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.
Vintage Christmas toys were the inspiration for this holiday mantel. Pine cones, a small lighted tree and light greenery surround the wooden nutcracker soldiers. A clothesline of miniature mittens adds a whimsical touch to this holiday set up.
Vintage toys and treasures set the tone in this kid's bedroom that's part of the HGTV Dream Home 2009 designed by Kim Myles. Twin four poster beds add elegant vertical height while a rich red makes the room feel snug and cozy.
Sherwin Williams Iron Ore was used on the walls for both of these boys’ rooms. The Jack-and-Jill bathroom is covered in a cool black and white comic strip-inspired wallpaper. The animated paper adds a sense of humor and a youthful energy that perfectly describes the Blehm boys. Each of the rooms also has refurbished vintage pieces that reflects the boys’ individual interests; check out the retro digital clock and Rubik’s cube. My favorite element is the black penny tiled bathroom floor that bridges that gap between the two bedrooms.
The homework nook in this contemporary kid's playroom features hand-drawn wallpaper and a red vintage chair. The built-in shelving in the desk is stocked with vintage toy cars that add a playful touch.
Industrial designer Michael Yurkovic has a love of vintage toys and often creates prototypes of toys in miniature for his work. But his love of midcentury modern design inspired Yurkovic to made replicas of famous designs in miniature like this Charles and Ray Eames circa 1950 storage unit.
This boy's nursery ditches blue for a more daring black and white color scheme. A chevron stripe throw ties to a graphic rug. A vintage armless rocking chair sits next to a five-foot tall stuffed giraffe wearing a hat and necktie.
This blue and green cottage boys room features a hand hewn-wood ceiling and vintage gaslight style lamp for a rustic feel. A botanical pattern window treatment adds a contemporary, light touch to the space while the green and white patterned chair brings a grown up warmth and provides a nice contrast to the playful wall prints and vintage toy accessories. Traditional floor and table lamps complement the mix of traditional and cottage style furniture.
The white tub on a red stand is a versatile outdoor item that Beth Johnson of B Interiors found at a sample sale. Use it as a drink cooler, toy holder, planter or container for garden supplies, for just a few ideas. Also, Johnson says melamine plates, which come in various shapes and patterns, are a budget-conscious buy for a vibrant patio table. You can find 12-piece sets for about $50. This table setting also includes vintage juice glasses from a thrift shop.
This chest of drawers in a little boys' bedroom by Mallory Mathison hosts a tableaux incorporating thoughtful details like a silver cup ornamented with a preserved boxwood orb, family photos, a vintage child's toy and the lovely, unexpected detail of fresh flowers. People don't often think of putting fresh flowers in a child's room, but designer Mathison says giving even small children access to nature—as well as to art early on—creates moments of beauty in their lives.
Vintage transportation-themed black and white photos make a creative gallery wall above the changing table. In the corner of the nursery, a cozy armchair and soft pouf stand at the ready to cuddle parents and baby.