This morning I visited my mum’s house with two of my children (Holly, 13 and Tom, 15 months) for a catch up, and I wanted to share with you a few of my favourite things there. Mum (Grandma Jean to the children) loves pretty vintage things, especially children’s toys, teddies, books and fabrics. Each of the rooms in her bungalow is full of sweet things to discover and little hidden surprises. The children love visiting her and she always makes us feel very loved.
Grandma Jean is always picking up these cute vintage-style toys. They have charming simple features and use basic fabrics, like genuine old toys. I also adore this old chair that she bought with its pretty vintage fabric and simple lace trim.
This old-style rustic rocking horse is made from reclaimed wood. The teddies sit on it in ‘the blue room’ until one of the younger grandchildren wants a ride. Then they sit on the floor. Grandma Jean has 9 grandchildren and counting, although we don’t think that’s the only reason why she has so many teddies.
The children don’t tend to stop over so the blue room bed is full of toys, mismatched cushions, cosy blankets and bunting (how did that get there?) The bed is more like a seating area and so welcoming, a great place for the little ones to snuggle up with one of the gorgeous books from Grandma Jean’s amazing collection of stories.
Every corner of Grandma’s house has something to look at. This old stool is home to two of my favourite books from when I was little, The Velveteen Rabbit, and Herbert Binns and The Flying Tricycle. I don’t know if you can get this edition of the Velveteen Rabbit now – the beautiful illustrations are so much nicer than the modern ones I have seen.
On to the pink room which Grandma calls ‘Jodie’s room’ (no longer Jodie’s room, as Jodie is now 22!). There are a lot of teddies and books in here too…
The lounge is home to a pretty vintage style dolls house which I made about 18 years ago. It’s been played with a lot since then so it’s a little shabby (and now missing all its lighting and wiring, for safety!) but still loved by the children. The Sylvanian families house is of course a more recent edition!
This simple arrangement of irises and roses in a plain glass jar with a little hessian-type fabric around it makes such a pretty shabby chic display for the table. You can see the gorgeous vintage chair that Grandma Jean picked up in the background too.
Although we love Grandma Jean’s house, she is most proud of her garden. Here is a shot I took in summer through the Arbor, looking onto her herb garden. She has an amazing old vintage apple crate holding her seedlings which sits on top of a shabby rabbit cage. Grandma’s garden is just like her home – full of surprises and little interesting details, like the little frog sitting on the bird bath or the squirrel resting on the bird feeder.
I love my mum’s style and hope you have found a trip around her house inspiring!