I’m a huge fan of Kirstie and Phil’s Location, Location (I grew up on the stuff in the UK, where it was HUGE), so I was keen to check out Kirstie Allsopp’s latest show, Kirstie’s Vintage Home.
Following on from the success of Kirstie’s Handmade Showdown, the queen of craft (and real estate) takes on hopeless homemakers and turns them into handmade heroes. She shows them how, with a little bit of vintage inspiration, their own fair hands and that little bit of extra homemade magic, they can transform their houses from shabby to chic. In today’s disposable culture of cheap furniture and trying to keep up with the latest trends, it’s a really nice message. And I think the idea of mixing vintage finds with newer pieces in your home, as well as getting back to basics with old-fashioned crafts, is alive and kicking in Australia.
I enjoyed the DVD of the series, which was released this week (the show was previously aired on ABC1). My fiancé was less of a fan, and it’s definitely geared more towards a female viewer. He enjoyed the interiors elements of the show, but less so the crafty bits, which is no great surprise!
In each episode, Kirstie invites couples to her own vintage café in London to teach them new skills to inject a bit of style into their homes. Whether they live in a cluttered hell or a characterless utilitarian box, they are all in need of a bit of vintage craft magic. It’s a one-stop-workshop where she and her team of experts mentor these homemakers, showing them how to create handmade treasures, and shop for chic vintage furniture.
I have 5 sets of the DVD and accompanying book (worth $74.95 each) to give away. To enter, comment below why you’d like to win by midnight on Sunday 19 May. Open to Australian residents only.
The DVD is out now, RRP $29.95.
Tessa - Down that Little Lane says
Oh my lordy lord please take me back to London town with some nostaligia of the mother land.. Total fan of the flirty behaviour between Phil n KIrsty and still watching it weekly here.
I think I may have watched this series and loved it but either way I could watch Ms Allsop on replay for many years to come with great pleasure x
Katie Gilbert says
I’d love to win Kirstie’s Vintage Home. Am keen to improve my craft skills and add that bespoke vintage touch to our home. This book would be a handy reference.
Julie Cartwright says
I am such a fan of Kirsty and Phil. Their wonderful down to earth sense of humor and honesty is such a pleasure to watch. I am a perpetual follower of all things British, when it comes to design and property. I would love the chance to go in the running for Kirsty’s DVD. Thx Julie
Oh I would LOVE this! I am a huge fan of Kirstie (and Phil too 😀 ) and would love the inspiration!
Love love her vintage style. Please pick me I need some tips for my spare bedroom makeover.
Melissa Ashton says
Absolutely love Kirsty and have heard about her programs on the lifestyle show. I’m heading to the UK next week and would love to meet her/arrange a interview to hear her stories.
Joy Cowie says
Oh I have so loved the repartee between Kirstie and Phil. Kirstie has a title and Phil’s married to an Aussie. So perfect! Oh and love her series too, and the book. And the DVD!
I’d love to win this for my girlfriend who is OBSESSED with all things vintage and shabby chic… she is always sneaking new things into the house, so maybe I can sneak something new in for her, and help me get extra brownie points for knowing her style!
I loved Phil and Kirsty I watched them all the time they certainly made me laugh. I love her ideas and what she does and I’m needing more inspiration for my place. Thanks for the opportunity to win this gorgeous prize 🙂
Always love the excuse to get my craft on! Would love to win this!
Oh id love to win these – they could definately help me!
I was very lucky to have a flick through her book a while ago – and saw she had a section on re-upholstering – i have a re-upholstery project i need to tackle (old french daybed refurb) and im sure watching a dvd and having the book with instructions on hand would be a huge help. Ive also started sewing a LOT of cushion covers – and need some help with closures and how to make box cushion covers- mine really arent so polished just yet 🙂
I LOVE Kirstie!! Had to give up our Foxtel this year (sigh) & i’m desperately missing Kirstie & Phill! Would LOVE to win these dvds !!
I love Kirstie and haven’t seen it for ages after we ditched Austar…. I feel deprived 🙁
Mélanie Beauvironnois says
I would love to win it so I can send it to my mum in France. I know she’d just love it as she’s an avid crafter. I’m lucky enough to have watched the series here, but they don’t air there…
Karen Munro says
I would love to win this fantastic prize. Sounds like my kind of lifestyle and decor tips-more style without the snobbery.
I miss Kirstie! I use to watch her when I had Foxtel, but alas life changes and having a baby meant the loss of such luxuries. I would love, love, love to win the DVD. Thanks for the opportunity!
Would love to win this set. Just about to start renos on our late 70’s home and hoping to incorporate some retro vintage into the design, This may be just the inspiration I’m looking for and will massively help with my downfalls.
