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

Simple Gatherings Launch Party!! (you’re invited & can you help?)

Simple Gatherings Launch Party!! (you're invited & can you help?)

Hey friends! This Tuesday is the official launch party on The Inspired Room for my new book Simple Gatherings! I’m gathering friends far and near to help celebrate launch day! You are invited!

The party starts right here on the blog this Tuesday. From here we’ll head off to celebrate and enter giveaways on five lovely blogs.

But like the day before any fun party, there are a few things that still need to get done.

Would you like to help me with some of the party preparations and book launch promotion? Your support would mean SO much me, friend. If you’d like to help me with this book launch, scroll down for details.

I’m SO excited for everyone to get this book (and if you PREORDER TODAY ONLY there is still time to get my entire EBOOK BUNDLE FOR FREE!).

Just pre-order at Amazon or Barnes & Noble today, then fill out the form here to get all 4 of my e-books for  free!

Simple Gatherings offers tips for hosting a memorable gathering for friends and family. But don’t worry. You can check perfection and intimidation at the door because this book isn’t about hosting a Pinterest-worthy party.

  • Simple Gatherings is about creating an experience that will draw people together.
  • From preparing your home and menu to setting the atmosphere and table, you’ll find simple tips for hosting any event.
  • Learn how to help guests feel welcome and comfortable in your home.
  • Discover ways to spark connection and conversation so everyone feels at ease (including yourself as a hostess!).
  • Find featured gathering ideas, creative activities, and special touches to make gatherings memorable!

Simple Gatherings Launch Party!! (you're invited & can you help?)

If you would like to help with the book launch preparation and promotion, yay! Thank you!

Here are a few things I could use help with:

1) Would you post a photo of the Simple Gatherings book (you can take your own image, or use one of my photos!) on your social media? That would help get the word out that the book is available! You can share on Facebook or Instagram or a blog.

Here is another fun way to inspire others and help promote the book:

Post an image on social media to show or represent a simple gathering in your own home!

How fun will it be to see everyone’s home and the special touches you bring to the table?

Show us ….
Your gatherings!
Your table settings!
Your invitations!
Your place cards!
Your centerpieces!
Your conversation areas.
Your recipes!
Your welcoming front porch!
Your game nights!
Your ideas are all welcome.

If you share on Instagram, use the hashtag #simplegatherings and tag me @theinspiredroom so I can see it. You can tag my Facebook page if you post on Facebook!

I will be hosting fun giveaways soon for people who post about the book. Be sure to use the hashtag and tag me if you share on social media! So go ahead and start sharing photos and stay tuned for the giveaways :).

And feel free to come share your home and gatherings anytime on our community site Home Love Stories!

***Here’s a sweet and inspiring Simple Gathering post on Sasha Brodeur’s blog Lemonade Makin’ Mama!

2) If you have the book and enjoy it, I would sure appreciate your support in leaving a review on Amazon Tuesday.

3) Tuesday is the virtual Progressive Launch Party with some beautiful giveaways, starting here on The Inspired Room! There will be FIVE dreamy giveaways. Five bloggers are helping me to host giveaways, so it’s going to be really fun.

I’d love for you to enter the giveaways and help spread the word about the virtual launch party.

OK, friends! Thanks for being excited about this launch and for your support.

Meanwhile, I would LOVE to hear if you are planning any gatherings in your home during this season?

Leave me a comment! Let’s chat.

Simple Gatherings

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Simple Gatherings Launch Party!! (you're invited & can you help?)