My Top 10 Trends in Vintage Decor

Vintage is my job.  We host around 150-200 vendors at each of our 8-10 shows per year, plus all the shoppers buying at the shows…so that’s…math I can’t do.  The point is, we see a LOT of vintage décor bought and sold.  These are the things I see that are hot right now, but still classic pieces that will last through the trend. 

 

1 – Global Chic.

Global Chic looks like treasures you found on vacation in some exotic place.  Or maybe old Buddha statues with the paint chipping off.  Pillows and rugs that look like they came from a market in Marrakesh.  Indian kantha quilts thrown over a chair, bone inlay tables and Mexican pottery.  These pieces create an interesting and collected look, like you’ve traveled the world and have been curating over the years.

Photo courtesy Junk Hippy – Kristen Grandi

Photo courtesy Junk Hippy – Kristen Grandi

2 – Worn Leather Furniture.

Worn leather club chairs are one of my favorite things!  You know the ones in lounge areas in restaurants or shops that are NEVER for sale?  Chairs or sofas where the leather has a lived-in look are just cozy and yummy…I’d take a worn piece over a new one any day.  It adds history and warmth to your space with a feeling that it may have a story or two.  Plus, leather can work with anything else you have going on.

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Photo courtesy – bloodandchampagne.com

3 – Your Grandma’s Midcentury Furniture. 

Recently, we cleaned out my aunt’s house and found two perfect midcentury dressers buried under tubs and boxes.  You can find similar reproduction pieces at places like West Elm but the real deal is always better!  Check estate sales and your favorite grandparent’s house for the originals.    

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Photo courtesy – papernstitchblog.com

4 – Nature.

The easiest way to add warmth and life (literally!) to your home is through nature.  Snip a couple branches off a tree and keep it in a large jar or vase.  We have a dried plant from the beach in California on our mantle.  Nature-inspired fabrics, botanical prints, brass bugs or animals, flowers, turtle shells, seashells and art are easy ways to bring the outside in.  

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Photo courtesy - vibekedesign.blogspot.com

5 – Wicker. 

Wicker and rattan.  Are.  Everywhere!  This is a fun way to add a boho or vintage feel to your style.  You know those hanging rattan chairs?  We had one when I was little.  In early 1980 somethin.  Headboards, tables, cabinets, chairs, baskets…it all sells QUICK.  If you see it, grab it.  If it’s not in the best shape, paint it!

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Photo courtesy Pinterest

6 – Retro art.

I’m still kicking myself for not grabbing this Trova print at our last show.  1970’s art prints, Midcentury art, event or festival posters usually have great color and can mix with almost any style.  This could be your one really cool piece with that WOW factor and can be found in almost any price range. 

Photo courtesy Junk Hippy – Kristen Grandi

Photo courtesy Junk Hippy – Kristen Grandi

7 – Same color pottery.

Displaying pottery or dishes all in the same shade will make a huge impact!  Look for milkglass, jadeite, or anything in your favorite color and load up.  This is an easy but stylish collection that can look like it’s been passed down through generations.  Get started at garage sales, thrift stores and estate sales. 

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Photo courtesy Country Living

8 – Chinoiserie.

Chinoiserie is classic and a few Asian style pieces mix well with almost anything.  Chippendale style bamboo chairs, a pagoda shaped mirror or headboard, blue and white ginger jars and Foo dogs are always good finds! 

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Photo courtesy bloglovin.com

9 – Oversized glass jars.

Demijohn bottles are one of those things you would probably keep forever.  You can find them in shades of green or clear, and are so simple but beautiful no matter how you use it.  We see these at Antiques Week in Round Top, Texas and I have a few smaller reproductions (shhh!) from places like TJ Maxx and World Market.  These work with everything from Farmhouse to Modern. 

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Photo courtesy Pinterest


10 – Threadbare rugs.

This is my weakness.  Persian, kilim, tribal, whatever.  I love them all and I love when they’re worn through in places, when the edges are frayed and the colors are deep.  These rugs definitely tell a story and add colorful layers to your home’s vibe.  Use them with any style, layer them, scatter them around the house.  Search “estate rug” on eBay for some really great finds!

Photo courtesy Junk Hippy - Kristen Grandi

Photo courtesy Junk Hippy - Kristen Grandi

 

Kristen Grandi is the Owner/Founder at Junk Hippy, one of Country Living and Flea Market Style’s top vintage events.  She lives in Oklahoma City with her husband and two girls.  Sign up for her newsletter at www.junkhippy.com for décor inspiration and event updates. 

