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Interior design trend spotting: vintage eco-friendly pieces



Photo courtesy of Jane Hall Design.

Stunning vintage pieces

We recently profiled Jane Hall, the “Voice of Style” for her innovative use of the color black in her interior designs. We were so inspired with her design and noticed she leaned toward putting amazing vintage pieces and antiques with modern decor with stunning results.

Hall said, “I love the concept of homeowners using vintage furniture for a number of reasons. Its green design and quite frankly built to last. With 95% of the furniture on the market today being made in China from press board and staples, in unregulated factories, this was not built to last. I call it throw away furniture. Its also cheaper to make it in 6 shades of gray and beige, chocolate brown and black and it cheaper to make things square than it is to make them round.”

Vintage doesn’t just happen, it takes planning

We understand from Hall that vintage is not exactly cut and dry and that a great deal of thought must be put into its execution (hence why she is in such high demand, we presume).

“There are many decorating styles that lend themselves to vintage furniture. I would recommend readers to do some research about what era they are trying to achieve before going out and throwing anything into the back of their car. As in all design projects, I always start off with a plan with my clients, so you don’t buy items that don,t contribute to your overall plan, just because they are are a deal or they are on sale.These are a couple of examples.”

Vintage styles

Hall outlined two primary ways to incorporate vintage style into a home.

Shabby Chic: Country pieces from can be painted white and distressed and look great with white linens on the bed, crystal chandeliers pale grayed off pastels on the walls Iron bed frames painted white, oversize couches in a cotton canvas cloth. Sisal rugs, on light stained hardwood floors keep the look light and casual.

Mid Century Modern: This a huge trend in the vintage market, with the the last 15 year craze being about modern design. Done properly with authenticity Mid Century Modern can be a great look. What people tend to forget, is that during the 50’s and 60’s colour was used. As it was the post war years , they were doing a lot of experimenting with new materials in flooring, new fabrics, plastics and colour was a part of that experimenting. If you have seen Madman it’s fabulous early 60’s design.

Hall says that when flea market shopping, she looks out for shape first and foremost and ignores fabric, color or wood condition. “All that can be changed. Painted, reupholstered in contemporary or new fabrics or wood pieces painted, you can have pieces that are totally unique and are eco friendly.”

More Jane Hall Design designs:

If you’re enthusiastic about vintage design, check out the shots Hall sent us a variety of her pieces:

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  1. Pamela V. Mason

    July 12, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Guess I'll be keeping all of Grannie's furniture from the 30's now & visiting my neighborhood upholsterer! I have exactly some of these pieces shape-wise. Fabrics … no.

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Interior design trend: multi-functional tables

Interior design trends are changing to accommodate a shift in the American lifestyle, favoring smaller spaces. Enter multi-functional tables to save the day!



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multi-functional tables

Multi-functional tables: the perfect touch

Smaller, more well designed homes with space constraints are on the rise. Gone are the days of McMansions and 10,000 square foot homes. Couples with children who have flown the nest are looking for a more simplified and less cluttered lifestyle. We are coming into an age where our homes and the furniture that goes in these homes need to be convenient, compatible, and multi-functional.

Speaking of furniture, sometimes clients beat you to the punch and find the coolest furniture to use in their new and smaller home. Such was the the case when working on a new construction and furnishing project for a couple in the 78704 neighborhood of Austin, Texas. Before deciding to work with a designer, my clients had discovered the perfect dining room table for their new smaller home. We’ll get to that table in a second, but lets talk more about furniture.

Alongside the family room sectional, the second most important piece of furniture in a home are tables. It’s the piece where we kick up our feet, gather for family dinners, or finish our homework. But what if our tables did more than just coaster our evening glass of Pino? What if our tables performed the duty of storage, game time entertainment, or additional seating?

Now I bet you’re wondering what piece of furniture my clients found for their dining table. This is by far the coolest dining table I’ve ever seen. It is not ONLY a dining table but converts into a pool table. Hidden by its sleek design and contemporary lines, you would never know until you take its top off (see below).

The Fusion Dining Pool Table… ooooh, aaaah

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Who says your books have to be vertical?

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Can’t remember the components for water?

…here’s a big cheat sheet:

Go ahead and pretend you’re Mozart, I won’t tell:


For the NES fan boy/girls in all of us:

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And some more multi-functional tables for the road:






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Graphic patterns: hot interior design trend

Interior design impacts how you feel and function in any room, and graphic patterns is one of the keys to quality design be it in a home or an office.



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graphic patterns interior design

Graphic patterns make any room pop

Graphic patters, big or small are here to stay. As far back as ancient Greece, graphic patterning can be found in art, textiles, and on walls. Were the Greeks natural born interior designers or did they just understand the impact a graphic pattern could add to the room?

Think about it – have you ever heard of the ‘Greek Key‘ pattern? Derived in Greece, this decorative border is still found in every day design. Personally, I love it accented on a pillow as a trim or crown molding in a traditional living room. In my line of work, I use patterns every day, but graphic patterns can really make a room pop!

Using graphic patterns in a space can be seen as an art. When applying these graphics to a space, I take into account the size of the pattern, the color of the pattern, and it’s placement in a room. Fortunately, graphic pattern can been seen and used in endless interior design applications from wallpapers to rugs to pillows and everything in between.

Graphic patterns in themselves can be anything from a chevrons, to trellis, to simplified floral design. A mix between large graphic patterns and small graphic patterns creates a space that is visually appealing. More often than not, you like ‘that’ ad in the latest furniture catalog sitting on your coffee table because it is visually layered, and the key to layering your space is in the use of graphic patterns.

One way to begin adding graphic patterns to any space is to focus on a color. Select your main color and begin building the room.

Examples of graphic patterns


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Secret to quickly adding graphic patterns

Mixing and matching pillows on your sofa is a inexpensive way to add a bold punch to your room. It may seem like an intimidating process but after you see these examples be brave and have fun!



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10 creative outdoor lighting trends for fall: design trend spotting

Making the outdoors appealing as the temperatures drop is tricky, but with these 10 creative lighting ideas, you won’t be sitting in the cold in the dark!





Bundle up, it’s getting cold out there!

There’s something about soft outdoor lighting in the fall that makes you want to bundle up with a blanket and watch the colors turn. Now that it’s actually less than 100 degrees here in Texas – and normal temperatures everywhere else – the outdoors are actually tolerable, and homeowners are looking to spend some time outside. Other regions are already experiencing snow, but spending time outdoors is still appealing to so many Americans.

If you’re considering adding a seating area to your yard, you’re going to need a way to light it. Take a look at the following outdoor lighting options, ranging from the romantic flicker of a flame in a fire pit, to ingenious walkway lighting illuminating the path to your doorstep. Then, grab a glass of wine, go outside and get cozy. Click any image below to learn more.

Contemporary garden lighting

Architectural complement

outdoor fire display

DIY: upside down terracotta pot

do it yourself outdoor lighting cheap

Year-round fire pit

outdoor fire pit

Outdoor Japanese lamp

japanese lamp outdoor lighting

Beautiful porch lighting

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Creative use of rope lights

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Stairway lighting for front or back yards

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Ventless outdoor fire bowl

outdoor fire bowl

Pure soft light

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