This style of furniture is completely the opposite of what I grew up with: Scandinavian style wooden dining table and chairs which my parents bought in the 1970s. My mother, in particular reviles the "1950s look". Bah humbug is what I say. I just realised that one of the aprons that my beloved Mother in law gave me is on the back of the chair!
I love this lamp - I sit beside it most evenings, reading, knitting or just watching tv. It is a wooden turned base and still has the original lamp shade. I bought it from the Barking Fish in Port Chalmers about 10 years ago for about $30. I was prepared to pay more for it because it is such a cool shape. On the left of the lamp you might be able to see a ceramic hexagonal pot which my dear friend Cindy gave to me. It has a lovely picture of a deer on it and Cindy knows how much I love deer and bambi. Cindy found it at ReStore, and we think it is a saki bottle - I need to take a better photo of it as it has a golden bird over a little hole as well as a spout.
I found this wooden souvenir of Dunedin plate at the Hospice Butterflies shop. My eye was immediately drawn to the cool flowers and the bright colours. Judging by the cars I would say that the photo in middle is from the 1960s. I did not need to buy this plate but it was so cool and I think it goes with some of the other quirky stuff in my house.
So readers have you inherited your love of vintage from your parents or family? Or are you like me and seem to be inexplicably drawn to retro, thrift, and vintage because it is the opposite of what you grew up with?