Thursday, December 4, 2008

Old Mixed With New

Hello Everyone!
I have a confession to make.
I'm a newaholic.
I always want to buy new things.
Houses, furniture, cars or just plain ole' stuff.
I like it shiny and new.
Is this always the way to go in home decor' though?
I have learned so much by looking at all of your blogs.
You all are pros at this already.
I will share with you a few of my old items.
These storage chests are over 30 years old.
My parents gave them to me years ago and
I love how they mix in with any style of home decor'.
This clock was made by my father in law.
The cut crystal vase was a wedding gift.The platter was another wedding gift.
The wedding china was my parents. What's your home decor' style?
What antique items do you have in your home decor'?
Have a wonderful week!

67 comments:

Lynette said...

Hey - I'm like you - I like new and shiney, shiny (sp?)!! Love all your pretty's you posted. I have Charlie's mom's china and it is so pretty. I wouldn't have picked it out for myself, but it means a lot to have it from her. I never met her, she died way before he and I met, so it means something to us. I love to look at everyone's pics and think they are so clever at re-purposing, but I just can't get my brain to work and think that way. I hate you took down your RMS, but I know what you mean, it has changed over there. I much prefer blogging!! Sure, email me whenever you want.
Talk to you later ~

profenretraite said...

Hi Melissa...I agree with your philosophy! I had an old Victorian house and that was it for me! Give me new! No leaknig roof, no rattling windows! It's wonderful to have old things to mix in however. You have some beautiful things and it's even better that they are special to you!

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Beautiful pieces you show! Love those trunks and the crystal. How fortunate you are to have your mother's china.

I truly do love adding old to the new. Things we have had for a long time or have inherited from family or even picked up at an antique store have a story to tell. That's what makes a home interesting. I love adding antiques to the mix.

Miss Janice said...

I'm like you, I like new, but I want it to look a little old...

Happy To Be said...

now Melissa you know my answer to this one I love everything Old..I just feel like I am the caretaker of these things to hand down for others to have a piece of history..now don't get me wrong I also buy new things...I have an antiques wash board but use my new washing machine sitting next to it !!! I love the clock that is so special..thanks for sharing more of your beautiful stuff ...hugs and smiles Gloria

squawmama said...

Hello sweet girlfriend... I like new and antique but for right now Tassie doesn't allow us to much change... Everything is built in.... But when I get another home I may go back to rustic country... or a total left hand turn to the Tuscan look I had before we sold our house... I love both... Have a great night...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Laurie - Decorating Fanatic said...

Hello again! :) I bet you only think you like "shiny and new" but look at all your sentimental treasures! I bet you wouldn't part with them for something new, right? Those Asian chests - oohh! Your home is lovely - rich and inviting. Yep, You will have loads of fun exploring a new city and all the new shops (be still my heart!) But remember only buy something if YOU HAVE TO HAVE IT! then you will always find a place for it. Or you can do what I do and hound your mom for her stuff! ha! I use the "it will stay in the family" and it usually works! :) ~ Laurie

lvroftiques said...

Girl like Gloria I'm your opposite! I think I have the reverse problem to yours lol! You have to twist my arm HARD to even get me to look at something new! My poor house could probably use a small infusion of NEW! BTW I love your asian chest...really lovely! And I adore the old tea set too! And come on you must admit it's special to have your parents wedding china? Old stuff can be pretty cool too! *winks* Vanna

Rue said...

Hi Melissa :)

I appreciate new things, but I love everything old. Although I can't imagine life without dishwashers and washing machines. Back in the day I would need a maid on order to survive without those two things LOL

Seriously though, I LOVE my antiques. Most of them have been passed down and I feel like my family is a part of them.

I think mixing in a few antiques that are special to you is important, so that you have something that no one else does. A conversation piece perhaps :)

rue

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

I wish I could buy Shiny and new- but alas the budget says no. And actually now that I have been doing the thrifting-antiquing, yard sale thing- I am not sure I could go to Shiny and new- there is just something about the thrill of the hunt!!!!

My MIL has the same dishes you have of your parents. They sure are pretty!

Blessings
mary

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Melissa, I understand what you're saying. I love new. But, think about this. If everything is new at the same time. It's also all old.. at the same time. I think decorating should be an ongoing thing. Besides, I would get bored if I couldn't go shopping for some home decor.
Hugs, Terrie

Pug1 said...

Hi Melissa,

I like to incorporate the old with the new too!
It's exciting to be the first one to use a new item however, I'm onboard with MaryEllen. I love antique shops, estate sales and yard sales. The "thrill of the hunt" is exciting. You'd be amazed at what you can get at some of these places for just a fraction of the original cost! CHEERS! Michele PS. I forgot to metion Craigslist too....have you ever checked it out?

