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.

SuePurblybiltbyElves Sat 17-Nov-12 23:20:03

I love tidying up programmes generally, but this one is shit. And the crafts have been woeful. The quilt did not look good (Frankie Boyle's quilt), and I am yet to establish the point of shipping all their furniture to a shop in Fulham, only to ship it back and make them do something to it, usually off-camera.

Mermaidspam Sun 18-Nov-12 11:53:30

Everything she does is nicked off Pinterest.

Dh said that it's like she found Pinterest and thought "I can make a fucking fortune out of this" and went to Channel 4 and presented them as her own ideas.

mum47 Sun 18-Nov-12 11:58:53

I actually liked the chairs, - and especially the very expensive linen they recovered them in! - but agree the dipped baskets looked like shit.

I do like the programme because I like Kirsty and programmes like that generally, but it is definitely not revamping your home on a budget, no matter what they try to tell us!

SuePurblybiltbyElves Sun 18-Nov-12 12:03:30

The chairs were well done <grudging>. But they couldn't seem to decide if they'd bought them from an auction, or been given them by his mother, or had them hanging about the house - did anyone else notice?

Jojoba1986 Sun 18-Nov-12 12:15:26

I love Kirstie! I agree this programme is a let down though! It seems to be a case of people clearing out all their junk while she finds people to show them crafts that are either boring, ugly or too expensive/specialised for normal people to do! I'm hoping she does a more rustic, country-style episode. I can't stand all these bright, gaudy colours!

TheCrackFox Sun 18-Nov-12 12:32:32

He really did look Frankie Boyle!

The bed hanging thing was all abit Miss Haversham and was one big ugly dust gatherer. I really didn't get the point on basing a whole decorating scheme on a wedding veil.

Horsemad Sun 18-Nov-12 12:45:06

I suppose they thought "What the bloody hell can we do here?!!!!"

ppeatfruit Sun 18-Nov-12 15:11:10

Thecrack I was also hmm when they based the bedroom on 'Fin de siecle' wedding veils WTF??

whatkungfuthat Sun 18-Nov-12 15:22:44

Where were the wardrobes in the bedroom at the end? They had cupboards made but they were full of shelves. Surely that little room round the corner would have made a perfect walk-in wardrobe rather than a twee little place to sit?

SoggySummer Sun 18-Nov-12 15:36:43

I am another dissapointed person I thought it was going to be like her christmas series she did or the one where she entered lots of village competitions. If they stuck to the craft side it would have been so much better.

I liked Life Laundry because it tried to deal with the reasons why somebody's home had got like that in the first place.

I have a sinking feeling that this program is going to result in a whole lot more perfectly nice old furniture being trashed painted then flogged on eBay as Shabby shit Chic angry

Jusfloatingby Mon 19-Nov-12 13:03:49

I actually thought this week's episode was a big improvement on last week's. When she said they were going to do the rooms up in 1950s style I was thinking it would be all antimacassars and china ornaments, but I thought the playroom looked really bright and attractive (and I loooooved the chairs) and I really liked the bedroom as well. I agree the baskets dipped in paint were rubbish. It just looked like someone got bored after a few minutes and didn't bother to finish the job. But overall I thought it was a big improvement.

I thought the house she showed them that was inspired by Grease looked ridiculous. It was more like a film set than someone's home. I think the secret of making vintage work is to just have touches of it around the place. Over do it (like the couple last week) and you just look like you're living in a time warp.

pengymum Mon 19-Nov-12 13:21:08

I only saw one episode - the fin de siecle bedroom one and didn't see all of it! I liked the fabric covering the chair seat but hated the colours they painted them - would have been much better just sanding off the dark varnish. The dipped baskets were rubbish and looked like a child had done them. Did think the bedroom was better but that was probably because it was so crap to begin with!
The thing with these programmes is that they don't show you how to do anything properly! Too much time spent telling you what is coming and then recapping! It drives me mad! I watch on FF to see the before and after and slow down if anything interesting comes up. Thank goodness for catch up tv!

whatkungfuthat Sat 24-Nov-12 16:57:18

Anyone see this week's? I've got one of those 30's glass bowl light shades on chains mine is naicer but I was aghast at the way it was put up with 3 hooks just bunged in the ceiling. You are supposed to use a special rose with a hook in it that has a cross brace.

LividDil Sat 24-Nov-12 17:43:33

When they went to the salvage yard this week and bought a load of old tat for £100 I couldn't help thinking of the I Saw You Coming sketch by Harry Enfield

GrendelsMum Sun 25-Nov-12 12:31:29

I love the programme in a bit of a car crash telly way. DH and I snuggle up on the sofa with pizza after an appalling day at work and shout things like 'those baskets look crap!' and 'just clean the bloody kettle'.

Actually, though, I thought that they had gone quite a way to addressing the storage problem in the second episode - the playroom was choc-a-bloc with storage, two dressers, a whole load of boxes and baskets etc, so possibly if they stop hoarding (which I think was the underlying problem after her illness, poor lady) they'll manage it all. I got the impression with that one that there was quite a lot of 'why' behind the mess that they were skipping over.

Janeatthebarre Mon 26-Nov-12 13:44:33

I found this week's programme a bit strange. The wife is a former art teacher who now works as a textile designer, yet she seemed to have no 'eye' or imagination whatsoever when it came to her own home.

GrendelsMum Mon 26-Nov-12 13:55:52

I reckon it went something like 'darling, why don't we promote my new textile business by going on a programme all about making your house look lovely?' only for them to discover that they had to make their house look a bit shit to fit the rules of the programme.

I also reckon that they'd just cleared that dresser off in a hurry so as not to look too arty.

whatkungfuthat Sat 01-Dec-12 15:30:00

Did anyone see this week's? It was hardly the whole wedding that it had been made out to be as most of the stuff had been done by other people. The rings bit confused me as they were filmed looking at elaborate designs but ended up with plain gold bands.

GrendelsMum Thu 06-Dec-12 22:43:38

Yes, that was a bit dull, although the wedding did look absolutely lovely in the end. I want to see more people's crappy homes tidied up a bit and with baskets randomly dipped in paint.

whatkungfuthat Fri 07-Dec-12 07:54:36

I saw baskets dipped in paint on a holiday homes show with Lisa Faulkner, they were in a newly renovated boutique hotel. Someone other than Kirsty has fallen for it thinks they look naice.

HalleLouja Fri 07-Dec-12 12:01:12

I haven't watched this Kirsty series. But the wedding ring lady has a shop in my village.

I loved it when she entered all the competitions that was fun.

minko Fri 07-Dec-12 15:03:11

Just saw a bit of this last night when she made a changing mat. Does she always travel by scooter? (Foot push adult scooter that is for non-viewers) It looked ridiculous! And she didn't lock it up when she went into the shop.

GrendelsMum Fri 07-Dec-12 17:50:40

Oh good, delighted that she's made another mad object, worn another mad outfit and travelled in an unrealistic way.

drjohnsonscat Fri 07-Dec-12 17:57:36

As a regular on the feminism boards and stauch supporter of men and women's equal rights to do whatever they want to do and be whoever they want to be, can I just say that I would look askance at any man who agreed to go on Kirstie's Vintage Home.

Wouldn't you just tell your DW "No. I am not publicly humiliating myself with Kirstie and her mad craft friends by being filmed making an applique felt robin out of scraps from grandma's sewing basket. I am a 42 year old accountant - not a fey wisp of a girl who dreams of living in a cottage with some elves".

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