Being thrifty also can help you find fixtures with a history. DIY blogger Dena Stormer snapped up this ceramic light fixture, from a Luby’s cafeteria, for just $40 at a flea market in Texas. All it needed was a gloss white paint to freshen it up. She made the calendar/diner sign and crafted curtains using vintage chintz fabric.
A living space by B.A. Torrey for the Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2018 is sultry yet sophisticated with rich charcoal walls, a chunky stone fireplace and metallic detailing. The room is full of contrasting texture, from plush velvet upholstery to brass furniture to a gold-foiled ceiling and gold light fixtures, keeping it playful and exciting.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, an updated dining room flows seamlessly into the living room, complementing the vintage design aesthetic with mid-century modern furnishings and decor. Neutral grasscloth wallpaper lines two walls and complements the soft yellow hue of the vintage dining chairs. A chrome and glass dining table and custom orb light fixture add contemporary flair to this otherwise vintage-style space.
With its dreamy feather light fixture, ethereal wallpaper and soft pink skull pillow, this soft, contemporary bedroom is the perfect hangout for a tween or teen. Retro nightstands are topped by contemporary pendant lights. A channeled headboard on the upholstered bed adds yet another touch of luxe.
Kerrie Kelly's inspiration for this snappy living room seems reflective of yesteryear, as she imbues the room with touches of 1950s' aesthetics. The conversation pit in yellow, white entertainment cabinet, industrial-style light fixture and wood credenza help to make for a happy, sophisticated and functional composition.
Like many of the Oliver Hospitality properties, Knoxville's Oliver Hotel features a balance of luxe and retro cool as in the lobby defined by velvet upholstered wingback chairs and a dramatic light fixture. Another feature of the Oliver group's properties: memorable customer service. The front desk staff at the Oliver Hotel are friendly, accommodating and on hand to fulfill almost any ask.
“I love mixing authentic midcentury pieces with reproductions to make a space feel fresh and not too much like a time capsule,” says designer Aletha VanderMaas. “The bold, blue sectional sofa and matching ottoman complement the orange brick wall, which is an original feature in this midcentury modern home. The vintage end tables that flank the sofa give the room a retro vibe—and were both Craigslist finds for less than $50 each. The assortment of graphic pillows makes the space feel more modern and not stuck in the 1960s. And the reproduction Sputnik light fixture is from Practical Props in Los Angeles, and is certainly the focal piece of the entire living room.”