Photo Gallery: Vintage Chic
Get that nostalgic vintage look.
Homeowners Mona Zaidi and Eric Yealland used minimal furniture and celebrated the radiators by coating them with brilliant gold paint. Unexpected pieces, such as the vintage-looking pendant light, rustic wooden coffee table, cowhide rug and herringbone floors, come together nicely to create an eccentric space.
In his stately Vicenza, Italy home, Piero Bisazza showcases his collection of vintage and antique pieces. In the living room, two leather Barcelona chairs by Mies van der Rohe came from Piero’s mother’s estate. The tile-topped tables look like they could be Bisazza originals but are, in fact, ’60s-era collectibles.
Surrounded by art and antiques, this petite vintage writing desk looks at home in a living room, while providing all the functionality of a full-fledged office. Sitting on the secretary is a mahogany jewel box concealing unsightly gadgets and chargers.
Homeowner Heidi Lewis’ furniture is mostly secondhand, but you wouldn’t know it from the sophisticated way she’s pulled it all together. Hanging behind her couch is vintage curtain panel that she mounted on a frame, creating an inexpensive piece of art. She chose to splurge on a red Hans Wegner Shell chair, adding an eye-catching pop of colour by the window.
Watch a video tour of Heidi’s apartment.
White cabinets were placed on either side of this fireplace to hide electronics, CDs and photo albums. The fireplace’s red bricks were painted white, and a spare surround was added, allowing the room’s key pieces, such as the mid-century modern Eames lounge chair, to stand out.
“This is actually part of a restaurant interior, Kettner’s in London, which, under Ilse Crawford’s design direction, feels like the apartment of a collector,” says Arren Williams, stylist and founder of the design blog Arren Williams Design Lab. “It’s more of that old/new combo for you, though with a daring mix that includes a rattan peacock chair and Geoffrey Harcort’s classic Chaise Lounge, designed in the ’70s, set against new wood panelled walls, antique Persian rugs and a plasterwork ceiling. I love not only how it feels chucked together, but that it actually works!”
A gilded settee, upholstered in a ticking stripe fabric, is the focal point of this library. Ikea bookcases are mounted on the wall and the floral skirt along the bottom hides a storage area underneath. Accessories and framed artwork add the layers that make this room look vintage and timeworn.
With full-height windows framing ruggedly beautiful views, it’s as though no walls exist in this bright Vancouver home overlooking Bachelor Bay. In the living room, a neutral palette and natural materials make the interior almost recede into the leafy landscape.
“Art and comfort in the den,” says designer Thomas O’Brien in his new book, American Modern. “Most striking here is the collection of genetic self-portrait photographs by my neighbor and good friend Gary Schneider. I love the modernism and the intensity of the jet black backgrounds in these pictures. Above the sofa, his pair of magnified nineteenth-century plant slides reminds me of the fantastical scale of constellations.”
The deep bench raises the sofa to comfortably reach the window, which is charmingly off-center. Reds and bottle greens pop against the walls, and gauzy drapes provide privacy while still allowing light to pour into the space.
Designers Matt Carr and Joyce Lo boosted the Old-World appeal of their Victorian home’s bathroom by adding antique gold accessories to work with the textured wall and chair rail, hex-tiled floor and black pedestal bathtub. The result is a one-of-a-kind, vintage look.
“I love her vintage bed and the little touches of nature around the house,” says design*sponge blogger Grace Bonney, of painter Trish Grantham’s bedroom. “She lives in Portland, Oregon, and I find that so many of the artists and residents there make a big effort to incorporate the outdoors into their homes. Trish has done it in a really unique way.”
An primarily-white palette with simple glasses and rustic baskets creates a fresh and elegant backdrop for a holiday or New Years brunch. Mod touches such as the sculptural pendant lamp and vintage modern chairs balance the country charm of the harvest table.
In Michael Angus’ Toronto apartment, a rich blue hue covers the walls for a masculine, luxurious look. The wall is broken up by a ceiling-height gallery display of purchased artwork and paintings by Michael’s nieces. Keeping with the rest of his home, the room achieves an old world feel by pairing a antique-looking wood desk with a weathered leather chair.
Follow us as we tour Michael’s apartment.
Delicate spring green blossoms create a breezy atmosphere in this vintage-looking entrance. A colour palette inspired by the outdoors is sure to refresh any room, especially when paired with warm wood floors.
An old apothecary cabinet in designer Karen Cole’s guest bedroom opens up in several ways, including a drop-leaf desk. Antique twin beds loaded up with brightly patterned throw pillows offer an inviting spot to curl up and read, but can be made up as guest beds within minutes. Bold art and antique rugs contribute to a space that’s as cosy and useful for Karen as it is for her guests.
Watch a video tour of Karen’s house.
Tommy Smythe, associate designer with Sarah Richardson Design and co-star of HGTV’s Sarah’s Cottage and Sarah’s House, created a lovely mantel display in his living room using modern art and vintage collectibles. Crisp colours and shapes keep the look fresh.
This room proves that affordable, vintage finds can add sophistication to any space. The chair was found in an antique shop with tattered, outdated pink upholstery. Stripping the stain from the wood frame and retufting and reupholstering it in neutral linen gave it a classy, Barbara Barry effect. The collection of frames are from various thrift stores and even the garbage. A few coats of matte white spray paint made them like new for a cohesive art wall. A round pedestal table found at Value Village was also transformed with two coats of black paint to become a new side table. The teal throw and patterned toss cushions add personality to an affordable white sofa from Ikea.
“Adopting a vintage studio style allowed me to have more creativity in my home, surrounded by things that inspire me,” says designer Thomas O’Brien in his new book, American Modern. Later, he says, “The point of making a home with so much to look at was to relax into the whole collection as something unfolding. I didn’t acquire these things overnight. It took time to study and source and wait for the right examples of favorite works. And I have enjoyed each piece as it comes, observing how it settles in my space.”
“I discovered Lara Rossignol’s charming Atlanta apartment while compiling an image tribute to Domino magazine, shortly after it folded,” says Ashley White, creator of the popular blog, Decorology. “I love how authentic it is—that it tells you something about the person who lives there. I also really appreciate how the room acts as a montage—the vases on the fireplace mantle creating one environment, the pillows on the couch and the side table creating another.”
A pearl inlay table, which fashion designers Joe Mimran and Kimberley Newport-Mimran picked up in an antique shop in Marrakesh, overlooks the garden.
H&H style editor Michael Penney recommends picking up some tossed-away cans from curbs, garage sales or flea markets and making them into eclectic vases for flowers or houseplants. For deep cans, add some crumpled newspaper to the bottom to elevate the plant a bit.
To watch Michael Penney and Joel Bray demonstrate a few arrangements, watch Styling Tricks: Floral Arrangements.
“Decorating a room with vintage furnishings that you admire is a surefire way to end up with a space that is unique, personal and often, filled with better quality pieces than you would get if buying new on a budget,” says Apartment Therapy‘s managing editor, Janel Laban. “Food writer Dana Joy decorated her living room with thrift store finds and pillows from her own childhood.”
A casual bouquet like this one lends charm to any space with an eclectic mix of traditional blooms. Plush peonies are a country garden staple, and when paired with loose greenery, create a carefree arrangement that complements romantic rooms. The clear, bottom-heavy glass vase adds more old-fashioned appeal and helps balance the bouquet.
“I love this photo because they look like birds perched on a ledge,” says designer and cookbook author Sophie Conran. Wallpaper, wooden candle holders and a mirror add country charm.