Premium materials. That’s all you need to think about when decorating a vintage style home. Glass, leather, wicker, and metal are some examples. Just stay away from plastic.
The 5 stylish vintage storage ideas below will show you the right materials and items to use to store things around the house.
1) Vintage Suitcase Storage
Old vintage suitcases can used to store items under the bed. Or they can turned into makeshift side tables (seen in picture (1)) or coffee tables with storage. The same can be done with a wooden chest or trunk (2).
2) Glass Jars and Bottles
From housing plants and candles, to all the ingredients in the kitchen, glass bottles and jars are an elegant way to store so many items around the house.
You can fill them up with soaps and liquids in the kitchen and bathroom, getting rid of branded plastic bottles – just like in the kitchen in picture (3).
For more ideas on using glass jars and bottles, have a look at my mood board here: A Simple Guide To Using Vintage Glass Bottles Around the House
3) Wicker, Wire, Metal and Galvanised
Some other vintage storage ideas include using wire baskets (4) and wicker baskets, hampers, trays, trunks, boxes, or bins (5) (6).
Try finding industrial metal tool bins, just like the ones seen in picture (7). You’ve also got galvanised buckets and watering cans.
Enamel containers will look great on open shelving in your kitchen. They can be used to store ingredients such as sugar, salt, coffee, and bread. (8)
5) Custom Labels
To create your own vintage storage containers, you can buy more modern containers and decorate them with your own custom labels. Stay tuned as I’ll be making some that you can download – just like the one in picture (9) in the mood board – sign up in the sidebar and I’ll message you when they are ready.
The vintage style doesn’t have to be limited to the inside of your house. You can take it outside into your garden, with these simple and elegant vintage garden decor ideas.
Vintage Style Planters
Anything made out of premium vintage style materials (wood, wicker, glass, enamel, galvanised metal) can be used to house plants, and will also act as decor pieces. Have a look at all the different planters in the vintage garden in picture (1).
An old wooden ladder can be used to hang up plants (2), garden tools, or string lights. While a wooden step ladder can be used as shelving for pots.
Wicker baskets can be used as planters or to store fire wood or garden tools.
Other creative ways to house plants include using galvanised buckets or watering cans. Or how about using crates – just like in picture (3), these can also be used to store garden tools.
Using glass bottles is an elegant way of decorating the garden with a few stem of flowers. These glass bottles can be hung up with twine, as seen in the wedding photo (4).
Vintage Lighting Ideas for Your Garden
Glass bottles and jars can also be used as hanging candle holders just like the garden in picture (5) – creating a soft and romantic glow around the garden.
Another way to light up the garden would be to use party string lights (the ones with yellow bulbs). These string lights can be:
- Wrapped around trees
- Hung over bushes
- Attached to a patio umbrella
- Wrapped around deck railings or furniture
- Hung up in rows on a wall to create a curtain of lighting
- Or hung overhead in rows to create a starry night effect
Use string lights with the large bulbs to add a more vintage style to your garden.
Other Vintage Gaden Decor Items
Here is a quick list of other vintage decor accessories to have around the garden:
- Wooden shutters – these can be functional shutters (6), or they can hang to the side of the windows and act as decorative wall elements.
- Wooden clothes pegs are small, but add a little bit of vintage flair when hanging up your laundry (7)
- If you are able to find antique garden tools, or just good looking ones, these can left out on display to add to the design and style of your garden (8)
- Some other decor items to consider include old wooden signs or a weather vane