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vintage school desk ideas kids room

This week I am taking a break from my photography series but it will be back next Wednesday.  In the meantime you can look at the past photography posts as there are already lots of great hints, tips and tricks to help you take better photos and there’s even a giveaway (ending today).  Instead today I’m feeling inspired by these gorgeous vintage desk spaces for a kids room. 

I will soon be decorating Anya’s new room and I am really leaning towards a vintage desk as I think it adds bags of charm and character to a kids room.  The humble vintage desk can be mixed with any other style of furniture you have in the rest of the room – modern, retro, contemporary – whatever!   But a vintage desk doesn’t always have to mean buying an old school desk and chair.  That’s just one way to go for the vintage look but if you can’t find the right one or it’s not the right size for your space, there are other ways to create the look.  Here are six vintage desk ideas that I’m loving for any kids room:

vintage school desk ideas

If you can find the right vintage school desk and chair for your room then go for it!  It has so much charm and character and I especially love it set against black and white decor as in the room above.  It’s simple and really allows the desk and chair to shine. 

vintage white desk for girls room

A kids desk doesn’t have to be an actual vintage desk.  In case you can’t get your hands on one almost any used table will do, like  in this picture above. It’s looks like a used white table and an old, worn chair which together create a vintage feel that’s complimented with all the vintage inspired decorations – so lovely and fun.

vintage school desk ideas

If you’re going for a vintage desk look, there is no reason why you can’t totally customise your look like this seriously cool desk above.  Using vintage wood, leather belts and lots of creativity, they’ve made a very cool desk and complimented it with a vintage stool.  Also, customising your desk means that you can fit it in to any sized space you like.

 vintage desk for two kids

If your desk space needs to have room for two kids, you could of course get two mismatched vintage school desks which would look really cool or you can do something like they have done above.  Trestle style tables are all the rage at the moment so getting your hands on a vintage one probably won’t be too difficult and paired with vintage chairs, it looks great.  Lots of character, lots of charm and a nice spacious desk for two.

vintage desk with lift up lid

Remember those chunkier vintage school desks that had the lift up lids to store stuff?  They can sometimes look very heavy especially in a small room so I love what they’ve done here.  They’ve removed the legs and screwed the desk bit to the wall and paired with a vintage stool.  You still get the whole vintage desk vibe but in a modern, fresh and uncluttered way.

small space desk ideas

For just a touch of vintage, you can get a vintage chair and pair with any desk including a brand new modern one.  In the picture above, I love the simplicity of the space.  A simple shelf has been used as the desk and paired with a vintage chair all brought to life with that colour blocked wall.  This look, like many others, really can fit in with any style of decor you choose for the rest of the room.

So a vintage desk for a kids room doesn’t always have to be an old school desk.  Of course if you can find one then it’s a great option but I also love how the kids spaces above have taken the idea of vintage and made it their own.  I don’t yet know what look I’ll choose for Anya’s room but I’m feeling so inspired by all the ones above that it’s hard to pick a favourite.  Do you have a favourite?

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"vintage furniture and toys for kids"

This is probably one of the best vintage shops I have come across.  They have a lovely selection of vintage toys and furniture for kids as well as some stunning vintage pieces for the home too.   That vintage child’s desk is stunning in it’s simplicity as is that ride-on wooden car.  Most of the pieces in this shop are one of a kind and very hard to find.  If you love vintage furniture then I highly recommend this vintage shop.

Pretty vintage spaces…

December 6, 2013

"vintage girls bedrooms"

Here are some beautiful vintage kids rooms to inspire you today.  The floral wallpapers, the vintage beds, the little pompoms and garlands all come together to create spaces that are so charming.  While I love them all, my favourite is the second one with that gorgeous wallpaper and the almost faded Autumnal colour scheme.  Vintage rooms don’t get much prettier than these, don’t you think?

Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm!

Image credits: 1. Style room,  2 & 3. Mokkasin,  4. Socialite family.

"vintage furniture for kids"My parents never kept any of my baby toys or clothes.  This never mattered to me until I had a child and now I really wish they had.  My father was in a job where he moved countries every 3 to 4 years so when the time came for us all to up and go, big clear outs were inevitable.  And besides I think my mother is a bit of a divester.  She’s never been one to hoard her possessions and loves getting rid of clutter.  But she did keep one adorable little vintage chair that was used by her and her sister when they were babies, then by my brother and me and now it’s Anya’s.  Anya loves being told stories about her mama using the chair.  That’s the wonderful thing about good vintage furniture and toys… they can be passed down from generation to generation and they gather so many wonderful memories along the way.

