Whenever I hear people talk about their “dream home,” a lot of times they are talking about a large space with a huge kitchen and all the amenities, etc. I like to keep things simple, so whenever I think about my dream home, I think more along the lines of a sunny, cheerful, cozy cottage, rather than a McMansion type of abode. I see myself puttering about in the kitchen, with everything within easy reach, cooking and baking up goodies on my vintage white range and then retrieving to my comfy sofa in my cozy living room space a hop and a skip away. No wide open spaces where all the rooms flow into each other for me. I like each room to be a separate retreat.
Now I know this is not everyone’s idea of comfortable living, but it is mine, and a lot of other people’s, too, as evidenced in the latest spring issue of Vintage Style magazine that I just picked up at the grocery store the other day. Ever since the start of the holidays, I have been obsessed with looking at home décor and design magazines, and this one did not disappoint.
Although you wouldn’t know it by looking at my current living space, I am generally not a fan of clutter and don’t like to have a ton of stuff out for display, but I am captivated by collections curated over time. This latest issue of Vintage Style really shows how you can make your living space reflect more of your own individual personality by using secondhand finds.
What I particularly love about these types of spaces is that they don’t look cookie-cutter at all, like in those Pottery Barn type catalogs. It’s not that I don’t like Pottery Barn and its ilk, but I like to mix things up for a more eclectic, curated look. I love spaces that look cared for, but well lived in, with the energy of the inhabitants throughout the home, in the objects they choose to display.
You don’t need a whole lot of space to make a statement. You just have to have imagination.
What types of living spaces do you like? What types of home décor do you gravitate towards? Please share in the comments.
Please note: I have not been compensated, nor will I be in any way, for mentioning Vintage Style magazine. All thoughts and feelings expressed in this post are entirely my own.