Making the Old New Again: Designing with Pieces You Love

Whether you’re moving into a new space or just trying to revitalize the old one, it can be difficult to see the beauty in something you’ve owned for a long time. In some cases, the pieces you have might have been handed down to you and have sentimental value, which makes it even harder to think about parting with them.

I love incorporating meaningful furniture into a client’s space; it truly makes the design unique. Here are some examples of how old pieces can find a new life in a refreshed space!

In this case, the client had inherited some wonderful furnishings, yet things didn’t quite come together as they hoped. What did I add to this cozy, mountain living room that helped my client have the room they desired?

  • – new blue chair
  • – new gold upholstery fabric & trim for a family heirloom
  • – window treatments
  • – finessed their accessories

Here is another room where my client started with furniture passed down from relatives (chaise & chairs).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We added a lot more here (those spectacular light fixtures, bed frame & accent pillow, rug, & window treatments) but, the most interesting thing we did…⠀

making the old new again

…were these fabulous chairs.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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They are covered with old family rugs. One rug on the seats and another on the backs.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The rugs were damaged and what was left wasn’t quite big enough to reupholster the backs of the chairs.

A little new fabric there and, we had an amazing transformation!

As an extra bonus, old chairs and rugs didn’t need to go to the landfill. They got to be reincarnated for a new life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

So, if you’re looking at some of the sentimental pieces in your home and wondering if it’s time to let them go – hang on. Let’s talk about how to bring new life to the pieces that make your house a home!

Michelle Ku is a Denver, CO interior designer and owner of Ku Interior Design. Her projects  range from space planning, kitchen and bath remodels, large home additions, and full-home redesign, with a specialty in redesigning condominiums in the Denver metro area.  For more information including how to contact Michelle, CLICK HERE.

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