Fall’ing for Vintage & Modern Decor – A Home Love Story

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

You know that traditional rhyme we recite to brides as they are preparing for their wedding day?

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue (and a sixpence in your shoe)?

Well, I guess you could say I carried that tradition into my home style, too. Today I’ve been asked to share a little bit about how I mix vintage with modern decor in my home, but as I started to write this post I had an epiphany.

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

I hadn’t really thought about this before last night, but in that rare late night epiphany, I realized I actually have ALL of the wedding rhyme elements in my home. I KNOW! And even more random, it makes perfect sense to me why I feel at home with them.

Humor me here. Perhaps this will even explain a thing or two about my ever-evolving home.

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

Something old or vintage in the wedding rhyme represents continuity and history. There is something so comforting about tradition and special memories being carried forward from one home or season to the next. I add a touch of vintage throughout my home because I love to remember our stories.

A charming vintage brass dinner bell handed down to me has a place of honor in my kitchen. We tell the story about the day we acquired our beautiful 18th century painting or remember each place we collected the colorful vintage books now decorating our living room.

Vintage adds richness and depth of character to a space because each piece has an interesting tale to tell.

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

Something new, as the rhyme goes, reflects youthful joy and optimism for our family’s future.

I love to mix new with old because it keeps my style fresh and evolving. A mix means I always feel at home in the here and now. When you add something modern to something vintage, you get to express your own sense of style and let go of perfection.

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

Something borrowed may represent the generosity of family or friends, or even a sense of frugality and responsibility to reuse or recycle. There’s a thrill of discovery when you find something at a flea market or second hand store, or even in combining pieces you already have in your home in a new more modern way.

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

If you are a regular here, you probably have noticed that I move or change things around my house pretty much daily. You never really know what to expect, or maybe you are sometimes just left wondering where I’m going with it. :) Sometimes I wonder the same thing! But that’s part of the process when you borrow, recycle, refresh or reuse elements. You get to experiment with style, but nothing has to be permanent.

I rearrange accessories, move rugs and borrow furniture from around my own house (or from my family!) more often than I ever buy something new from a store. Especially in the fall, I really get into my nesting mode. These rattan chairs were originally second hand finds, handed down to me from my mom, painted by me and then moved from room to room and even house to house.

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

I collect vintage pots and accessories to reuse and repurpose throughout my house.

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

Having a mix of vintage and modern elements gives me the freedom to be creative with storage in my home as well as in decorating throughout the seasons. It’s fun for me to create a fresh personality for a room just by mixing old and new.

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

Do I include something blue in my home, as the wedding rhyme suggests?

Yes, I do. I’ve always liked blue. Do you? Blue is a classic, so it is found in both vintage and modern decor. Blue is a unifying color that can combine modern and vintage elements in a timeless way. In the wedding rhyme, blue might have symbolized the qualities of faithfulness, purity and loyalty. For our first home as a married couple, I decorated with shades of blue! Blue makes me feel sentimental.

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

And what about a sixpence? This final part of the wedding rhyme symbolizes prosperity for the new couple. It might be more of a stretch to apply it to my modern and vintage decor, but stick with me here. :) I actually think it fits.

A home is a place where we are invited in to write a magical and memorable love story. I believe our home becomes richer with each cozy layer and memory we add through the seasons… something vintage with something modern, something borrowed with something blue.

And yes, just like in the last line of the rhyme, a sixpence can represent how richly blessed we are to have this place we call home.

So, here’s the thing. My husband is a musician (among his other talents) and while this is more of an intangible element, our home has always been filled with music, both vintage and modern! This particular song (below) feels like home to me, as we’ve played it in our home probably a thousand times. It just happens to be by a band called … Sixpence None the Richer. (Get it?).

Enjoy Sixpence, and then I have some friends to introduce you to, below!

There you have it, I guess you could say I have finally figured out my style, and it’s basically all summed up by a wedding rhyme.

OK, I’m done with rhymes now :).

Today I’m joining some sweet blogging friends who are sharing how they mix vintage and modern decor into their home. I’m sure when they asked me to join them they didn’t expect I’d write a post around a wedding rhyme. But, you just never know with me.

