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 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.

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".

OnTheBottomWithAStringOfTinsel Fri 07-Dec-12 18:02:57

Will it be a Segway with chintz handles next week, do you think? wink

ppeatfruit Mon 10-Dec-12 16:50:14

No I thought it twas much better last week back to its traditional handicrafty feel.

GrendelsMum Mon 10-Dec-12 17:58:59

Oh, hello Ppeatfruit - just saw you on the AmEx thread and here we are again.

ppeatfruit Tue 11-Dec-12 12:56:49

Yes grendelsmum "Ve haff gutt taste" grin!!

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