Vintage Vogue: Part 1

One of my best friends is getting married next weekend and the wedding will have a vintage feel, so I’ve dug out my archive of vintage fashion photography to inspire me while I am choosing my outfit (obviously I will not be wearing a swimsuit – I just love these images… I think the recent sunshine prompted this little collection!). I’ve collected hundreds of beautiful fashion images because the photography is incredible – the stylised forms, colours and textures that come together to create an iconic image are so inspiring. These images from 1950s’ Vogue evoke the spirit of the era and are as appealing now as they were then.

Rory Dobner’s home

I’m a huge fan of Rory Dobner’s illustrations and so it seems are a host of interiors magazines, which have recently featured his home on their glossy pages. Rory’s ‘Intricate Inks’ are fine illustrations depicting anything from letters, as above, to beautiful girls in lingerie, a commission for the Los Angeles Agent Provocateur store and my favourite shop Liberty recently started selling his work in several of the store’s departments so he is definitely one to watch.

I love the mix of antique, vintage and new in the home he shares with his wife Claire and their two children. Their home is warm, inviting and comfortable yet full to the brim with personality and quirky little touches.

Vintage colour pops!

This home reflects, for me, what good design is all about. The owners have created a comfortable yet stylish home that effortlessly combines vintage and antique finds with good modern design. The end result is a home that reflects their personalities and is warm, colourful, comfortable and chic. Love it.


Photographs via Shootfactory.

Abigail Ahern

Abigail Ahern sitting room

Abigail Ahern light

Abigail Ahern bedroom

Abigail Ahern bathroom

Definitely a designer after my own heart, Abigail Ahern’s home reflects her impeccable design credentials as a renowned interior designer and stylist. I’ve been visiting Abigail’s shop Atelier Abigail Ahern in Islington for several years to browse the fabulous collection of textiles, ceramics, lighting and furnishings and her glamourous style of modern design mixed with unique vintage resonates with my own taste in interior design. I love her quirky style and humourous touches.

Abigail’s signature look is deep grey walls (often Farrow & Ball’s ‘Downpipe’) punctuated by bright colours to give a luxe finish. I’ve been recommending grey as a base colour for walls for a long time as it lends a space sophistication and glamour as well as being the ideal background colour to offset vintage and antique pieces which can look out of place against white paints. Using different shades of grey from light to dark creates a fabulous luxe look. 

Elle Decoration, July 2009

This shoot from the UK version of Elle Deco is aptly titled ‘The garden of earthly delights’, and that is exactly what it brings to mind. I was blown away by the beauty of this shoot, by stylist Finola Inger with photographer Craig Fordham. The shoot evokes a bygone era with the models’ pre-Raphaelite hair and styling combined with vintage style dresses and corsages. Shot against a back drop of antique architectural pieces and bright grass and flowers, the images are other worldly. Florals are huge right now both in fashion and interiors and the whimsical Gibberd Garden provides the perfect backdrop.

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Vintage with a twist

1950s chair in blue felt      ThroneBlueberry chairs










These extremely chic vintage chairs have all been sumptuously reupholstered by Aiveen Daly, bringing them bang up to date for the ultimate in modern luxury. I love vintage and antiques and I am seeing beautiful pieces used more and more in contemporary interiors. Vintage furniture gives an interior a unique and individual style that is hard to match with modern equivalents. As Aiveen’s beautiful upholstery shows, the designs of the past can make the most stylish pieces of the present.


With a move towards sustainable design for environmental reasons as well a need to ensure that our homes are filled with real investments and not throw away purchases, vintage and antiques are more popular than ever.

Black and white

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Black and white, or monochrome, is probably the most striking, powerful scheme of all. Love it or hate it, there’s no denying it’s a style statement.

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This very contemporary London apartment uses monochrome in its simplest form to maximum effect.

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The combination of black and white furnishings and accessories gives the apartment a cohesive look and offsets the natural flooring and exposed brickwork.


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This apartment, again in London, also uses monochrome but this time with a vintage twist. The use of different textures and patterns keeps the scheme alive.

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The contrast of the dark matt wallpaper with the sparkling crystal chandelier brings this image alive.

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Purple rain

purple and white sitting room

With the vogue for vintage and fabulous jewel colours, purple has enjoyed something of a renaissance both in fashion and interiors, which closely follow each other in terms of trends. The interior above uses a similar shade to this gorgeous dress by my favourite London fashion designer, Ducie. You can find Ducie’s clothes on Asos among others.


Purple is a very opulent colour, which can be striking on its own as well as looking beautiful as an accent colour in a scheme. Depending on the shade that is used, it can be bold, elegant or romantic. Purple or lilac make gorgeous accent colours against grey or neutral schemes, adding a shot of glamour.


purple with neutrals