Saturday, January 2, 2010

Get the best vintage finds and use them well!

I think vintage is one of those styles that is more easily said than done. It really takes an eye capable of imagining a certain item in your home to tell whether or not it's a good fit, and I'm sure one gets better with practice! I found these tips particularly clever.

Be selective. Collecting should be about quality, not quantity. Remember to keep your collection fluid, not set in concrete. If better examples are found, sell off the poorer ones.

Question yourself. Do you love it? Is it a good example of its type? How rare is this particular one? Is it by a notable maker/designer? Is it in good, original condition?

tips and images via Home Life

A vintage window makes a stylish substitute for a transom in the passageway between the entry hall and the living room. Old windows are easily found and can be used to add architecture where it might be missing, or even to serve as affordable art.

The homeowner's favorite find is this bedroom door, which they mounted on a track like a barn door. The decal touts Dr. Swett's Early American Root Beer.

When a beloved vintage sign fell off the homeowners' truck and shattered on the highway, they had a quick-witted cabinetmaker turn the fragments into a backsplash.

tips and images via BHG


colleen @inspiredtoshare said...

Great points. Beautiful photos! xo

Bailey @ peppermintbliss said...

I love vintage finds, my fiancee and I are trying to use a few pieces from a reclaimed architectural artifacts (thats the name of it here in Chicago) salvage yard so that our house looks more like we put it together over time rather than some new prefabricated situation. I think your advice about learning to part with the old/not so great is important...I find myself sentimentally attaching myself to crap that is weighing down my overall design because "It's vintage and I love it". Vintage in itself isn't good, it has to be the piece, the story, the function etc. Love the blog as always!

ashley@decorology said...

@Bailey - Thanks! Yeah - I do the same with sentimentally attaching myself to crap. I think you might just have the ticket though - which is to call it "crap." :)Thanks for reading!

Laura Trevey said...

great tips!!

Sallie Ann said...

You've made some brilliant points. I think I posted a link to my friend's new shop (www.blackwatch68) where he's collected a ton of vintage pieces. He's a really good arranger, and everything pics up his style, and although, as an interior designer whose client base is mostly male, I love having a resource for these goodies, but it was a bit too Ralph Lauren for my personal taste. However, as you said, if you find pieces you love...even little bits, like a vase, crystal doorknob or cool needlepoint pillow, it can really make such a statement. This is a great post!

Ashley said...

@Sallie Ann - Your friend's store looks great - like you said, great arranger! Thanks for the head's up!


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