I think it is so fun to see the unique ways people create a home. I know you’ll enjoy paying these ladies a visit today, click through to each of the blogs through the links below.

Visit Holli at Bees N Burlap [here]

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

Visit Tammy at Tammy Damore [here]

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

Visit Natalie at My Vintage Porch [here]

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

Visit Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage [here]

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

Lastly, Make Sure To Visit Kelly, at Kelly Elko [here]

Fall'ing for Vintage & Modern Decor - A Home Love Story

When You Feel Like Your Living Room is in Limbo

When You Feel Like Your Living Room is in Limbo

The Autumn season is definitely the time when homebodies like us are all about making living rooms feel cozy and put together. It’s almost like nesting before a baby comes, you just want everything to feel more settled.

If you’ve been following me here for awhile you might remember that every Thanksgiving for years I would get in the mood to totally redo my dining room or some other room in the house, just in the nick of time for a holiday gathering. Yeah.

Well, nothing’s changed around here (well, except some furniture. Ha).

Fall, holidays and parties are some of the top motivators or inspiration to change up a home. Tis the season, right? And since today is Thanksgiving in Canada, it makes total sense that I’ve been in the mood to change things up.

About a week ago I mentioned how my own living room has been in a state of limbo. Some of you asked what I meant by that because you thought my room was all pulled together already! And indeed, it has been “pulled together” using what I have several times in the short two years that we’ve lived here. That’s just what I do, ha! And maybe you do, too.

Our spaces are so personal to us, it makes sense that we get inspired for change because we are always changing. It’s OK to make changes in your space if it isn’t feeling just right to you, even if it looks fine to someone else. Getting settled in a home can take time. Each room can go through several phases of “done” “undone” and “redone.”

When You Feel Like Your Living Room is in Limbo

Last this summer I started wrestling over this room (again). My ideal vision included new furniture, built-ins, maybe even doors in the long wall (yes, long story), new paneling and a fireplace refresh.

When I said this room has been in limbo, it meant I was in the phase of “in between” the room as it was and the unknown of what it would be next.

Knowing my ideal vision didn’t mean I was ready to move forward with that vision right then. So that in between phase is what I called the season of living room limbo.

Perhaps you’ll relate to my method for getting out of limbo, or maybe by sharing my process it will help inspire you to push forward to your own step:

When I first begin feeling restless (ahem, usually in the fall), I start the redesign process by simply rearranging the room. It’s easy enough to try a few different options to see if something “sparks joy.”

If nothing seems right and I might want to get something new, I let myself start window shopping. I shop for little things or big things that might make a difference.

I also explore the thought that if the backdrop was right, I’d actually love the room more. So I might research, Photoshop or draw out ideas for built-ins, refinishing floors, different paint colors or wall finishes, or remodeled fireplaces or other elements that would bring about a new look.

Truthfully, fixing up the backdrop can sometimes just be the best or even the most economical option. Otherwise we can end up spending money on furniture or accessories trying to put a band-aid on the problem!

When You Feel Like Your Living Room is in Limbo

You might remember when we painted our fireplace white. That is an example of the value of working on the backdrop of the room even with an economical change like paint. Paint can give you a new vision on a lower budget.

Painting the fireplace first gray (which I really liked) and then white (which I also really like!) didn’t match up with my perfect vision of a new fireplace, but happily I ended up liking our painted fireplace enough that I could leave it that way forever if I had to (or at least enjoy it until I can paint it again or get to the next phase of improvements).

Perhaps like me, you let yourself explore aaaall the possibilities for awhile, until you add up all the costs or time involved in your head. :)

Sometimes it actually makes sense to go ahead and buy something new or make the room exactly what you want it to be. If you know for certain what you want and have the funds available, it can be a relief to finally just make a decision and do it.

But maybe you’ll discover (like I often do) that by allowing yourself explore all the “perfect” choices, you’ll find it easier to move forward in confidence with imperfect but creative solutions. It might seem counterintuitive or even risky to shop for perfect choices (at least don’t do it with a credit card in hand, hahaha), but I find that weighing options is part of the creative process.