Chari said...

Hi Melissa...

Girl, I do apologize at being so late to get over to your blog...I had to catch up by reading your last three posts! Just want to tell you that your Christmas tree is absolutely gorgeous...all of your Christmas decor is just beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing some of your favorite things with us...I remembered seeing those gorgeous asian chests from RMS...they're beautiful!!!

Oh my...sounds like you have a move ahead of you this Spring. I bet you're hating to leave that beautiful home of yours...but you're absolutely right about having another place to decorate...yeeeehawww!!!

Warmest wishes...
Chari

laurie said...

This was such an interesting post. I love your home, but I don't like anything new, and I'm sure my home shows it. There is just something about old furniture and accessories that make me feel so comfortable (I think one reason is that I don't have to worry so much about something getting nicked or broken-it probably already has a chip or a nick in it anyway! Love those chests and your china. laurie

Tootsie said...

I have a hubby that is a "new a holic" I am a sentimental fool...it all works eventually!
good luck ...you have a beautiful home...new or old!

tardevil said...

My home's style is called "screwed up". It's tropical traditional country...see, I told you! I love ALL of your sentimental items! I chuckled b/c the pastor & his wife that married us gave us a crystal sugar & creamer...must be a pastor thing, but I'm glad it is b/c I love some crystal!

Melanie said...

Hia Melissa, I don't think I have an actual style. Most of our furniture is inherited or 2nd hand sort of Victorian-modern with a bit of art deco thrown in the mix. Where we move a bit, things tend to go where they fit. I do love my big dresser as it has little drawers for odd bits. I would love an apocathory's wall unit full of small drawers as it would be so useful for crafting.

Your Hong Kong side chests are beautiful and unusual. Ooo crystal- sp sparkly like frosted snow. :-)

I think the key is to make things look as harmonious as possible. If it looks good to you, then the room will look good to a guest.

One friend had a miss match of wood colours from charity shop purchases. She stained everything ebony and teamed with gold walls. It ended up looking like a Georgian hotel I stayed in in Dublin, Ireland. I couldn't believe how she had made what looked like old tat to me, into a beautiful room. I think it takes vision and courage.

Good luck Melissa. I think Maryland is going to be a whole new adventure. I'll enjoy sharing ti with you.

Bo said...

Hi Melissa, Old or new...your home is going to always be beautiful because you know how to decorate! You have a great start on family heirlooms... ;-) Bo

Kristen said...

I really like the old and new. The old is great to remember people,places, and a special time. The new is fun and exciting. I hope one day my new will be some elses treasured old to remember.

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Melissa...these are all just gorgeous!

I find it so easy to incorporate all of the old, vintage "pretties" we've been collecting, into our "newer" home with our "newer" furniture. We've collected MOST of the accessories I'm decorating with...(Reminder to self ~ re-decorating MUST be done by spring!) LOL!!

I'll be sharing photos...as each room gets finished.

~Blessings,
Jan

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Good Morning, Melissa! I go through different stages, but all in all, I love pre-loved items! They make my home cozier. I mix old and new. I absolulutely LOVE your asian chests! They are beautiful and have so much character. Your entire home is beautiful, so you keep right on doing what you are...you got it right! :) Have a good weekend! ~hugs, Rhonda

tardevil said...

Melissa, I was up until 2:30 doing that award post, and for some reason, my computer locked up, and I just went to bed b/4 coming over to notify you. So, I'm glad you stopped by & saw it. I love the Hong Kong pieces too!

JyLnC said...

My style is a very eclectic country style. I purchase and use what I like whether it's old or new - I like comfortable.

Your home is gorgeous but still looks comfortable and homey. It's a winner and I'm sure your new home will be just as welcoming.

Lynne said...

What beautiful things you have. I find mixing the old with the new adds history and memories. And I believer your home is filled with both. Thanks so much for your kind comment..it is so appreciated..
hugs ~lynne~

Susan S. said...

Your home is beautiful! I love the colors and your "old pieces". It has an eclectic feel without looking like either a showroom or a antique store. You got the mix JUST right!

marty39 said...

I LOVE your old treasures. The clock is gorgeous, what a precious treasure as well as the china and the crystal and the figurine, (well everything). Thanks for sharing.

Chrissy said...

Old new... who cares as long as you like it, right?? I think you home is lovely!! I do like a mix of the two but as you know I am drawn to the old(like me!!) Talk soon!

Carrie said...

For most of my life I just wanted brand new, fresh and shiny things. But about 8 or 9 years ago I got into vintage and now enjoy incorporating them into my eclectic home decor.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I would call my style romantic/eclectic flea market.

