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.


Fridge: smeg
Kettle/ toaster/coffee machine: breville
Mixer: Kitchen Aid

all original

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

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

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

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 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, tile and stone: all original
window treatments: all original

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(Thanks, Pilgrim!)

Images: Pilgrim Lee

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