Inspiration: Granny Chic

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  August 25, 2011 — 6 Comments

I went out of town last week to visit my PawPaw and his wife, Edith, in Amarillo, Texas. They knew that my parents were coming, but my sister and I surprised them by showing up as well. None of us had seen them since my wedding two years ago. It was so fun to surprise them like that and we had a really great time spending four whole days together!

PawPaw is the original DIY’er on this side of the family. Here he is with his woodworking tools he brought all the way from south Louisiana to squeeze onto their apartment balcony. He used to have a whole shop full of big ol’ tools and I remember hanging out in there while he puttered around.

PawPaw and Edith live in a really nice apartment building full of retired folks. Whenever we spent time there I kept finding myself distracted by some of the most awesome midcentury furniture and decor. I snapped photos whenever I could to remember the things that stood out to me the most. Some of these pics are from my iphone, since I didn’t always have my camera handy slash didn’t want to explain to people why I was taking pictures of their furniture.

Is this chair not awesome? It was soooo comfy too. And in near perfect condition.

I really liked this rocking chair too. I think it would be really nice in a bedroom or nursery. I’m even a fan of the color! That pinkish peachish coral-like shade is totally my cup of tea.

Apparently my great-great-Aunt-Jo created this oil painting. Wish I could inherit it because it’s 100% delightful.

This was in the apartment of this really hilarious lady Edith and PawPaw are friends with. It’s her spoon collection! But isn’t it awesome? I love how they’re all laid out in that starburst-like pattern on a black background and put behind glass. Takes it from cheesy collection to point of interest. I’m seriously considering recreating it on a smaller scale.

Here’s some more granny chic goodness I found via Pinterest…

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OMG. What a crazy genius way to use scraps of patterned fabric.

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I would never have the guts to actually get a pink sofa in real life, much less pair it with a green wall, but I love it. Plus I’m obsessed with all those pillows.

And can I just tell you that I am thisclose to teaching myself embroidery? I feel like it’s the next frontier of handicrafts for me.

I feel like if I had discovered my love for all things vintage and granny I would’ve totally been a hipster in college. It’s kind of hard to become a hipster after 25, since I’m kind of set in my ways and all. And I’m not really cool enough. Plus now that I drive an SUV it’s probably completely ruled out.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap

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6 responses to Inspiration: Granny Chic

  1. The pink sofa is awesome! Your paw paw is just adorable.

  2. Love the family picture! So glad that you had a good time. I love all the furniture, spoon arrangements, especially the pink sofa with all the great pillows. Fun!!!

    • Charlotte | livingwellonthecheap August 25, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      We had such a good time! And I’m seriously about to start up a spoon collection of my own!

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