Old with New

Mixing old with new can give you a gorgeous result in your home, but it can also be a bit of a daunting task to take on. Not to worry - we've got some great examples of mixing antique and modern together in rooms around the home.

Living Rooms

Using key features such as light fixtures or large pieces of furniture, you can easily show off your mix of old and new. The spareness of some of the modern pieces contrasts beautifully with the more intricate look of the antiques.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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Kitchens

Typically when mixing old and new, we see old buildings and rooms with newer furniture and fixtures. In the first kitchen below, we see a beautiful modern kitchen given some real interest with an antique cabinet.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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The next two examples show modern fixtures in an older home.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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An older table with modern chairs is a quick and fun way to mix things up.

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Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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Dining Rooms

In some cases, simply adding one or two modern items into an older space can do the trick. Below you see a modern light fixture and chairs doing the job.

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In this room, the modern chairs add a contrast not only through their form, but stunning color as well.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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Here the contrast is also in color and form, with black Ghost chairsand a modern pendant lamp contrasting beaituflly with the old white table.

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Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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Bathrooms

First up we have a real stunner. The high walls and antique chandelier are juxtaposed with a sleek modern tub and some modern recessed lighting.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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This bathroom contrasts a sleek, modern shower (heaven!) with a gorgeous claw foot soaker tub. The dark color of the walls allows the striking light fixture to really sing. A stunning room.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

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This bathroom is all sleek, white and modern with a splash of beautiful contrast in the antique cupboard. A great use of color, texture and style.

Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.
Learn how to mix old with new in your home decor - antiques and modern elements in the bedroom, kitchen, living room and dining room.

Unique Finds: vintage decor for your home

We're very excited to announce a new area in the Shop section of SeeSea Interiors: Unique Finds.

Beautiful vintage decor pieces, kept as-is or often updated, can bring that unique twist to your home decor that sets it apart from a cookie cutter style. I love mixing old with new, and I frequently come across wonderful vintage or unique pieces that I don’t have a need or client for at the moment, but which I hate to pass by. My love of finding remarkable objects is often tamped down by having to leave them on the shelf.

L002 aVintage brass enameled lamp, $149.99

But no more! We are now offering a select group of vintage or rather distinct items for sale here. If you are looking for something interesting, beautiful or unique to add to your space, have a look around. Items change regularly, and due to size and shape, are currently only offered for local sale in and around Halifax. And yes, we do deliver.

 

We'll also be talking about each item here on the blog, discussing how you can incorporate it - or items like it - into your decor, how to decorate with vintage finds and how to update your finds so they mix seamlessly with your other items.

Unique Finds is open, and we'll be adding a few more items over the next week or two. Have fun looking around!

 

Vintage furniture: Nesting tables

Just a few quick snaps from a happy vintage furniture find I made at a thrift shop while out this weekend. A lovely set of three brass and glass nesting tables. Beautiful vintage furniture find - brass and glass nesting tables found at a thrift shop.

Beautiful vintage furniture find - brass and glass nesting tables found at a thrift shop.

These are the sort of  finds I always hope for when I walk through the door into that next antique, vintage or thrift shop. Fun, unique and easy on the pocket, they make a great addition to a variety of styles. What's your  favourite thrifting find?

I Want: O'Keefe and Merritt Vintage Stoves

I love to cook and I have a lot of kitchen-crushes on different ranges and ovens from Aga to La Canche. And then this popped up in my Facebook feed...A stunning O'Keefe and Merritt restored antique gas range with multiple ovens. What a great stove. The white and chrome finish are amazing.

It feels like I passed "want" back at a gas station about 7 miles back, and have hurtled straight to need. NEED. Dear me. My brain is having trouble processing how wonderful this is.

It's a restored O'Keefe and Merritt stove. They were American made and no longer in production but there are some companies that keep them going, like Antique Gas Stoves. What a dream, yes?

 

Decor: Woven Rugs

With many people preferring wood or tile floors over carpeting, area rugs play an even bigger decor role in adding color, warmth and texture to a space. There's a huge variety to choose from when you are decorating, so today we've got a few woven rugs for you to peruse.  All of the rugs in this round up are featured on Etsy, which sells vintage and handmade items. These are mostly smaller rugs, great for defining a smaller space in a large room, layering on another larger rug, or even featuring as a wall hanging.

  il_fullxfull.732176024_4avnA vintage wall hanging rug.  Gorgeous colors in this old rug. Hang it as a feature or drape it over a rail or a sofa.

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A handmade felt ball rug.  Super for adding a real textural element to a space. Use them in the living room or bedrooms to add warmth and visual interest.

il_fullxfull.802751808_mcmzA handmade black and white cotton rug.  I love these for the bathroom or a bright, small space like a reading nook.

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A vintage birds and tree rug. This one could hang on a wall or easily be used on the floor.

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A handmade braided t-shirt rug.  Great in a kitchen or entryway.

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Some people believe that every room needs a splash of red. This vintage saddle blanket adds just that, with a small pop of red.

The small size makes this a versatile piece for layering, hanging, or even using table top  if you are feeling adventurous.

Knock Off vs the Real Thing

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In the world of licensed design, knock offs are everywhere. From fake Eggs to Eames chairs, is the real thing worth is? Kirstin at the Hunted Interior has one of both in the form of a fake Ghost Chair, and the real thing. Chost chair 1

GhostCHair-Vanity_zps10a09f58The real thing is the picture on the bottom.

So is the massive price difference worth it? Kirstin evaluated the two chairs and offers her thoughts on this over here.

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