House Tours: Decorate with Vintage Finds
Display Your Collections Together
This homeowner used birds as a recurring decorating theme throughout the home. Scavenging at a scrap-metal yard yielded the "nest" letters, which cost a few dollars each.
Get the Look: Flea Market Style
Watch this video for tips and tricks on how to decorate with flea finds in your home.
Display Your Favorites in Unlikely Places
A Collection of Color
Coordinate collections of complementary colors. This wood cabinet and large art piece balance the room with a fresh palette of blues and browns while the floor lamp with a pea-green shade adds unexpected visual interest.
Take Advantage of Wall Space
Mix Old with New
Vintage pieces are a unique addition to any room and are usually very reasonably priced, but reproductions can work just as well when the price is right. In the dining room, the Saarinen-style table ($150) is surrounded by $30 chairs from a discount store.
Repurpose Outdated Items
Make Furniture Do Double Duty
This vintage hutch doubles as a hiding space for spices and a display unit for eye-catching terrariums. For cheap terrariums, fill discount-store jars with soil, rocks, and small ferns, then add vintage toys, dollhouse pieces, and miniature bottlebrush trees.
Add an Element of the Unexpected
An old roll of coupons is a fun pedestal for a flowerpot rescued from a garbage pile and for salt and pepper shakers purchased on eBay.
Turn Architectural Elements into Art
Once a built-in phone niche, this shadow box frames a beautiful display. Small pieces hand-picked from antiques stores come together for a subtle but striking presentation. To keep with the home's theme, a bird soars above the box.
See the Beauty in the Old
Turn Found Objects into Useful Everyday Items
Proudly Display Your History
A collection of family mementoes and memorabilia is beautifully arranged, creating a personal work space.
Use Layers to Add Depth and Interest
Mix the Elements
A scavenged metal dresser and chair join with the bed frame to bring an industrial edge to the bedroom. The rusty potato chip rack is an ever-changing display of photos, postcards, and other small mementos.