The homeowners loved their collection of antique prints, but wanted a refreshing way to display them, so designers hung them in a modern grouping on either side of the secretary to make the presentation more interesting.
Plaid and gingham and polka dots, oh my! Aniko Levai of Place of My Taste cleverly mixed fabric scraps and inexpensive wrapping paper to create this fun and festive table decor. Leftover fabric covers the tablescape’s conical “trees,” dots the pinecone-and-greenery centerpiece, ties cardboard reindeers around vintage glass bottles and finishes off the place settings.
A framed vintage octopus print keeps watch over this white side table on which are a pair of delicate metal lamps and carefully preserved beach finds. Underneath the table, the texture of a seagrass basket provides contrasts to the gleam of smooth hardwood floors.
From mud cloth to indigo and colorful wax prints, textiles featuring traditional African patterns, or inspired by them are finding a place in trendy, modern spaces all over the globe. Designers, artisans and creatives alike are finding that textiles obtained by way of the African continent, from countries such as Mali, Uganda, and Nigeria, offer strong graphic and geometric design along with vibrant, striking color stories. In spaces with a contemporary look, these designs are stylish and impactful while adding a global touch to the decor. Actor and designer, Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire, The Deuce) has taken notice of the power of African prints and created his own home furnishings line that incorporates them. ENITAN Vintage (http://www.enitanvintage.com/) offers storied pieces, where vintage and antique European seating is reimagined through Akinnagbe’s extensive collection of African textiles. “I wanted to preserve many of these pieces where I could, using influences from the Continent that also transcend space and time,” remarks Akinnagbe about pieces like this Victorian settee that’s upholstered in a fuchsia African Dutch Wax Print fabric.
In this corner of the room, a ruby-red canvas commands attention. Two armchairs below add to the eclectic aesthetic, though their small-scale prints keep all eyes on the artwork. A bookshelf proudly displays a mix of modern and vintage accents unique to the client.
The print on the wall with a too-cute vintage VW van reminded the homeowners of a trip they took to Hawaii. Colorful stars and stripes for the bedding are cheery and whimsical. Paint color: Sherwin Williams Aloof Gray; Oeuf crib.
As seen on HGTV's Love It or List It Too, Jillian's design for this space includes a fresh, paisley print wallpaper, fresh flowers and vintage accessories to give the space a vintage feel to match this fifty year old home.
This holiday advent calendar is full of traditional charm and vintage style, keeping the Christmas anticipation alive for both kids and adults. Marian Parsons of Mustard Seed Interiors printed 24 different vintage images onto fused linen and freezer paper and painted a number onto the bottom corner of each. Each linen image was then assembled to form a pocket to hold candy or small gifts for the little ones. After attaching ribbon, the pockets can be draped around a Christmas tree or along a banister.
A stainless steel surgical table found at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014 provides a sleek foundation for a modern bar. Topped with vintage bar accessories and bold art prints, the design is uncomplicated and smooth – just like your drink of choice.