I love the thought of passing down furniture and toys but if you don’t have your own, the next best thing is finding a good vintage shop.  And today I wanted to share my latest find – Roger Bontemps.  It’s a new French vintage shop that looks super promising.  Their online doors aren’t even open yet but should be opening in the next week.  They will be selling vintage kids furniture, toys and more but they have also created their own small line of vintage inspired clothes, bed linen and accessories.  I couldn’t find too many pictures but I liked what I did see especially that rattan crib and the bed linen in it.  Can’t wait to see more…

The way we were…

April 12, 2013

"vintage clothes for children"This morning I came across a photo of some kids from the 1970’s which I promptly shared on my facebook page.  I’m a child of the 70’s and this photo brought back lots of memories of hairstyles, flairs, big cuffs and all that was so distinctive about the style of that decade.  I can still picture my mother wearing the flair-iest jeans I’ve ever seen paired with a heavily patterned floral shirt!  It’s such fun browsing images of that time and marveling at the styles with equal amounts of humour and appreciation.  All these thoughts and memories reminded me of Petite Vintage Boutique which has one of the best selections of vintage clothes for kids that I’ve ever seen.  The clothes here aren’t re-creations but are actual clothes from the 60’s and 70’s that have been used.  Dominique, the owner hunts down the best pieces always keeping quality in mind, so most of her pieces are in tip-top condition.  As they’re all original pieces, they are truly one of a kind so when they’re gone, they’re gone.  While I wouldn’t dress Anya in vintage on a daily basis, I’d love to add a few pieces like these to her wardrobe.  What fun!

A vintage tricycle…

January 28, 2013

"vintage tricylce kids"

I’m finally back from my wonderful holidays but have had a rather hectic Monday morning.  So I thought I would do a quick Monday post and share this charming vintage tricycle with you.   As you know, I do love a good vintage find and fell for this tricycle the minute I saw it.  It’s from the 1920’s and looks beautifully made.  I’m sure it would be as much of a  joy to ride as it is to look at. 

"vintage toy wonderland"One of my favourite kids style magazines is Milk.  I love browsing through the pages packed with creative ideas, the latest fashion and decor for kids and so much more.  Only slight problem is that a lot of it is in French but that doesn’t detract from the joy of looking at the pretty pictures.  Today I was browsing their site when this vintage wonderland grabbed me.  What an amazing, nostalgic, creative and quirky wonderland it is.  Milk Magazine gave carte blanche to the creative duo behind two of my absolute favourite vintage shops and asked them to stage the Christmas of their dreams.  I think they’ve staged the Christmas of my dreams too!  Just wonderful… "vintage toys"A lot of the vintage furniture and toys of yesteryear pictured are available from Les Petites Bohemes.  It’s the creative duo behind these stores that created this magical kids wonderland with Simon Wardavoir taking the photos.  I hope you love it as much as I do.  Happy Christmas!

A vintage dream…

September 14, 2012

"vintage baby crib"

I’m always dreaming of how I’ll decorate the next house we move to.  We have no plans to move right now but that doesn’t stop me.  My most frequent daydream is about my daughters room.  I change my mind daily about which pieces of furniture I want for her room, but I never change my mind about the style of decor.  It’s going to be vintage; possibly vintage with modern accents but mostly old.  And today I’ve found a shop where I’m lusting after all their vintage furniture.  From their school desks, to kids chairs and even their vintage cribs {though I don’t have a tiny baby}, I want it all.  I mean how gorgeous is that pink crib?

"vintage rattan crib"

And then there’s this minty green child’s desk and chair set… luckily it’s sold otherwise I might have been on my way to France to buy it!  L’Atelier du petit parc really do find some exquisite pieces but since they’re all one off’s they get sold quite quickly.  They do keep getting new pieces so it’s a question of checking back regularly.  Visit their shop to see all that’s currently available while I go off to daydream some more. 

"vintage kids room inspiration"

I have a huge soft spot for vintage goodies especially when they’re as unique as these offerings.  As you may know, I’m a big fan of the poetic French kids vintage store called Les Petit Bohemes which I’ve featured before and now I’ve discovered a second similar store called Desaccord.  The two stores are definitely connected but have different offerings and today I want to share the wonderful world of Desaccord… a world filled with whimsy and quirk, one that is unique and original and full of vintage treasures for kids.  Pictured above is a kids space using furniture and toys from Desaccord and what a wonderful room it is. 

"French vintage furniture kids"

Those industrial sofa benches, that crochet light, those quirky circus animals, that vintage dolls pram… what’s not to love?!  There is not a piece in this magical shop that I don’t wish to own.  I really don’t know where they find this stuff but what I do know is that each and every piece is a one off and so unusual.  Desaccord is very much on my list of the most covetable vintage shops ever.

"vintage wallpaper kids room"

In 2009 Mette traveled to London and discovered a small dusty Indian hardware store with the most stunning vintage wallpapers.  The wallpapers were hidden away in the basement of the store and not a roll had been sold in over 40 years.  What an utter waste of such delights, thought Mette.  She traveled back to Denmark with around 60 rolls of the stuff but just wasn’t satisfied.  She couldn’t stop thinking about the rest of the treasures that were just lying there being wasted.  So impulse and passion took over and she hopped on a plane, came back to the hardware store and bought every bit of wallpaper on offer… thousands and thousands of rolls.  And that is how the utterly delightful Retro Villa store was born.

"vintage kids room inspiration"

Looking at these wallpapers I can completely understand why Mette couldn’t forget about them.  They make such an impactful backdrop for any room but I especially like them in a kids room.  And the ‘no holds barred’ approach where different colours, prints and patterns are used within one room just add to the wow factor. 

"vintage wallpaper kids furniture"

You can buy vintage wallpaper by the roll at Retro Villa who have an amazing selection but they also use it to decorate kids vintage furniture just like the cubby hole shelves and chair pictured above which are for sale too.  Mette, the owner and founder, is also a stylist and many of these images are her work.  There’s a whole load of inspirational pictures on her website so if you’re feeling as inspired as me, you can buy the paper and have a go at sprucing up an old piece or furniture.

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