Retro Home Furnishings: Tips for Keeping Chindi and Hide Rugs in One Place


Do you love to incorporate Chindi, felt-backed and leather hide rugs into your retro home furnishings collection but wish that they’d stay in one place? The good news is there are actually several ways to ensure that they stay put. Some offer permanent adhesion and others are temporary solutions that allow people to move their area rugs around at will. The methods that we’re about to mention may also be used … Read More →

How to Incorporate Industrial Furniture in Your New Home Office


Furnishing a home office can be challenging due to the desire for a finished space that is both functional and easy on the eyes. While you want the space to feel free of clutter, you don’t want to go too minimal to the point where the office feels unwelcoming. If you’re especially interested in buying industrial furniture to give the office a hip look, consider the following tips. Rely on Pieces … Read More →

Vintage Lamps: Pairing Slag Glass with Retro Design Elements

Vintage Iron Lampshade

It’s no secret that vintage lamps are made from a variety of materials and come in a wide range of styles. For example, during the late 1800s, many craftsmen used slag glass to create lamp shades. It consists of silicon dioxide, metal oxides, elemental metals and metal sulfides, which give the vintage lamps their unique appearance. The color and clarity of the pressed glass are generally dead giveaways as to which … Read More →

Pay Homage to Humankind’s Agrarian Roots with Vintage Home Furnishings

American and European farmhouse style homes have both been around for centuries. Although they have their differences, both feature architectural design elements and vintage home furnishings with distinct similarities. For example, the homes tend to be rectangular in shape with easy-to-frame roofs, large covered porches and right-angled, outer walls. They were designed to blend in seamlessly with the land and offer comfortable, yet simple accommodations. The vintage home furnishings were typically … Read More →

Falling in love with vintage lighting

Vintage Multi-Colured Lamp Shade

It’s easy to fall madly in love with vintage light fittings but incorporating them into a home isn’t always so simple. Right off of the bat, it’s important to consider the fittings’ shape, color, size and scale. There are also decisions to be made in regards to placement height and illumination strength. So how is anyone supposed to wade through all of those options alone and come up with an excellent … Read More →

Get Ready for Romance by Buying Vintage Furniture Online


We know that Valentine’s Day is a good ways away, but there is no reason not to get ready for romance now. One great way to do it is redecorate your personal space with vintage furniture found online that just exudes love and courtship. Of course all of us have our own version of which interior design schemes are the epitome of romance and that’s something that’s been true for centuries. … Read More →

Retro Home Furnishings: Re-Embrace the Age of Art Furniture

Vintage Living Room - with green couch

Some retro home furnishings’ fans refer to the period from 1880 to 1914 as the Age of Art Furniture, which begs the question, “What is Art Furniture?” Ironically enough, it’s furniture that embodies so many eclectic elements from other areas that it’s incredibly hard to define. For example, it would not be unusual for furniture makers of the period to combine Asian elements (e.g. bamboo) with decorative details straight out of … Read More →

Four Simple Ways to Incorporate Vintage Furniture Into Your Modern Lifestyle


Almost everyone can remember a fabulous piece of furniture from their grandparent’s house.  We all had that favorite bench, couch, or side table that we have probably even spent a little time looking for in antique stores in the time since we were children.  The love of vintage furniture is something that we are obviously very passionate about here, and our goal is to help everyone share this with us! … Read More →

Pairing 19th Century Light fittings with contemporary styles

Large Iron Lamp Shades

Vintage light fittings are perfect when it comes to giving a home or business raw character and focal points. However, there are typically questions that must be wrestled with too. One of the biggest is figuring out which eras should be incorporated into the design. Personally, we like the 19th century look. It harkens back to a time when many of the world’s economies were becoming more industrious by the minute. … Read More →

The usefulness of vintage home furniture!

Kitchen Organiser - with drawers for corkscrews!

