August 15, 2011

Tips for decorating your retro-modern home.

Hello lovelies! Today we are going to share a few of our essential decorating tips to help you create your dream retro space! Our homes have been works in progress for years now because we are always adding new things to our vintage home decor collections! Our goal when decorating our homes is to make it feel as though you have traveled backwards in time to a different era. If you are interested in creating a similar effect in your home, here are some fun tips to help you achieve that!  All of these photos were taken with the iPhone app Instagram, which we are pretty addicted to. Feel free to follow us if you aren't already! Our user names are: ohsolovelystef & ohsolovelyerin.

Alright, let's decorate!

First things first, decide on what theme or era you would like your home to be. Some fun ideas for different decades are the kitchy 50's, the mod look of the 60's, or the bohemiam look of the 70's. Once you have decided on what sort of feel you want your home to have try to stay as consistant as possible throughout your entire home. By doing this it allows you to freely move and interchange furniture and knick knacks without keeping them limited to one room. It's sometimes fun to move things around and switch them up a bit to give a room a fresh look! As far as themes for our homes go, we are both suckers for the 60's.

A great way to set the tone of a room is by creating a focal point which your eye is automatically drawn to. In my house I used this fantastic turquoise couch to give my living room a very strong mid-century look, and Erin used this adorable hand-made vintage flashcard collage as the focal point to her bedroom!  



 So many people are under the misconception that colored walls are bad because they make the room look smaller so they only stick to neutral tones. And yes, this may be the case in some rooms, however don't let this stop you from having fun with your walls! We are both firm believers in bold walls to brighten up our homes! If you are still hesitant to commit to making such a big change, a good way to ease into using color is to have one accent wall and leave the rest a soft white or cream tone. The color is less overwhelming this way but still gives an effective punch! This also allows you to have fun with furniture and buy pieces with multi-colored prints to brighten up your room too!


We all have those favorite little trinkets that we have accumulated over the years that just sit in a box or on top of our bedroom dressers. A fun way to display these is simply by hanging some shelves. Try to hang them in more unexpected places, like in your kitchen or in your bathroom. It's always fun to see cute little displays pop up when you least expect them! A good way to fill up your shelf is by using cute filler items. We like to use vintage floral trays & little vases of plastic flowers. Keep in mind that just because the shelf is in the kitchen, doesn't mean that it is only meant for kitchenware. Mix in some cute planters and figurines too!

Trying to furnish your entire home strictly from a specific era can become quite tricky, so what we like to do is mix the old with new. In these photos we both used new shelving units to hold our favorite vintage treasures! I also surrounded my shelving unit with other vintage pieces, such as my danish teak dining room table and hanging chair, and Erin put her adorable vintage hutch full of clocks beside her shelf.

After you give your walls a fresh coat of paint, hang some fun wall art! Figure out what style of art you like and try to put splashes of it in every room. We're not saying to just limit yourself to one type of art, but try to pick pieces with a consistant feel (ex: wood, metal, prints, etc...) Erin's walls are full of cute prints and mine are full of 60's wood & metal art.

Don't just rely on overhead lighting, fill your room with different types of lamps! A good thing to remember is that using low wattage light bulbs is not only energy efficient, but it also gives off a nice dim light which creates a relaxing mood in the room!

We hope this inspires you to give your space a little face-lift just in time for fall! Happy decorating!
Stef & Erin xo

76 comments:

  1. These are such great tips! Your houses are so beautifully decorated! Ahh, I will definitely be buying some more prints for my walls and add a bit of color to the whole place! I am just so inspired by your pictures!

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  2. Your homes are decorated so perfectly! Thanks for sharing these lovely tips with us! xxoo, Allie.

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  3. Lovely! I'll be linking.

    P.S.) What is that dome shaped thing with the flowers inside it, next to the red telephone? I want!

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  4. Those are my dream houses! they look so good! nice job!

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  5. All of your decorating is so very swoon-worthy. I'm currently in the process of re-doing my room, so this is just what I needed!

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  6. ooh its so lovely!!
    Those are my dream house! green paint, old and new stuff, colorfull,and make a cute display.. :)

    Thanks for the idea!! :)

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  7. Such wonderful tips! I'm bookmarking this one :)

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  8. LOVE this post! It was nice to get a peek into your homes and get some advice at the same time. :)

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  9. i went charity shopping ysterday and had to stop myself buying all the retro stuff i saw...i'd already spent 45.00 on china...eeeeek!

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  10. You have both achieved very true 60's style, but each of your homes is very unique from the other. Really lovely job, you two!

