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7 Passé Home Trends Designers Wish Would Make a Comeback

While some design trends can stand the test of time, many wind up as nothing more than passing fads. However, ask any interior designer if there’s a “dated” decor look that they’re a still a fan of, and chances are they’ll have at least one solid example because even though the internet at large can tell you something is passé, you’re still completely entitled to love it.

We asked seven of our favorite designers which old school decorating trends they secretly wish would make a comeback, and some of their responses surprised us. From wall-to-wall carpeting to mint-colored kitchens, here’s what they had to say.

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Posted on Dec 19, 2017

Cat Lovers Share a “Garage Sale” Comfy Chic Portland Home — House Tour

Name: Cherie Jellison and Nick Dirks, plus cats Susan and Charlie
Location: Laurelhurst — Southeast Portland, Oregon
Size: 630 square feet (plus basement and a garage!)
Years lived in: 4.5 years, renting

Cherie and Nick are self-proclaimed “crazy cat people” who have been living in an apartment they truly love for the past four years. Cherie is an emerging interior designer who believes that “it takes time to make a place feel like home” and Nick is a former pro-snowboarder who now works at a tattoo studio.

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Posted on Nov 22, 2017

The Best Places to Buy Used & Vintage Furniture Online

Sure, everyone knows Craigslist, but how about Chairish, 1stDibs, and Viyet? These sites (and the four others that follow) let you browse for pre-owned furniture in your area or across the country, while the sites’ security measures take the sketchiness out of buying from a stranger online. Armed with these seven great sources and our best advice for how to use them, you’ll soon have your whole home furnished with beautiful, pre-loved pieces.

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Posted on Oct 22, 2017

Make It Last: How to Update & Repair Vintage Wood Furniture

We’ve all heard the phrase “they don’t make ’em like they used to,” which in my experience, cannot be more true when it comes to quality-made furniture. Dovetailed drawers or burled wood veneer seems to have been replaced by the convenience of assemble-yourself, particle-board furniture. Although these pieces are affordable, the poor construction quality makes them practically disposable. But if you get your hands on some solid wood furniture (look for these tell-tale signs), you may only need a few simple tricks to keep an outdated piece relevant.

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Posted on Oct 7, 2017

The Style-on-a-Budget Guide to a Fall Wardrobe Update

(Image credit: Marlen Komar)

Thrift stores often get a bad rep, because when people think of charity shops, they envision moth-bitten sweaters and squeaky shopping cart wheels; ’80s razzle dazzle beading and broken old toasters. And to be fair, yes, a lot of that goes down in secondhand stores. But there is a lot of gold tucked in between all those shoulder padded blazers and hand-knit sweater vests. And with fall upon us, hitting those one dollar racks is a great way to update your wardrobe on a tight budget. To prove it, I’ve found 15 pieces for $100 and created 12 outfits with them. Ahead is the breakdown, but before we jump into the fun stuff, let’s go over the prep work necessary in order to come out heavy with bags. It’s not all just blind luck!

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Posted on Sep 23, 2017

Quiz: Can You Match the Bathroom to the Decade?

Ah the vintage bathroom: it’s either loved to the point that tears are shed upon hearing that someone ripped out an authentic 1950s space (the original tiles — nooo!!), or loathed so much that it’s the first thing someone renovates upon moving into a fixer upper (white subway tiles, here I come!). Whichever side you fall on—as there doesn’t appear to be a limbo between those two stances—you’re still likely to have fun making your best guesses in today’s quiz featuring bathrooms from the ’40s to the ’80s. “Mamie pink” tiles, wall-to-wall shag carpeting (yes…in the bathroom), embroidered dividing walls…can you match the bathroom to the decade? Share your results in the comments below!

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Posted on Aug 31, 2017

Shop It Like It’s Hot: The 10 Most Popular Vintage Items, According to Sellers

There’s no denying that vintage and antique wares for the home are loved by all generations. Whether you’re working with a full-on antique-infused aesthetic or you’re a contemporary minimalist looking to add a little timeless flavor to your look, it appears everyone is embracing vintage decor to one degree or another. And because we were curious about what was hot right now, we picked the brains of five purveyors of vintage goods to see what people can’t stop buying. Read on for the top 10 most popular vintage items on the market right now.

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Posted on Aug 27, 2017

Finders, Keepers: 10 of Our Favorite Etsy Shops for Vintage Decor

There’s always room for a little bit of vintage. From teak bowls to velvet mustard pillows, quirky salt and pepper shakers to old maps adorning empty walls, little trinkets here and there bring personality to a room. It doesn’t matter if you like to go completely flea-market-chic with your house or are just hunting down that one perfect serving tray — whatever your level of vintage commitment, there’s one place that will always have you covered: Etsy. Below is a roundup of some of our favorite shops to get you window shopping — enjoy!

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Posted on Aug 27, 2017

Sorry, Parents: Nobody Wants the Family “Heirlooms”

In a modern world currently intrigued by minimalism, there’s something that all three adult generations can agree on: the problem of dealing with the collections curated (hoarded?) by our family members. From younger boomers and Gen X’ers sandwiched between their aging/dying parents and their own children to millennials trying to gently manage expectations (and their own limited budgets and storage space) without hurt feelings, the message is crystal clear. As Forbes said recently, “Sorry, nobody wants your stuff.”

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Posted on Aug 21, 2017

Guess the Decade Decor Quiz: Kitchens from the ’30s to ’80s

Trends in home decor can be short lived. Your typical en vogue item will be passé within a year or three (sometimes, even within months), but kitchens are a bit of an exception. Hardwired to a home, swapping out the style of your kitchen takes a much firmer commitment and, as a result, the aesthetics are slower to evolve. That being said, a 1950s kitchen looked like a 1950s kitchen for the majority of the decade and sometimes into the next. The question is, can you match the decade to the kitchen? Some are pretty easy (hey, we like to hand out a few freebies) but others are tricky. Ready to test your design eye?

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Posted on Aug 19, 2017

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