Eco living: Vintage is back in fashion
Vintage may be old – but it’s definitely not out of fashion.
|Re-loving old favourites is a great way to add some style to your home, whilst being eco-friendly at the same time. After all, every item that’s saved from the rubbish dump is a big plus in sustainable living.
What’s more, you can pretty much guarantee nobody else will have the same as you – it will be unique as well as eco.
Vintage furniture and décor is, in fact, so trendy that some companies have dedicated themselves to restoring it and re-selling it, ready to be re-loved. We’ve researched some of the best.
Second hand chicThe 2ndhandShop, in Melbourne, buys ’50s to ’70s furniture, home décor and other items, then restores and reupholsters them before selling them on. Every item is unique – so if you miss it, it’s gone for good.
At any time, there are all kinds of random and unusual items for sale, from lamps and dinner sets to typewriters and retro radios - plus all sorts of chairs, tables and other furniture.
This art deco table top radio is a collector’s edition model that will take people back a few years.
Their Retro Egg Armchairs are great: psychedelic patterns and genuine vintage to add character to any lounge room.
Retro and rare home furnishingsQueensland’s addVintage specialises in selling retro, Danish and Eames-era furniture and collectibles.
The company has some great mid-century and retro vintage lounge chairs and suites, ready to take your lounge room back a few years.
They also have a big selection of vintage cabinets, mostly wooden and with that classic square and simple mid-century look.
Vintage chicSustainable furniture and home wares website Eco Chic offers a selection of vintage items, with plenty of choice to cater for every vintage era.
The company hunts out funky furniture cast offs, then reupholsters chairs, paints tables and cleans items up ready for resale. Items include chairs, suitcases, cabinets, sofas, lamps and tables – and each one is a one-off, guaranteeing that uniqueness.
This stack of vintage suitcases is enough to personalise any home, vintage-style.
And we love the restored Vintage Kantha Armchairs, each one covered by an original Indian ‘Gudri’ blanket.
Eco focusWe’re embarking on a mini-series with an eco focus over the coming weeks here at Light Home.
Look out for forthcoming blogs on more great ideas for eco-ing up you home simply and effectively.
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