APPLE OF OUR EYE
An ancient cottage was made over in bold and cheerful vintage style.
Coziness and color make this historic cottage a complete charmer.
CALLING ALL ANGLOPHILES! BREW YOURSELF A CUP OF TEA,
and sit down to meet Sarah Maguire. Sarah lives in a tiny town in Yorkshire, England: Cleckheaton. Her home, called “Apple Cottage,” was originally built in the 1700s, and is the middle house of three cottages that used to be one big farmhouse. “The surrounding areas were all apple orchards originally, hence the name,” says Sarah. She shares her cozy home with three rescue cats and has lived in Yorkshire since 2015, when she moved back to be nearer to her family. On her popular Instagram, @sarahmaguire_ myvintagehome, she shares what she’s been “faffing”
(puttering) around with in her home décor.
“A room doesn’t stay the same for very long,” Sarah says. For this full-time event manager and part-time vintage interior stylist, Apple Cottage is a permanent work in progress. “I find more bits of furniture or vintage fripperies; things get changed around. I’m quite impulsive and think nothing of changing the color of a piece of furniture on a whim. My Welsh dresser has been three different colors already… Let’s call it an ongoing project!”
Sarah loves an eclectic mixture of secondhand finds from charity shops, antiques fairs and gifts from people who know she’s a vintage enthusiast. “My personal style and home décor is definitely ‘Granny Chic.’ I adore the muted tones of the ’40s, the greens and the blues. The blousy florals of the ’50s sometimes leave me breathless at their beauty. Especially bark cloth fabric. The
kitsch of the ’60s has me smiling. There’s even the odd bit of ’70s in there too. Every little space in my home is filled with pieces from the past.” For example, one of her favorite finds is a 1930s linen cupboard. “It’s a beautiful muted green and has hand-painted flowers on it. I found it in a junk shop for £20 and now use it as my TV cabinet.”
The kitchen is the heart of Apple Cottage and was the final room to get a facelift. “I had a huge fridge that really didn’t go with my vintage look, so I got this lovely cream/yellow one that looks perfectly in place,” Sarah says. She was even more delighted when
“A room doesn’t stay the same for very long.
she noticed it was the same refrigerator used on one of her favorite television shows, The Great British Bake Off. Multicolored chairs and new cabinet paint added to the visual feast in the room.
“My advice to anybody wanting to recreate my style is to be bold, have vision and don’t doubt yourself,” she says. “When creating a room, start with a little vignette of your favorite vintage pieces; then work your way up to the rest of the room. Have vision, be confident and go for it.”
HANDHELD MIRRORS come off the usual vanity for a collector’s clustered display on the wall of the cottage’s bathroom.
“I HAVE MOST OF MY TIN COLLECTION in the kitchen and my vintage scale collection also,” says Sarah. “I have quite a few collections!”