Anita Storti says
Krispy? Kristy? Oh Kirstie! Seeing as I have no idea who she is, I need to watch the DVD’s that I won to find out! Can’t wait! Thanks 😉
sam foley says
Thanks for this great offer Jen. I lived and worked in the UK for a few years and came to love Kirstie like everyone who watches her shows. Aside form this, I actually can get my (English hubby) to sit and watch her programs with me. Like your fiance he’s not so fussed about some of the crafty stuff but still enjoys the scenery of his home!
Michelle dolan says
I love kristie and her approach to vintage, crafting and recycling regardless of the fact that she could well afford new and expensive. I’ve only seen one episode of this programme and I was hooked, I need more of the kristie fix. Please pick me!!!!!!!
Katrina Riley says
I would love to win this wonderful prize! I have a window furnishings business and in store we have a library which includes as many books, DVDs, journals and magazines on homedecorating and how to etc that I can afford. I encourage our clients to browse and borrow from our library to help them learn how to decorate their homes, these would be a great resourse for the library!
I would love to win this wonderful prize. I have actually never heard of Kirstie so I have been missing out! I need some inspiration for my little cottage. Even the cover looks gorgeous.
Sharon Chisholm says
Ooooooh, love me a competition!! As a fellow former Pom, I would lovingly adore these DVD’s in my collection. They would have a lovely little home among my vintage dressmaker’s dummy and my old bus scrolls. I would, perhaps, keep them in between my Mr Jason Grant’s “A Place Called Home” and Sibella Court’s “Bowerbird” so that they were always surrounded by the best style. They would be kept warm in winter by my newly painted wood burner and cool in the summer by my old vintage fan. I would watch them often to inspire me in my new business, The Restful Nest and I would love them always. Would be delighted to win!! Thank you so much for the opportunity Jen.
Debra Burt says
Just Cause ….. “I LOVE VINTAGE”
Tess Thomson says
It would be such a touch of fate if I were to win this delightful design book as I have officially lost all and any motivation to do ANYTHING with my house. I need this lady’s help and I need it now!!
Kim Bailey says
I would love to win this I have seen little bits of her programs when a peoples house and I just adore her work. Winning this would provide me with inspiration for on my home and tick off an item on my long list of books I must obtain.
Brenda Armstrong says
I so love Kirstie, and all her shows, I to love everything vintage and repurpose things ,my girlfriend calls them dust collectors ,but they make me happy, things trigger memories of my grandparents and my childhood,so please consider my entry I would so love the book and DVD.
Emma - My Bespoke Chair says
Gosh – it’s making me homesick, all this talk of Phil and Kirstie, English craft and home-making. Watching her and the reruns of Location x3 also ensures I keep my accent in tact. I’m sure the winner of these DVDs will love them. Kirstie is a bit of a national-treasure-in-the-making.
Suzy Q says
I’ve always been in two minds with my absolute love for vintage one-of-kind pieces and the chic, modern furniture & homewares in stores now. Unfortunately, anyone who comes over probably thinks they’ve stepped into Jekyll & Hyde’s house *cringe* – I just can’t make them work together!
I am hoping Kristie’s vintage series will help me to fix the error of my rookie-designer ways..
I watched Kirstie’s Handmade series on pay TV during the night when my son was a newborn. It was soul-nourishing. I love her whole approach to property and the emphasis she places on decorating the home with heart. It is all very old-school and charming. She is fantastic. Oh yes, I would love to win this set, thank you!
Rachel c. says
Love to win a pack! Saw this advertised on ABC today and living in a rental I’d love to get some tips on further making the house I live in a ‘home’ that reflects my personality & individual style. Plus I love opshopping!
Emma Flint says
Location, Location, Location is the only homey show that my husband will sit and watch with me as I secretly think he has a crush on Kirstie and I think Phil is a bit of alright:). Maybe if I won the DVD’s he might watch Kirstie’s show as well, miracles do happen sometimes.. I love how Kirstie is dead set honest and would love to win her dvd’s and books so I can get some inspiration for my new house reno and also my styling course. thanks for the opportunity Jen, Long live Vintage!!!!!!!
I just love everything VINTAGE!! I I would say I am obsessed 😉 Everything in my life has to do with vintage and I llove everything that has a history and is preloved! My Job is refurbishing Furniture (Shabby Chic Style) and I am always trying to find more ways to get creative – This would be the perfect possibility to get more ideas and use them for my business…!! xxx
suzanne smith says
Kirsty is such an inspiration.. her enthusiasm & passion is contageous!.. she is never afraid to try new things, even if she makes a goose of herself!.. watching her in the “Kirsty’s Handmade” series was an absolute hoot.. To have her on my coffee table would be such a giggle! xxxxxxxxS
Late to the party but not trying to win anything – just wondering where I can source the DVD from? Can’t find it anywhere here in NZ.
Love the site 🙂
Jen Bishop says
Hi Kate. Try contatcing Roadshow, they might be able to tell you stockists in NZ: http://roadshow.com.au/contact-roadshow.aspx