An an­cient cot­tage was made over in bold and cheer­ful vin­tage style.

Flea Market Décor - - Contents - By Kathryn Drury Wag­ner

Cozi­ness and color make this his­toric cot­tage a com­plete charmer.


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!”

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