Put me in the "old" category. My family is always giving me "old-looking stuff" because they think it's the look of the thing that attracts me. But I don't much care for new stuff that's been made to look old...it's the history of the piece that calls to me. It's almost as if I can feel the energy of the lives, who have touched it before me.

The only true exception is houses. As much as I love old homes, they are just too expensive to maintain. My dream is to live in an old house but we better win the lottery first! ;o)

Sharon Kay said...

I love the look of yesterday and you have many wonderful treasures. I think they mean more when they come with family memories. You will enjoy the look of the old and new put together.

xinex said...

Hi Melissa! I love your oriental furniture and how wonderful for you to own items that used to belong to your mom amd grandmother. Also that clock is precious....Christine

Ginger said...

Hi Melissa:
I think that no matter what you use to decorate your next home, it will be beautiful. It seems like most of the younger crowd is going with the black furniture and the tuscan look (or at least my kids are). I like the old things, but I like some of the new things too. I am a decorator's worst nightmare, I'm sure. lol.
Ginger

Chris said...

Your home is beautiful and I'm sure your next one will be the same. I change my style often, drives my thrifty hubby nuts. LOL I love English country, that was my home in NC, then when we bought another new home here, I went to cherry and mahogany furniture, now this house has pretty much the same thing, but I'm getting restless. :)

The Munns said...

I really like your style. It's a modern version of traditional, so mixing in old things will really give it a good character. I'm looking forward to seeing what else you do!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Melissa, I love all the beautiful things you have posted. I am a huge fan of crystal. I just don't have a good way to display it. I love the chest from your parents. You have a beautiful home. You have a designer's touch.

It's not the house that makes a home. I have lived in old and new houses. It doesn't really matter to me. You just have to add your signature!!
Hugs, Terrie

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

me again....:) I just had to pop back over to take a peek at your dining room sconces. They a little bit of the same feel as mine, don't they? I really do like yours and in case I haven't said it before your dining room like all the other rooms I've seen is to die for gorgeous.
Donna

Meadowsweet Days said...

Hi Melissa,
I agree! I lived for many years in a very old, but very charming little gingerbread brick house. I loved that house, but whenever anything went wrong it was a major ordeal to repair. I recently moved to a brand new house and quickly got busy making it look old through crown mouldings, and many architectural details to give it that old world charm, with all the conveniences of new!

Carol

Meadowsweet Days said...

You have a lovely weekend as well! Now I'm off to dreamland :)

Carol

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Melissa, Great post! I love those asian chests,they are really pretty. I love mixing old and new. I have some pieces that are really old. I used to live in a house built in 1923, so antiques looked great in it. I like more new than old, but it does create interest to have a few oldies mixed in. That vase is gorgeous by the way.

I do have 5 of the scroll ornaments left. just let me know if you would like them.

We had a great show today, I sold over half of my stuff. Maybe tomorrow I'll sell the rest! I just got through making more frames. Those sold really quick! Talk to you soon, Kristen

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Very nice sentimental items you have! Glad you decided to keep blogging! How long have you had your blog? I notice you get a ton of comments! What's your secret??

Diane said...

Hi Melissa, I have an award for you. ☺ Diane

Sue said...

Melissa, Kenneth Brown is so right! I think every home should have older, personal things, and collections too add personality and warmth. My favorite thing to do is fleamarketing and junque shopping! When you move to Maryland you'll come across alot of wonderful places to shop! Just take your time and add to a collection, it's so much fun! Sue

Mama said...

Hello Melissa, our dream is to retire to a very old, very small Tuscan villa, meanwhile we really enjoy our new(ish)home mixed with some of our older pieces. you have such beautiful treasures,your chests from HK are beautiful. I love Kenneth Brown's designs. Kathy.

Lynne said...

Hey sweetie.. Happy Saturday .. It is so cold and frigid here today.. perfect for being inside...lol. I'm glad you liked the plates. I hadn't had it out in awhile... You'll have refresh my memory a bit more the topper.. Which picture is in? I think I know which one you're talking about, but want to be sure before I say.... I'm at the shop now so can check for you... hugs ~lynne~

Lynne said...

Found it... I thought that might be the one... It is metal... I believe the bird "might" be a robyn.. the price 21.95 plus tax and shipping... thanks for your interest darling...hugs ~lynne~

Lynne said...

I just sent you a short note varifying..hope it went thru...hugs ~lynne~

Amber and Scott said...

Melissa, I am with you aswell on wanting everything new and un-touched. But I am starting to get into a couple of antique pieces that I want for my home to make it more original. And it has also been fun, on the hunt for these pieces!

