Mixing Vintage with New

If you are popping in here from Hallstrom Home, welcome!

When my friend Summer from the blog She Leaves a Little Sparkle asked me to participate in her Summer blog hop featuring how to mix vintage pieces with new, I knew I had to join in! If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know mixing vintage and new is not only something I do personally in my own home, but it's a tenet I firmly believe in with regards to decorating. In fact, I spoke about it as one of the most important things you need to do to get the "collected, not decorated" look in my series Collected Look Essentials. To me, it's all about the mix. Vintage and antique pieces give character and depth to a space that you just don't get from new items. And it's easy to do! Even if you think it's not your thing, just adding in one or two pieces can make such a difference. Flea markets, garage sales, or even Craig's List are great places to score some inexpensive vintage pieces. Most of my vintage pieces are a mix of antique store items and flea market finds. And I buy not only vintage furniture, but I like to mix in vintage accessories as well. In fact, accessories are a great way to start.....

This is my kitchen/breakfast area looking towards my family room. The table is new, as is the couch and side table in the background. I've used an antique ironstone tureen on the table, and some antique candle molds (on the console on the right) to add that little bit of character I love.

Here is a closer look at the family room. The couch, lamp,  and pillows are all new, but the coffee table is vintage. And even when I accessorize, I always try to have at least one vintage item on each table or surface. Here, the basket, books, and vases are new, but the cloche, weathervane, and ironstone pitcher that hold the flowers are all vintage. 

I wanted to give you a close-up of the built-ins in the family room. Even here, I try to mix it up. Some of the items are new; obviously the frames, and also the wire basket. While the vintage white planters, iron urn, ironstone platter and old butter dish provide the vintage aspect.

I love adding vintage items to a kitchen! Since a kitchen is all hard surfaces like cold marble and stainless steel, I think the vintage items add a lot of character and interest that wouldn't be there without them. Here the pitcher is vintage, as is the little marble bird dish in the background, while the cake pedestals are new Home Goods finds.

Close up of the marble bird dish and a little vintage pedestal pot behind that.

Here I added antique items over the kitchen mantle, and on both of the high shelves.

I hope you are inspired to add some vintage or antique items to your own home, no matter what the style. They add so much more visual interest than just having everything be store bought, and they make your house more unique as well.

Below is the list of all the other wonderful blogs participating. Please pop over to House of Five next, and then onto all of them for lots of ideas on how you can mix vintage with new in your own home. These women are seriously talented and I know you will be inspired by their creativity!

Ashley at House of Five
Shannon at Coffee, Paint, Repeat
Sarah at Little Vintage Nest
Annie at Zevy Joy
Kristen at Ella Claire Inspired
Summer at She Leaves a Little Sparkle Blog
Deborah at BVintage
Rhonda at Hallstrom Home

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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