Vintage Style 135 Ideabooks

How to Dip Your Toe Into Retro
Decorating with objects from the past pays homage to earlier eras and helps us appreciate what came before. Here are 10 one-off ideas that offer a splash of the past to any room in the house without over-committing the space (or overwhelming a housemate)....
Treasure Hunting at the Brimfield Antiques Fair
Whether you're a serious collector or just like the thrill of a hunt, the Brimfield antiques fair in Massachusetts is a must-visit. The largest outdoor antiques show in the Northeast, stretching 1 mile down Route 20 in Brimfield, Massachusetts, it started...
Kitchen of the Week: Cheery Retro Style for a 1913 Kitchen
Nooks and crannies are part of many older homes' charm. But a 1970s remodel had covered up most of the quaint construction in this historic Portland, Oregon, kitchen. Homeowners David Spencer and Jerry Petty stripped the kitchen down to its studs and...
12 Antique Store Finds to Nab Now, Place Later
I get asked fairly often where I find the accessories in my projects. More often than not my answer is antique stores. "Antiquing" is my favorite type of hunting — and sometimes my favorite contact sport, as well. Antique stores offer one-of-a-kind...
My Houzz: Creativity and Color Play in an 1890 Mississippi Home
The home of Erin and Sean Kirkpatrick brims with their personalities. She's a fine art photographer, owner of the boutique Amelia and co-founder of chARTer nannies....
My Houzz: Kitchen Remodel Unifies a 1950s Texas Ranch House
Ryan and Erin McLaughlin are slow movers. When they purchased their 1950s-era ranch house in 1998, they knew the kitchen would need renovating, but couldn't settle on a plan of action. "Our way of doing things involves 99 percent talk and 1 percent...
My Houzz: Collected Style in a Nashville Bungalow
Nashville natives Caroline and Clark Brewer are both naturals at composing creative vignettes. She's a visual merchandiser for Anthropologie and a freelance stylist, and he's a...
My Houzz: A DIY Gold Mine in the Heart of Texas
French teacher, designer and blogger Camille Dickson is a DIY convert of the highest order. There is hardly a surface in the 1950s ranch house she shares with husband Kyle that they have not painted, scraped,...
My Houzz: Scandinavian Simplicity in a Pennsylvania Colonial
For countless nights Sara Wasser lay on the floors of her hundred-year-old Pennsylvania house, staring up at the ceiling and bare walls as the sun came up. Before rising to spend the day stripping away layers of linoleum, she used the quiet...
My Houzz: Treasure Hunting Pays Off in Maryland
Homeowner Kathleen Wall calls her style vintage with a twist. But what does she twist? Try Corinthian columns, faux snakeskin and layer upon layer of patterns and accessories. Her design experiments — as the retired teacher, interior design...
Spin That Ship Wheel in a Different Style Direction
The trend: It's an oldie but a goodie. Vintage ship wheels as well as those made just for decorating purposes add nautical style to coastal and coastal-style homes. The problem: The style is great for getting a nautical look, but...
My Houzz: Creative Salvaging in the Canadian Countryside
Three months after Meaghan Gizuk and Trevor Arthur moved into their newly renovated three-story home, the basement flooded. They had to gut the space and start over. But resilience and resourcefulness seem to go hand in hand for these two. For...
Slim Down and Shape Up With Hairpin Furniture Legs
Most midcentury aficionados love the look of a hairpin leg, but not everyone knows about its history. Originally designed in the early 1940s, hairpin legs gained popularity due to the small amount of steel they required — a true wartime invention. Today's...
Kitchen of the Week: Preservation Instincts Create Vintage Modern Style
Anne and Richard DeWolf's formula for modern vintage design comes from years of experience: preserve what you can, salvage whenever possible and stay true to your style. The owners of design-build firm Arciform,...
Houzz Tour: Flea Market Decor Done Right in Finland
Vintage shopping is an art — usually you either have a talent for it or you don't. I fall into the latter category. Generally, I feel lucky if I end up with a funky postcard when I leave a flea market. But when Jutta...
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