To Recover Your Toe Into Retro

Decorating with items from yesteryear pays homage to earlier eras and helps us appreciate what came before. Listed below are 10 one-off notions that offer a dab of yesteryear to some room in the house without over-committing the distance (or overpowering a housemate).

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Furniture. Anchor a prominent room with one or two bits from a bygone era.

This living room centers around a Noguchi coffee table, a design that originated in 1948, and a nearby midcentury modern table. The brand new leather seats and couch take on a classic atmosphere as a result of their older partners.

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Lighting. Pendants, sconces, chandeliers and lamps possess a remarkable ability to capture time.

This suspension lamp elicits a late 1960s vibe that can jazz up a modern setting.

Retro lighting has become such a hot trend that companies are re-creating styles from a vast range of time intervals.

Older houses occasionally arrive with their original fixtures, even if they’ve long since been swapped out and left abandoned in the basement. Restore and repurpose an old chandelier to some candelabra.

This fixture was found in the bedroom of a 1952 house. Unappreciated in its original form, the chandelier was stripped of its wiring. Now, wide candles conceal the holes in which the wires fulfilled the bulb fittings.

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Art. Like fashion, artwork follows trends that could often date it, especially those of the midcentury era. Opt for.

Thrift stores, garage sales, eBay and Craigslist are all fantastic ways to evaluate inherited artwork which might have gone unappreciated by its heir. Heck, perhaps you’ll even find a gem that will be worth some money when you’re ready to pass it.

Sarah Greenman

Outdoor furniture. Create an outdoor area with furniture that harkens back to times long until Facebook, when the front porch was the ideal place to learn what your buddies were around.

Hint: Estate and garage sales may yield the best results for nabbing reasonably priced furniture that is truly classic. Expect to put some elbow grease into restoring bits that have been from the elements for years.

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Postcards and photographs. Turn old postcards or black and white family photos into art.

Here, six postcards depicting life on the shore as it was way back when are exhibited in fitting black frames.

Hint: When making an art collection, tie it all together with frames and matting that are the same size or color.

Sketch out a grid on the wall ensuring the positioning of every frame lines up to get a clean, finished product.


Suitcases. Old hard-case luggage makes for tables that are unforeseen. Stack varying dimensions together to get a curio screen, or add a glass top to create a durable end table.

More manners with classic suitcases

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Tea cups. Vintage tea cups make for a elegant collection. Hang them on a wall rack to get an artistic screen as they wait to get used, or keep your valuables inside.

Here, a range of mismatched cups and saucers functions as a handy jewelry trove.

Hint: Second-hand stores are chockfull of individual tea cups and saucers. Purchase your favorites one or 2 at a time to build up a stock.

Family keepsakes. Sometimes the best classic decorations come from within the family. The arrival of a baby is a wonderful time to cull the archives and choose remembrances of people who arrived before.

Nana’s christening gown, Papa’s first knitted hat or Mommy’s cherished stuffed lovey offer plenty of memories that will ignite conversations with your child later.

Lauren Mikus

Windows. With all the energy updates that have taken place in home building over the past couple of decades, older windows have become obsolete at their original jobs. But they still offer you excellent beauty when refashioned as decoration.

Hint: Hung on a wall, a window like this you can showcase artwork or photographs between every frame.

Inform us Just how do you added hints of yesteryear to your home?

DIY: See how to make your own mod ottoman — beginning with a shipping pallet

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