Rachel Hinchcliffe’s eclectic labour of love…My husband Dave and I both love old furniture, cars and clothing. We met through 1950s music and regularly attend our local rock ‘n’ roll club and many weekenders. Although we tend to dress more 50s, our home is a 1930s semi and as we also love the 1940s and Art Deco, we decided to decorate it in that style. It started with one room and spread! I love being surrounded by pieces of furniture that could tell a story! Our kitchen has a 50s diner kind of feel.
We were inspired by looking at books on houses from the Art Deco era and memories of relatives’ houses (showing our age here!). Our neighbour offered us some furniture, and when we collected it from her mother’s house we were inspired by the interior decoration. The walls had edging decorations that we hadn’t seen before. We found out it was lincrusta, however we were unable to find it manufactured in strips so we decorated the edge of the rooms with window lead to encase the wallpaper.
Our main challenge was our own fault. We bought an eau-de-nil bathroom suite and it was left outside until we were ready to put it in. Unfortunately, the toilet was damaged by the frost. The replacement we got meant changing all the drainage system from the toilet. Not an easy or pleasant job.
Our favourite part… was sourcing everything. I also enjoy knowing the history or a story behind our purchases, or knowing who has kindly given us things. I also have some crockery and cutlery from both my grandparents that I love being able to display.
Our advice to anyone wanting a vintage styled home… well, our house isn’t done to be exactly as it would have been in the 30s/40s, it’s our take on that era. We are a family of 4 and it’s a home to us. If you like a certain style/era then introduce pieces you like into your decor. That may mean just one piece or if the bug catches you, like it did us, then be prepared to revamp your whole house!
I should also add that Dave has done all the work on the house. He’s plastered, fitted fireplaces, done all the wallpapering, fitted a bathroom and shower suite and did all the tiling… He is very talented; I’m a lucky girl.