Old Soul: Bringing Vintage Style Into Kid-Friendly Spaces
Your love of displaying vintage accessories doesn’t have to stop at your living or dining rooms. Decorating your baby's nursery or older kids’ rooms with vintage accents can make for cozy comforts while also opening younger eyes to the beauty of the past. Here are a few ideas.
Children’s Books - Styling with old books is one of the easiest, most natural ways to bring vintage style into your little ones’ space. You'll find extensive children’s book sections at local thrift stores, so this doesn’t have to cost a lot. Dig, dig, dig to look for titles you loved as a kid in hardback, paying attention to the edition and publication date for oldies but goodies. Be mindful of quality to avoid getting books that easily fall apart. Once you get home, wipe the books gently and stack them on the shelves by size or color. Place rarer books on higher shelves to keep away from younger kids in the paper/book tearing phase.
Globes and Maps - Find an old globe or map and create a travel corner in your kids' bedroom or play space. Add pictures of distant places, travel books, and vintage postcards. Make the globe or map accessible, challenging little ones to find and tag a new place everyday.
Retro Toys - Frame a retro game board and its pieces for wall art. Add a vintage toy cash register to the top bookshelf. Your mom may still have some of your toys from back in the day down the basement and the antique mall may be filled with nostalgic finds, but be cautious. If made before the 90’s, these beloved finds may have lead paint and should be kept out of reach of children. Read my disclaimer with a link to more info below.
Outdoor Curiosities - Going for a woodland theme? Bring in antlers or older tree bark pieces to add some authenticity.
Bubble Gum Machines - Bubble gum machines are one of my favorite things to collect because they add charm, youthfulness, and bright color to any space. Add gum balls or jelly beans. You can also fill it with inedible items like colorful marbles, buttons, or pocket change. Upcycle by building a terrarium inside the globe to bring in some greenery.
Sports Memorabilia - Old baseball gloves and balls, wooden tennis rackets, ballet slippers, and trophies can all add a classic look.
Don’t be afraid to mix old and new, digital and analog to keep the decor interesting and current.
Disclaimer: Place older painted items - especially those made before the 1990s or outside of the U.S. - out of reach of children because they may have lead paint, which can pose serious health issues for growing kids. While fun, some of your finds may just be for decorative purposes, placed up high and not for playing or handling.