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Combining vintage and modern in your home

Vintage is the new modern – so what does that mean for modern styles? It means they are on the same level. Combining old things with news things can create a very interesting look by contrasting different eras of technology and different eras of materials. Here are some ideas to inspire you to embrace the marriage between old and new in terms of furniture/aesthetic.

Combine your furniture

First – check out this old singer sewing machine that is in our living room. A beautiful wooden desk supported by a dark cast iron base. Compare it to the shiny plastic sony TV on top. At first look it seems a little odd but then you realize they compliment each other quite well. Both pieces are very rectangular without any sharp edges. Both are elegant and sleek. The base of the TV fits perfectly on top of the sewing machine desk almost as if it was meant for something to rest on top….

Combine your gadget holders

Another example a successful joining of old and new is this amazingly well built ipad stand via etsy. A rich woodgrain base accompanied by a wonderful Edison bulb perched atop an old school swinging arm lamp.  The craftsmanship of the vintage inspired stand complements the ever sleek and elegant ipad as well as creating interest in the piece as a whole by contrasting old and new styles.

We found this great toolbox on BH&G. It’s a weathered old toolbox converted into a multimedia charging station. The new generation of tools. It’d be easy to make yourself!

Combine your wall art

Another Lowe home example: A chrome rabbit bottle opener tossed in with a collection of vintage paintings. We love the clash of the chrome and classic wood paintings. Fun note: All the owl paintings are made by the same artist “Jean” but were found from three different sources. A random thrift store on our honeymoon and then from two different vintage etsy sellers.

What have you done in your home that combines old and new styles?

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DIY: Add legs to furniture pieces

What do you call a cow without legs….? Ground beef!! Haha, never gets old….. What do you call a piece of furniture without legs? Booooring So! What shall we do about boring pieces of legless furniture? Add legs! It’s so super simple and will look so super awesome. Let me show you. You will need: (read more…)

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DIY fork handle

Are you tired of people trying to figure out where the utensil drawer is in your kitchen? “It’s the drawer on the left. No, the other one. No, the one closest to the sink.” Instead you could just say “It’s the drawer with the fork drawer pull”. Also, this is a fantastic way to replace (read more…)

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Easy breakfast kitchen art

We’re all done with our Thursday “Elements of Design” series – now Lauren and I are going to provide you with some cheap & easy design projects every Thursday. Today I am going to show you how to make some super hip and modern art for your kitchen. The subject we are going for is (read more…)

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A lesson in size

We are back for our fourth week of our mini series of “Strategies for Designing Your Life”.  Each week, we’ll discuss some basic design elements and give examples of how to utilize them. The series will help to add interest, harmony, and unity to your life.  So far, we’ve had A Lesson in Color, A Lesson in (read more…)

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