Seek out pieces that cleverly combine found objects.
"I love these iron tables," says Fiona Richards, the Nelson, B.C. artist behind the inspiring Cafe Cartolina blog and owner of Cartolina Cards. "The bases are forged-iron industrial tripods from the 1900s, and the table tops are manhole covers. The overall impression is of two classic, traditional side tables."
Get more tips on decorating with vintage, found and industrial objects in the Cafe Cartolina Favourites photo gallery.