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.

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Horizontal strips of stone hung above the entrance path adorned by lamps and bells in black. ©Millimatters photography
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A semi-abstraction in the front facade with whites and voids_©Millimatters photography
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A dialogue between the orange and browns_©Millimatters photography
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Antique calculations with squared up doors and cabinets_©Millimatters

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.

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Subtle walls and bright furniture complimenting a light brown flooring_©The Emerald Prague
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Deliberately exposed bricks and walls paralleled with neat vintage furniture_©The Emerald Prague
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Brass antique lights hovered by the bedside_©The Emerald Prague
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Hand-painted partitions with an aging neighbour context_©The Emerald Prague

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. 

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Juxtaposing upholstery in a monochromatic settling_©Champeau and Wilde
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Softness of the velvet drizzled across the room with the headboard, cushions and rugs_©Champeau and Wilde
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A hand-made sheep artefact that demands attention in this vast antiquity_©Champeau and Wilde

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.

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Mint green twin beds aligned in a sun lit ,stone tiled room_©Hashim Badani
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A balanced beige chairs clique_©Hashim Badani
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Antiquity being translated through lights ,arches and photo frames_©Hashim Badani

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.

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A palette of colours flow from the different elements of this vintage abode. ©Tom Parker
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Bright maroon mats and deep brown chairs fluctuating the colour monotony. ©Tom Parker
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An exported red China lamp settled on the side table. ©Tom Parker

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.

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A grand seating with a transparent glass centre table. ©Elroyaleapartments.com
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Wooden rafters decorated with extreme ornamentation forms a pretty roof_©Elroyaleapartments.com
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The exterior look of the building_©Elroyaleapartments.com

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.

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A world of vintage differences, intricate patterns on one side,solid plain wood on the other_©Andrey Bezuglov
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Kitchen cabinets with a long wooden table in the front_©Andrey Bezuglov
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Wood overload with a dash of broken stone flooring_©Andrey Bezuglov

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.

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A mix plate of articles from around the world_©Johnny Harris and Iz Harris
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Beautiful wood curving into a staircase that leads up_©Johnny Harris and Iz Harris
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Strips of window subtly lighting up the dining space_©Johnny Harris and Iz Harris

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.”

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Opulent pinks and purples creating a stir_©Sergey Krasyuk
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Tropical hues slammed even by a royal blue partition_©Sergey Krasyuk
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Green mosaics and a rare yellow artifact_©Sergey Krasyuk

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.

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A luxurious living with a marble cased fireplace_©Blaine Davis
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Library blending in the bedroom with a cloth mural_©Blaine Davis
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A well composed seating with a wisp of green_©Blaine Davis

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.

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A continuous contrasting seating_©Giulio Ghirardi
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A plated installation that witnesses dinner parties_©Giulio Ghirardi
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Tiny elements of the past roaring a vintage sound_©Giulio Ghirardi

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.

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A space that dwells in the beauty of imperfections_©Andrey Avdeenko
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A sense of honesty translated through this unpolished,raw furniture_©Andrey Avdeenko
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A dining space adorned with unreal lights and sculptures_©Andrey Avdeenko
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A silent birth of embrace_©Andrey Avdeenko

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.

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Splendour in ornamentation and colour_©theworldbyroad.com
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Detail highlights from an ant view perspective_©theworldbyroad.com
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Decades of wood sustaining the culture shifts_©theworldbyroad.com

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.

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The structure before renovation_©Losfelizmanor.com
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Art deco railings that slide along the stair_©Losfelizmanor.com
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The structure after renovation_©Losfelizmanor.com

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.

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Books ,candle stands, plates and fireplaces that carry decades of memory_©Glincastle.com
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Lobby that centers the vintage energy_©Glincastle.com
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A toned down colour palette in the entire castle_©Glincastle.com
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A writing desk that beheld intimate letters and secrets of the past_©Glincastle.com

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.

Vajjrashri Anand
Author

Vajjrashri Anand is an architecture student who reads places and people like a story worth being told. She believes architecture is a lot like life; made of wonder, beauty and hurt. She strives to constantly evolve. A nuisance, a delight. A sting, a smile. She's a soul hugging one word at a time.

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