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Today’s roundup is all about the perfect pairing of vintage dining room tables with contrasting modern chairs. I love an eclectic space, and the dining room is the perfect place to have some fun with an aesthetic mashup of vintage and modern, like in the space above. There’s no wrong way to make this look happen and it’s also a great way to interject personality and history into your home without having to spend a ton of money as this look can absolutely be achieved on a budget.

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Maybe you inherited your grandmother’s dining set or were stuck with a hand-me-down set after college. It’s simple to give an old table a fresh spin by switching out the chairs for something new. . Contrast is everything when it comes to this look, so don’t be afraid to push the envelope a little bit. This look is anything but matchy-matchy and sometimes the natural and traditional raw look of wood can enhance the contrast between old and new all the more.

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Studio McGee paired the classic Eames molded plastic chairs with a spindle-legged wooden table in a beautiful dark finish. It contrasts sharply with the white plastic and lighter wood dowel legs. The Eames chairs are available in a variety of colors (as well as price points if you don’t want to grab an original) and they also have different leg options too.

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I love the mismatched colors in this shot above from BHG. This entire room feels inviting and feminine with pops of English garden colors and a drapey capiz shell chandelier. You could find a similar table in any antique shop, a yard sale in your neighborhood, or by hunting around on Craigslist.

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The uber-traditional table (above) in Gen Sohr’s dining room table definitely feels like a piece that might be relegated to a fancy dining room, only to be used on formal occasions. But it suddenly feels family friendly and well loved when paired with simple white Emeco and funky modern art.

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Of course, there’s my favorite modern chair of all, the Louis Ghost chair, which works with practically any table you put it with, beat-up wood included! A little bit of lucite can go a long way, and in this case, it allows the beautiful accents of the table to really shine through, in both the image above and below.

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My brandmother had a round table that reminds me of the one below. I wish now that I had that table because it proves that a classic and simple design can be so flexible in any interior.

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It’s gorgeous in the dark wood with the white chairs, but you could switch it up by painting the table, as evidenced below.

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These mismatched chairs above are loaded with personality and this look would be super easy to recreate with a quick perusal of your local Craigslist. Sometimes public schools also sell off old fixtures and furniture at auction (rolling library carts are my current google obsession), and you could snap up a bunch of chairs and other fun finds for not a lot of money.

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Such a great way to bring style and personality to your space. There’s just something about having a history and a story about the items you surround yourself with! Ok, a few sources if you’re hunting for some great modern chairs. My current favorites are West Elm, Industry West (Tolix knock-offs in a ton of colors, as well as several fun modern options), Craigslist, CB2, and good ol’ Ikea (check out the Tobias style for a lucite chair lookalike at a fraction of the cost).


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It is almost time for turkey, pumpkin pie, and egg nog.  Can you believe it?!  We are closing in on the holiday season, friends, and it is a great time to keep your eyes peeled for fun pieces that can become part of your holiday decor and tablescapes. Before you can start collecting take some time to figure out who you want to be this holiday.  For some of you this may be obvious.  Maybe your are hollywood regency through and through and this style is clear throughout your home.  Perhaps some of you enjoy taking a bit of a departure from your everyday decor during the holidays or when you throw a sweet soiree.  Either way having a general direction in mind will keep your eye focused when you hit the antique markets, thrift stores, or ebay!

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This concept certainly has a feminine edge so make sure you’ve got a nice scotch handy for the boys in your life! Think the softer side of holiday colors if you want to go pretty to the max.  Soft pink and minty greens and muted gold accents.  Balance out these soft tones with deep burgundy, deep jewel toned teals, and warm leathery browns.  Bring in some soft texture with these sweet throw pillows.  Chose pieces that whisper ladylike.  Beautiful crystal barware and a lace inspired table runner will do the trick.

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Is sleek and clean where you like to hang your hat?  Keep your party modern and chic with lots of black and white with hints of metallic.  This look is a great place to mix those metallics.  Keep layering and patterns minimal and let the repetition of black and white and textures lead the way.  I LOVE a good white out when it comes to holiday styling!

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I just love the easy “I woke up like this” feeling of a bohemian home.  This look feels as though it has been collected over a lifetime.  To achieve this look you can not shy away from color and pattern.  Layer, layer, and layer some more!  Be sure you have an easy going organic element.  Keep arrangements light hearted and not over worked.

 


You don’t need a big, beautiful library (like the one shown in the movie, Beauty & The Beast) as a reason to strut a ladder in your home decor. Check out these stylish decorating ideas to see how you can repurpose ladders in more ways than one.

 

 

1. Design Sponge shows us how to give any old wooden ladder a chic makeover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Functional and practical, this Ladder Laundry Rack by Little Lucy Lu is one for the books!

 

 

3. Nightstands are overrated anyway! For a more unconventional look, take a peek at Funky Junk Interiors’ unique Stepladder Side Table.

 

 

4. If sliding ladders are more your thing, check out The Markerista‘s custom built-in ladder tutorial. Simply Stunning!!

 

 

5. Lights, Camera, Action! Spruce up your ladder with lights (no paint necessary)! Alex’s Closet shows us how it’s done.

 

 

Happy ladder hunting!

