Old is New!
What's one secret to a gorgeous room? A look that appears to be pulled together over time, mixing new with old to create a charming, personalized style full of things you love. Get the process started by shopping flew markets and second hand stores, and browse these ideas for inspiring ways to use the treasures you'll find.
Character Is Key
A columned porch and diamond-pattern muntins on the windows add old-school charm to this newly built home. Inside, the owner wanted to stay true to the home's cottage-inspired style. To do that, she chose a variety of homespun elements to create a space that looks informal yet stylish.
Things Are Looking Up
A subdued palette of grays and browns gives the open layout of the home a sense of cohesion. In the hallway, antique-look pendants replaced basic builder fixtures and hint at the homeowner's personal style. The beehive-shape light fixtures add plenty of vintage character at a much lower price than true antiques.
On the Menu
After years of gathering decor ideas, the homeowner decided it was time to infuse her home with some of her favorites. Here, using an idea she saw on a TV show, she covered the upper portion of the dining room walls with chalkboard paint. Not only did the walls become a focal point, but they can also serve as an easy-to-read menu board while entertaining. Warm wood floors and furniture warm up the black-and-white walls.
Homey and Warm
Subdued colors enhance the home's coziness, while flea market treasures and homespun accents add intrigue. Here, a variety of textural fabrics, such as burlap curtains and flour-sack pillows, add depth in the living room. The large coffee table turns the living room into a casual eating spot and is big enough to be reach from every seat.
A seltzer-bottle collection adds bold impact as a mantelscape. The large metal star on the stone fireplace surround once hung on a barn; it serves to distinguish the living room's focal point
A Delicate Balance
While this makeover added plenty of character, ease was also a goal. Above the island, an old iron pot rack relaxes the tad-too-traditional space and puts pots and pans within easy reach. Removing the door from one of the upper cabinets gave space to show off a collection of white dishware.
In the master bedroom, splashes of bright pink—inspired by the azalea photo that was enlarged and cut into quarters—create a feminine retreat. A dark wood bedroom set grounds the space by providing contrast to the soft blue walls. Lamps mounted directly to the walls above the headboard free up space on the nightstand for decorative elements and reading materials.
A built-in dresser turns an awkward alcove into a convenient vanity area. A tree-inspired jewelry holder marries style with function and blends well with the room's floral-inspired decor. A trio of rectangular mirrors above the dresser received a dose of personality with bold pink frames. The Archival Designs' staff would like to extend wishes for a very safe Memorial Day weekend.
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