Help Incorporating Contemporary Furniture with My Vintage Style?

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Q: I have inherited some modern/sleek furniture. The pieces are functional, so I'm not interested in spending the money to replace them, but I would love some ideas on how to make them work with my style, which is much more vintage. (I have vintage cameras, collectible books, and I wear 50's dresses. I'd like my apartment to go with my style). Specifically, I have:
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(4) 2x2 Expedit shelving units (2 black and 2 white) (1) faux leather/leatherette futon couch (dark brown, even though the photo is black) (1) Poang chair

This will serve as the basis of my living room in my new apartment with hardwood floors. Any suggestions on decorations or furniture accents that could help my furniture look and feel more like it's mine? Supplementary furniture? (A carefully chosen ottoman or coffee table?) Decor? (A rug, throw pillows, knick knacks?) Unique uses for what i have? (I hear there is more than one way to use an Expedit shelving unit…) A link to a photo or two that could inspire a style would be super helpful.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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