The Perfect Blend of Vintage and Modern

published Jan 25, 2017
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Picture this: you’re about 10 rows deep into the vintage furniture warehouse of your dreams. The walls are closing in. You’re surrounded by options but no clear path, with an Eames sofa, Baumritter dresser and a 1970’s painting of cat clouding your vision. You know you want to add vintage pieces, but where to begin?!

I know there must be some fellow thrift-loving, flea market aficionados out there, but for first-timers, the thought of secondhand sourcing your furniture can be a little overwhelming.

When in doubt, start with the basics. Rather than flipping your home into an authentic Mid-century haven in one shot, it’s best for your wallet and sanity to take it slow. Ask yourself, “if I could replace anything in the house right now, what would it be?” Prioritize those items first, just choosing to buy their vintage counterparts.

So for step one, we’re going small. Vintage artwork, glassware and lighting are the easiest changes to make, and can be quickly swapped out if you change your mind or style.

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Now you’re ready to bring the retro vibes from some bigger pieces! Bar carts offer much needed form and function (along with the constant potential for entertaining), while accent chairs and mirrors are a welcome addition of accessories.

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Now that you’re ready for the master class of vintage furniture, we’re going big. Since things like your couch, credenza, rug and coffee table are going to demand a lot of visual attention, they also help the vintage appeal really stand out.

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