Wedding season is in full swing, but the “something old, something new” in this post title actually refers to…you guessed it…furniture styling. As you may know if you follow me on Instagram, I scored an awesome pair of cane chairs off of Craigslist this past Sunday for only $15 each! It was a dream come true (even though I had to travel pretty far out to the Virginia suburbs to grab them–though I took the metro one way and then Ubered back with them, though, so it wasn’t too pricy of an excursion). Side note: the seller had originally listed all five chairs for $75 total, and while it was a huge steal, I just realllllyyy don’t have the room for all of them. I emailed her asking if she was willing to break up the set (though keep in mind that some people are sticklers about not doing this), and luckily, she was, which made it super easy for me to head to her place and grab two (I also lucked out because not all of the chairs were in great condition, so I was able to pick out the least flawed ones).
While I was excited about the chairs, I did worry that they were maybe a little too old-looking/grandma-ish for a 26 year old. I knew I could style them and make them look fun, but I wasn’t (and still am not) exactly sure how. I’ve tried placing my fun leopard print pillow on one and a faux fur throw on the other (which is cute, but also necessary, as the seat on that chair is pretty torn up). After browsing Pinterest and crowd-sourcing on Instagram, I’ve decided that while gold/white/black spray painted cane chairs look cool, the original wood finish is pretty special and worth keeping. (Sorry for the weird lighting in these photos–one was taken during a super sunny afternoon, and one was in the morning before work, when it’s also very bright in this spot!).
So how can I create a fairly modern setup with all of this wooden furniture? It’s all in the styling. I placed the chairs next to the cane love seat I have, which is obviously also old-looking, but the lucite tables next to them add a more young, modern look. After all, I’ll only be in my twenties and living on my own/with a roommate for a limited period of time, so I don’t want to create a look that’s too “grown up” or stuffy just yet!
I think my gallery wall also helps offset the stuffy vibe–it’s filled with fun prints (some older-looking, and some more modern) that are colorful and whimsical. The gold lamp from Target is 100 percent young and modern-looking while also being functional. Plus, greenery is always key in making a room look more fresh and alive, literally! Plants are so easy to use as decor–just place one in an empty space and there’s no need to splurge on a side table.
I also think a purely modern piece–like a fun moroccan pouf or Eames chair replica–does a great job of taking a space from granny to millennial. Mixing and matching vintage pieces with finds like these will go a long way!