a party or other kind of event which requires the giving of gifts, and you’re short of ideas and don’t know how to amaze people who’ve probably seen and got everything, then we can recommend where to look for the coolest and best vintage-inspired gifts which will create unique atmosphere and sentimental value in every home.

Visit your local second hand and charity shops or shop at bigger retail stores. No matter where you choose to find it, you’ll be sure that it will be a great, one-of-a-kind gift. Moreover, if you choose to shop at the bigger name stores, definitely make a first visit to Neiman Marcus. You can shop online from the UK at Neiman Marcus too. Actually, if you shop online you’ll be able to use online offer codes for Neiman Marcus and make great savings! Here’s a list of ideas for gifts that can be unique and vintage.

Colton coffee table

Furniture

What home has no furniture? For new home-owners or for people who like to collect unique items, consider a house-warming gift of a great piece of furniture; let your budget and their need be your guide. It could be anything from a full living room set to a single, statement chair. Just ensure that the item you give doesn’t require a lot of renovation (unless you know that this is their forte!). If not, your well-meaning present could become a a time-consuming and expensive project. But, if your friend loves to bring new live to items like that, than it makes the ideal gift!

Vintage 'For Liberty' exhibition poster

Posters

If a birthday boy or girl or newly-wed couple loves vintage, you can consider buying & framing a vintage-inspired or genuine vintage poster. Think vintage ads and travel, film or art exhibition posters. Something to do with their favourite film, artist or reminds them of that favourite they visited on holiday. Give them something that will demonstrate that it was chosen with thought and love.

'Wickford' porcelain by Kate Spade

Dishes

For the kitchen & dining room, don’t be afraid to give vintage fine china dishes or simple metal rustic set. It might not be used by how they suppose to be, but it can be just a décor element too. Or if you want future owners to use it, then consider buying a better quality full set of such dishes and gift it wrapped in some nice box. But be careful, this kind of gift can sometimes be expensive and just a bit fragile. So keep a good eye of items you are going to buy and maybe even invest a little bit more too. It will definitely bring some old memories back and create some nostalgia as well.

French-inspired bedding from Neiman Marcus

Bedding

Bedding should be only vintage-inspired because it is rare to find authentic items in mint or excellent condition. So just search for some nice and classic beddings for a bedroom and create cosy atmosphere there. You can also add some decorative pillows or throw cushions and help your friends to create a new type of bedroom easily. But if you manage to find genuine vintage and great quality bedding, then it can make the most amazing gift ever!

So that’s it; this short list that we’ve given you is definitely not exhaustive. Share some other ideas what specific items are good gifts for vintage lovers and let’s get inspired while shopping. Gift some nostalgia and memories of good old times and be confident that your gift is unique and one of a kind.

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Home entertainment rooms: bring a vintage cinema vibe to your home!

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

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Do you love cinema? Are you getting a little tired of watching your favourite movies in a cold and boring sitting room, on a laptop or worse, God forbid, a mobile phone screen? Do you happen to have a spare room or are you living with someone who doesn’t mind you transforming the living room?

If the answer to all of the above is yes, you’re in luck: we’ve come up with ideas for the ultimate home entertainment room. Here are a few tips on how to bring that fun and classic vintage cinema vibe into your home.

Elite home cinema seats from Reclinersdirect

Furniture

It wouldn’t really be a vintage-themed home entertainment room without a set of black or red leather recliner chairs. They’re stylish and retro without having to compromise on comfort.

If your budget is tight, why not transform that set of old sitting room chairs you scored from a charity shop or car boot sale into glorious & unique red velvet cinema chairs?

There are plenty of upholstery tutorials on the web, most of them are easier than you think, and you’ll be able to source all the fabric and materials online or from many DIY shops.

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On the walls

As a rule of thumb, it’s best to keep the walls on the dark side so they don’t catch the screen’s light. Black-out curtains at the windows & doors are also something to consider to prevent light from filtering through. To mix it up a little, hang your favourite vintage film posters on the walls: use large black wooden frames for a sleek & chic look.

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Hide away that tech: screen & audio system

There are some good options to prevent bulky, often ugly, home cinema equipment from ruining the look & atmosphere of the room. In terms of screens, why not opt for a home cinema projector?

Easily connected to a laptop (unless you choose to go for an old school, auto-load projector of course!), it takes up the minimum of space and can be easily hung from the ceiling, out of the way.

Be aware however, that some parts such as the bulb will need to be replaced from time to time and it’s likely to cost a little bit more than what you pay initially. If you’re buying second-hand, it’s always good to ask the vendor if it’s recently been changed.

As for the audio system, if you’re on a budget, vintage can often be good in terms of sound quality and value for money. You can source quality, second-hand equipment on the web, at auction and from charity shops.

If you’ve already invested in new equipment, it’s going to take a little bit more effort and clever hacking to camouflage depending on your setup. Why not have the audio assembled on a trolley that can quickly be rolled out from inside an easily accessible cupboard prior to a screening?

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Final touches

Rome wasn’t built in a day and the same pretty much goes for a vintage cinema-themed home entertainment room… but that’s most of the fun!

Depending on your budget and your charity shops and flea market finds, you can keep adding to the room with a few extra touches that will give the room a lot more character: popcorn maker, vintage lighting and furniture, classic movie memorabilia…

Enjoy the show!

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Creating a vintage-feel bathroom

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

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No matter how many modern bathroom designs and features we’re exposed to now and in years to come, there’ll always be a special affection for traditional, vintage-feel bathrooms. These designs were, of course, modern once upon a time, so here are some products and styles that The Bath House Online believe to be key in helping create a real vintage-inspired bathroom.

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Free-standing roll-top bath

The focal point of any traditional bathroom suite is more often than not the bathtub, and what could provide a more period look than a shiny free-standing bath with feet and a roll-top edge. With the bath interior extending out and overlapping the exterior before rolling back on itself to create a smooth, rounded edge, you know you have a bathtub worthy of any vintage bathroom. The addition of feet elevates the bathtub slightly off the ground as well and adds to the already traditional design, especially when matched with the taps.

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Pedestal basin

There was a time when bathroom basins weren’t settled on a counter top with storage space underneath or hanging from a wall with no additional support. This was the time of pedestal basins; free-standing from the ground with all pipework hidden by a hollow yet solid looking plinth. These plinths, or pedestals, provide the same effect on basins as feet on bathtubs – not always a necessity but add a unique element of style that was so popular in years gone by. For that even more vintage feel, fit separate taps for hot and cold rather than one single mixer tap.

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High-level cistern

Sometimes, practicality in the bathroom is key and a toilet that’s compact enough to almost be hidden away and blended into the background is the best option. Going back half a century, however, there must have been quite a different mentality when you consider the high-level cistern. The toilet bowl and seat are the same, but the actual cistern stands tall above the rest, connected by a thin pipe and a pull-chain dangling down. If a traditional wc is what you’re after for a vintage bathroom, they don’t come much more traditional than a high level cistern.

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Wood

Adding not just a vintage feel to your bathroom, but a warm, homely one too, wood remains a popular material choice for everything from floor to ceiling. Start with specially glazed wooden floorboards and match this particular tone of wood with other objects that eyes will be drawn to such as storage cabinets, intricately carved mirror frames and toilet seats. Right down to the finer details, wood maintains that effect; door handles and shelves may go unnoticed, but go a long way in contributing to the picture as a whole.

The Bath House Online has a fantastic range of affordable bathroom products perfect for creating your very own vintage bathroom. They house collections from many leading bathroom brands to cater for all sizes, styles and budgets.

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