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Vintage Movement: A blog about cooking, collecting & crafting

Who doesn’t love a good new blog to check out? Vintage Movement is packed full of of inspiration for a stylish home, happy tummy and busy crafting. We were delighted to invite the talent behind the blog, Tina, to tell us more about her style, inspiration and Vintage Movement.

Tina from Vintage Movement

We absolutely love your blog. Tell us more about the inspiration behind Vintage Movement.

I started Vintage Movement as a way of sharing the feel good random fun of thrifting with a dash of baking and a pinch of DIY crafting thrown in! We are in the middle of a vintage renaissance with interior decor, food and fashion embracing the past like never before and Vintage Movement is my little patch of appreciation for exactly that. I’m a bit of a shopaholic and mixing vintage decor with new is a skill handed down to me by my Mum (a semi retired Antique Dealer). It’s also a great way to add diversity and interest to your home without breaking the bank!

How would you describe your style?

This is a tricky one… ok, here it goes – Eclectic, Vintage, Boho with a new found LOVE for modern Scandinavian Monochromatic interiors!!

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Where do you look to for your inspiration?

Instagram, Instagram, Instagram as well as interior magazines, pinterest and blogs

(Make sure you check out the Vintage Movement Instagram!)

What are your top three possessions in your home?

It changes all the time but I’m currently loving my vintage Chanel No. 5 poster (below), my ever increasing Cacti collection and my 1950s concrete swan pots (below).

Chanel Poster - Vintage Movement

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What is your next must-have purchase for your home?

I’m obsessing over black and white typeface at the moment so any of the Andy Warhol Moderna Museet or Playtype typeface prints are at the top of my list wishlist… I’d also love to buy a large Beni Ourain rug which would really tie my living room look together.

We know you love your Moroccan Pouf’s! What are your top tips for styling them?

Oh my gosh they are my fave and I have my eyes set on adding a white and blush pink footstool to my collection soon!! They add beautifully to any space be it a dressing room, bedroom, nursery or in my case living room and look fabulous layered on top of rugs, beside an arm chair, set as seating around a low lying coffee table or piled up in the corner of a room. I have a vintage boucherouite rug in my living room, that is a bit too small for the space and I like using my leather poufs as anchors between my rug, the exposed floor space and furniture. (Shop the Tan Brown Morrocan Pouf here!)

Moroccan Pouf - Vintage Movement

“When I’m not blogging I’m…..”

Spending time with my very sweet husband and of late sourcing new plants and succulents for our courtyard collection – we have truly become full blown cacti nerds!

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Favourite places in Melbourne?

Breakfast – The Auction Rooms
Coffee – Axel Coffee Roasters
Dinner – Horn Please or Chin Chin
Vintage – Waverley Antique Bazaar
Relaxation – The Botanical Gardens
Cute gifts and homewares – The Woodsfolk
Dessert – Lux Bite or Burch & Purchese
Cacti and Succulents – Garden World (Collectors Corner building)
Groceries – Leos Fine Foods – I dare you not to love their Truffle brie!
Fruit and Veg – Victoria Market Organics

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Moroccan Pouf’s: How are they made?

Made by hand in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, our Moroccan Poufs have been handcrafted by specialist artisans over a number of days.  Morocco has long been celebrated for its famous leather tanneries, many of which have been in continuous operation since the eleventh century.  Those same ancient techniques are employed today to create some of the world’s most prized leather goods including the much-loved Moroccan Pouf.

Preparing the leather

The process begins with a piece of leather dyed by hand in a leather tannery. Hundreds of large stone vats, arranged like honeycombs, are filled with various potions designed to speed along the process of turning animal hides into finished leather. Hides are stripped, rehydrated and then immersed into white vats filled to the brim with an aromatic concoction that softens the material.

Moroccan Leather

They are then moved to another set of stone wells that hold an eye-popping array on natural vegetable dyes (think saffron, bark, henna and mint). The hides are manually dipped and stirred in these vats before being laid on the rooftops of the medina to be dried by the sun, followed by a stretching procedure on a wooden frame. The process is extremely labour-intensive, taking an average of 20 days to complete.

Moroccan Colour

Stitching it all together

After the leather has been left to dry in the African sun it is then carefully cut into shape.  Each pouf has at least 36 different pieces which are then hand sewn together with ‘Sabra Silk’.  Sabra Silk is hand loomed from natural fibres which have been harvested from cacti found in the Sahara Desert and dyed with vegetable dye.

The distinctive Moroccan patterns on the upper side of the pouf are sewn on entirely by hand.

The end result

Since Moroccan poufs are not mass produced in a factory, yet made by hand in a small workshop, your pouf is not perfect in its shape, colour or size and can therefore contain imperfections. This not only makes your pouf unique, but confirms its true Moroccan authenticity.

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Moroccan Monochrome: Mastering black and white

Traditional Moroccan architecture is shaped by centuries of cultural and religious influences. Archways, curves, beautiful patterns and bold colours define the look.   Moroccan Monochrome takes all of the distinctive geometrics and mosaics which are replicated throughout the intricate Moroccan designs and teams this with the elegant simplicity of black and white – the result: a sleek and modern take on Moroccan decor.  Whether your ambition is to create a complete Moroccan style home or just have a Moroccan touch, we’ve put together a collection of our favourite Moroccan Monochrome pieces for your home.

The easiest way to add a Moroccan feel to your home is via fabrics, trays and blankets and you don’t need a lot of items to make your space more exotic.

Moroccan Fabrics

Fabrics can be used in a variety of ways throughout your home. Your couch will look amazing with a punchy cushion in a traditional Moroccan inspired fabric or for the more adventurous – there are plenty of fabric options to recover existing furniture or use as canvas’s on the wall.

Moroccan Monochrome

Moroccan Trays

Trays are are effortless way to incorporate the Moroccan feel into your home.  Choose from trays carved from either bone or engraved metals and style on a bedside or dining table.

Moroccan Monochrome

Moroccan Blankets

Easy to throw around the home – or elsewhere – the pom pom blankets are subtly Moroccan.

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And for those looking to take the Moroccan feel a step further tiles, rugs and furniture can be used to take the look to the next level:

Moroccan Tiles

Highlighting the beauty of the geometric patterns in Moroccan design, tiling can be a very sleek and effective way to make use of these patterns and make a space look modern as well as exotic.

Monochrome Moroccan Tiled Bathroom

Moroccan Rugs

The endless options of designs teamed with high quality materials makes Morocco one of the epicentres of the rug world.

Moroccan Inspired Living Room

Moroccan Furniture

Look for a standout piece to really make a statement in any room.

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WHERE TO BUY: Pom Pom Blankets // Moroccan Trays // Moroccan Rugs // Moroccan Furniture

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Picture credits: Pinterest