Once you can compare the cost and benefits, common sense can sometimes take over and creativity can be exercised instead.

When You Feel Like Your Living Room is in Limbo

After I’ve given myself the opportunity to weigh all of the options, I even find I am more willing to try things I perhaps wasn’t eager to try previously.

So in my living room I decided to put off extensive projects and new furniture for a future season. Sometimes we have to tell our grand ideas that the answer is not necessarily no, it’s just “not yet.”

When I say my living room has been in limbo, now you know what I mean.

I was:

Rearranging the room
Looking through what I already have
Determining nothing felt right
Window shopping
Emptying the room
Leaving the room empty and then in chaos for awhile.
Deciding if I really wanted to spend money or hire help or start a new project
Deciding it was not the right time
Trying something I wasn’t willing to try before

This method of getting out of limbo might be slow, but it works for me. I want to create a space that I can live with and feel content in. I never like to feel pressured to spend money frivolously or in a hurry.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally fine with spending money if it feels like the right decision and I’m ready for the expense or mess, but I would rather not spend money or live in chaos if I don’t have to :). Especially right before the holidays.

So as I was coming out of my recent living room limbo, I was finally willing to try something I wasn’t eager to try before.

My husband and son brought up our sectional from downstairs just to see what it would look like. My mom had suggested it. My daughters had said a few times that we should at least give it a try. I had considered it. I was certain I wouldn’t like it or want it upstairs (for many reasons), but now that I had ruled out a new  sofa and other big changes, I was finally willing to at least try it.

When You Feel Like Your Living Room is in Limbo

And you know what? I like the sectional up here better than I thought I would.

Even though it wasn’t what I had in mind for this room, I decided at the very least it would make us feel more settled in this room for the holidays.

That’s what always happens to me this time of year, I just want to feel cozy and comfy!

The sectional we already had crossed of some required boxes:

It filled up the long awkward blank wall quite nicely.
It feels comfortable and inviting.
It created a great conversation area.
It made the room feel super cozy and ready for people to gather.
We already had it (no new sofa purchase required).
It completed the room for now and allowed us more time to consider other options.

Once we had the sofa in place on our existing winter rug, I brought in the art from my entry (which I actually really LOVE in the entry so it’s unlikely I would want it to stay here) just to at least get a vision for what it would feel like and to create more of a focal point over the sofa.

Then I found a couple of new lamps to bring light to this part of the room. Suddenly the whole room felt cozier. It once again felt like a room where we could curl up by the fireplace. I could visualize our whole family gathered here before dinner and on holidays. That’s when you know you are on the right track for this season, even if it was a different track than you planned on.

When You Feel Like Your Living Room is in Limbo

This was not at all the vision I had in my head a few weeks ago, but it just took a little dreaming and a few simple changes to spark a new vision! And while there are still additions and updates to be made, I’m excited to keep refining and enjoying this space.

Now that I’m coming out of the “limbo phase,” I’m feeling good with our fall living room arrangement here. That doesn’t mean the design direction or elements won’t change again, not at all. They very well could! It just means I’m at peace with where we are at right now, in this season. :)

I’m just grateful for a cozy place for my family to gather, that’s the vision that matters the most to me right now.

Coming up this week for fall nesting: I’ll share some additional cozy elements that have been brought into this space plus I’ll give you a peek at some of the furniture pieces I considered. And, I’ll share my top fall nesting tips for how you can add cozy to your space (using what you already have or can easily incorporate into the room)!

What process do you go through when you are feeling like your room is in limbo? 

When You Feel Like Your Living Room is in Limbo

When You Feel Like Your Living Room is in Limbo

Black and white pillow

Gray polka dot pillow

Sectional – Interior Define

Botanicals – (called the Verte Botanique Framed Art) – See more botanicals here

Bamboo Lamps & Lampshades

Dipped stools

Large woven basket with lid

Round mirror with wood beads

Wool braided rug

Gray tassel throw – Ashley Home Store, or more tassel throw blankets here

Rattan Daybed

White Velvet Pumpkins (USE THE PROMO CODE: 17IR15 to get 15% off through October.)

When You Feel Like Your Living Room is in Limbo