Name: Sophie Crocket,
partner Scott and kids Casey and Callum
Location: Lymington; Hampshire, UK
Size: Three-bedroom house
Years lived in: 6 years
The pink flamingos standing sentry outside the
front door give a clue to what lies inside this tiny 1960s red brick cottage
tucked away in the English countryside. Sophie Crocket who owns vintage shop Pineapple Retro has transformed what was a dark, dated interior into a bright and
cheerful family home filled with treasures found on eBay, at garage sales and
thrift stores reflecting her passion for sixties and seventies design.
The house was a gift from Scott’s
father, who lived there for over 30 years. When the couple moved in they
found little had changed since Scott’s childhood including the old lady
figurines, the swirly brown wallpaper and ginger-colored laminate floor.
Working on a micro budget, Sophie ripped out everything, laid cream carpet
salvaged from a house that Scott, a laborer, was working on and painted the
walls white creating the perfect neutral backdrop for her Italian glass
collection and her retro and vintage finds.
Apart from a few items from IKEA like
the dog tail coat hooks in the hallway and the dining room cupboard, everything
else is second hand, homemade or upcycled by Sophie. The picture frames in the
hallway cost around $1 each and Sophie spray painted them different colours.
“Our budget was so tight I had to save up for each can of spray paint.” Right
now she is collecting loose change for her next project, a shiny penny floor in
the entryway and has plans to revamp the children’s bedrooms. In the meantime
Sophie has created a vibrant light-filled home which embodies her creativity
and love of all things retro.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Bright, crisp, retro
Favorite Element: The shelving in the dining room. I finally have
somewhere to display my collection of objects.
Creating an interesting home on a tight budget
What Friends Say:
"I love it!"
The children's bedrooms are not finished yet.
I decorated the whole house myself; stripping
wallpaper, ripping out built-in cupboards and wardrobes, pulling up the
flooring then painting every room and hanging shelves.
Biggest Indulgence: My lime green egg chair, a copy of a design
classic by Arne Jacobsen.
Best Advice: Having no money shouldn’t hold you back. Instead
it can inspire you to be more creative.
Ardingly Antiques and Collectors Fair, Habitat,
every piece of stock I buy for my shop!
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- In the bedroom, Fireburst :
- Picture frames : 99p Shop
- Dog tail hooks : IKEA
- Umbrellas : vintage collection
- Glass jars : Holmegaard
- Egg chair: ebay
- Sofa : ebay
- Pedestal table : garage sale
- Screw stool : Snooper's Paradise,
- Stool : upcycled junkshop find
recovered with 1950s fabric
- Cushions, blind and fabric covered
canvas : homemade with vintage Heals fabric
- Rug : garage sale
- Carpet : salvaged
- Glass and ceramics : 1960s and
- Frog lamp - ebay
- Table and chairs: Ercol
- Rug : garage sale
- Italian glassware : ebay, thrift
stores, garage sales
- Wire fruit bowl : IKEA
- Wall shelves : ebay
- Letters : Paperchase and Primark
- Biscuit tins : Marks and Spencer
- Ornaments : ebay
- Cupboard : IKEA
- Light shade : ebay
- Pictures : etsy
- Lego figures displayed in upcycled
printer's tray : ebay
- Units : Howdens
- Pictures : etsy
- Accessories : all vintage from
ebay and garage sales
- Kettle and toaster : "A
present from my fella."
- Bed : IKEA
- Bed linen : IKEA
- Picture, clock, table lamp :
"on loan from my shop"
- Bag : Lulu Guiness
- Chest of drawers : thrift store
Thanks, Sophie and Scott!
(Images: Rebecca Bond)
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