Vintage Inspired Homes | Painted Rooms

I first discovered the Danish painter Carl Wilhelm Holsoe through Pinterest about 3 years ago. I remember loving the quietness and stillness of his subjects. I love the tones he used for his work. And most of all I love what he painted. Beautiful interiors and women doing very simple things (like laundry, reading, tending to the house linens).

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This feeling came over me when I looked through his work. This longing. For a life like the ones in these paintings. I have never had big grand dreams. My dreams are simple. A home, a garden, taking care of my husband and (eventually) children. Have a couple dogs, perhaps a cat (if I can convince my husband). / image credit: Woman Looking Out A Window

*side note* There are a few hashtags on Instagram you can check out that evoke these feelings. #aquietlife #theartofslowliving or Beth Kirby’s (aka @localmilk) entire feed.

Much of how I decorated our home was inspired by Holsoe. And someday, when we have a house out in the country, I’ll have a garden as well!

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I do wonder if these two paintings are the same room. Don’t they look so very similar? Even down to the hanging plant in the window! There are some differences, but I can’t help but wonder these ARE the same room and the lady of the house is similar to me and likes to move furniture around all the time, but really it always looks a bit the same. / image credits: A RoomA Woman At Sunny Window, Girl Reading in Sunlit Room

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The images below are a mix of different painters. All the ones above are by Carl Wilhelm Holsoe.

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View Through A Window (1934) by Russian painter Konstantin Andreevich Somov. (credit)

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I’m not quite sure who painted the one on the left, all I know is that is is Russian. I just love both of the chairs in these paintings. And all the plants! / image credits: Russian Interior, Carl Larsson 1887 “Toys in the Corner”

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These two above are by Carl Wilhem Holsoe. Aren’t they delightful? The one below has a very bohemian feel and is by Swiss painter Albert Anker. His work is also one I greatly admire as he often depicts daily farm and peasant life and I love all those muted colors so much. (image source)

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If you want to decorate your home this way here is a list of things you will want to acquire…

  1. Antique/Vintage furniture with simple, clean, and feminine lines in dark wood finishes
  2. Sheer or lace curtains. Anything that evokes airiness and will flutter with a light breeze.
  3. Richly colored rugs, most likely tapestry rugs. You could probably get away with Kilim rugs if it doesn’t look too Southwestern.
  4. Plants with delicate stems and leaves. And lots of them. Keep on a window sill or a pretty pedestal table. Terra-cotta pots are preferred especially if it shows patina.
  5. Antique/Vintage paintings depicting landscapes or portraits of people in dark wood frames or gold frames. Hang art sparingly or in gallery style as a focal point the room.
  6. Brass or silver as highlights, but use sparingly.

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A Work In Progress

Adored Vintage | A Short Visit

There’s something so satisfying about hanging shelves up on the walls! This past Friday we finally added shelves above our shipping station in the studio. It makes a world of difference!

I am realizing the studio is going to be a work in progress and as we settle in even more in this light filled space, it’s starting to feel more and more like a home away from home.

We still have a bunch of ideas we want to do for the studio, but I am enjoying documenting the different stages the Adored Vintage atelier is going through!

Adored Vintage | A Work in Progress

Adored Vintage | A Work in Progress

Adored Vintage | A Work in Progress

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March Nesting: Interiors We Love

The spring equinox is soon! That means, one can truly begin Spring cleaning. I love taking the time of changing seasons to reevaluate my living space. Once the sun starts to come out and every little corner that was forgotten during the dark winter months begins to show, I can’t help but start to re-nest for the warmer months to come.

Here are some of our favorite interior photos from our Pinterest Home board that we love:

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I love all these plants. There is something so whimsical and European countryside about them. The worn pots are also so lovely. I love that they’re all different shapes and heights. I’m excited to see my plants to fully thriving again!

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Once Spring is in full swing, that means there will be flowers everywhere. It’s one of the main things I love about living in the Pacific Northwest. The months of endless rain and grey days immediately become okay once I step outside to find myself surrounded by blooms all around the neighborhood, petals covering all the sidewalks.

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It’s no secret that we love baskets here at Adored Vintage. We use them for everything. I especially loved these larger, oversized baskets. I’ve been keeping my eye out for some large vintage handwoven ones like these…

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The fireplace in my home tends to get overrun with little knick knacks, but in a good way. It’s often the home for all the little treasures that are found from warm weather escapades.

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Another Round of Vintage Dream Homes in France!

I’m a bit amazed that it’s taken me this long to do another one of these posts since I’m practically a stalker of Oldhouses.com! You can see my first post here. And so… let’s play real estate dream machine and pretend we have just discovered that we have inherited something close to 20 million dollars and our benefactor is not only French but requiring us to only purchase property in France. I mean… we are in the real estate dream machine right now, so just play along!

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Let’s begin with this modest stone 5 bedroom chateau in the French Midi-Pyrenees dating back to the 15th century. It still boasts its original stone staircase and kitchen. And the garden…le sigh. I want to laze about in that garden and just watch clouds. / link

Up next is this 15 bedroom is this French Chateau on over 250 acres. NO BIG DEAL. Oh, but wait our benefactor only gave us 20 million dollars, so we can’t afford this one. Drat! / link

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This is a charmer of a 7 bedroom house with it’s French powder blue shutters. What would I need 7 bedrooms for? I suppose I could assign them as different craft rooms. This room is my pressing flowers room, this room is my antique dresses and accoutrements I will mend soon room, this other room is just for dried flowers… / link

Oh goodness, this 8 bedroom French chateau in the south of France with these super uber beautiful doors… and that ivy covered whatever that thing is. OMG. I want to live here!!! Or at the very least take photos in front of it! / link

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Oh jeez louise, I think I want to live in this one instead! It’s a 5 bedroom farmhouse. Aren’t the shutters so pretty? (Oh my gosh, what’s up with me and shutters in all these houses?!) Wanna come over to my French Chateau farmhouse for brunch? UH, DUH, of course you do! / link

And just one more French Chateau dream home… because why not. I mean I could post about 2 dozen more, but I’m getting really quite sad because reality is setting in (Oh, no! Not reality!!) and I’m not actually ever buying any of these. / link

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In Which We Discover the Estate in Hopewell

Old homes built in the late 18th century and 19th century, especially all white ones out in a big open field have such a wonderful affect on me. I am equally filled with joy, longing, and a bit of sadness.

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This estate in Hopewell, Oregon has long been abandoned and I wonder about its past inhabitants. Who were they? Were they happy? Why did they leave? Our friends from Type A Press showed us this home and we were so delighted to visit her for awhile.

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I am so very fond of symmetrical farm style homes. I’m not an architect expert so I’m not sure what style this home is. I just assume it’s a farm house with some Victorian influences. There were some no trespassing signs, but it was so very easy to just go up to it. To make believe for awhile. Naturally I ignored said signs.

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For a brief moment we were there. In the 1850s, a bundle of wildflowers in our arms, trying to find respite from the summer heat. A carriage makes its way down the dirt road, the hooves of horses kicking up dust and flecks of soil. Our cheeks bright red from the warmth of a summer day.

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We run down the path to greet old friends. “At last, at last! You’re here! We have so many things to say, so many things to do. Come, let me take your hat. We’ve set up a picnic on the hill!

Isn’t it so wonderful to come across these places on Earth and be transfixed by them?

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