When styling a table or shelf, stacking books vertically, horizontally and even with the spine turned around makes a tableau that's visually interesting. This console table, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, gets extra personality from playful accessories and a gallery wall of vintage photos.
Beautifully vivid vintage photographs serve as the focal point in this sitting area. The neutral walls allow the colors in the photography to pop. A dark wood coffee table is padded by a white rug, which complements the white picture frames. Velvet chairs complete the look.
A collection of plane-oriented vintage black-and-white photos hang above the changing table, making a fun display for grown-ups and kids. Broad and narrow painted stripes in blue and yellow race around the room's walls.
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.
Sometimes a little paint is all it takes to give a vintage piece a new look and new life as the centerpiece of a beautiful space. Case in point, a citron makeover turned this mid-sized dresser into the focus of a room that already has plenty going on. The natural mix of green and yellow along with the juxtaposition of patterns and solids gives this kid’s room a colorful sense of whimsy.
This stunning dresser is a vintage piece which was restored and repainted by the designer. Its intriguing block pattern contributes to the overall pattern story of the room, contrasting with the more feminine pieces in the room, like the pink gourd lamps.
In the kitchen, one of the first pieces brought into the space was a hutch from Bryan’s great-grandmother. The family heirloom is now the perfect piece to hold china and the couple’s collection of flatware and glasses. The wood elements of the hutch are repeated again in modern cabinetry and a small bistro table.
A mix of vintage chairs create a charming seating area against the live-edge work station that creates a desk for the bunk room. Using mismatched chairs adds a carefree and effortless feel to the room’s design.
A majority of the porch's outdoor decor was sourced from antique stores and flea markets in rural areas. To create moments of pause, vignettes were arranged with an assortment of shapes, finishes and textures to keep the porch feeling one-of-a-kind and collected.
Traditional glass mason jars found at county fairs make perfect vessels when adorned with vintage trimmings. Simply wrap thick ribbon or fabric around a jar and secure with double-sided tape before adding a layer of bakers twine as the finishing touch.
Vintage wine goblets are a beautiful addition your guests won't soon forget. Don't worry if you didn't inherit gorgeous glassware — you can always buy them. In my experience, estate sales are far and away the best place to score vintage dishware. Orphaned or mismatched glasses are especially good buys (often less than a dollar each) but complete sets are also a steal. Bonus: Many estate sale companies dramatically discount remaining items on the last day so, if you're a gambler, you may be able to pick up a complete set of the antique stemware you wish you'd inherited for a song.