Vintage charm

This little apartment is an oldie but a goodie from the good folks over at Apartment Therapy. Alex's charming vintage apartment features many of my favorite current trends but doesn't look conventional or like Domino regurgitated. There are more photos on the original article, but these are some of my favorite shots. In the main room, dark walls, vintage art, caned chairs, and black lampshades all make my heart go pitter patter. I also love the use of the benches under the low console (with the bar handy, of course). This is a great use of space for those of us with small homes who love to entertain. Note that none of these pieces look particularly expensive (you could find similar chairs for a steal with a little hunting).

I just adore the duvet and shams in the bedroom. Other must-haves I'm loving: desks as side tables, iron beds, marble and/or alabaster lamps. Not crazy about the lampshades here (they would be killer in black. Ooh, or bright pink). The pooch is a cutie too.

On the other wall of the bedroom, a great vintage dresser. Love that he kept the natural wood, especially with all the other white furniture in the room. And the mirror is a great addition. I would probably add a pop of color, maybe in a trim on the lampshade - love the base of the lamp though. And it's easier to see the wall color in this shot. Looks like a soft dove gray.

In the bathroom, which he painted black, I love the use of a pretty vintage chair as a towel holder. Can't go wrong with a big stack of crisp white towels! I also have a thing for old ship paintings, and this pair together is particularly charming. The little brassy wastebin adds a nice warmth, especially on the cold tile. DIYers take note - here's a way to get that subway tile look with a possibly cheaper tile.

This space has been in my inspiration archives for a while so I'm excited to finally be getting around to sharing it. What is your favorite part? Or would you scrap the whole place and fill it with modern art and lucite furniture? Do share, my dears!