Photobucket     Photobucket        

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Decorating: Mixing The Best Of The Old With The Best Of The New

This week one of my readers asked if I would do a decorating work shop. I do love to decorate and have helped others with their homes, but am by no means a professional! It did get me thinking about a week long class my friend Sherry and I took several years ago. It was called Chandler's School of Interior Decorating. Tom Chandler teaches the class in Little Rock, Ar. It was really great and I learned alot! I am going to give you some tips that I learned at the bottom of this post. One thing that really stuck with me is something he repeated over and over. "Mix the best of the old with the best of the new". He uses alot of beautiful antiques in his decorating along with contemporary pieces. He really knows how to create interest in a space!


After thinking about what he said about mixing old with new I started looking at the older pieces I have in my house. I don't have alot of old pieces and I don't know if they are even considered antiques, however, the pieces I do have really mean something to me.



The Duncan Phyfe end table belonged to my mother in law and I believe it belonged to her mother. My mother in law passed away 4 years ago and I sure miss her. I remember when she gave me that table. She said she always wanted me to keep it and never sell it. No way would I ever sell it! It means alot to me and it's in perfect condition. I just love the shape of it and love that it is old. Everything else you see here is relatively new exept that little stool...



My aunt Pat gave me the cute little stool. The man that recovered it for me said it was really a good piece and worth quite a bit! I would never get rid of it either...I love cute little curvy stools... and it was given to me by someone special.
This pretty pedestal planter sat in the corner of my nanny's dining room forever. When she passed away I inherited it. It was something I always really liked. I don't know if it's an antique or not, but I think it's pretty old.

I think I only paid $10 for this old chair. The wood is really pretty and I liked the shape of it. I recovered it myself (as you can probably tell...lol. Love the pretty toile fabric.

I think this mirror is pretty old...it belonged to my nanny too. She gave it to me when she was alive. I remember when she first showed it to me...I thought it was stunning and still do! It hangs in my entryway. Always beware of what a mirror reflects...that tip is on the list.

I love the detail and the mirror on the edge of the mirror...so different! I will never get rid of this either.

I love mixing old books in with my decor. The date on these books is 1909. The dogs are still some of my favorite pieces. They really need to find a new home soon. They have been on the mantle since I moved in...time for a change.

Remember the old keys I found? I also have mixed in alot of old black books throughout the bookcases. Like I said, I don't have alot of older pieces, but what I do have is very special to me. I really like the look of mixing old and new together. It creates interest in a room!

I added a few pics below of some of Tom Chandler's work...I'm telling you, he is wonderful! I really learned alot in his class and it really has stuck with me. Click Here if you would like to learn more about his classes and see more of his work.

With fall just around the corner...I thought this was unique and different.


Beautiful bookcases...LOVE!


Beautiful room!



Here are some tips I took home from his class:




1. Mix the best of the old with the best of the new...this one really stuck with me!


2. Black is neutral


3. To de-emphasize, make the negative match its surroundings


4. Variety is often a good thing


5. Lots of little plants is considered "old ladyish"


6. The lighter the wood floor the more contemporary


7. The darker the wood floor, the richer and more "old world"


8. Categorize large collections



9. When possible, arrange the furniture, then introduce the area rug


10. Mix iron, glass, stone, wood and painted wood to create interest in a room.


11. Pairs create formality


12. A touch of animal print adds pizzazz!


13. Be aware of texture


14. Be aware of what mirrors reflect


15. Place BIG pieces in a room first


16. Do not mix clear colors with muddy colors


17. Use the decor you have first...then go from there


18. Use art that you can itentify with


19. NOTHING is better than wrong! (leave it blank until you find the right thing)


20. Try not to get to "Decorator"

Hope these tips helped! I know they have helped me. There is alot to think about when creating an interesting room. Have a great weekend! I'm thinking about you guys on the east coast! I hope you all stay safe!

I am linking to Amaze Me Monday at Dittle Dattle.




10 comments:

Melissa Miller said...

Wow! Really great tips Kristen. Everything looks pretty. You really have some great pieces with richness and character. It sounds like it was a good class to take.

We are hunkered down waiting on the worst of the weather. It should be here in the early morning.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Super great post. I love your home, it is always stunning and I love the mix of the old and new. You do it very well. Hugs, Marty

L said...

