We love everything vintage here at Style By Portobello. We live, breathe, eat, sleep and dream vintage. From fashion to interior design, we believe that vintage is a kind of culture or a way of life; something that trickles down into all areas of our world. So we decided to chat to the gorgeous and fabulous @cocobardot69, vintage boutique owner and self-confessed treasure huntress. She runs her own successful business, is completely obsessed with fashion, and refers to herself as a “bathtub mermaid” on her instagram profile (we love that).
After starting her vintage clothing and homeware boutique (www.kathrynvintage.com) back in 2013 during a spell of being very unwell, Kathryn AKA @CocoBardot69 has never looked back. She now spends her time seeking out vintage treasures and living her dream, so we decided to interview her for some insider tips on vintage interior style and design. Here’s what the lovely Kathryn had to share with us…
(all images are from Kathryn’s beautiful home)
Q1: We love vintage everything here at Style By Portobello…..but do you think it’s a style that can be quite hard to get right when it comes to home décor?
“Introducing vintage into the home I feel is a very natural thing for any vintage fan to do. If you wear vintage clothing and enjoy it, it’s likely that you will be more drawn to vintage interiors. I also don’t think that it’s about ‘getting it right’ when it comes to vintage interiors…..your home is your home, nobody else’s so what you choose to buy to fill it is completely up to you; it’s all very personal to you, therefore you can never get it wrong as such. I think what people may struggle with from time to time is actually styling their home, so deciding how to display your favourite collection of vintage bottles or “how do I style that velvet throw?” or generally how to put a room together so it has function, liveability and style.
This is where I plan to help in the near future with branching out into interior styling and helping anybody and everybody who wants it. My service will offer styling – anything from just a room to the whole home. I will be guiding them through textures, colours and ambiances to help them achieve the styled home that they want and by incorporating their own found treasures with some new ones too!”
Q2: What are your best tips for styling vintage interiors?
“I would say that my top tips for styling vintage interiors is to surround yourself with what you love (for me this is natural linens, aged metallics such as silver, gold and brass, and natural objects such as feathers, beach combed finds, skulls and so on) but style varies with everybody of course. Once you start a collection of things you love, try to echo the subject around your home for an even flow. I would also say it’s calming and good for the soul to have at least one thing living in each room, whether it be a eucalyptus plant or your pet.
Now lastly, lighting. It’s all about the lighting. You can create atmosphere, zones and space by playing around with light. Have a play, open your blinds or curtains wide, move your lamps and candles around or even add more! Mirrors too are great for bouncing and adding light.”
Q3: Do you have a favourite era when it comes to interiors?
“I wouldn’t say I have a favourite ‘era’ as such when it comes to interiors. However, at the moment I adore classic French country style, lofty rooms with a feeling of calm and space, lightly styled homes with interesting objects for your eyes to wander and inspire you, and the addition of romance with crystal encrusted chandeliers, antique mercury glass giant baubles and candelabras.”
Q4: What are your favourite vintage pieces in your home?
“Within my home, my favourite pieces have to be 1. my bed! It’s not true vintage but of an antique French style and I have adorned it with vintage velvet, embroidery and cushions upcycled from vintage postal sacks. I also adore our over-mantle mirror which we found on a holiday in Hastings, Sussex. It’s early 19th Century French antique and I adore it; it completely makes the living room.”
We hope you have all enjoyed reading these tips and viewing the inspiring images from Kathryn’s stunning home. Don’t forget to share on social media if you love the post and make sure you follow Kathryn on instagram for daily interior/fashion style inspiration.
And thanks to Kathryn for taking time out of her busy day to chat to us about interior design tips and ideas! You’ve been great!
SBP Team x