When Old Becomes New

Not long ago, if you had asked me if tapered jeans and leggings would ever come back into style, I would have laughed at you and assured you NO ONE would ever be that cruel…and now, here I sit in my skinny jeans eating my very own words. Sometimes rediscovering old things and reinterpreting them in a modern way makes them seem cool again. However, if shoulder pads come back in vogue, you can count me out for good.

This weekend I spent some finger-numbing time in my parents’ barn admiring some items that fit this bill. My father came upon rolls and rolls of vintage Brunschwig& Fils handpainted wallpaper (see above) when one of the company’s local pattern designers died. Although some are hard to imagine floor to ceiling, the patterns are so fun and enchanting that I can see taking cuts of them and framing them as artwork (which they truly are). Another idea, to go with my previous nursery post, is to trace animal shapes such as giraffes or butterflies on these papers, cut them out and create vintage wallpaper scenes when applied to bold, solid colored walls. Also, lining the interiors of bookshelves is a great place to try a bold pattern without being too risky!

Another exciting find for me is this asian inspired iron outdoor dining set my grandmother had that no one else seemed to want. I feel like I’ve seen sets just like this in design magazines for scads of money. For now I can only admire it in the barn, until we relocate to a place with a garden or larger patio. I’ll have some great Sunbrella cushions made for the seats and imagine leisurely summer cocktails and cookouts. You can find steals like these for yourself at local antique shops, flea markets and of course, the aformentioned, eBay.

So keep your eyes peeled! If you see a run down chair with great lines, imagine it in a modern fabric with a fresh coat of paint. Something old may be that “something new” you’re looking for.