 

The Four Most Popular Vintage Styles

“Vintage” can mean a lot of things to a lot of people.  Vintage is my job.  I see it every day, it is how I make my living.  But I see so many styles get lumped into the vintage box.  Here are the four main types of vintage.  Some can be interchanged and mixed, and other styles like retro, kitsch, French Country, industrial or Hollywood Regency can all be found in these groups.  Each style is unique but still shares the vintage vibe.  Which one speaks to you?

1 – Boho. 

I chose boho first because, this one is mine.  I think this fits our style at home the best.  Boho/Bohemian is fun because it’s such a mix.  If you’re an old soul, this is probably for you too.  Also, if you’re over 35 you probably call it Bohemian.  You can add a little bit from the other vintage styles and it still can be boho.  Mix a midcentury piece of furniture with a tribal rug and sheepskin and it’s boho. Wicker or bamboo with velvet, leather or fur, Moroccan pillows and an old Fillmore poster.  Boho should have a little 1970’s vibe to feel authentic.  Indoor plants or cactus for sure.  It’s cozy, full of texture and color, and everything feels like it has a soul.  Nothing matches and we like it that way.

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2 – Shabby Chic.

Shabby Chic style was created by one of my heroes, Rachel Ashwell, several years ago and is still huge.  This includes the chippy painted furniture with crystal knobs, soft florals, tarnished silver, milk glass….lots of white, cream and pastels like pink, green or blue.  This is where you find the lace curtains, drippy chandeliers, mason jars full of old buttons, over-stuffed and slipcovered furniture, pearls and soft worn-out quilts.  Art might be painted landscapes or Victorian prints.  I see nature mixed in with shabby pretty often, maybe seashells, moss or even a turtle shell.  Primitives, farmhouse and antiques are easy to mix with Shabby Chic.  Shabby is definitely the most feminine of this list.

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3 – And the opposite of shabby…Midcentury Modern.

Midcentury Modern is HOT!  We have several MCM pieces living at our house.  Check most furniture or décor stores (like West Elm) and you’ll see a Midcentury influence.  Midcentury design started in the 1940’s when the clean, geometric Danish style became popular in America, and ran through the 1960’s.  Midcentury pieces are usually known for straight, clean lines, with a very simple style.  Wood pieces are stained a warm color with small, very simple hardware and skinny legs.  Art is bold with color and graphics, and may be product or event advertisement.  Upholstered pieces are also simple, clean and straight.  Paintings are colorful and abstract.  Throw in a sputnik light and Don Draper would approve. 

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4 – Rustic/Farmhouse.

I give all the glory of this one to our favorite Fixer Upper’s.  FARMHOUSE.  Holy shiplap, JoJo!  This mixes with several other styles like Primitive and Shabby Chic too.  Usually white, gray or greige walls, white painted or rustic furniture, burlap, cotton stems or wreaths, hand-printed signs, windmills, wire baskets, and barn doors are all signature Farmhouse.  The real deal is always better, but you can find Farmhouse reproduction everywhere.  Even if they are new pieces, Farmhouse style still has a vintage feel and mixes very well with true vintage, primitive or even antique pieces.  You’ll see a lot of industrial pieces used with Farmhouse style, like metal cubbies or cabinets, carts, galvanized buckets or bins. 

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What is your favorite bohemian movie/tv home?

If you have ever stood in front of the tv, hitting the pause button so you can take a picture of the house in the show you're watching....you are not alone. This is my list of my favorite movie homes with a bohemian/old hippy vibe.  What would you add to this list?

1- Meet the Fockers 

This is one of my favorites! I love the crazy architecture, the lush landscaping and the cozy eclectic feel inside. Check it out on Hooked on Houses for more photos!

This is one of my favorites! I love the crazy architecture, the lush landscaping and the cozy eclectic feel inside. Check it out on Hooked on Houses for more photos!

2 - Dharma & Greg

This was one of my favorite shows back in the day and I'm so excited that reruns are playing on Ovation!  I have this on the DVR and watch an episode every night when we go to bed.  Dharma is my soul sister and I swear we've had so many of the same conversations they have on this show.  I always loved their apartment with the velvet chesterfield sofa, exposed brick walls and funky vintage goodies.

