How-To Series: Decorate With Rustic Pieces

While we're big fans of the worn, well-loved look of vintage furniture and decor items, we also understand that too much of anything is just... too much. For many people, adding one too many nail-filled benches, rusted clock radios and patina-covered knick knacks may start to make your home feel cluttered and a bit dated. If you're looking for ways to incorporate rustic vintage pieces while still maintaining a cool, clean space, here are some of our favorite tips.

  • Alternate large and small items. If you scored big at the flea market and found a well-loved credenza or perfectly worn leather chair, balance things out with an ultra-modern floor lamp or a row of clean, simple abstract prints to keep things fresh and stylish. On the other hand, if you have some treasured antique candlesticks, placing them on a sleek white shelf will give you that balance you want. Combining antique decor items with antique furniture may start to make things feel a little bit drab. 
  • Only go for the really special items. You may love the look of distressed furniture, but you don't need to take home every cool piece you see. Save up for a really rare collector's piece or wait until you find that perfect item. 
  • Consider the space. If you're lucky enough to live in a period home, you may want to try to incorporate vintage pieces that are true to the time in which it was built. If not, just be conscious of the size and needs of the space you're trying to fill before buying a bulky piece that might not work. 
  • Make it work. Sometimes, all an antique furniture or decor piece needs is a little bit of TLC. If it's a little too rough for your taste, try giving it a good polish, fixing that broken leg or sanding it down and adding some fresh stain to give it a second chance. 
  • Admit when rustic is too rustic. We've all been there: you find a major piece at the thrift store or the flea market, but it's in such bad shape that you stop to wonder if it's worth buying at all. It's best to be honest with yourself about what you're comfortable with in your home — if it might give you tetanus when you touch it, it's probably too rustic. 

How-To Series: Style a Vintage Portrait

Adding artwork to your home can be pretty pricey, but we’re all about finding stylish, low-cost solutions to the interior décor dilemma.  One of our new favorite pieces is the vintage portrait, which adds some rustic style to any gallery wall and also makes a curious statement piece. Here are some tips for finding a great vintage portrait and styling it in your home.

·      Know where to look. Chances are, your great-great-great-grandfather wasn’t some kind of duke or general who had his own portraits commissioned, so you’ll need to search to find antique portraits. We’ve had lots of luck at our favorite Nashville Flea Market, but you may also want to find estate sales on Craigslist or visit a local antique store to find your own.

·      It’s all in the frame. The frame makes all the difference between an old, junky painting and a killer vintage piece. Make sure that the wood isn’t cracked or rotten, or if you’re lucky enough to find one framed in metal or bronze, give it a good dust and shine before hanging.

·      Make the necessary restorations. If you find a really great portrait that you just can’t part with, it may take some work to get it looking wall-worthy. You can always remove the frame if it’s in bad shape and replace it with a new one, or even cut the portrait out using an X-Acto Knife if it’s really stuck in there. 

·      Keep the rest of the wall simple. Since most vintage portraits are pretty large and tend to catch the eye right away, we like to keep the rest of the wall simple. Hang it alone in an empty nook, or style it with an otherwise minimal gallery wall filled with more modern pieces.

·      Get your story ready. It’s inevitable that once you hang that bad boy (or lady!) up on your wall, you’re sure to get some questions about it from your guests. We strongly encourage making up your own background story to keep things interesting. 

How to Series: Style Your Home Using Macramé Plant Hangers

Wooden wall art and furniture may be our main game, but it's no secret that we love styling beautiful interiors as a whole. There are a few other classic décor items that we think look perfect paired with our 1767 pieces; one of those items is the ‘70s-style macramé plant hanger. This timeless, kitschy item is a must-have in the plant-filled house, and it's a handy way to hang your plants in small spaces. Here are a few ways that we love decorating with the macramé plant hanger.

  • Hang herb pots in the kitchen. No space on the windowsill for herbs? Add some fresh, flavorful zest to your dishes by growing basil, cilantro and other herbs in macramé hangers right in front of the sunniest spot in your kitchen.
  • Clean up the air in your bathroom. Keep your bathroom a bit fresher by hanging plant hangers near the window or even in the shower. Choose a plant that is especially good at cleaning the air, such as a spider plant or ficus.

  • Dress up your windows. Curtains can block out sunlight, and if you don’t have much to spare, you’re likely always looking for ways to allow more light into your room. Instead, hang some macramé plant hangers filled with air plants or draped vines from your window’s curtain rods. 

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  • Take them outdoors. While most people think of macramé plant hangers as indoor items, they're actually incredibly durable, which makes them perfect for displaying plants on a porch or patio.

  • Think outside the plant. Instead of using your macramé hangers for plants, use them to display something else entirely. Think bowls of fruit, glass terrariums or other found objects.