How can I put this plainly? I love antiques! I grew up with antiques in my home and my love for these items has definitely carried over into my own style as they have found their way into our home. I didn’t always know how to incorporate them into our home, it has been a learning process in which I definitely feel I’ve gotten better at over time.
I grew up going to estate sales, garage sales, flea markets, trash digging (haha) my whole life with my mom in search of these items. My mom has great style which definitely rubbed off on me. In this post I’ll be sharing some ways that I like to use antique and vintage pieces in our home. I’ll also show a few ways that my mom incorporates these items into her home, because mama knows best!
Displayed on your wall
I LOVE LOVE LOVE wall collages. There is just something about gathering a group of items that don’t look like they go together and then arranging them in a way that fits perfectly. I like to decorate with a thrifty mindset. All of the items in both of these pictures are either from a garage sale or the thrift store. My mom and I LOVE thrifting! It’s one of our favorite things to do together, and something we’ve done since I was young. I think a staple item of any wall collage, be it in a living room, family room, kitchen, bedroom, etc. is a mirror. The reason I think this is because it breaks up space and provides an overall outlook of the room.
You don’t just have to use pictures in a collage. I use plates, windows, trays, signs with words, letters, etc. You can use anything that you can find. Make it fun and make it flow.
Another thing I like to try to incorporate in my home décor is repurposing. I found this chair in the trash. Yes, you saw that right, the trash. My husband makes fun of me, but I LOVE trash! Haha! Love it! We recently had a bulky item collection go through our neighborhood. This is one of my favorite times of the year, when everyone puts out their trash on their lawn to be picked up! I love to drive through the neighborhood and find my treasures. I’ve found so many unique pieces doing this. All you have to have is a little imagination and some elbow grease and you can make anything look beautiful. Anyway, when I saw this little beaten up treasure I knew that with a good clean up and sanding, it would look so beautiful and rustic in our home. I love finding pieces like this and repurposing it for a new function. You can do this with old ladders, benches, side tables, antique trays, even windows. All of which I have used in our home as decorations and will feature some other time on my blog (so you’ll just have to come back to see them hehe)!
Mix it with modern pieces
I may be weird, but I LOVE things that look old. Give me old, beaten up, bruised, faded all day, every day! My husband told me one day “The next house we get can be our dream home, a big house with everything new!” I looked at him and laughed and said “Ummmm, then it won’t be my dream home! My dream home would be a beaten up, 100 year old farmhouse!” and then he quickly came to his senses!
The reason I love old pieces (and houses) is because they speak volumes of character to me. I love the chips, scratches, and imperfections of old things. It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside of my soul whenever I see something like this stool. Which happens to be something else my mom picked out of the trash (Don’t worry guys, we ALWAYS clean everything thoroughly and I never let me babes near these things, even AFTER they are cleaned).
Occasionally I will mix old pieces with newer pieces, like these chairs. When I do mix pieces, I always try to do it with a neutral palette. I love neutrals and they have a huge presence in our home. Neutrals also mix well with the wood tones that are in our home.
Neutrals + Wood tones = Love
…in my opinion!
These are just 3 simple ways I try to incorporate vintage looking items in our home. It can be so fun to build a wall collage that speaks to you and your style. Something I plan to feature some other time on my blog is a wall collage incorporating family pictures as well as antique items. Repurposing items like an antique chair, stool, or ladder is easy if you just use a little imagination. Keep it simple by not over cluttering these pieces. Lastly, incorporating modern pieces with your antiques is easiest when you use a neutral palette.
What are some other tips you would like to know about decorating with vintage looking pieces? Do you have an easy way that you mesh these unique pieces into your home décor?
Amanda Elize ♥