Mixing Vintage with New Decor 

Welcome to my little space and if you are joining me from sweet Summer’s, SheLeavesaLittleSparkle, beautiful post I am so glad you have stopped by. Ever since I was a little girl I loved vintage items. I grew up around them as my grandparents were quite the collectors, always going to auctions and sales. It gets in your blood and its hard to stop once you have started. When we bought this big beautiful house, one of my greatest challenges was to keep as many of the remaining original features while still making it fit in with a modern day family and décor. Back in 1903 when it was built, there was so much time and craftsmanship put into these big beautiful homes but they sure did love a lot of dark wood. I wanted to have the same quality feel as the olden days but freshened up with modern colors and décor. I am so excited to be doing this fun blog hop with all these amazing and talented ladies. Head on over to Rhonda’s, Hallstrome Home, gorgeous blog when you are finished taking a look here.

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I have a very simple rule to always keep it light and white! However, mix in wood wherever you can. It gives the perfect contrast and cozy feel.

I love to use a lot of fresh flowers in my house. No matter what your color pallet or décor, fresh flowers will always brighten and freshen your space. I usually don’t look for bouquets of mixed variations but more just one simple flower type that is soft and simple. Lilies, roses and hydrangeas all seem to last the longest if cared for properly, where tulips, iris’s and other seasonal stems are usually a better price but will only look nice for a short time. I have more tips on how to care for your flowers here.

I have used almost all garage sale finds or auction pieces in my house for furniture however most all the pieces have been painted a crisp white or soft cream (Country Chic Chalk Paint Simplicity or Vanilla Frosting) I love how the contrast of white against the distressed edges show off the true details of each piece of furniture. Keeping the pallet soft gives the space a very cozy and comfortable feel. However don’t be afraid to add one or two pieces that ‘pop’ I love how my Duck’s Egg blue cabinet turned out and have never regretted the change.

When paring accessories, try and pair an odd number of items that vary in height and texture and finishes. I love mixing something architecturally salvaged with a cluster of painted frames, old books, or galvanized tin. Don’t be afraid to throw some raw wood or barn wood into the mix. It brings out a farmhouse space.

The beautiful moldings on the house were still there but had been painted many times though out the years so I began by freshening up with my favorite white Benjamin Moore Oxford White. The wall colors in the house, although different in each room, were painted a light fresh tone and all flow well from one space to the other.

Just have fun with it. You can’t really go wrong as long as you keep a consistent colour pallet and keep it simple! Don’t over decorate a space by adding to many items to the mix.

For more inspiration, please visit all bloggers participating:
Summer  • She Leaves a Little Sparkle

Rhonda • Hallstrome Home

Sheila • MaisonDeCinq

Ashley • House Of Five

Shannon • Coffee Paint Repeat

Sarah • Little Vintage Nest

Annie • Zevy Joy

Ella • Ella Claire Inspired


12 thoughts on “Mixing Vintage with New Decor 

    1. I get most all of my furniture at garage sales and second hand then fix it up myself. However if I had to choose I would say Restoration Hardware and HomeSense

  1. Deborah your home is dreamy!! I love the tip to use accents of wood throughout. That pallet on the wall with glass knobs is WOW soooo gorgeous and brilliant! You’re right, it all helps it feel more cozy and is such a nice touch. I wish you lived closer because I have a feeling you’d be a FUN garage sale-ing partner in crime ;-p I love all of your vignettes you’ve created. Thanks sooooo much for being a part of this and sharing! XOXO!

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