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  11. This post is amazing! I just discovered you through Stef's instagram (I'm @allisoncamille) and this blog is so adorable I could die. You ladies completely share my aesthetic and this post serves as great inspiration. I'm currently in the (slow) process of decorating my apartment and though I've made a lot of progress I definitely hit a wall recently. These pictures are giving me visions of color and patterns and prints that I can't wait to incorporate! Thanks!
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  12. I'm always in the process of decorating our home and this was a very inspirational post! Thanks!

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  13. Ok, I would absolutely LOVE you two to come and give me a hand with my new room. Pleeeease :)

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  14. Love the tips. I'm actually currently in the process of making up my room and these tips are great!

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  15. I'm moving into a new apartment soon and would love to create a 60s/vintage theme throughout. Thanks for the awesome tips!

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  16. What a great bunch of tips! Thank-you for sharing them with us all!

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  17. Great tips :) Decorating my new college room soon so these will come in handy I'm sure xo

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  18. A very simple and easy steps to follow. All are great! Thanks for sharing. Everything is wonderful and beautiful. Thanks!

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  25. Indeed, it is really important to give attention to the living room (and other areas of the house, of course). The living room is like the center piece of the house and so it has to look its best. The designs in your post are very inspirational and are easy to create. Thank you.

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  31. You are full of creativity and not afraid of mixing colors and prints!Really wonderful!

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  32. WOW, that's some pretty awesome decor. I am not sure I would nail it myself and go for the odd one or two items but you have that down to a trick.

    Personal fave, those retro phones. Love em.

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  33. I agree with mixing old with new. Some folks think if you decorate retro, everything needs to be retro. But, I like to throw new items in, especially everyday use items like beds and sofas. I have my retro couches and chairs in some rooms, but in the heavy traffic areas I have the new stuff that still mixes well with my retro decor.

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  34. I disagree on picking an era as a theme. Real vintage homes would have had stuff that the family picked up through the years. Few people would furnish their entire home all at once. Therefore, an actual home from that time period would have had a mix of eras in it. I prefer to ignore specific themes or eras, and just find stuff that I LIKE. If you pick out things that YOU like, as opposed to what a magazine tells you to like, then it will just naturally fall into a theme: a theme of YOU. My collection of green-stripe restaurant ware dishes does not match my primary colors Pyrex bowl set which in turn does not match all the turquoise stuff that I have. But because it's all ME, it works. I'm never thinking, "Argh, this mod sunburst clock doesn't match my jadite salt and pepper shakers!".....I just think, "I love this, therefore it is mine!"

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    1. Yes, we definitely agree with the points we made. When we said "decide on a theme" we more so just meant to just loosely decide what sort of feel or style you want your home to be decorated in. We meant it as sort of a guideline to keep at the back of your head so that all of your rooms have a somewhat consistent flow to them rather than everything being random and disjointed. We threw out the categories of '60's mod'..etc.. just as possible ideas to use as a jumping off point. We by no means meant that we won't have any dishes in our homes besides vintage pyrex. Thanks for voicing your opinion though! We are on the same page as you. :)

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  36. I am in love with these pictures! I recently got a new shaggy rug to go with the vintage feel of my living room, but I definitely want to employ some of these tips to take my decorating to the next level.

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  37. Love this.......so many beautiful items! Inspiring and wonderful to look at. I'm slowly building up my collection of retro/fabulous items around the house......but it takes me so much longer as there aren't many 'vintage' opportunities in Ipswich! I find some charity shop bargains though - occasionally!
    I love reading your blog posts :) Keep them coming!

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  39. Great ideas! I like to decorate with a variety of vintage styles too.

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  45. Love love love these tips!!! thank you for sharing, i'm deinitly gonna use them!!:)

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  46. Love your home! We too are suckers for the 60's...after seeing your post, I think the one thing we are missing are shelves to display all the weird trinkets we collect from vintage shops. I love how you cluster the displays! Thanks for the ideas :)

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  47. Hi! I looove the wall color in your dining room. It is my sister's favorite color and I've been looking for it everywhere! Could you please tell me the name/brand of the paint color that you used? Thanks!

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  49. Love all the retro pics, very inspiring. Will pin all of them =)

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  50. I love this article, thank you for great tips. I like the "art" made from paper cut girls with balloons, I might do something similar, it looks like fun!

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  51. I think 'Retro Modern' is the phrase that pretty much sums up my whole house! The house is modern, but i have retro furniture and accessories to add character.

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  52. The tips for the modern decorating is nice and thanks for sharing.

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  53. I have always wanted to have a home filled with retro stuff. Thank you for these ideas! I feel lucky to have stumbled upon your blog.
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