Vintage Style 153 Stories

See Your Name in Lights
If you have ever dreamed of seeing your name in lights, this is your time. The desire for marquee letters (large letters lit by rows of bulbs) is shining brightly, and it’s not hard to find the style, size and color you want.
Houzz Tour: A Spanish Colonial Gets Bohemian Bravado
When they moved from a midcentury modern to a Spanish colonial, writer and radio personality Abby Dees and her wife, special features producer Traci Samczyk, decided they needed new furnishings to suit the house and their personalities. But the South...
5 Reasons to Hit That Secondhand Store
All of the best things are not necessarily shiny and new — think of the gorgeous patina on an antique chest, the gleam of old silver and the complex flavor of a really special aged bottle of wine. So why does it seem like we’ve been trending toward...
Tune In to Vintage Radios as Home Decor
More and more I’m spotting something old in new interiors. Antique radios — the kind people once used to enjoy the comic stylings of Fred Burns, Bob Hope and Fanny Brice — seem to be making a comeback.
8 Tips for Collecting Chic Vintage Barware
I subscribe to the idea that enjoying a cocktail should always feel like special occasion, whether you’re sipping a French 75 at a chic rooftop bar or enjoying a gin and tonic on your back deck. But no matter how much time, effort and premium booze...
Houzz Tour: Farmhouse Meets Victorian in Los Angeles
Interior designer Alison Kandler’s farmhouse fantasy began with tile. “I fell in love with this chicken-wire tile, and the whole house grew out of that,” she says. Kandler had worked on many house projects with architect Joan Swartz, and together...
Make a Gorgeous (Cheap!) Pillow Using Vintage Clothes
If you can sew a straight line, you can easily and inexpensively create the most interesting throw pillows from vintage clothes on your sewing machine. The most brilliant thing is that you can use the existing closures like buttons or zippers as your...
Budget Decorator: Let’s Go Thrifting
Looking to refresh your home for spring? Take a detour from the big-box stores and head to the nearest flea market, junk shop or yard sale instead. With creativity and some elbow grease, you can furnish and decorate a home that looks uniquely...
Catch the Wave of Decorating With Vintage Swimsuits
Until recently, old swimwear was usually found in attics or flea markets; but people across America are rediscovering the forgotten charm of bathing suits designed to leave almost everything to the imagination. Interior designers and homeowners are framing...
My Houzz: A ‘Whimsical Museum Gallery’ in Texas
Librarian Megan Charters is always on the hunt for unique vintage home decor. Her tendency to hunt for treasures is so well known that even friends and family have begun scouring thrift shops, garage sales and auction houses on her behalf. Charters’...
My Houzz: Eclectic Charm in a Historic Dallas District
Aubrey and Kale Butcher were charmed by the tall ceilings, original hardware and stunning kitchen chandelier in their 1920s Dallas house. The home “had just the right amount of character already, yet needed some updating so we could add more of our...
My Houzz: Peeling Back Layers in a 1908 Home
Megan Patton bought a 100-year-old home in Water Valley, Mississippi, after falling in love with its quirks — and its $85,000 price tag. It was the first home purchase for Patton, who took on the project with her now-husband, Matt, who works as a bass...
Treasure Hunting at Texas' First Monday Trade Days
First Monday Trade Days began as a local horse and produce trade event more than 150 years ago, but has now developed into a shopper's paradise spanning 100 acres. More than 6,000 vendors offer everything from home furnishings and antique collectibles...
Antique Sewing Machines: Tailor Made for Nostalgic Decor
My maternal grandmother, Nana, would have been 100 years old this year if she were still with us. She was a master carpet sewer until the late 1960s. A few years after retiring from the trade, she started having grandchildren, and her lifelong sewing...
My Houzz: A Serial Thrifter's Comfortably Bohemian Bungalow
Blogger and serial thrifter Hilary Walker believes in the power of working with what you've got. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Fort Worth, Texas, rental she shares with husband David, a music teacher. The Walkers filled the 1940s house with...
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