Pilgrim's Progressive Vintage

Pilgrim's Progressive Vintage

Jenny Butler
Apr 23, 2010
Name: Pilgrim Lee Location: Melbourne, Australia Years lived in: 3 years, rented While many people would have fought against the original elements of this 1970s home, Pilgrim embraced it with wide open arms. Her love of the late 60s/early 70s fits in perfectly the with house; brightly pattered soft furnishing compliment the amazing original scalloped carpet and the wide variety of artworks throughout are enhanced by huge windows and an abundance of vintage light fittings. Filled with charm, character and color, Pilgrim's home is a reflection of what she and her family love. One of our favorite parts of Pilgrim's home is how she has worked in so many pieces of furniture given handed on to her by family. If the items were damaged or a completely wrong style, Pilgrim [a self confessed "chronic sentimentalist"] adapted them to suit her home by reupholstering them or painting, but most importantly she found a way to keep those sentimental pieces in the family whilst reflecting her style. Apartment Therapy Survey: My/Our style: Bold, graphic, eclectic but largely late 60s/early 70s. Inspiration: Whatever makes me happy, mostly the bold colors and patterns that also inspire my own art and illustration. Favorite Element: The original features of the house, the light fittings, wallpaper and the big windows etc it could easily have been stripped out in the 80s so i feel very lucky to have a 'near mint condition house'! Biggest Challenge: As we're renters we can't change much so finding furniture that fits in certain spaces (eg finding storage solutions for the kitchen) have been quite challenging. As it is we have a bathroom shelf and drawer unit to hold our dry goods! What Friends Say: That it's a comfortable and interesting place that reflects the personalities and tastes of the people that live there Biggest Embarrassment: I wouldn't say I'm embarrassed by this per se, but I wish I could do more with the bathroom. It feels a bit uninteresting in comparison to the rest of the house. Again, as a renter i can't paint or wallpaper etc so short of buying a whole new set of different color towels I'm a bit stuck! Proudest DIY: Its a tie between the duvet cover on my son's bed (made from an old sheet) and the shelf curtains in the kitchen (made from tea towels). Biggest Indulgence: I guess my biggest indulgence hasn't been monetary, but has been my boyfriend letting me have things 'my way'! It's not that he doesn't care or is henpecked he just knows how much I enjoy putting rooms together, and is happy for me to take the reins. Second answer would be the smeg fridge, it came second hand from ebay but was still rather costly. I justify it by pointing out that not many fridges would fit in the 'fridge space' we have. Best advice: To not worry about trends and just follow your bliss. Decorate with what you love and it will look beautiful to you - and you're the one who has to live with it so that's who you have to please. Dream source: The worlds biggest thrift market, and I'm the only one there, and I have unlimited cash! Or perhaps more realistically, Space furniture in Richmond and the Chapel St Bazaar. Resources: APPLIANCES Fridge: smeg Kettle/ toaster/coffee machine: breville Mixer: Kitchen Aid HARDWARE all original MASTER BEDROOM bed head: vintage bedside tables: ikea chest of drawers: inherited/antique lampshades: etsy seller drawflowers lamp bases: target duvet cover: KAS Australia mohair rug: adairs cushions: handmade, vintage fabric. art: pink and blue babushkas - tsk tsk pink square rabbit paper sculpture - helen musselwhite pink and blue letterpress - lab partners tree swing painting - APAK from Outre Gallery yellow guitar guy painting - lab partners from Outre Gallery the greeny print above the chest of drawers - PCP from Outre Gallery the deer with flowers is a Japanese plastic desk protector i framed because its cute. cuckoo clock and weather house: souvenirs from Hahndorf in South Australia teal birds: vintage pink poode: vintage KIDS ROOM bedframe: vintage sideboard: vintage toy drawers: ikea book shelf: ikea chair: vintage duvet cover: vintage/handmade cushions: handmade from orla kiely tea towels lamp: adairs clock: matt blatt large framed print: shinzi katoh medium silver framed print: tim biskup/gama go art work surrounding the moon light: lab partners, green bear monster by matte stephens and framed print behind monkey by (me, draw! pilgrim) small leaf print by ubiki ENTRY HALL/HALLWAY chairs, table and chesterfield sofa inherited and reupholstered lamp: was a gift orange ceramic jar: also a gift cushions: either vintage from a now closed etsy store or from freedom framed print above the red chair: mary maki rae large framed print above blue chesterfield: tim biskup large canvas painting (in the hallway): by me, draw! pilgram print of the girl (in the hall way) tim biskup, from outre gallery LOUNGE/DESK AREA ottoman: dare furniture sofa: freedom red dot patterned pointy backed chair: oz furniture design orange corduroy chair: vintage reupholstered yellow kartell nesting tables: vintage tv sideboard: ikea red bookshelf: ikea yellow bookshelf: inherited/vintage desk: ikea chair: ikea reupholstered drawers: ikea all cushions are from 2 now-closed etsy sellers :( lamp by the tv: ikea print above tv: mary maki rae yellow lamp: vintage print above ottoman: sanna annukka desk lamp: ikea apple containers: house & heim DINING dining table and chairs: vintage shelves: ikea print: its pop its art items in the shelves are largely vintage, with a couple of jonathan adlers in there! CARPETING/FLOORING/WINDOW TREATMENTS carpeting, tile and stone: all original window treatments: all original OTHER ♥ follow me: //twitter.com/pilgrim_lee (Thanks, Pilgrim!) Images: Pilgrim Lee
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