Absolutely ages ago in the Summer, I visited the Geffrye Museum in London. It’s a fantastic resource for anyone interested in the history of the home or interior design. The museum is housed in a row of beautiful 18th century almshouses surrounded by beautiful gardens.
The museum travels through the last 400 years showing what a middle class home would have looked like in various eras of history. from an oak panelled hall of 1630 to a loft apartment in 1998 the museum really shows the evolution of the home. If you find yourself in the Hoxton area, this one is an absolute must-see.
When it comes to authentic vintage interiors the lines are a lot more fuzzy than those of fashion. If anything the shabby chic, floral look which Cath Kidston popularised is more the look of the last decade than any before it! I loved seeing how our modern tastes have been influenced by interiors of the past in much the same way as our clothing has.
Two of my favourite rooms in the house were the 1935 and 1965 living rooms. My house was built in the mid thirties so I liked seeing how it may have looked when the first owners lived there. The 1965 room has the most fantastic retro details and lots of inspiration from the atomic age. I love the TV and the rug!
Here’s a collection of photos I took at the museum, have a watch and see if you can spot the era that your house was built in…
Have you visited the museum? What did you think? What was your favourite era for interiors? Please comment below.
ShybikersNovember 2, 2013 at 5:26 pm
Cool. I love historical exhibitions. I was just reading about the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs.
vintageattitudeNovember 3, 2013 at 10:31 am
Must go see this…must go see this…must go. Thanks for reminder!
Jessica CangianoNovember 5, 2013 at 3:42 am
I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting this great museum before, but I’d certainly love to one day. I think that of the museums or historical homes turned into museums that I’ve visited over the years, that one that I most wished I could have moved right into is an Edwardian castle/mansion (turned museum) in Toronto called Casa Loma (http://www.casaloma.org).
Missy VintageNovember 6, 2013 at 12:49 am
This has been on my list of places to visit for far to long! Looks fabulous.