IN SARA’S HOUSEMarch 9, 2015
Stepping inside the home of vintage buyer Sara Waiste is like travelling back in time to an early ‘70s antique fair – only there’s no flares and the herbal tea is of the legal variety.
With her walls lined with peculiar maps, elephant ornaments and around a thousand vintage trinkets, Sara quickly admits, “If I see something I love, I have to have it. Some might say it’s slightly on the verge of hoarding”. We sat down for a cuppa to find out more…
UO: How do you describe your home to someone who has never seen it before?
SARA: I guess I’d say my home is a reflection of my personality; it’s an unusual, eclectic treasure chest, with a lot of patterns and textures going on. I wanted my home to have a laid-back bohemian vibe and for it to look like it had a story to tell, as if the walls could talk. It’s very much a creative work in progress.
UO: Where do you go to find all this amazing stuff?
SARA: Anywhere and everywhere, I’m always treasure hunting. Car boot sales, vintage shops, antique and flea markets- I try and hunt at least once a week to see if there’s anything amazing.
UO: How hard do you find it not to keep buying more and more things to add to your collection?
S: I always feel like it’s never enough. It’s kind of an ongoing thing, and I’ve only just started so I do have a long way to go. I want to get some great vintage furniture pieces next. I also like to have themes and I get a little obsessed with hunting down pieces to fit with what I like at the time. I always somehow find a place for them!
UO: There’s seems to be couple of themes running throughout your home, specifically elephants and maps, what that’s all about?
S: I have a lot of maps as I’m planning to travel the world one day, specifically America, but I do want to explore everywhere. They act as a reminder to my dreams. I collect the elephants because I’m a little superstitious. I’ve heard that elephant ornaments can bring good luck in your home if they have their trunk facing up and you have at least 8, apparently.
UO: Do you have any sentimental tid-bits hanging about?
S: I have a beautiful white wrought iron mirror above my fireplace that my nana gave me when I moved in, it’s so special to me as when I was a little girl I used to sit and look in it and pretend it was magical. There’s a massive mirror map picture hanging above my bed that my boyfriend bought for me when we first met. Maybe I can blame him for the map obsession.
UO: If you could invite anyone to your home for afternoon tea, past or present, who would it be?
S: Such a tough question! So many, but Stevie Nicks would be my number one choice. It could happen, you never know!
UO: What would your dream house look like?
S: A seventies ranch in America full of vintage antiques, plants, books and cats – preferably in Topanga Canyon.
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