Vintage is a personal taste and can vary from traditional antiques to something with more of a retro feel and anything in between. Finding antiques to add to your collection adds a personal touch to your decorating style.  See what our readers are saying about where they found design inspiration for their favorite pieces in their homes and collection!

How Vintage Design Adds a Personal Touch

Victorian Charm

Diana Tenes and her husband live in a Victorian house built in 1904. “We are slowly restoring and refurbishing with vintage and antique items. We shop at second-hand stores (thrift, resale, and consignment), flea markets, eBay,, to find great, suitable items every day. We love antiques and vintage and know this is the best way to get what we like for our taste and budget.”

Love of Antiques

Janene Samuel tells us, “I absolutely love antiques! I would rather pay for an old piece any day than a new piece unless it is handcrafted! I am not always sure if my things match but I love them all the same!”

Vintage Decor Skills

Maggie Murphy wanted to share her Mom’s mad decorating skills. “For the past 10 years, award-winning actress Wendy Crewson has lived in a 1913 Tudor-style home in Toronto’s Rosedale neighborhood, where she has raised two children and studied many movie scripts, including The Vow and Winnie, both of which she stars in this year.”

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and talent offering design tips.