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Incorporating Vintage Items Into Your Home Decor

Alyse Hufford

Today I'm happy to share a guest post from Tim Smith of Modernize, a site dedicated to bringing the home owner design inspiration through their photos, articles, and interviews with home design and remodel experts. Modernize contacted me recently about writing a post for AnthologyHouse on vintage home decor and how it can accentuate and give your home that added 'it' factor.  I couldn't resist and below share Tim's post with you...  

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Bring Home the Vintage

A few decades ago, the popularity of adding vintage items to the home and your wardrobe was deemed a trend. Today, vintage elements are featured in just about every home decorating magazine and blog out there. Vintage has become a classic component of interior design. From high-end decorating schemes to budget-friendly room makeovers, the charm, patina, and texture of something old brings depth and texture to even the most modern rooms. Vintage elements are the great equalizer of interior design — they can be found on the curbside, in thrift shops, at resale vendors, and in the most exclusive home accent boutiques.

So, how do you add that rich and timeless assortment of odds and ends to your own home? Here are two easy-to-find vintage favorites to add eclectic appeal to any room.

Old Luggage

A favorite for function, cost, and presentation, vintage luggage is an easy passage to interesting vignettes in almost any room. Scarred suitcases with their dings and dents suggest world travel and adventures of heroines past. They are romantic and almost always replete with texture from scratches, scrapes, old leather, and other surface coverings. Look for interesting hardware such as hinges and latches. One consideration is to avoid baggage with musty or mildew smells — the odor is near impossible to remove. Select a good variety of luggage, in graduating sizes if possible.

luggage apartment therapy 

Image Courtesy Apartment Therapy

Once you have your old luggage home, vacuum them clean and wipe surfaces with a mild soap and water mixture on a damp cloth. Then stack them in a corner, open one with a pretty interior on a table filled with display items, tuck them under accent tables. Their patina and old-world feel will add a rich beauty to any room. Remember, too, you can fill them with odds and ends and organize at the same time!

luggage design sponge

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Glass Jars

This is quick and easy, and so very versatile and functional. Add instant sparkle and organize tiny collections while putting your pretties on display. Glass jars, from old Ball Jars to elegant apothecary style jars, are an amazing tool for order and presentation. Find these affordable treasures at yard sales, vintage shops, thrift stores, and antique stores. Stock up, because you may never have enough.

a pair and a sparedly

 Image Courtesy apairandasparedly.com

Wash old jars with mild dish detergent and warm water, rinse well, and towel try. For stubbornly dirty jars, use a grease dissolving detergent. Look for jars with lids that have patina and show their age. Many glass jars have air bubbles and vary in color from blues to sun tinted purples. Try to find a variety or collect your favorites to display in groups. Then fill them with your tiny treasures: spools of thread, vintage costume jewelry, food items in your kitchen, art supplies. The possibilities are endless.

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Tim Smith writes for Modernize.  To see more of their inspirational photos and project ideas please follow them at:

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