Traditional glass mason jars found at county fairs make perfect vessels when adorned with vintage trimmings. Simply wrap thick ribbon or fabric around a jar and secure with double-sided tape before adding a layer of bakers twine as the finishing touch.
To give this contemporary kitchen a unique and edgy feel, designers Cortney and Bob Novogratz integrate industrial vintage pieces, like the rusty red rolling cart and metal shop stools, as well as thrift store accessories.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson accented this chic antique sideboard with a small gallery wall of black and white vintage photographs. An added chair rail allowed Sarah to play with two different patterns of wallpaper—a bold, linear design below and a natural, whimsical print above. White dinnerware with vintage-style detailing adds old world charm to the chic table setting.
Create a centerpiece vignette for your island in your favorite style, whether it’s rustic, vintage or modern. Texas designer Janna Allbritton of Yellow Prairie Interior Design says if you’re going rustic, look in your garage with a fresh set of eyes for unexpected items to use on the island. An old picture frame or caddy, like on this island, could do the trick. Use one large piece to anchor the arrangement, then decorate around it, she says.
As seen on season one of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson maintained the antique charm of this century-old kitchen by filling the space with vintage china, brass flower vases and pretty blue and white floral wallpaper.
A Western Stoneware crock, distressed metal mounted hooks, and framed plants decorate this country breakfast nook. White shiplap walls and storage bench seating create the calm and bright framework of the design. A tasseled throw pillow add cushion and a touch of color to the space.
Christmas is the perfect opportunity to pull out those vintage mementoes you've kept tucked away in an attic or closet. Atlanta designer Mallory Mathison added a simple Target wreath to this classic hobby horse, accessorized with a bright red bow for the perfect seasonal touch in this little boy bedroom. Continuing the red theme, vintage twin beds have been painted a cheerful cherry red to beautifully contrast with the room's blue accents.
This eclectic hallway pairs together four contemporary mirrored wall hangings with a distressed antique white vintage dresser for an interesting design combination. Bright yellow and turquoise vases sit atop the dresser next to a mirrored glass lamp with a striped lampshade.
On one side of the sink, a miniature antique chest holds hairpins and rings to keep the area tidy. Salve jars, a porcelain cold cream jar and a vintage dish filled with antique buttons finish off the space. Author Susan Sully says that the lids on these jars are probably made of Bakelite, an early plastic that is now a collectible.
Even an industrial loft kitchen can don the mantle of an Old World farmhouse with a few simple touches. Here, antique wooden beams replace the existing structural supports, creating an eye-catching element in this vintage-yellow kitchen. For a similar effect, cover boring columns with wood, or use a faux finish to give them a rustic appearance, says author Susan Sully. For an even easier farmhouse-style fix, bring in a rocking chair.
Create interest and texture with a collection of everyday and vintage bathroom items. This Victorian Gothic wall cabinet is filled with vintage cosmetic jars, ivory grooming implements, shells, sponges, towels and soaps. “If you have glass-fronted shelves, use it as an opportunity not just for storage but for display of interesting objects,” says Susan Sully, author of the book “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques” in which this home was featured. Sully also recommends painting the back of a cabinet a dark color to make light objects really stand out.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson transformed this once dark and dated dining room into a chic, updated space perfect for entertaining. Dark wood accents in the table, floor and mirror balance the room's primary light, airy color and lend a "steakhouse" feel. To add a touch of traditional charm, Sarah added vintage dining chairs, a wrought iron chandelier and a gray antique sideboard.