Vintage items have become more popular as many home owners are nostalgic and love to surround themselves with memories from their childhoods. When the treasures can be put to a current use, they have that much more value and enjoyment. Wooden Open Shelf with Two Doors This traditional ‘shutter style’ cabinet offers flexible storage with configurable shelving options. A great looking piece, the attractive and sturdy dark distressed mango wood … Read More →

Using Paints and Stains to Create the Vintage Furniture Look for Your Home


In general, people tend to just polish furniture rather than stain it.  This means that your furniture is going to be in various shades of brown.  It could either be a very light brown, which is often referred to as blond wood.  Or it could be in a darker shade, either cherry or dark brown.  However, just because you have wood furniture doesn’t mean that it needs to be brown.  … Read More →

Retro Furniture Time Periods: Buying Guidelines


Retro furniture is furniture from the past that becomes popular again.  For a piece of furniture to be considered retro, it usually has to be older than 15 years old. When buying retro furniture, it hehlps to be familiar with the various time periods and what was stylish during a particular decade. The 1940s The decade of the 40s is typified by deep, wide coaches with reversible seat cushions and low … Read More →

Win a knitted pouf from Direct Vintage!

Red Knitted Pouf

Win one of our lovely knitted pouf’s! It’s competition time people! We’re giving away a rather wonderful red knitted pouf – this is a great little piece, guaranteed to go nicely anywhere in your home! It measures 50 x 50 x 35 cm making it portable yet sturdy. We sell (plenty of) these for £70, so well worth a punt in the competition. To enter just click the blue button below and let … Read More →

Vintage Home Furnishings: For the Love of Chindi Rugs


Let’s face it. Hardwood, ceramic tile, stone and similar types of flooring look great but aren’t much fun to walk on once the cold winds start to howl. So we were more than delighted to see chindi rugs, aka rag rugs, show up this year on designers’ lists of the hottest, vintage home furnishings. Wondering how truly vintage chindis are? Surprisingly, the colorful, foot warming rugs’ ancestry spans the globe … Read More →

Vintage Lamps for People Crazy about Cycling

Cycle Chain Lamp

Do you live to hop onto your racing or mountain bike every spare minute of the day or night? Is your bookshelf filled with reading materials about famous cyclists, the world’s best biking cities and how-to guides? If so, why not let that love of bicycles spill over into your home’s furnishings with the aid of vintage lamps? One vintage lighting fixture that you’re sure to adore is the cycle … Read More →

Retro Home Furnishings: Extreme Knitting Design Schemes the Easy Way

Knitted Footstool or Pouf

One of the retro home furnishing trends that aren’t showing any signs of losing steam is extreme knitting. And we can’t blame the millions of people that are embracing it for one simple reason; it’s an incredibly fun way to truly personalize a space. If you’ve been contemplating giving it a try but aren’t too handy with a pair of knitting needles, don’t despair. We’ve got a few tips for getting … Read More →

Our Highcross Shopping Centre Pop-Up Shop!


This past weekend we set up our pop-up shop at Highcross Shopping Centre! We had a great weekend there – thanks to everyone who stopped by; feedback was great – and we’ll definitely be doing it again. If you’d like to see us pop up a shop near you, drop us a line! Thanks to everyone who picked themselves up a bargain – and for the many more who took … Read More →

How to blend vintage furniture with modern furniture in your home

Retro Acrylic Furniture

When you venture into a store, or you look a photos in a magazine, it can be unusual to see modern and vintage furniture work together. This lack of blending has given people the idea that these two styles can’t be cohesively blended together, however blending these two styles together can bring an eclectic style to any room or home. How to Blend Modern and Vintage Furniture There are things to … Read More →

5 Must Have Pieces of Retro Furniture for College Dorms or Flats

Trunk Box - in room setting

Headed off to college and don’t want to spend your time in a dumpy dorm or visually offensive, off-campus flat? No worries. Today’s designers are increasingly looking ahead by looking back. Yes, we are talking about retro furniture and lighting. It’s hip, hot and ready for those late night study sessions when you are. Here’s a look-see at five items all the cool co-eds will surely be clamoring for come fall: 1.) … Read More →

Vintage Light Fittings: An Easy Way to go Industrial

Vintage Iron Lampshade

Looking for a way to introduce an industrial feel to your home, but you aren’t sure where to start? One easy way is with vintage light fittings. Lighting unfortunately is often overlooked when we redecorate despite the fact that it can be an easy way to make a big impact without breaking the bank. Perhaps the most popular style of vintage industrial lighting is the old-time iron hanging lamp that was … Read More →

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