Kirsty's Vintage Home

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I was looking forward to Kirsty's new series - but the first episode was a bit of a letdown.

As far as I could see, the main problem with the couple's home was lots of clutter in the lounge, and none of what Kirsty did actually addressed this. The biggest change was the decluttering that they did - and I did find myself wondering what had happened to all the baby's toys - there seemed to be a lot less toy storage (less of general storage too, for that matter) after than before, but no toys at all on view, apart from the vintage cradle and the vintage whirligig. I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of stuff was relocated to the baby's room, because it was too modern and plastic for the retro look.

That said, I did like what they did with the bedroom, and thought it was clever to use two mirrors one above the other, over the chest of drawers. And I liked the quilt, and was interested to see the process of machine stitching a quilt like that.

Overall, though, I was a bit disappointed - maybe because the 'look' for this week was sixties inspired, and that doesn't float my boat at all.

scarlet5tyger Fri 09-Nov-12 08:42:36

I looked forward to this too and was also disappointed. Maybe because it tried to be both a craft show and a home makeover show and ended up being neither. Probably because most of the time was taken up by Kirsty either telling us what was coming up later in the show, or recapping what had just been on!

I was looking forward to being jealous of her getting 1-2-1 tutorials on lots of fascinating crafts that I'd love to have a go at. It must be lovely to be able to get all those amazingly talented crafters to invite you round to their studio, or come to your house bearing baskets-ful of loveliness, to teach you a craft (and finish the item off for you too, of course).

I did fit in a bit of jealousy, though, when they went round Newbury racecourse antiques fair. I'd love to go to an antiques fair that big (though preferably not in the pouring rain - that did help with abating the jealousy), but I can't find any information on big antiques fairs in Scotland. I'm sure they exist, if a bit smaller than the Newbury one, but I have no idea how to find out where they are. [dim]

MrsJamin Fri 09-Nov-12 14:02:40

I have already looked up when the next one in Newbury is, I would love to go! But yes Kirstie didn't solve their issues of storage, I couldn't help but think most of it was just in another room. It didn't seem like a practical solution, just adding stuff rather than solving the problems they had.

flakjacket Fri 09-Nov-12 14:06:04

I thought the best bit was the new bedroom wallpaper...until I googled it and found it is £50 a roll! I thought the idea was to do it at low cost?

Agree they must have chucked moved into other rooms loads of clutter. Would love them to go back unannounced in 3 months time and see whether that clutter had crept back again...

PoppyWearer Fri 09-Nov-12 14:17:21

Surely the thing with having a young child is that...you have no time.

I would love to make a quilt for my DS. I've even found the fabric. But he'll have left home by the time I find time to make it!

There is also the small matter of him wrecking the place anyway.

I guess the programme forced them to have a good clear out and tidy up. But yes, I doubt it has stayed that way. Storage is absolutely vital and that old blanket box won't have even started to reduce their clutter.

If I had the time to learn and do lots of crafting, my house would be fecking amazing! Hand-crafted quilts on every bed, hand-painted murals on DCs' walls, cross-stitch samplers for every family occasion, wooden toys everywhere, and hand-knitted baby jumpers a-go-go. But for now I have to rely on what the grandparents make...which is admittedly quite a lot, but not often to our taste.

whatkungfuthat Tue 13-Nov-12 11:52:51

I thought she was going to revamp some of the flat pack stuff but it disappeared once they showed it outside her workroom place. I did have a chuckle at KA's dig about mass-produced crap as I'd just seen a big display of her wares in M&S.

Jusfloatingby Tue 13-Nov-12 12:45:36

I absolutely hated what they did with their two revamped rooms. I think its a bit early to revise 1960s decor. Maybe in about twenty or thirty years those strident patterns and colours teamed with plain utilitarian looking furniture will have a vintage feel. But now they just look dated and a bit 'pensioner-ish'.

Flisspaps Tue 13-Nov-12 19:42:29

The bedroom wallpaper was too much. One wall, yes. The whole room? No!

whatkungfuthat Wed 14-Nov-12 09:53:09

Jusfloating YY to it being pensioner-style. My aunt still has a 'best' room that is like a 60's timewarp, must be worth a fortune to the right hipster person.

Mermaidspam Fri 16-Nov-12 14:12:44

It's absolutely shit.

Take one family who live like pigs and don't throw anything away. Repaint some chairs and tidy up - Hey Presto! A "beautiful" vintage home!

I think NOT!!!

ellenjames Fri 16-Nov-12 14:21:38

i normally love kirstie but finding this series a let down too.

harbingerofdoom Fri 16-Nov-12 14:30:55

I saw episode one and thought that it was rubbish. A cross between Changing rooms/declutter my house and I hated the fabrics.
Gave it a second chance and it was even worse. The bed awning looked like something out of a dilapidated bedsit and I don't think the 'paint job' improved those chairs (just made them hideous in a different way).

The only thing I liked was catching a glimpse of some welsh blankets in the shop. That shop was just for the series?

MrsJamin Fri 16-Nov-12 15:32:09

Yeah the chairs were awful and I hate the whole "make something look shabby chic by painting it then sanding it down". Those chairs looked awful. It's not very good and I won't watch anymore. Kirstie should stick to crafts.

those chairs were revolting - that shop next door who helped her with them always has a load of utter shite on the pavement outside

I think 'themes' in interiors are so naff. Just buy what you like and then it will be your style.

whatkungfuthat Fri 16-Nov-12 20:14:44

I didn't see it this week but I think "take one family who live like pigs" is going to be a recurring theme and sums it up nicely

harbingerofdoom Fri 16-Nov-12 20:43:31

So there is a real life shop?

Just watched on catch-up

DH was raging about the chairs (he likes a bit of woodwork oo-er). Chairman was v 'I saw you coming'

Horsemad Fri 16-Nov-12 20:52:44

I thought the paint dipped baskets looked like, well, baskets that had been dipped in paint! Was utter rubbish & the bed awning looked grimy and like something off Great Expectations.

Exactly horsemad Miss Havisham a go go!

In both homes, the thing that made the biggest difference to them was the decluttering. And as I said last week, I do wonder where all the stuff actually went - was it thrown away, or are the rooms that we didn't see, all rammed full of it?

ppeatfruit Sat 17-Nov-12 15:32:59

Oh yes horsemad Those baskets dipped in paint hmm would have looked better properly painted all over. What did K.A. say "they look like they're dipped in sugar" WTF??

BUT i have painted our dark stained swiss style kitchen chairs and the base of our old pine table magnolia and white and everyone who comes into our beamed old kitchen loves them as I do grin .

EnyainIkea Sat 17-Nov-12 22:16:47

harbingerofdoom the Welsh blankets featured in the Portobello couple's living room as cushions. They are gorgeous aren't they? And all those glass baubles and "vintage" cups and saucers that get scattered around; who has that lying around within reach of a toddling child??!!

I agree, it's like half a programme. Am waiting for the other instalment that dealt with the decluttering and throwing away relocating of all the "stuff" that miraculously disappeared from the featured rooms.

And didn't that Scottish guy look like a younger, cleaner version of Frankie Boyle?

SuePurblybiltbyElves Sat 17-Nov-12 22:21:08

I roared at the dipped baskets. Utter shit. She is selling the non-dipped version in her M&S range, I notice grin

NomDePrune Sat 17-Nov-12 23:14:23

Does anyone remember Life Laundry? It was like this but minus the crafts and with a shredder for all the clutter. And crying, every week.

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