Why I’m ‘rocking the retro vibe’!
What can I say? I’m a child of the ’70’s! I love the whole ‘Retro’ revival we’ve been having these past few years. I’ve even written a few nostalgic posts, including my memories of my first bike (HERE) and the 7 reasons why I think we should have a retro kid’s party revival (HERE). However, I haven’t just been reminiscing about the good old days. After months of hankering after gorgeous retro accessories for my home, I’ve finally settled on a couple of beauties.
How times have changed.
Cast your minds back four or five years and any mention of home decor and fashions from the 1960’s and 1970’s was invariably met with a wince from anyone who lived through those eras. I can well remember my own horror when I discovered old photo albums filled with pictures of me and my sister wearing some of the worst examples of 1970’s fashion. However, although I’m not going to be trotting off to the charity shop to buy myself a crocheted dress or brown crimpolene flairs anytime soon, I’ve found myself drawn to some lovely retro and vintage pieces for the home.
Before you begin to panic and click away, I’m not thinking of recreating my childhood home, complete with leaf pattern carpets and Yorkstone fireplace with a shelf for the Betamax video recorder. I believe those particularly ghastly design trends belong in the past and must stay in the past, never be ‘revived’. I have bought a couple of lovely retro items for our home, though, and I’m on the lookout for more.
Such is my love of retro and vintage designs at the moment, I’ve created an entire Pinterest board dedicated to them.
Check out my Retro Pinterest Board, here:
Home: Retro Revival.
My Retro Favourites.
So what little retro gems have I acquired for my home so far?
1. Yellow Retro Alarm Clock (London Clock Company), from Wayfair.
You may recall back in August 2016, my home office featured on Wayfair’s website: Insider Access: Blogger Workspaces #2. The article took a sneak peek into the home offices of three UK bloggers and featured me, Charlotte Dougall from Colours and Carousels and Sam Charles from Strawberry Squeeze and found out how we’d created productive and inspiring workspaces.
My Retro London Clock Company alarm clock was one my featured accessories, it’s bright yellow finish injecting a burst of colour into my simple grey and silver scheme.
I’ve since moved the little Retro clock into the recently decorated ‘grown-up’ living room, where it ties in beautifully with my yellow and teal curtains.
2. 1960’s style telephone, in English Mustard (Wild&Wolf).
Joining our Retro alarm clock in the lounge is our latest acquisition, the 746 Phone in English mustard, based on the 1960’s design classic. I’d seen these ‘digitally remastered’ retro phones in a range of glorious colours in numerous shops over the past year, but resisted the urge to buy one. However, whilst on a day trip to the market town of Ashbourne, in the Derbyshire Dales, I succumbed to temptation whilst browsing around ‘The Village Rainbow’, Ashbourne’s very own ‘Shopping Emporium’.
The Village Rainbow contains a feast of unusual pieces and hidden gems, but it was the Mustard-coloured telephone with a ‘Make me an offer’ ribbon on it, that caught my eye. So I did make them an offer, and walked away with a design icon for the bargain price of £25, (50% off)! Whoop!
I’m delighted with our brightly coloured telephone. It sits perfectly on the small table near the door of our living room. I get a thrill every time I hear it’s beautiful ringing chimes, which instantly transport me back to an era where analogue reigned.
If you’re ever in the Derbyshire Dales, the market town of Ashbourne is certainly worth a visit. There are lots of pubs and cafes as well as lovely shops and boutiques. There’s even a Joules and a FatFace. If you can’t get to Ashbourne, The Village Rainbow has a website where you can order items by phone or mail order, with an online shop coming soon. I thoroughly recommend checking it out: The Village Rainbow.
3. I haven’t got a number 3 yet, but I’m working on it!
Even though I’m looking forward to the design trends 2017 has to offer, I’m not quite ready to leave my love of all things vintage and retro behind. In fact, I’m hoping one or two of the glorious wall clocks and mirrors featured on my Retro Pinterest board will be visiting a wall near me soon!
