Bring a traditional bath into the 21st century, no time machine necessary. A coat of burnt orange paint instantly updates this bath's classic woodwork, fixtures and marble vanity, while the modern artwork and whimsical bust-turned-towel rack further bridge the "then and now."
To really evoke thoughts of Palm Springs, Calif., designer Michelle Gage layered the living room with hanging plants, vines and various types of cacti. These decorate the bookshelf, too, which proudly displays a bust of Elvis, a flamingo statue and a record collection.
If you have a fireplace in your kitchen, add quirky and collected elements for instant farmhouse style. This mantel, featured in Susan Sully’s book, “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques,” mixes inexpensive brass candlesticks, baskets and classic blue-and-white platters along with affordable resin bear statues and a deer bust for a rustic farmhouse feel. “When you group it in an interesting way, they work together,” Sully says.