Decorating with family finds

How to mix vintage treasures with your own upbeat style

Dining room
Photo by Thomas J. Story

Chapter 3: Dining room 

“Maybe it’s because we’re children of the ’70s, but we’re drawn to that era and colors that defined it,” says Meg of her orange pendant lamp from Design Within Reach. The blue rug adds a pop of pattern and is also durable and kid-friendly. (Rug no longer available, similar bold prints from; FL/Y pendant in orange, $293;

Meg and Marvin love the Swedish dining set—an estate-sale find—because of the angled chair forms. The stereo cabinet has been refashioned into a bar.

A macramé planter and ceramic pot were made years ago by Meg’s mother, who instilled the importance of craft and creativity in Meg. Posters from the 1950s and ’60s are made modern by framing them in white.

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