The Muse said...

The highest compliment our home can be give given...is when I hear someone say it is cozy.
Ahhhhh...HOME.
Where everything I touch and see has a story and evokes a memory.

Happy To Be said...

GM Melissa thanks girl for coming by my PINK Saturday..was great having you..hope you have a safe and blessed Sunday...hugs and smiles Gloria

Pat said...

I started out new, but since I've lived in the same house for 32 out of my 34 years of marriage it has gotten old--lol! All my antiques are my own :-)

You have some beautiful treasures to cherish Melissa.

Sweetie said...

This is my first visit to your blog. You have some beautiful heirlooms and some very nice new pieces. The combination makes a lovely statement.
Sweetie

Daphine said...

I'm with you...I like buying the new things too. However, I have recently starting shopping at Antiques stores. I haven't really found anything that goes with my decor...but atleast I'm interested in branching out to some old stuff! lol!
Girl, you seem to definitely have the decorator's touch though. From just the pictures on your sidebar...your home seems very warm and inviting. That's my kind of home to walk into.

Have a great week!

Kristens Creations said...

Hey Melissa! I'll be shipping out your ornaments tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by and registering for the Christmas tree frame! Kristen

Chrissy said...

Just a quick hello, working all week and won't be on much, talk soon!!

"Blossom" said...

I can't find it anywhere! Melissa I wanted your address to send you a roll of the tiger " leopard" ribbon. I have called my supply sorce and was in columbus over the week-end and no one has it. We are still looking for a roll for you. Sorry, sweetie I will send it if we locate it.
Blossom
Oh, I love all the stuff you just posted. How lovely. Doesn't it just scare to you pack all those items that are breakable.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

I have many furniture pieces that have sentimental attachment to them. An end table built by a family member many generations ago. I have tables and hutches from a friend who had owned a French country Boutique before her passing. I cherish these pieces. she had a talent for decorating. I'm so glad I have such beautiful remembrances.

Sweet Wishes,
Sara

Chrissy said...

Hey... how did you make out with your shopping? I am done and wrapped and boy it feels good!! I will stop by later in the week!!

Happy To Be said...

GM Melissa thanks for coming by so early girl...I alway love seeing your name pop up..hope you have a great day...hugs and smiles Gloria

Kristen said...

I broke the ring because I would wear it when I was gardening. I lost the smaller stone...one on each side at two different times. So I promise I'll never ever wear it outside in the yard again!!!

Lynne said...

You are always so kind to swing by... hope you enjoyed the elf whimsy..lol..hugs ~lynne~

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

I would love to see how the ornaments look in a glass hurricane! I bet they would be lovely! Well, I gotta get to work...have 12 sets of zebra ornaments to make & 4 sets of leopard to make. Wanna come help??? I wish!

The Blonde Duck said...

My decor style is terrified. I'm not the world's best decorator...

Rue said...

Hi again Melissa :)

I finally had time to pop in....

Unbeknownst to everyone in Blogland we are in the process of figuring out whether or not we're moving, so I understand what you're going through. For us it's a blessing, because we want an old house and we'll be able to get it this way, hopefully.

The only advice I have is to paint everything beige. It didn't matter what color we had in this house there were complaints. Also, if it's possible for you to sell it after you move out, it's probably the best idea. For some reason anyone that tries to sell a house with their stuff in it, is having problems. We're going to try and find a lease option so that we don't have two mortgages, but then we'll be able to move into the house we want right away.

I hope that's what you meant about advice LOL

Anyway, good luck sweetie :)
rue

Rue said...

Oh lord Melissa... Option as in going to or it's a maybe? I hope it's a maybe. Is he a recruiter right now or full time regular military or what?

We have to move because Rich is regular army and became a full time recruiter as of last month and when that happens they move you to another station. He's been overseas 5 times and retires in 4 years, so he decided to do this to be with us.

BTW, I didn't mean to say that you had to paint your whole house, but we do because they say ours is too dark. Oh and yes, people are desperate, so some will do a lease option to buy or a lease to purchase. One you can get out of and the other you can't.

If you want to, you can email me :)

rue

Martha said...

I'm an "old" person -- the only thing we buy new are mattresses and anything with a motor and a warranty. But I like interiors that are new with touches of old. I love Asian things and your chests are beautiful!

Tara G. said...

Hey Melissa- you're going to find another comment on an old post, but I have a few minutes to myself and wanted to start from the beginning! I have that same vase- actually, I have a lot of pieces of that crystal pattern and I think it's so pretty. Your home is so pretty and I'm thoroughly enjoying all your ideas!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Tara,
I just now found this comment! Thanks for reading so far back. ~Melissa :)