Four Ideas for Styling New & Vintage Together

We’re sharing some tips today for using both new and vintage pieces in your home. We all love the depth that vintage pieces give to a space, but we don’t want our homes looking like Grandma’s attic either. We’ve put together a few ideas for incorporating old and new pieces together.


Add Vintage Rugs to Your Modern Space

“Style throwback pieces next to ultra modern furnishings or spaces,” suggests Libby MacCarthy at The Nest. The vintage runner adds depth and pop to this ultra modern kitchen from Amber Interiors, and gives inspiration for a quick and easy way to add a touch of vintage to any newer space. Vintage runners are definitely having their moment in kitchens and bathrooms, but you can find a rug that will work in nearly any space in your home. Be sure to check out the beautiful collection of vintage rugs from Floored at Cottage Grove Vintage Market next time you stop by.


Pick Your Palette, Then Mix Old & New

This living room by Vintage Revivals combines a new sofa with a vintage credenza, DIY chairs, and a mix of new and vintage accessories. The entire space is anchored by soft creams, grays, pinks, and light wood, bringing a cozy and cohesive feel to the eclectic decor. Not sure where to start? In her book Love the House You’re In, Paige Rein suggest by picking a “kernel,” an item that inspires how you want the room to feel. This could be a vintage print, a chunky throw, an old photo, or a souvenir from your favorite travels. Let the kernel serve as an anchor as you choose your colors, textures, and decor for the space.


Collect It


If you’re nervous about vintage pieces making your space feel dated, start with a collection styled in a modern way. We love taking vintage botanical prints and styling them in modern frames, or using open shelving to display a collection of vintage dishware. Sources: 1 | 2 | 3

Double Duty


If you’re wanting to incorporate a vintage vibe without sacrificing modern technology, think about using vintage pieces to conceal your electronics. You can cleverly hide a TV in a vintage armoire, tuck cords and cables behind vintage artwork, or add hinges to the drawer of a refinished dresser to stash your TV or stereo accessories. Sources: 1 | 2 | 3

Meet the Vendors: Q&A with Ryan Dennis of Grey Street Market

Ryan Dennis of Grey Street Market is joining us today to share how she got started in vintage and some tips for using bold colors and vintage pieces in your own home.


KB: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? How did you get started finding and selling vintage goods?

RD: For as long as I can remember I've loved hunting for treasure, from garage sales with my grandmother and shells at the beach to clothes at Marshall's and now all over the place! Hunting vintage gets my creative juices flowing because I have to think outside the box and figure out a way to transform old and dirty into cool. I can't recall a time when I wasn't drawn to vintage style, but my first serious obsession was buying vintage Levi's from Time Warp and Uptown Downtown when I was in high school.

KB: How did you get connected with Susan and Cottage Grove Vintage?

RD: I had decided to take my vintage hunting to the next level by selling some of my stuff because I was looking for a way to make some money while juggling everything that goes along with being a mother of two. It checked all of the boxes for me. I started out with my Etsy shop and then Julie, from Found, told me about the Flippin' Flea. I set up a little shop outside and I think I had a space in Cottage Grove the next month


KB: What’s your favorite part about running Grey Street Market? Has the business evolved at all from when you started?

RD: As I said before, I just love the digging and shopping and using all of the creative parts of me. My mother and I had Invitations on Main for ten years so I'm no stranger to retail. Not gonna lie, the "putting yourself out there" and all of the papers and receipts are not my fave!

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KB: How would you describe your style?

RD: Hmm. Such a boring term, but 100% eclectic. My house was built in 1950 and is true mid century modern so that got me going on MCM style, but I've got a little bit of everything mixed in. Thankfully my husband loves it too, so he doesn't mind coming home to find I've hammered a few more things to our walls or rearranged the furniture.

KB: Your space at the shop is always full of color--any tips for the color-timid on adding bold pieces to your home?

RD: This is my tip: my house has an open floor plan, so all of my walls are painted a very light neutral, which anchors the house. Colorful pillows and art are an easy way to jazz up a room without committing too much. I've got a wall filled with black and white art, but then have one orange block print thrown in for some color. I have a few colors that I’ve focused on and carried throughout the house so it looks a little more pulled together. Big stuff neutral, small stuff colorful is how I do it.


KB: Do you have any favorite pieces you’ve sold at the shop?

RD: I can't help it, I love the bamboo and rattan and I just sold this really cool bamboo bar cabinet. I would have loved to have kept it if I had the room. It was in great shape and well worth the long haul down the mountain.

KB: How do you incorporate vintage into your own home? Any tips for mixing older pieces with new ones?

RD: I like new, fresh upholstery so most of my furniture is vintage but updated with a modern fabric or a funky vintage lamp base with a new clean lampshade.

Thanks so much, Ryan!

You can see Ryan's latest finds at Cottage Grove Vintage Market, Wednesday through Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm, or follow Grey Street Market on Instagram and Facebook.