Tips for Adding Vintage in Childrens' Spaces

Tips for Adding Vintage in Childrens' Spaces

Janie Lee
Oct 6, 2010

When I have the opportunity, I like to hit flea markets and estates sales to find things for my home. I don't have a prepared list of specific items I'm looking for, but I do have a good idea of the categories of things I want. For the kids' bedrooms and play area, I'm alway on the look out for good condition vintage items that fall into one of these categories&hellip

1. Toys and books. I love certain era toys and childrens' books. The detailed design and qualify of craftsmanship is a cut above. I also love the color palette used for vintage childrens' book illustrations.

2. Artwork. Although not a novel idea, I am always on the look out for vintage signage that can be used successfully as artwork.

3. Repurposable items. Vintage containers and shelves designed and manufactured for a specific purpose can be repurposed as toy containers and book shelves. Think vintage lockers for clothing and toy storage, an old dresser for a changing table, and as shown above an antique brochure rack as a front-facing bookshelf.

4. Lighting. Vintage lighting really adds a visual punch (and function) to any room. Even if its no longer working, a simple DIY rewiring job can often fix the problem.

(Images: 1. and 2. Country Living, 3. Sarah Jane)

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