5 Examples Of Vintage Decorating That Will Inspire You

I am not a trained interior designer by trade, but with my background and training in art I feel that it gives me the eye and an edge to see interior flow. I look at a room like a painting, and every good painting should have something that draws your eye in, like a focal point. 


A room should have natural movement so that when you enter you are drawn perhaps to that one piece and then scan around to the others. 

5 Examples Of Vintage Decorating That Will Inspire You


Often I see rooms and homes with just way too much going on. It might work for some dwellers and that's great...but personally I prefer clean, quiet and organized rooms and not the chaos that too much stuff can bring. Organize...as in put things into cabinets and take them out when you need them!


Some of my own personal favorite designers (past and present) or just homeowners that I follow on Instagram or Pinterest decorate in a clean manner, with relaxed and refined elegance. They also have a love of VINTAGE DECORATING and either create an entire home with vintage finds or mix in vintage with reproduction and new pieces. 


That's what I think makes a home uniquely your own, rather than rushing out and following every. single. new. trend. 

Back in the day when I was growing up it seemed to be fashionable for suburban housewives to purchase sets to show their new found success or new money. Stores like Sears or Ethan Allen did well in selling thousands of sets of furniture but boy...have times changed! Have you seen Ethan Allen lately and how they have turned around an Early American business to suit the millennial home buyer?!! It may be out with the old and in with the new, but you can STILL mix and mingle vintage pieces with new found items that you are probably purchasing on-line. 


But I digress, as I'm talking today about examples of vintage decorating that will inspire you. I encourage you to think outside of the box when it comes to designing your home and one of my top tips is this:


I always look for vintage garden furniture when I'm out on the junking trail and you may have noticed that I bring it inside! This perfectly chippy plant stand is covered in layers of paint and works well not only to hold cut flowers or plants but put a round of glass on it and you have an instant side table.


I don't care how great of a painter you are...there is just nothing like the patina of vintage decorating and old paint!



My husband and I used to make these to sell on our website back in the day and it's simple to do. A VINTAGE picture frame was the start of this shelf and we built the box to fit behind it and covered the inside back with beadboard. Then the entire shelf was painted in a crisp white.


It serves a purpose in our beach home breakfast room and is ONE OF A KIND, which is such a plus in VINTAGE DECORATING.


Look for and collect useful pieces that have the ORIGINAL OLD PAINT. There is nothing finer than finding an old table or shelf bearing old paint, but if you are concerned about lead you can consider spraying a clear sealer on to protect.


This half table is the handiest piece ever and I love the lines, the medallions and the curvature. It fits snugly against a wall and by the way...it was $10 years ago at a local yard sale. Another plus about VINTAGE DECORATING is finding items at great prices at yard sales or flea markets.



Why do I have this uncanny knack of recalling where I purchased VINTAGE finds...even if it was 20 years ago? I can't even remember what I had for dinner last night for crying out loud!! Anyway, I have a pair of the 40's caned chairs above and years back they came home with me on a FLEA MARKET BUYING TRIP to North Carolina. I changed the look by painting them in a warm creamy white tone and covered the seat cushions (easy, peasy job) in white matelasse from a bedspread. They were stylish once I did that 20 years ago and still are today!



Why yes...I just may have A LOT of VINTAGE LIGHTING in our homes, but I mix the old with new as needed in a room. You DO NOT need to spend a bunch of money to enjoy vintage lighting in your decor. This sconce is one of three in our beach home master bathroom and again, flea market bargains! I check ALL vintage lighting to make sure that it's sound by today's standards and change if necessary. A little spray paint and we were good to go and the shades are new. Soooo much better than the builder grade lighting in the master bathroom and just one example of VINTAGE DECORATING THAT WILL INSPIRE YOU.

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