A chipped plaster bust paired with a timeworn mirror creates a dynamic juxtaposition in this pale living space. Despite the antique decor, the neutral wall color and minimalist approach to accessories are hallmarks of transitional design.
Many antique pieces are present in this historical Maine farmhouse. The distressed wood of the console table matches beautifully with the rustic accessories and the artwork, blending history with modern day decor.
This modern living groom fireplace mantel features the Scotiabank Coat of Arms, a design that includes the words "Strength, Integrity, Service." The antiqued look of the piece adds a vintage vibe to the space's overall decor.
Furnishings in the new dining room include an antique grandfather clock case and rustic table in distressed white. The original built-in cabinet was retained and is painted matte black for a nice contrast with the white walls.
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.
This kitchen channels both Spanish and Mexican styling with colorful walls, shelves and pottery. The large metallic mirror hanging over the range is a statement piece that brings more light and space to the room. Designer Emily Severinsen chose a deep orange wall color and carried it through to the pottery, which holds a variety of kitchen utensils. The green tea color on the range hood and cabinets is a refreshing contrast against the bold, rustic metal tile backsplash and cultural artwork. Natural elements like the sabino wood kitchen island and wooden ceiling beams add a country look, while the black modern stools rejuvenate the space. The oversized antique mirror makes the kitchen feel larger and more open.
To create a clean, balanced look with a touch of eclectic flair, symmetry is key. Jamie Laubhan-Oliver of D Home suggests buying bedside lamps, nightstands and coordinating accessories in pairs. "Since I tend to decorate in a very eclectic style, duplicates of items help to keep it from looking chaotic," she says regarding her master bedroom style. In her antique-inspired retreat, Jamie uses a matching pair of metallic table lamps and an elegant crystal chandelier as the room's primary light sources. "Chandeliers are the jewelry of your home; whether small or large, they add drama to any room."
The distressed wooden side table fits perfectly with the antique decor of this traditional room. Matching table lamps add contrast to the neutral room and blend well with the large gilded mirror. A large iron chandelier is reflected in the mirror view.
If your favorite dryer sheets' package clashes with your color palette, transfer the contents into a container that's more in line with the decor. Stacy Risenmay of the blog Not Just a Housewife chose an old metal box that adds the perfect patina to her laundry room.
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.
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.
A mix of antique and contemporary decor creates interest in this powder room. A gallery wall of antique doorknobs makes quite the statement beside the toilet, while above the toilet, swimming fishes in a simple black frame bring a calming vibe to the transitional design.
"Mercury glass is pretty inexpensive. A collection on a mantel looks just as well as doing pairs," says Atlanta interior designer Lance Jackson, co-founder and creative director of Parker Kennedy Living. Mercury glass also works year-round and fits nicely with holiday decor, whether your palette is red and green, or another choice. For your collection of combine mercury glass you pick up from antique stores, estate sales and yard sales with new pieces from home discount stores.