Pair­ing mod­ern fab­rics with vintage fur­ni­ture pieces

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Sandy, Lately, I keep hear­ing the phrase “what's old is new again” and it has set me to think­ing of ways in which that is true.

I no­ticed some cloth­ing styles are a lit­tle more vintage, there were even shoul­der pads at the Red Car­pet and dou­ble-breasted suits!

I am won­der­ing how this say­ing re­lates to your world of in­te­rior de­sign and how you feel about it. Thank you, Sara

Dear Sara,

It is in­ter­est­ing to hear that old say­ing and I am guess­ing that it has al­ways been true. You know there re­ally aren't many new ideas — just new takes on the old ones mak­ing it new with your cre­ativ­ity.

It is cer­tainly big in my world of de­sign to­day. We are us­ing vintage pieces and mak­ing them fresh with col­ors and tex­tures. For in­stance, I re­cently pro­posed tak­ing a vintage-style sofa and two chairs and mix­ing it up with ex­cit­ing fab­rics in bold col­ors and pat­terns. I love the way the two worlds marry up and the thread that holds them to­gether is the fab­ric — vel­vet!

We think of vel­vet as be­ing a lit­tle dated, but that is far from the truth to­day! These vel­vets are cot­ton or silk and they range from look­ing like cor­duroy to be­ing chic and glam­orous. The in­ten­sity of the dye brings life and light and sud­denly what was old is new again. I am also lov­ing em­bossed leather (makes you think John Wayne and his sad­dles).

Hope you en­joy my remix of my Mama's Tuna Casse­role (old ver­sion).


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