Mixing vintage pieces in with your new furniture is a terrific way to make a home feel chic and comfortable all at once. Much like mixing mediums in our post on art installation, mixing mediums with furnishings adds interest to a room. Mid Century designers like Tommi Parzinger, Emil Stejnar, Eero Saarinen, Milo Baughman have made a great impact on design and architecture that has lasted and still look amazing today.
Using an older piece in the home does not mean you are restricted to a completely older look. The piece, especially if it needs refinishing, to begin with, can be redone to bring new life to it. Using new fabrics and textiles can make the piece look amazing and also give it a more comfortable feel as well. Unless the piece is in pristine condition, to begin with, don’t be afraid of making an older piece new again, unless of course, it will interfere with the piece retaining value.
Shopping for these pieces can be challenging. I love to take my sourcing trips to my out of state vendors and find just the right pieces for the clients I am shopping for. This not only saves the client money but offers a larger selection as well. I then have the piece shipped direct to the client or brought in for refinishing and then delivered afterward.
Mix, match, and accessorize with a variety of pieces in your home. Just be sure they work in harmony with each other and the space’s palette and you are on your way to an amazingly beautiful integration of old and new.