3 - Monica's apartment on Friends

This one seems kind of obvious but I've always loved how eclectic Monica and Rachel's apartment is.  I'd have to honestly say, this set design is one of the places my love for vintage came from and helped inspire my vintage furniture and junk business, Gypsy Green.  From the purple walls to the vintage French posters, the fun curtains and mismatched dining chairs...I think we've all loved this one since the very first "How YOU doin?"

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4 - Mama Mia

This one, seriously....

Having Greece in the background doesn't hurt, but Meryl Streep's boho home is so perfect.  

5 - Practical Magic

In my dream house, I have a little special apothecary room like this with a zillion jars of herbs, plants and oils and magical little things.  And this kitchen.  

I also love the home at the commune Elysium on the movie Wanderlust but can't find any photos of it.  Time to pause the dvr and snap some pictures!

What are your favorites?  

The Design Conflicted Girl

I don't think I'm alone in this (please tell me I'm not), but our house is never "finished".  I could blame it on our job, always finding newer, cooler pieces and constantly swapping furniture out.  But I know better.  I remember doing this even at 12 years old....I'd save my money and buy new bedding and would end up dragging my furniture around, rearranging my room.  The whole look would change, not just a couple pieces.  This isn't anything new or curable.  I've always been a vintage girl, always a design junkie, always conflicted.  I'm a firm believer in the thought that your home should be a reflection of YOU, not a truckload of matching stuff from a big box store, just for the sake of having things on the wall.  So this is where my issue with cookie cutter design comes in.  It's like finger nails on a chalk board to me.  There is no soul in it.  Your personality should come through in your home, it should be filled with things you love and that mean something to you.  Not that it's normal to redecorate every three days, but I do love that our house evolves as we do.  

I love that the shells we picked up on the beach on a summer vacation are living on a bookshelf in the living room.  I love that my grandpa's cowboy boots sit on a bench in the dining room, so everyday when I pass them, I feel like he is still with us.  The vintage hand-painted Buddha lamp that Shawn surprised me with at my 35th birthday party is in the living room.  These things have a spirit and a story, and they are important to me.  They are part of OUR story.  We get to tell their stories when friends come over and ask "where did you find that!?".  We have things we've bought from friends, or traded with other design conflicted friends.  We have framed artwork from our girls.  Vintage kantha quilts, retro funky art prints, a great vintage chair my grandma gave us, my great-grandparents dining table as our desk...these are all things you can't just run out and buy.  It's a collection and these things have wandered around the house into just about every room.   Our house is never perfect, or magazine ready, or really even guest ready.....it's messy but it's ours.  You may walk in and find everything down off the walls, the bookshelves are empty, furniture is all scattered.  We've had people come in and ask if we just moved in.  Nope, I'm just rearranging.  Then I get the look.  This slightly cocked head, puzzled look that kind of says "WHAT is wrong with you??".  And we get LOTS of "does your husband care that you do this?  Mine would kill me!".  No he doesn't mind, because he is kind of super amazing.  He knows this was part of my crazy package.  

I hope maybe this inspires you to look around your own homes, maybe pull something special out of the drawer or cabinet and let it be part of your home.  Surround yourself with the things that you love and that mean something to you.  Who cares if it doesn't all match!  Will your family care?  No.  But they will love being able to see these special things, the kids will feel special seeing their framed artwork on the wall.  Your guests will love walking around taking it all in.  Make it personal, and it will be interesting.  It is YOUR home, make it yours.  

Peace and love,

Kristen

 

What is Junk Hippy

A vision in her mind for years, owner Kristen Grandi said, 2016 is proving that dreams and reality do combine and produce an event unlike any other in the area. In April, the El Reno two-day festival catapulted Junk Hippy to another level. 

“It was my wildest experience and what I've wanted Junk Hippy to be as far as shows thus far, and it finally happened,” Grandi said. “It was months of planning, and years of dreaming.”

A festival full of diversity, Junk Hippy El Reno produced close to 250 vendors for consumers to peruse aisles of uncommon creations and rare finds. The array of novelties cannot be pigeonholed when one describes a Junk Hippy show. 

The styles range from architectural, industrial salvage, to rusty, junky farm styles. In between one will find up cycled, repurposed selections to shabby chic, eclectic bohemian decor. Nothing is ever the same, yet the atmosphere promotes a unity of individuality. 

