Out With the New, In With the Old

I don’t know about you, but part of starting a new year for me means, at the very least, rearranging my furniture. Something about changing up my home décor just makes it feel fresh and new – almost revitalizing in a way.

  The older I get, the more I value things that are old. I don’t just mean old for the sake of being old, but old in the sense that they are well made or of sentimental value. People always say, “They don’t make ’em like they used to,” and it’s true. For the most part, they really don’t.

  And that is exactly why the past few years have seen a renaissance of antiquing. We have so many great options on the Coast, each filled with trinkets from the past and furniture both original and refinished. In fact, these refinished furniture pieces have become a hot commodity, so if you see something you like you better snatch it up fast!

  When people talk about refinished antique furniture, most often they mean that the furniture has been painted and had the hardware updated or tightened up. Though a lot of work goes into refinishing furniture, the cost of the furniture itself is (usually) incredibly reasonable, especially considering the labor of love it was to bring it back to life. The price paired with the quality of antique furniture makes this trend a no-brainer.

  Of course, antique and vintage décor extends past furniture. I love going to local thrift shops looking for… Whatever inspires me! It could be a vase, a tray, a set of milk glass bowls or even some vinyl records. Sometimes you just have to go in with an open mind and let the antiques do the talking.

  Worried about incorporating these items into your current style? Don’t be. One of my favorite things to do is mix styles. My personal home is a mixture of mid-century modern and vintage elements, and somehow it works. The trick is to keep your color palette in mind and buy only what you love.

  Happy decorating!

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