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Filtering by Tag: vintage decor

Finalizing the Dining Room

Alyse Hufford

Well it didn't take long for my client and I to agree on wallpaper for her dining room - we went with Serena & Lily's Palmetto pattern in olive/turquoise.  It compliments her existing orange hue walls nicely.  Now I'm just trying to convince her to wallpaper the whole dining room to add a little more drama to the room and also play off her white wainscoting.  Wink. Wink. Mary-Kelly-Dining-Room

The client already recovered the seats of her vintage 1940's wood chairs (I attempted to find a similar chair style online for this design board) with Drygoods Design fabric.  The reclaimed wood dining table from Restoration Hardware will be delivered by the end of this month and once we have the wallpaper in place, will get to work styling the rest of the room.

Since my client already has a brushed brass bar cart from Restoration Hardware, it will be fairly easy to style it up with some vintage cocktail glasses, shakers, decanters, and other barware goodies.  The buffet table (attempted to find similar for this design board) will also remain as she had recently purchased it from a local artist.  It will be flanked by Schoolhouse Electric Lily Table Lamps.  I'll then finish out styling the buffet with new and vintage accessories.

We will also replace her existing deep red roman window shades with white curtain panels, supported by walnut and brass curtain rods.  I personally like the horn finials from Anthropologie and think they'll add a touch of whimsy to the space.  And lastly I included a ceiling pendant option to replace her existing craftsman style pendant.  I adore Schoolhouse Electric's Vega 5 Chandelier in antique black and think would lend a modern industrial vibe to her room.

Stay tuned!

A Northwest Ranch Gets a Revamp

Alyse Hufford

I recently met with a client who over the next few months, will have her Northwest ranch renovated to include a new master bedroom and on suite bathroom.  The existing bedrooms will also be reconfigured to carve out more space for her children and a home office. I'm thrilled she contacted me for some design advice and in the coming months, I will be assisting her in selecting everything from lighting fixtures to a mid-century modern inspired vanity to create a serene and classic bath that will withstand the test of time.

With the new addition also comes a revamp of her current living room.  She asked me to give her room a mid-century modern facelift, reminiscent of what you'd see in a Cliff May house.  She already has beautiful hardwood floors and some mid century inspired furniture (the couch, coffee table, and side tables will stay),  so I will be focusing on enhancing what she already has.

I created two concept boards which give a similar vibe but different color schemes.  The first option plays off her yellow gourd lamp (she owns) and adds an air of sophistication with the brass accents.


The second option pulls in more color and exudes more of a Palm Springs vibe.  She asked to see an option with the room accented in blues and greens.



I selected chairs upholstered in a sweet pea green and paired them with gorgeous peacock blue Robert Abbey lamps and a shag rug.  Hints of brass, lucite, and walnut furniture round out the look.

So which look do you prefer?  Which option would you choose?  I'd love your feedback!

A Before & After Revamp

Alyse Hufford

Today I share with you a fun project I recently completed for a client's family and living rooms.  This styling project didn't involve paint or even the purchase of major furniture but rather adding a little bit of old, a little new, and shopping the client's personal effects to give her family an eclectic, fun space to play and hang out. Our goal was to add some character to her rooms by doing a little furniture rearranging and adding some decorative accessories.  She already had great staples with the oriental rug, grey couch, and white bookcase.  And I fell in love with her vintage cognac hue wingback chairs.  The space just needed a little color and a change up of some accessories to tie it to the rest of her home.

Below is the before photo:

And the after:

To revamp this space, I began with her bookcase and stacked books by color.  I then shopped for vintage pieces to dress it up and add some character.

I then removed the side table that was being used as their coffee table and replaced it with a mid-century modern style coffee table.  I added some of her personal objects and a pair of vintage brass cranes.

Next up was her new addition at the back of her house.  The new family room was a blank space with concrete floors, walls of windows, blue walls, and one lonely dining table.  The family wanted to create a hang out area for playing music, socializing, and enjoying meals with family and friends.

I started with the vintage auto shop rolling cart my client acquired and wanted to use as a bar cart.  I shopped for vintage barware and accessories to create a cool, industrial looking bar cart.

I hung a velvet pheasant painting above the cart - my client was hesitant at first - and when it was in place she agreed it had to stay.

And finally for this corner of the room, she asked for a set of mid-century style chairs and cozy durable rug.  She did not want a coffee table or ottoman as this was a high traffic route for her kids to the back yard.  But she insisted we carve out a spot for her guests to sit while she and her husband served up drinks.  And I couldn't agree more, the chairs and bar brought some fun and color to this space of the room.

This area of the 300 + square foot family room is complete, however I still have a little more work to do.  The client wants to finish off the other side of the space with a large side board to hold her wares and music area for her vintage piano.  I can't wait to get started and look forward to sharing pictures with you in my next big reveal.

Until then...Have a safe and fun-filled New Year!

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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 Image Courtesy AnthologyHouse

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.

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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

Image Courtesy Design Sponge 

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

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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Image Courtesy Beach Bungalow 8

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


Design Crush : KP Spaces

Alyse Hufford

While hanging with a friend the other day, she was thumbing through Seattle Magazine's September 2014 issue and said, "Oh my gosh Alyse, I thought this was a picture of your living room!  You have to check this out!"  I laughed and said, "Wow, I love this house.  The living room looks like it could be set in Palm Springs.  But this was Seattle. Who decorated this house?" keri petersen 1

Image Courtesy Seattle Magazine

I discovered this beautifully decorated mid-century home is owned by Keri Petersen of KP Spaces.  Keri's home showcases her carefully curated vintage pieces (some revamped by Keri herself), vibrant colors, brass accents, and a gorgeous art gallery, all set against white walls.

keri petersen kpspaces

Keri Petersen of KP Spaces, Image Courtesy Seattle Magazine

Many of Keri's finds come from her thrifting trips and Etsy.  I think she does a fabulous job blending the old and new such as how her dining room flows effortlessly into the kitchen. The $20 mint-turquoise dining chairs are the perfect compliment to her original Sears stove.

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Image Courtesy Seattle Magazine

keri petersen

Image Courtesy Seattle Magazine

And check out how Keri converted the coveted mid-century built in planter into an ice bucket for her favorite liquor and wine bottles.  It's the perfect spot for guests to help themselves to a yummy cocktail.

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I hope to connect with Keri one of these days for some thrift shopping. I think the two of us could cause some damage shopping the thrift and consignment stores around Seattle. And I could really use her advice on how I could revamp an ugly dining table.

You can check out more of Keri's interview and a list of her favorite Ballard shops in the current issue of Seattle Magazine.