Flea Market Chairs
Dana Gallagher

Fresh Start for Spring

Spring's promise of a fresh start often inspires us to toss out the old and buy new. But newer isn't always better. In their Kansas home, Chuck and Shirley Comeau confidently pair a modern steel-and-glass table with worn and mismatched chairs. The old chairs soften and add warmth to their modern dining area.


Hanging Lamp
Ericka McConnell

Perk Up With Paint

Transform ho-hum accents like this plain white chandelier, by repainting it with a pop of bright color.


Creative Sinks
Dana Gallagher

Don't Overdo It

The secret to mixing old and new is discovering affordable cast-off pieces whose character and patina temper the new and shiny. To create a graceful mix, identify stylistic "anchors" for a room: pieces that you'll use every day. This homeowner took rusted washstands designed for a hospital, polished them up, added plumbing and turned them into bathroom sinks.


Seltzer Lamp
Dana Gallagher

New Uses for Old Things

Consider new and creative roles for things you already own. Go through your attic or closets -- you may be surprised at the treasures you'll find. Here, an old seltzer bottle, destined for the dump, finds new life as a unique table lamp.


Chalkboard
Tria Giovan

Be Patient

"One of our problems today is that we want everything now and new," says architect Louis Nequette. "Don't be afraid to have an empty room for a while." The unique furniture in this dining room took months to gather. The homeowner kept a copy of room dimensions -- ready for unexpected discoveries. She found this chalkboard while on vacation and had it shipped home.


Spice Rack
Tria Giovan

Take Risks

If you see something you love, you can find a place for it in your home. A chicken feeder hung on the wall finds new life as a spice rack. The overhead lights are old street lamps updated with new wiring.


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