Designer Sarah Richardson makes setting a formal table look easy. For her signature collected-over-time look, she pulls together vintage china, silverware and linens. If you weren't lucky enough to inherit the makings of a stunning table, you can pick them up for bargain-basement prices at thrift stores, flea markets and estate sales.
Maximize the space underneath your sink with baskets. Cloth & Kind, which has offices in Georgia and Michigan, perfectly placed wire baskets underneath a vintage cast-iron sink in this modern farmhouse-style bathroom, built by Athens Building Co. The wire baskets add texture and style to minimalist bathroom and provide necessary storage for towels and other linens in a space-saving way.
A vintage kitchen cupboard handed down from my parents does double duty in a hallway as storage for gift wrap and shipping supplies, kitchen linens and other items. Figuring out where to store things in a historic home is a perennial problem but not as challenging as in previous homes. A small portion of my vintage suitcase collection on top of the hutch once functioned as a much-needed storage tower of suitcases and room divider in the closet-free two-room apartment where I lived with my husband in New York City's East Village. The "Pray for Atlanta" artwork is by beloved Atlanta artist R. Land. A metal basket holds my son's sports equipment and vintage wooden tennis rackets, which we still use.
A vintage mercury-glass lamp sits on the dark wood dresser, which also serves as a nightstand, in this neutral transitional bedroom. The mercury lamp complements the large silver headboard attached to the wall, while Sferra bedding creates a crisp white backdrop for custom pillows to tie the room together. Matching upholstery on a bench at the end of the bed creates a cohesive, sophisticated space.
In a master bedroom that was all about cozy luxury, designer Lauren Macer created an inviting seating area using existing pieces from her client’s collection. “The armchairs are vintage pieces, however they were upholstered in black leather that was damaged. I reupholstered them in a beautiful soft linen fabric for a completely different look,” she says. “When looking for vintage furniture pieces, the most important element is shape. The upholstery, wood color and the condition of the filling can all be changed — so keep an open mind and don’t let a strong pattern or color distract you.”
Designer Will Wick sought to create a cozy, '70s-style retreat that balances masculine and feminine and modern and vintage in the master bedroom at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015. Wick selected a deep, hunter green for the walls and balanced the shade with lush, cream tones in the headboard, bedding, carpet and drapery. Plush carpet and a sofa covered with faux chinchilla fur add to the retreat vibe.
The vintage headboard in this guest bedroom was spray-painted in matte gray to give it a graphic look against the bright white walls. Simple white bedding highlights the red and white striped throw, while chunky timber bedside tables provide a large surface for a guest to keep books, phones and knick-knacks. The tall white lamps were chosen to balance the tall windows and trimmed with red velvet ribbon for a custom look.
Stow everyday dishes in the cupboard and pull out seasonally themed pieces. Designer Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home layered a vintage quilt over a linen curtain panel to create a one-of-a-kind tablecloth with incredible fall appeal. To coordinate with the season, she brought in pumpkins, nuts and fresh herbs to form a table-length centerpiece. A mix of crystal glasses and wood cutting boards share a fusion of rustic style with refined elements.
A mix of high end stripes and patterns were used to create a layered pillow plan, and bedding from Overstock.com rounded out the bed's look. A vintage star found the day before install proved to be the perfect accent on the wall! Traditional wall lights added texture and functionality to the space.
Using the clients' existing bed, Jenn Feldman Designs created a nursery that could also function as a guest room when family came to visit, also allowing the youngest brother of three boys to seamlessly grow into his room.