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At Home With Cherry @dickson_vintage

This week we are at home with Cherry, the lovely lady behind the very popular Instagram account @dickson_vintage

Cherry loves all things vintage and her home is simply beautiful.  Cherry's insta account is packed with vintage inspiration for the home and we love it so are thrilled to learn a little more about the lady and her home.

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Tell us a bit about you

My name is Cherry and I have a passion for beautiful furniture, flowers and all things interior. Having already completely renovated our first Victorian home we moved to our current Victorian property.

Working part-time and two young children meant that we weren’t able to buy new furniture or to employ people to assist in renovating, so I focused my attention on learning to achieve this myself.

I attended a painting and effects course where I learnt lots of new painting techniques, to focus what I already knew and the interest I had in creating new furniture out of old. It was the finishing results that caught many of my friends’ attention and encourage me to share my images on social media.

With these new skills in hand I set myself the challenge of kitting out our home with upcycled pieces.  This is when I discovered roller stencils and taught myself how to use them, this was something that so many of my followers enjoyed watching and learning how they worked.

I believe a house evolves and grows with you, hence why I never use the term 'finished.'

We live in the Midlands with lots of green spaces on our doorstep.

 

Tell us about your home

It’s a period Victorian property.

cottage garden

 

How would you describe your home?

It is a traditional home style with a few rustic and modern twists.

 

Which is your favourite room in the house?

My living room is my favourite room as it is south-facing and always makes me smile.  The wall colours are a range of blue and whites which are very calming. Our wood-burner was installed in there a couple of years ago and it’s gorgeous to sit in front of on a cold day. 

victorian fireplace

 

How does your home reflect any passions or interests?

I’ve always been surrounded by “vintage” things.  I grew up on a dairy farm in rural Herefordshire, living in a country farmhouse over 600 years old.  All furniture and fabrics in my family home reflected this style of property and their evolution of use through generations of my family

Having already completely renovated our first Victorian home we moved to our second Victorian property.

With two young children we weren’t able to buy new furniture or to employ people to assist in renovating, so I focused my attention on learning to achieve this myself.

I attended a painting and effects course where I learnt lots of new painting techniques, to focus what I already knew and the interest I had in creating new furniture out of old.

With these new skills in hand I set myself the challenge of kitting out our new home with upcycled pieces.  Our home is full of vintage pieces that I have upcycled myself and you my home has many country influences through the colours and prints that I have used throughout our home.

 

What are your favourite items in your home?

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My kitchen table because it’s a genuine Victorian vintage table, I often think about all the people that have sat around it chatting over the years.  My pink sofas are always one of my key pieces of furniture as they feel so luxurious.

pink sofas vintage

 

When you moved into your house was it the finished article or was it a project?

A project and still is a project.  If I’m honest, I think a home should never be described as ‘finished’ it should always be involving and growing with you.

 

Have you done any renovation?

I’m quite a practical person so a lot – tiling, sanding, cement, upcycling furniture and decorating.

 

Have you had any DIY or styling disasters?

No, I’m happy.

 

What is your top home styling tip?

Don’t get sucked in by trends and colours that are in fashion.  Your home should be an extension of you and therefore should reflect your loves and interests.

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Is there anything in your home that you couldn’t live without?

Period features – I love old properties.

 

They say that a every home tells visitors a story about who lives there. What do you think your home says about you?

I think our home is warm and welcoming and I hope people think I am too. Also, that I am a crazy flower lady!

   

The Home Edit

 

Lived-in look or showhome?

Lived-in

 

If you could only paint your walls one colour, which one would it be?

Dix Blue by Farrow and Ball – it is so uplifting!

 

What is your pet hate when it comes to your own or other’s homes?

I don’t have one as I wouldn’t judge people like that.  I’d much rather myself and other people be experimental and happy.

 

Favourite front door colour

Green Blue by Farrow and Ball.

 

Carpet or Floorboards

Both – I love floorboards but sometimes I need carpet

 

Kitchen table dining or formal dining room?

Kitchen table – the kitchen is the heart of the home.

 

High gloss or rustic?

Rustic

 

Wallpaper or Brick Walls?

Wallpaper

 

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