Wednesday, 7 August 2013

the museum of everything i like

In my previous post I promised to take you for a proper tour in my local heritage house.


There's something amazing about being in an old house filled to the brim with wonderful vintage items, and to be able to see back in time and feel the spaces in which people spent their home lives in long gone days.

The date of those long gone days is the 1940s and 50s (I got that wrong in my previous post...). In this museum-like space nothing is like a museum, nothing is behind glass, nothing is cordoned off.

There are not many pictures of whole rooms and spaces - I got lost in the beautiful details, you see. I still hope that the virtual tour of beautiful details will be interesting enough.



I've been thinking about why it feels so special to visit such a heritage house and to be able to walk around among those rooms full of old objects. The first thought that came to mind was that being a flea market treasure hunter, my thrifty soul relishes being in rooms full of perfect vintage finds and feels right at home.

Then on further thought, I think I might have found the answer: all those items that I covet and am interested in, the vintage pots and pans, chairs, linens, wall hangings and nicknacks are there in their original context, together. It is rather special to see any of them in flea markets when they turn up (and even more special if they are affordable). However, in their true environment, together, they tell much more of their full story.




If you are not a flea market or vintage enthusiast I hope you will excuse all the gushing and the tremors of awe that may transfer from my writing. I really feel I stumbled upon a big treasure house... the museum of everything I like.

There's another great thing about this heritage house - in their shop they sell reproduction vintage wallpaper, made to order. I hope one day I might be able to have a reason to go and purchase some. Here's a few that I liked, from the piles of big books of samples there.


And one more thing - there was this little guy roosting high on top of an enamel lid above the kitchen range. He is so charming in his perfect home-crafted potholderness, that I decided to make one soon, once I have finished other on-going projects.


I hoped you liked the tour! By the way, what name would you give this potholder rooster? He looks so full of character that he really deserves a name! :)

12 comments:

  1. wonderful tour! I think I can relate to your feelings. I love my boyfriend's family weekend which is also preserved in it's original state. I have to take pictures one day, I'm positive you would love it. :)

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    1. i love the sound of that weekend place. hope your package arrives soon! x

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  2. SO cozy and comfortable, thanks for sharing the tour! Love all the plants and textures.

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    1. thanks Van, it was very cosy and homely there I'm glad it comes through my photos! thanks for your comment!

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  3. I loved this post so much and share your excitement about this place! We have this lovely house/gallery in Cambridge - Kettle's Yard - which though very different has some of the same charms:- the sense of the past preserved, of beautiful things gathered in a real home setting.
    http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/house/

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    1. beautiful country house,that one! love all the earth tones and visual simplicity of it, a house that in my opinion is set out to enable creativity flowing, no messy or overwhelming anything anywhere! i think it takes very strong discipline to keep it like that. i always want colour, but it's true to say that i always leave at least one wall in a room totally empty, otherwise i feel like i can't think in that room...gosh i'd love to read the book about the house and living in it, that was mentioned in the virtual tour. thanks for sharing it Suki! :) have a good week ahead x

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  4. Lovely! I love all those little details. The green dresser in the second pic looks amazing!!
    Looking forward to hear about how you get on with your crafting this month :-)

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    1. i wanted to take that dresser home too, with a few other pieces of furniture...! :)
      I've crafted up a couple of ideas in the weekend which haven't ended in the maybe pile :) it's real nice to have a breakthrough and the sneak peek is coming (Tues or Wednesday)...! have a great week ahead! x

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  5. oh wow,
    what an amazing treasure!

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    1. i thought you might like this house - is it similar in style to old swedish houses? hope you are well x

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  6. very nice tour!
    i would love to live in an old house like this!
    what about ronaldo, for the rooster? :)
    he is very nice made and clever too!

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    1. thanks Evdokia, i like the name Ronaldo! me and my boyfriend chuckled at how Ronny the rooster sounds like a comedian :D hope your week will be super! x

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