VE Day 2015: Keep calm and deco on

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  • We’re celebrating the Victory in Europe’s 70th anniversary with a handsome tribute to the graceful and eclectic 1940s style

    It’s 70 years since the nation took to the streets in droves to celebrate the end of World War II. To celebrate that euphoric time, is taking on a little vintage nostalgia. Take a look at these functional yet elegant room schemes full of eclectic style. You can almost sense the home coming scenes of soldiers returning to their beloved families and the comfort of home.

    Easy Living

    Nothing says ‘post war style’ better than faded florals, whether it’s on fine china, delicate tea-stained fabrics or classic wallpaper. Complete the lived in look with a comfortable sofa.

    Happy go lucky colour

    That ‘Carry on’ attitude prevails in this vibrant kitchen. Open cupboards, primary colours and jolly mix and match patterned fabrics keep the look up beat.

    Home front comfort

    Capture the essense of days gone by with rustic iron furniture, delicate chinz walls and stay warm and cosy (there weren’t many radiators about back then) with plenty of blankets and a classic eiderdown quilt.

    Wash away your troubles

    The reclaimed chest of draws illustrates a make do and mend mentality, while a classic roll top bath adds a touch of opulance.

    Cocktail hour

    A G plan drinks cabinet usually in mahagony was a classic furniture piece in most homes and us Brits loved to proudly display a collection. The retro print armchair gives and instant focus.

    Loved this? For more historical inspiration take a look at this vintage-style house tour.


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