When does a passion become an addiction you say? Heck if I know. I am pretty sure I have crossed over the line. Sign me up for a recovery program.
I have always collected vintage tablecloths, aprons, curtains and fabrics. Most windows in my home are covered with vintage or reproduction bark cloth. My kitchen table sports a never-ending supply of colorful vintage tablecloths in fun prints.
I even have a vintage laundry bag. They are great to stick in your suitcase and corral dirty clothes while you are on vacation.
But this new obsession with vintage bedding is a recent problem that started off kind of innocently. A few months back I decided that I wanted new (but vintage-y) bedspreads for our master bedroom and guest room. I jumped on Etsy and found 2 NOS Bates bedspreads.
The guest room search yielded a simple turquoise and very dark brown (almost black) plaid. This room is painted turquoise and the window valances are an atomic/ Tiki inspired bark cloth in brown, black, aqua, pink and maize. This simple bedspread would fit the bill and allow me to go a little crazy on sheets and pillowcases.
My master bedroom is painted Caribbean Coral and the curtains are an atomic bark cloth in brown, orange, green, gold and black. I decided that “earth tones” bedding would go great with those. My problem (or so I thought) was going be to finding vintage bedding to match. Boy was I wrong! Groovy florals. Mod geometrics. Atomic stars. I was having a ball!
After several weeks of online and thrift store buying, I have enough sheets, blankets, pillowcases and throw pillows to mix and match for several months and never repeat the same look twice. A good problem to have, no?
I will show you a little of my haul.
A NOS blanket found on Etsy, hanging on the line after a quick wash:
A few sheet changes in the master:
I love the geometric top sheet and pillowcases. They remind me of the Flintstones!
Here is the Bates bedspread I found in earth tones.
The starburst top sheet below is just too cool. I also purchased one in another colorway for the guest room.
I guess I just like to have plenty of “choices”.
Check back soon to see what else I have stuffed into this linen cabinet.