In Focus

How to integrate vintage pieces in contemporary settings

Teleisha Thomas

Teleisha Thomas

May 2024
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Alessandra Smith of Alessandra Smith Design is an emerging interior decorator in Melbourne, focused on the curation of furniture, lighting, art and objects in high-end residential projects.

We visited Alessandra at Elwood Residence, a recently completed project in Melbourne’s bayside with thoughtful, layered interiors that are both timeless and soulful. Here, Alessandra takes us through how to integrate vintage pieces in a contemporary setting and how to create a focal point in a room.

Just because your home may be a modern, contemporary build, this doesn’t mean that all the furniture in the space must match this style.

Mixing vintage with contemporary is a great way of adding depth, personality and history to a space.

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Try and strike a balance with vintage and contemporary.

In this space, the modular sofa, coffee table and metal side table are contemporary, and they sit in harmony with the vintage pieces. Mixing vintage and contemporary helps to create a space that feels timeless rather than a time capsule dedicated to one design era.

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Embrace the patina

The natural patina that vintage pieces carry helps create a sense of warmth and soul. Vintage pieces may not look perfect but that is a part of their charm. If pieces are looking particularly worn, you can always look to have them reupholstered or restored by a professional. In this space, we had the original armchair reupholstered in a modern, patterned fabric. Not only does it look beautiful, but it prolongs the life of the piece, making it a sustainable choice.

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Alessandra Smith Design offers interior decorating for residential projects, encompassing home or colour consultations, art and object curation, or a full design service. If you would like to speak to Alessandra about your next design project, visit her website to book a consult.

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