August 8, 2016

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!


Sheila
xo




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    1. Thank you, I appreciate your kindness! And thanks so much for stopping by!

      Sheila

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  2. Sheila your home is so beautiful and you mix vintage with new to perfection!!

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    1. Awww thanks so much Kellie! You are the sweetest and I appreciate your kindness and support!

      Sheila
      xo

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  3. oh my gosh Sheila! Perfection my friend!! You have found and incorporated such lovely pieces and I just love your kitchen so much! You've inspired me to add more texture, which I think I need in a couple of rooms. I'm so thrilled you could join in the fun and share. Thanks a million! Hugs!!! xoxo

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    1. Aww thank you sweet Summer! You always say the nicest things - I can't thank you enough for including me! I feel honored and thrilled to be included in this wonderful group:)

      Sheila
      xo

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  4. Your kitchen is absolutely stunning!!

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    1. thank you so much Ashley! And thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it so much!

      Sheila

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  5. You have such an elegant home and I love all the vintage pieces you have mixed in. Such beautiful examples!
    Shelley

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  6. Really enjoyed this, I love mixing vintage and antiques with modern, I think it is a match that works really well each compliments the other.

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    1. Thank you so much! I truly appreciate your sweet comment!

      Thank you for stopping by!

      Sheila

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  7. Your kitchen is stunning!!!!

    Shannon XOXO

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    1. Thanks so much Shannon, that is so nice! Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment!

      Sheila

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  8. Sheila, I love your home! So gorgeous. It was so great meeting you at Haven this weekend too.
    Big hugs, Jamie

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    1. Thank you soo much Jamie! Your house is stunning so that compliment means so much! And I loved meeting you too - wish we could've chatted more:)

      Have a great weekend!

      Sheila
      xo

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  9. Your style makes my heart sing. Absolutely gorgeous, Sheila <3

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    1. Awww thank you so much Kelley! You are the sweetest! So, so glad we got to meet in person - even if it was way too short! Happy Weekend my friend!

      Sheila
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