 

 

xx Madison

 


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I’m all about a little touch of glam in a home, and lucite can be the perfect way to accomplish this. And due to its naturally transparent qualities (wink, wink), it’s also perfect for small spaces where you don’t want a lot of visual clutter. But the key to adding this to your home without going overboard is little touches here and there – just enough to add a subtle hint of modern glamour.

This banquette above from BHG is one of my favorites. Overall the room is based in traditional design but it gets extra interesting with the contrast offered by modern touches. The Saarinen table with those funky lucite chairs is what makes this space so memorable.

By the way, have you ever wondered what the difference is between acrylic and lucite? As it would turn out, there’s no difference at all and it’s merely marketed under different names. (Plexi-Craft has a good FAQ on lucite, including care tips.)

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The twin lucite pendants in this kitchen above offer extra glamour with the addition of their brass accents to mirror the hardware on the cabinetry. The openness of the framework keeps it all feeling light and airy, which is perfect contrast to balance out the heaviness of the dark island and wood floors.

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Another way to get just a hint of lucite or to test out the look is with these chic curtain rods. And would you believe it? These were a DIY project by Grace at A Storied Style.

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Floating acrylic frames offer a hint of modernity and can bring attention to your artwork. Framed scarves, vintage maps, or even wallpaper cuttings can instantly pop when sandwiched between two sheets of acrylic. Find kits on Etsy or DIY it!

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I don’t see lucite legs in bathrooms much, and this vignette caught my eye instantly. I especially like the way this particular bathroom also feels beachy or more casual with the tongue-and-groove boards all the way around. But it’s definitely got a glamorous masculinity to it with all that shiny chrome and black too.

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One of the easiest ways to introduce lucite furniture is with a ghost chair. Readily available at a variety of price points, they’re fun and quirky little accents that can add a ton of personality into a space. And due to its origins in traditional design due to its shape, it can work in practically any interior. Got a super traditional space? Test one of these out – you might be surprised at the

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And in the go big or go home category, this entryway packs a powerful style punch in a small space. It screams personality and glamour with the nearly-invisible lucite console and funky accents (that lamp!). Definitely play around with pairing lucite with metallics – it’s a winner almost every time.

As for me, I’m personally stalking eBay and First Dibs for some lucite chairs I stumbled on in an antique shop a few months ago. With curved lucite legs and canary yellow velvet upholstery, I initially balked at the price tag for the pair. But once I went back to the shop, they were already gone. They were definitely the ones that got away!


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Oh be still my heart! The shine trend is not reserved for all those metallics we love. High gloss finishes are happening and this color-loving girl could not be happier. I mean, this ceiling? Stop – it’s just too good. But where do I use a high gloss finish? Um, everywhere! The ceiling, interior doors, furniture, the back of your book shelf – incorporate a high gloss finish anywhere and on anything that you want to be a strong focal point in your space. Well placed and used strategically, high gloss finished can work with a range of design styles. This bedroom feels super luxe and also very clean and modern.

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LOVE this pop of color on the interior side of this front door. We spent lots of time making a statement on the outside. Why not turn your attention to the side you actually see a lot more of! This look adds so much energy and personality to the space.

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This is the such a great way to play with the brass trend while keeping the piece from feeling dated. This high gloss pop gives the piece a bit of colorful whimsey

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High gloss black interior doors are popping up everywhere, and it is easy to see why. This looks instantly adds a feeling of luxury to the space. Keeping the walls and trim white adds to the high drama look. This example is done with very ornate decor, but this look would also be amazing in a very modern and minimalist space.

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A high gloss finish would be a great update to any pallet project on your horizon.

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I love the mix of styles working in this space. The butcher block counter tops keep this kitchen feeling grounded, warm and welcoming while the high gloss cabnets are forward and fresh.

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Like to take your trend in small doses? How fun are these? The colors will give your space a sense of play while the black and metallics can work well in a minimal modern space.


 

First things first, how gorgeous is this kitchen? I seriously don’t even know where to begin. An all-white kitchen is always a winner in my book, and this one is no exception. The white cabinetry has the ideal mix of open and closed storage space. Those white marble countertops paired with that gorgeous faucet are what dreams are made of. But, beyond the bones of this kitchen, I’m in love with the bold choices of accessories. That red-orange with a few touches of teal-blue is pure magic. And honestly, in such a crisp white space, you could add virtually any accent colors you like. How great would green and yellow look?

 

Anyway, beyond all of the gorgeous parts of this kitchen, what really grabbed my attention was the bright and beautiful barstools. I know that some folks want bold, smile-inducing colors in their spaces, but are scared to paint their walls or invest in an expensive piece they may grow to hate. I love experimenting with odd, unexpected, and possibly weird pieces. I think these pieces make a house a home and really express one’s personal style. With thousands of reasonably inexpensive options, barstools are the perfect way to add a little pizazz and color. Today I want to share some of my favorite colorful and quirky barstools. Any one of them will immediately add interest to your space without being completely over-the-top. I hope you enjoy this little collection.

 

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Happy Decorating,

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm


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