Great tips, Kristen. Thank you for sharing. Love all of your inherited decorative pieces. Your home is so pretty.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

great tips and ones I try to practice...I love old books...too much

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Thank you for this very helpful post. The tips on details you gave will definatly help me in my own redisign.
You have such a beautiful home.

Stacey said...

Those ar great ideas and some of them took me a long time to figure out. It took me years to realize I prefer clear colors to muddy colors. Hmmm, maybe I should pay attention to lists more often. :) Your home is one of my very favorites. You do a fantastic job mixing items together to create a beautiful place.

Becca said...

I always enjoy seeing your beautiful home and lovely furniture, Kristen! You have the perfect colors for Fall, too! I know you can't wait to decorate for the season. Love his tips, too, especially no. 12. :)

Marianne said...

Hi Kristen,
What great tips, thanks so much for sharing. Your blog was one of the first I found when I starting blogging and just loved you home from the beginning. You have lovely pieces of furniture and have mixed old with new perfectly.
Marianne :)

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

What a fabulous list to go by! Some I have heard before (but it never hurts to hear them again) and many more that I have never heard. Thanks for sharing :D

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Great advice Kristen!

Your home is gorgeous!!

Featured in Country Woman Magazine fall 2012 for kitchen and crafts

My photo
I'm a 42yr. old mother of 1. I've been married for 21years to a wonderful man, Kevin. We have one son together named Chase who is 14. We live in a small town in Arkansas and have a dog named Sassy, a cat named Coco and now a chinchilla, Tiki. My husband is a Database Administrator and I have my own business called Kristen's Creations where I make and sell a variety of crafts. I worked in a shop as a floral designer for 15 yrs. until it closed. My former boss decided to retire and lease out her building. I enjoy crafting, decorating, and hanging out with my family. E-mail me at Kristenscreations@hotmail.com

Follow me on Instagram!

https://www.instagram.com/kristenscreations12/

To subscribe through email, add your email address below.

You are welcome to pin anything from my blog

Follow Me on Pinterest

Total Pageviews



The tip junkie featured my snowman mesh wreath!

homemade crafts

Popular Posts

BlogCatalog

Decorating Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory

Sassy Girl

Sassy Girl

Cock a doodle doo!!

Cock a doodle doo!!

Wish we were here!

Wish we were here!

