Nostalgia; of all emotions, is one of the most overpowering feelings a human can experience and vintage homes unfurl this very experience of slowing down and being settled within. Resting on a quilt of the past in a rushing, hustling futuristic city context. Vintage homes are spaces that carry a lot of story and expressive elements studded out of a longevous timeline.
Each artefact, the furniture style, paint, choice of colours, doors, and windows are all underlined with niches of cultures. Vintage residences are fascinating spaces that speak the language of unwinding, of curving back in time.
Let us read through this listicle of beautiful vintage residences, I’m sure it will carve a timeless corner in your heart.
1. Sagarika, Bali
Sagarika, Bali is a Residence by Kumar Moorthy and Associates. Indigenous ancient grey stone holding the vertical wooden entrance door intact, this residence welcomes the user with bronze bells of Bali. Escorted with green landscaping on either side, it leads to a hall of treasured elements with a pool on the east.
Strips of luxurious antique brown in furniture and a pleasing tone down by whites along with bronze sprinkled at corners reflects a blend of Balinese and Indian architecture locking in a vintage space. Glass partitions, alfresco spaces, precious chests and sculptures of Bali speak magic in the world of mundane.
An outdoor seating with a lotus pond and stepping stones that form a bridge creates a perfect seating for conversations and vintage living.
2. The Emerald, Prague
The Emerald by Urbanium concept is a luxurious building in the Czech republic. It is designed in layers and identities of the Art nouveau movement. It is composed of 5 different styles that can be noticed in the 13 flats it holds. It has a fully equipped kitchen, exquisite bathrooms and vintage-fitting floors and walls.
It creates a unique composition with exposed bricks, wood, plaster of Paris, chandeliers and half white furniture pieces.
3. Haussmann Style Apartment, Paris
Designers Laurent Champeau and Kelli Wilde have done a delicate job in revamping this vintage treasure to suit the needs of its new owners. The main doors fling you back into the 19th century with a variation of beige walls, ceilings, windows, and high ornamentation.
The space is 1500 square feet and has floor-to-ceiling casement windows. It is matched with deep royal hued sofas and bedsheets to balance the monotony of the beige in the context.
4. Villa Alenteho, Goa
Villa Alenteho is a colonial British bungalow that is refurbished by FADD studio. A lavish play of subtlety is dusted along because of its selective tints and pastel colours. A unique cultural combination of Salmon pinks and Mint greens dance along the classic facades.
Repurposed antiques and the warmth of the wood radiates a feeling of home in this fine colonial building.
5. Priya Aswani’s Residence, Mumbai
A residence nestled in an opulent part of the city, this home speaks vintage, not through its walls and windows but the beautiful collection of artefacts and tiny pieces of the past that have been treasured with intricacy.
The art deco sideboard, brass elements from old temple doors, a classic coffee table and a hand-painted headboard are all elements rolling back in time. The bold mix and match of these multiple antique elements layer it into being vintage.
6. El Royale, Los Angeles
It is a majestic castle-like apartment wrapped in royalness designed in a Spanish-French revival style by Ar. William Douglas Lee. The rococo details, vintage tiles and the original iron chandeliers are the most striking elements that leave an impression.
It sets a bar for the vintage Hollywood architectural grace. The ceiling is exceptionally ornate with intricate patterns that flow throughout.
7. Guculska apartment, Ukraine
Guculska apartment is a space designed by the Replus bureau that rethinks traditional Hutsulian ethnic style embedding within the neo-renaissance Austrian environment. A vintage mid-19th century wardrobe is the pinnacle of the entire space.
The wardrobe has aged into the shade of black that it flaunts. This project has renewed wooden doors, ceilings and floors curating a collage of different shades of brown.
8. The Shenandoah Church House, Virginia
The Shenandoah Church House is a vintage getaway hosted by travel journalists; filmmakers Johnny Harris and Iz Harris. This historic church established in 1872 was refurbished by its above-mentioned owners. It holds antique beauties from around the world that have been collected over their course of travel.
This home, on the inside stages a play of bright reds, whites and blues all toned neat by a white exterior. Leading to an open-air loft, it also provides a pool and jacuzzi nested within.
9. A Tropical Residence, Moscow
Travel stitched home dipped in antiques for a couple inspired by Bali. Designed by Ar. Daria Vasilkova, the place narrates a traditional yet modern tale of the tropical land suffused within this home in Moscow. It holds a vintage charm through carefully collected paintings, upcycled carpets and cabinets.
The bathroom wall wears a green panel of the French mosaic tiles of the 1970s with a bright yellow rabbit artefact. The blues and greens sing the song of the sea while the yellow and golden radiate the goodness of the tropical sun. The architect explained in an interview, “We don’t think that there is anything wrong with loss and imperfection. The main thing is that it is beautifully old.”
10. A Classic Art Deco Building, New York
An embodiment of plush elegance, this beauty designed by Billy cotton stands in honour. Its segments and furniture hold effusive Art Deco secrets. The designer strives to normalize grandeur and luxury as an everyday element.
The chandeliers, rugs, wall art, flooring and fabrics; all reflect the principles of maximalism.
11. A Chic Apartment, Milan
This Chic Apartment, designed by Alexander Werz is an airy balance between the unmoving mild painted walls and the delicately growing green plants. “Green is very Italian” the architect justifies the excessive use of this pleasant hue.
The space has arches and openings that date back to the 1950s-60s. All the rooms are meticulously planned and executed as a symbol of companionship between marbles, prints and pastels.
12. Wabi-Sabi apartment, Kiev
Wabi-Sabi, an age-old Japanese concept that teaches us to embrace the broken is a riveting concept that can pivot our thought processes. Finding beauty and aesthetics in the old, lived and resisted elements is what binds the concept of this apartment.
Ar. Sergey Makhno’s design is rugged and rooted in warm, faded hues yet evokes a sense of newness. It has a simple monopoly of browns, cracks and imperfections; it boldly states to find beauty in the awful.
13. Cobetkar, Russia
It is one of the vintage charms of Russia, built in the 18th-19th century. Traditional wooden house with a parade of ornamentation along its edges all along with the house.
Painted in bright hues that have faded over the decades, the vintage Russian homes are an adobe of antiquity. Symbolic windows with high ornamentation are the defining element in these historic spills.
14. Los Feliz Manor Apartments, Los Angeles
Los Feliz Manor is a vintage building that has undergone the transition from being an upscale hotel in 1929 to an apartment by the 1950s. It is crafted in the art deco style, with every element being preserved with utmost care of the community.
Each of the spacious one-bedroom and single apartments are adorned with ten-foot open-beamed ceilings, hand-carved mahogany doors and original tile work.
15. Glin Castle, Ireland
An ancestral home that has sustained eight centuries with mild renovation in the late 18th century, belongs to the FitzMaurice/FitzGerald family. Designed in the Georgian, neoclassical architectural style, the structure was built in the year 1780. This castle hosts multiple rooms all ornate with bold and striking intricacies.
It treasures photo frames, leather rugs, railings, Irish 18th-century mahogany furniture and windows that have listened to a vintage story for centuries. Every nook and corner holds a rich piece of history and it gets magical with every step forward.
If you have made it till here, you are probably an old soul who loves embracing what the vintage has to offer. Ending the listicle on this note, hope it carved a beautiful vintage corner in your heart.