What’s your childhood memories of your granny’s house?
If your granny was anything like mine then she probably had a home full of handmade items, hand stitched linens and home cooked yumminess in the kitchen.
My grandmother grew up on a dairy farm in the country. . . her folk were simple living.
They made do with hand-me-downs and miss-matched furniture.
I loved her collection of pretty teacups that came out of the dresser at every meal. I was too young to realise that none of the cups had matching saucers or belonged to a set. . . but it wouldn’t have mattered to me anyway.
I remember my granny had doilies. . . lots of doilies.
Most of them were hand stitched by family members. They came from a time when all young ladies learned how to sew and embroider and to this day I still adore them.
So today I created a project using a vintage doily. . .
Awhile back I picked up this large framed mirror from a local thrift store. The mirror had a huge crack right through the middle and the plastic frame was painted a hideous gold. At the time I didn’t know what I was going to use it for, but at just $2 it was worth buying and waiting for inspiration to strike.
I painted the frame with some homemade creamy white paint, then antique it with Burnt Umber. Although I liked the finish on the frame, I never did get around to completing the make-over.
Today I took another look at it after going through my basket of doilies and decided it would make a perfect noticeboard for a sewing room.
It was as simple as covering the back board with drop cloth and making a pocket on the lower half with one of my vintage doilies. I then used some cotton twill measuring tape to make two peg lines.
Now I have a noticeboard that my Granny would have loved and appreciated.
Have you noticed the emergence of ‘Granny Chic’ decorating that’s popping up everywhere. . .
Similar to Shabby Chic with its weathered and worn furniture, except Granny Chic embraces vintage furniture pieces, accessories and fabric prints that any elderly lady might love, but with a modern twist that makes it fashionable.
Granny Chic interiors offer a homey look that puts comfort and personal taste above style trends. Granny chic features botanical motifs and hand-knit textiles, while incorporating fussy prints, quaint knick-knacks and eclectic collections of deliberately mismatched items that clash in design, colour or pattern.
I think perhaps my new noticeboard is a little more shabby chic with a touch of romance and elegance, but it is certainly a project that has thrown a modern spin on some vintage pieces.
I love how home decorators are now taking their cues from past generations and creating a personal style with vintage, thrift and handmade items.
I’m sharing my new doily pocket noticeboard at this week’s link parties and with these friends: Inspiration Exchange, Live Laugh Rowe, The DIY Dreamer, Tutorials, Tips & Tidbits, Blissful White Wednesday, Transformation Thursday, French Country Cottage, The Vintage Farmhouse, 36th Avenue, Be Inspired Friday at Common Ground, Junkin Joe.
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