Blog List

  • Welcome to the 508th Inspire Me Tuesday. Lots of inspiration last week. These are really great tips. Wood signs are all the rage and here is one you can...
    4 hours ago
  • Did you know that there is a holiday called National Mustard Day (August 3rd)? There must be a lot of mustard fans out there! Are you one of them? If yo...
    4 hours ago
  • Well as everyone knows, today and tomorrow are Amazon Prime days, so there are lots of discounts happening online. I thought today the perfect day to share...
    8 hours ago
  • Roasted Herb Ranch Potato Salad. Flavorful herbs and potatoes are roasted, combined with crunchy veggies and a mouth-watering herbed ranch sauce for a po...
    14 hours ago
  • Hey hey! It's one of my favorite shopping days of the year! This year it's actually TWO days. Amazon has extended their Prime Day sale! They have great dea...
    14 hours ago
  • Last week was such a blast. I ended up spending it with my dear friend, Shaunna. We became fast friends about 9 years ago when we met at the blogging c...
    15 hours ago
  • Hello, Dear Ones! I hope you all had a nice 4th of July! We did and attended a small little parade and visited with new friends. It's hot. I'm sure you all...
    17 hours ago
  • The second half of our VBS week went a little downhill. I had a sore throat and felt horrible. Hollis woke up Thursday crying and with fever so I kept he...
    21 hours ago
  • I recently received my second Fashom box. If you aren’t familiar with Fashom, it is a service similar to Stitch Fix, but it is budget friendly. If you...
    22 hours ago
  • How's that for a Monday morning title? This is something I've mulled over many times in the years I've been blogging. Never before in the history of ever...
    22 hours ago
  • Welcome to the 546th Metamorphosis Monday! I have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
    1 day ago
  • Did you watch the rec...
    3 days ago
  • I think most people like to go to the beach for vacation and I used to, but as I get older and not enjoying time spent out in the sun anymore I prefer goin...
    3 days ago
  • Good morning! I am sorry I have been posting so sporadically this summer but life has gotten in the way. Our family has been busy and family is number 1 fo...
    6 days ago
  • Welcome to another installment of my interview series with Extraordinary Women Over the Age of 40. Today, I'm very excited to share an interview with photo...
    1 week ago
  • *Woo hoo!* It’s almost the 4th of July and those long, sunny days of summer are in full swing! For me, my thoughts turn to…what else?…*THE BEACH! *Sooo.......
    2 weeks ago
  • *I was plotting something rich and gooey and * *delicious and decided to put everything together * *that I love...Chocolate Chip Cookies, Brownies, * *Oreo...
    3 weeks ago
  • I'm Back with another book review! This one I am especially impressed with, as it is a book that covers a problem that so many of us houseplant lovers fac...
    1 month ago
  • Four Citrus Lemonade from Delia Creates I was cleaning off my desktop when I stumbled across a recipe for this yummy summer drink. Delia made a four cit...
    2 months ago
  • Raise your hand if you have a ton of little games floating around your house. This is me raising my hand over here. I knew I needed to somehow coral them...
    3 months ago
  • Do you have emotional attachments to your clothing? I do! I know exactly where it comes from too! My Mom and I use to have so much fun planning my ward...
    3 months ago
  • [image: 5 Ways to Make a Spring Wreath] I love a good wreath. They are fun to make and usually don't take very long from start to finish. It's always nic...
    4 months ago
  • Happy Thursday! Whenever I walk down to the basement, admittedly, I'm still pleased by the refreshed view that greets us! Thanks to The Home Depot and t...
    5 months ago
  • There's a hodge podge of Valentine love on our mantel. Read more » About the Author: Grandmother of 6, Laurie's favorite places to shop are estate sales,...
    5 months ago
  • Stopping in to wish y’all a Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. I have been absent lately on my blog, but you may follow me on my Instagram ...
    6 months ago
  • Dear Readers, The time has come for me to say good-bye to Poofing the Pillows. I have loved writing this blog for 10+ years but I know it's time to move ...
    6 months ago
  • 8 months ago
  • I gave my old nursery dresser a more modern look with Raw Silk, Stirling, Little Lamb and Soapstone. I am keeping this but thought I would try my hand at...
    10 months ago
  • Note: If you are looking for Foodie Friday and Everything Else, the link party has been permanently retired. Thanks for all of your support over the years...
    1 year ago
  • So, my husband and I are attending a banquet this week and I realized that I don’t really have anything that qualifies as ‘cocktail party’ attire. So, ye...
    1 year ago
  • The first day of fall, where has the summer gone to? We've been in the upper 90's all week, hard to believe fall is here and yes those cold days of winter ...
    1 year ago
  • I knew this day would come... I just didn't know the deep down feelings that would surface. God prepared me for this! I often wondered how in the world ...
    1 year ago
  • Have you seen or should I say drooled over all the blogs showing their flocked christmas trees? Well, I can say I drooled...just a bit over them! So much t...
    2 years ago
  • Hello, and Happy Valentine’s Day! I thought I’d share a couple of the Valentine’s I’ve made for my oldest granddaughter (the 5 year old). I used a couple...
    3 years ago
  • Hi there friends... Welcome back to this weeks Share Your Style Party!! ~~~~~ Our host this week is Kelly from The Essence of Home! Take it away Kelly! ...
    3 years ago
  • These closet doors are dreamy!!! *Dream Book Design *turned an unattractive closet door into something I want!!! Learn *how to build a barn door for a...
    4 years ago
  • This Miniature Pewter-Like Teapot with Lid that lifts and tilts is adorable at the height of just 1 1/2 inches tall, and matching teacup, saucer, and disp...
    4 years ago
  • *Hi! I have been decorating for Christmas this week and finished the piano so I wanted to share.This will be a short post, I am working hard to get my hous...
    4 years ago
  • I have been keeping a secret for a few months... and it has been hard not to give it away! Thank goodness I can finally tell you today!!! After 4 1/2 y...
    4 years ago
  • Hello Lovlies, You are cordially invited to join me at my new blog, Larkspur Interiors. WHEN: Now! WHERE: www.larkspurinteriors.com R.S.V.P.: Not necessa...
    5 years ago
  • It's Friday once again. Can you believe it? And it's time for another great house tour. Today we're snooping around Jenna's home at Rain On A Tin Roof. ...
    5 years ago
  • Projects, projects, do they ever end? lol There is always something to add to the list, isn't there? I had wanted to add bead board to the ends of our ...
    6 years ago