January 26, 2015

How to Create a Stylish Home with Treetopia Pt. 2

Posted by Treetopia in Home Decorating with Treetopia

In the previous installment of How to Create a Stylish Home with Treetopia, we focused on modern design elements and approaches to home décor. In part 2, we focus on the days of old when English elegance was the norm and madcap modern was cool. The goal is to create a home décor theme with elements that seemed to have come together over time.


Upcycling is a common way of repurposing old pieces of furniture by giving it a modern twist. By simply reupholstering an old sofa in a contemporary fabric or giving an old dining table a custom paint job, you can breathe new life into old and beat-up furniture. It’s the perfect opportunity to combine the old with the new; upcycled pieces will definitely add character to any space. Vintage picture frames and an antique steamer trunk make great decorative pieces because they both add interest and give your home a sense of being “lived in.”


Vintage décor combined with modern elements create a timeless ensemble, and that’s the secret to their appeal. The trick to making vintage décor pieces work is blending it with more modern elements. An all-vintage theme will make your home look dated, but little dashes of vintage here and there will add a touch of elegance and sophistication. Vintage elements in a contemporary space scream class, and let everyone know that you can tell the difference between a divan and a settee. For your living room, create a blend of old and new by using decorative pillow covers with classic accents on your modern sofa. You can also add some vintage lace for a French twist. Aged wood adds texture to any décor theme, making wooden furniture ideal.

Emphasize Contrast

If you’re looking for contrast, upcycling is often unnecessary. Contrast is key when it comes to blending the old and worn with the fresh and new. Create a charming theme by combining rough and smooth textures, or combine patterns of similar hues for classically inspired themes. During dinner parties, bring out a liquor decanter for a sophisticated vintage feel. Having a big picture in your mind of what you want to create will ensure that you craft a décor theme that will make history.

We hope that this two-part guide gave you enough tips and tricks to help keep your home stylish during the winter months. If you have more ideas, please share them in the comments!

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