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Steal This Look: A Portuguese Bedroom with Vintage Charm


Steal This Look: A Portuguese Bedroom with Vintage Charm

September 27, 2016

Last month I spent a week in Portugal and stayed at Baixa House, a renovated Pombaline building pieced into different apartments. One of my favorite things about our room was the simple bedroom with just a few vintage touches. Hotel owner and designer María Ulecia sourced one-of-a-kind pieces for each room: shepherd’s blankets from northern Portugal, metal lamps from the Feira de Ladra (flea market), mirrors from Belgium, and prints from eBay France. Here we’ve re-created the look of the bedrooms with online alternatives and a few resources from Ulecia.

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Above: The pink blanket is an old textile found at the Fabrica Alentejana de Lanificios in Monsaraz, Portugal. The tiles are original to the 18th-century building.

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Above L: A vintage wicker chair from Hanbel in Andoain, Spain. Above R: A vintage metal pendant light from La Cabina in Pamplona, Spain.

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Above: The gray wooden mirror and zinc rosette came from Pomax, a shop out of Kontich, Belgium. The small oval bedside table is from antiques shop A Barbaca in Lisbon.

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Above: Ulecia found the botanical charts at Tado, a shop in Madrid; they’re originally from a German primary school.


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Above: Ikea’s Espevär Slatted Mattress Base in White is a bed base to replace a traditional bed frame setup; $160 for the queen size.

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Above: Pair the Burfjord Legs in Oak to the mattress base; $15 for a set of four at Ikea.

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Above: West Elm’s Mid-Century Nightstand in Natural Oak is currently on sale for $199.99.

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Above: The Tivoli Rattan Chair by Scandi design company Bloomington is €279.95 ($308) at Living & Company. The chair is one of 15 in our post Trend Alert: Rattan Furniture Made Modern (Plus 15 to Buy).

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Above: The Amicable Split Bench from Lekker Home is available in smoked wood, walnut, and white oak; prices start at $399.


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Above: Ulecia sourced the metal flower pendant lights from La Brocante, an antiques shop in Lisbon, Portugal. Anthropologie has a similar style light: the Petaled Pendant in small ($148), medium ($268), and large ($348).

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Above: Pair the sconce with a Silver-Tipped Bulb for $7, also from Schoolhouse Electric.

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Above: Simple white porcelain pendants were sourced from Atelier 159 in France. They’re the NUD Collection Porcelain Pendant Lights; €36 ($40) each.


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Above: Ikea’s Ofelia Vass Duvet Cover and Pillowcase is $39.99 for the full/queen size.

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Above: At the foot of each bed is a folded cobertor de Papa, a traditional shepherd’s blanket from Guarda, Portugal. The Brown Striped Papa Blanket is €122 ($137) at A Vida Portuguesa.


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Above: The Pull-Down Botanical Chart from Berliner Strasse on Etsy is $350. For more, see our posts Nature Conservancy: Vintage-Style Botanical Posters and Favorite Botanical Illustrations: Our 10 Best Sources for Vintage and New.

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Above: Bedside pendants hang from antique wall brackets (the ones at Baixa House were sourced from eBay France). Wishbone Brackets in a gray motif are $18 each at Anthropologie.

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Above: The grouping of botanicals above the bed are part of an old herbarium found on eBay France that Ulecia framed in natural wood. For something similar, the bronze Desktop Specimen Frame is $18 for the medium size (shown) and $24 for the large at Terrain.

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Above: Terrain’s Zinc Square Mirrors run from $24 for the smallest size to $38 for the largest.

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