Over to you.
Have you embraced the Retro revival in your home? Do you have any special ornaments or pieces from a different decade or era that have pride of place in your home? As always, I’d love to hear from you.
This is not a sponsored or collaborative post. I just love my retro goodies!
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My mum grew up in the 60’s and 70’s so she doesn’t really understand why my fiance and I love mid-century home decor so much, she’s still into lots of stainless steel and sleek furniture! The 70’s is my favorite era though, I just love it!
I’m off to the auction house on Friday to see if I can find some nice pieces! Have only been once before.
I LOVE all things retro, especially that yellow phone! I ran a mid-century homeware store online for a few years and used to love my 60s and 70s finds and want to keep lots of them (very bad for business!) #homeetc
Oh Becky! That store sounds lovely! I love the Mid-century wooden chairs! You know those gorgeous ones with the big square cushions and wooden frame! I would love to find a doer-upper!
Love the phone. I will be visiting the site Jane
Oh that phone bringes back memories of sitting in the hall, frozen to bits, chatting to friends. The green enamel coffee put you’ve pinned is beautiful.
The coffee pot is gorgeous, isn’t it! I want everything! I’ve got a Pantone post coming up soon thats all about Greenery! Love Green!!!
That vedette clock is a thing of beauty – I want one! Is that why we’re going to the auctions on friday? Have you noticed my star clock before? Thats pretty retro. This post made me realise how much I love the 70’s style in some areas too, who knew!?
I love your star clock! Can’t wait to go mooching for bargains!
LOVE all these picks!!!!! LOVE them!! Weirdly I’ve got a very similar phone that we inherited in the first house we bought, although it’s a wall hanging one. It’s been sprayed a myriad of different colours over the years. At the mo it’s due for another makeover as I’m going to having it in my she-shed!! 😉 #HomeEtc
Ah, thanks Caro! And Stop dangling the She-shed carrot!! I need to see it in all its glory soon! (Unless you’ve revealed it and I’ve missed it!!)
I’ve got that radio but in yellow! I now want that phone!
It’s fab. I wish it had a proper dial on it! I loved the satisfying dialing mechanism!
I didn’t go into spam! – Woooo hooooo!
Unbelievable!!!!!! How long has it taken?!!!!!!!!!! Was it Commentluv not loving you? Is it because we share foot afflictions? Is it because we both name our foot afflictions?
It’s clearly the feet!
Time you got an Acorn Atom computer for the kids then. They can sit there for hours typing in the programs from magazine listings, save them to cassette tape, hoping they will reload next time.
I built one from a kit in 1979 with 12 k of RAM, and 12 k of ROM wow!!!
It was the predecessor to the BBC B Micro
No I no longer still have it… it got recycled a few years ago!
I had a Commodore 64! I’d spend hours typing in code from a magazine just to get a stick man made of keyboard characters to ski down a hill…unless you missed a semi colon or something or a space…in which case no skier!!!
A trimphone would have been very 1970’s!
I saw one in a furniture shop today. Love them too!
There is something quite comforting about those phones isn’t there. I remember the days of having to make calls on the stairs with the phone on the table and twiddling endlessly with the wire during long conversations. A cold hallway was generally a feature but it didn’t stop the lengthy call. It felt like a proper phone call! How very different things are now. Love the mustard and look forward to hearing about the mooch #HomeEtc
The mooch is on YouTube!!!
I really haven’t got anything retro at home (even though I am also a child of the 70’s) but I totally love that telephone. It really reminds me of the phone my grandma had at home.
i so want that phone! it would look awesome in my mustard and grey bedroom 🙂
They do mail order, Emma! I saw the exact same phone in John Lewis at the weekend for £49! I got it for £25!!!
Super and so colourful too! Love this 🙂 Thanks for sharing & linking up.
Jess xx #HomeEtc
My whole home has a vintage retro feel, it is what makes me happy, I have a similar clock in pink, but am loving the yellow.
That last clock – just stunning x