How to Work with Contemporary Finishes?

Q: My partner and I recently moved into a ‘luxury apartment’ featuring notoriously contemporary finishes- granite and stainless steel, mostly. What’s a vintage-lover to do? I am trying to mix modern and other styles together, but I’m having trouble with areas like the kitchen and the ugly fireplace. Can anyone provide suggestions or examples of well-decorated spaces?

Sent by Lisa

Photos shown above, left to right, captions by Lisa:
1. My dining room area seems to work with a mix of styles.
2. The apartment, before moving in. Cherry cabinets! Granite counter tops! Stainless steel, oh my!
3. Living room with black fireplace.

Editor: Please share your ideas and advice with Lisa in the comments below on how to work with the contemporary finishes in her new place…thanks!

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