Vintage Spaces

Vintage Retro Midcentury Modern Natural Organic Interior Design Decor Room

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Vintage Spaces

Image from The House Book Neutral Natural Organic Room White Built-In

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Vintage Spaces

Vintage Retro Interior Design Dark Moody Masculine Decor

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Vintage Spaces

Vintage Retro Interior Design Decor 70s Neutral Organic Color Palette

Cane, wood and chrome are a pleasing combination in this living and dining room. They sure don’t make ready-to-assemble furniture like they used to.

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Vintage Spaces

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Vintage Spaces

Albert Hadley Interior Design Decor Vintage Antique Decoration Teal Walls

Still very happy that I painted my bedroom and office walls a dark teal…

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Reunification Palace

Of course, I made the rounds and saw the sites that all tourists should see while in Saigon and my favorite stop was definitely the Reunification Palace. It was an interior designer’s dream! Seriously, every room I walked into went something like this…”oh my god”, “look at that”, “that’s so amazing”, “look!”. Not only was the design and architecture a sight to see, the history of such a significant building really hit home. There’s a famous photo of the North Vietnamese tanks crashing through the front gates which signified the fall of Saigon during the Vietnam War on April 30, 1975, the same day my parents and sister fled the city to come to the United States. I’ll let you take a look for yourselves…

Vintage Spaces

Vintage Retro Edwardian Modern Interior Design Style White Room Furniture

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Vintage Spaces

Vintage Retro Interior Design

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Vintage Furniture Shopping

Vintage Furniture Shopping

Vintage furniture shopping can be fun and challenging all at the same time. If you don’t really need anything, it’s usually great and you may pick up some uexpected things along the way, but when you are looking for specific items, it can be quite frustrating coming up empty handed time and time again. When working on my design projects, I love using a mix of new and vintage pieces because it gives the space more personality. So, if you want your space to have a bit more soul, incorporate some found pieces.

Here are some vintage shopping tips to help keep your sanity…

1.Be patient

2.Carry a measuring tape to make sure the piece will fit into your space.

3.Carry a camera to snap a pic of the piece just in case you have to run home to make sure of #2.

4.Keep an open mind. A new paint job or new upholstery can completely transform a piece of furniture

5. Take risks. If the piece doesn’t work, you can always sell it on Craigslist. Learned this after dragging home a huge sectional from the Rose Bowl flea market that ended up not being quite right for my office. Would have thought about the sectional forever had I not bought it, though. Oh well…

6.If you absolutely love it, buy it! It’s so disappointing to go back and find the piece is no longer there. The phrase “you snooze, you lose” is totally true.

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