“I encourage diversity, and creative power when it comes to the vendors,” Grandi said. “I want them to construct their booth to cater to their own sense of style. I encourage being unique.”

Although vendors have the freedom to make their area their own, Grandi said she only has one main rule she is adamant the vendors adhere to

Be kind or leave.

“This is such a fun experience, and yes, it can have its share of unexpected events as far as things not going to plan, but we will roll with anything unexpected that happens throughout the event.” Grandi said. “And, with that I expect vendors to be pleasant to each other and to their customers. If you can’t be kind, then Junk Hippy isn’t where you belong.”

That is what adds to the dynamic of Junk Hippy. An upbeat atmosphere where all are welcome and accepted.

From hippies to cowboys, everyone is able to find an item that meets their personality. 

With food trucks lining the exterior of the event’s grounds, Junk Hippy El Reno brought a myriad of tastes. Classic menu items were available, as well as, food with a flair. Watermelon pie, fried tacos, grilled burgers and lemonade from Mason jars, the food element contributed to the festival feel.  

After shopping and eating, the crowd was able to listen to the sounds of an Oklahoma artist.

“Live music is essential to the atmosphere I wanted to promote,” Grandi said. “We hit it out of the park with the addition of Stoney LaRue in concert.”

When the sun set for the evening on the first day of the festival, LaRue took the stage into the night.

Grandi said a Friday night concert will, from now on, be a staple at the El Reno show.

So, what is Junk Hippy? An antique, vintage, craft show? In a sense, it’s a combination of everything. It’s laughter, friends, music, backed by a shopping experience one will not be able to find at any retail store. 

“It’s everything you love in one place,” Grandi said. 

Junk Hippy is an experience. 

It’s a getaway from the norm. And, that is Grandi’s goal.

“If I ever feel our show style is being copied, I’m going to kick it up a notch. I am one who can’t stand to be the same as anyone else, that goes for my show too.  When we started doing this, it was to do something new and unique in our area.  I love what we do and won't let a little imitation stop me.”

Her show that she worked countless hours to construct. A show that introduced her to a vast amount of people with different backgrounds and ideas. Junk Hippy brought together the people and their individuality in one place to share with all. 

An Oklahoma original, four years later, Junk Hippy continues breaking the barriers for vendor-type events. 

By Bridget Mason

Junk Hippy Casa

Nestled in the middle of an Oklahoma metropolitan, is a home unlike any other. A canopy of trees shade its structure and the entrance transports its owners to a different place, and a different time.

The windows are open, the breeze sends fragrant notes of citrus from one end of the house to another. The Black Crowes and Fleetwood Mac play in the background, and the colorful decor set the house in a bohemian tone. But, this isn’t the typical boho decor.

 

It’s boho with an edge. Nothing is the same, yet it all flows together. Eclectic collections from around the world reside in this house, and just as the owner dreamed, it’s her oasis. Her place away from the world, but has the whole world in it.

Although there are pieces from her travels, some are from her adventures around Oklahoma. Estate sales, trades, auctions and random finds. She collects pieces of different patterns and textures, combines them in an aesthetically eye-pleasing compositions to create a timeless look with a touch of flair and uniqueness.

This is the Junk Hippy Casa. Kristen Grandi, owner, cannot pinpoint her design style to one particular word, it’s a conglomerate of old world and new age. A style undefined.

“I feel like I should've lived in California in the 1970s,” Grandi said. “Collected, traveled, laid back, eclectic and edgy would be the top words to describe my design style.”

Couple those words with individuality and that is the Junk Hippy style she aims to create.

Vintage rugs layered together, posters of rock legends, worn leather chairs, pillows in an array of colors and textures, statues of spiritual guidance, photographs of her most beloved travels and people, and books that line the built-in shelves covering an assortment of topics.

“This is my safe-haven, my refuge,” Grandi said. “A place where I gather with my favorite people and laugh, tell stories and live life.”

With bare feet, she wanders the rooms of her home, revealing sunlight to each area as she pulls back the curtains. A deep exhale, she sits on her vintage Chesterfield sofa, and reveals what home is to her.

“It has all my favorite things in it —from people to food to energy and dreams,” Grandi said.

 

Her place for personal growth, support and meditation, that is what home means to Grandi.

And while it’s known she changes and rearranges her decor quite often, one thing remains the same - it will never be a cookie-cutter house.

 

“I don’t like to be the same as everyone else,” Grandi said. “If something feels trendy, I’m done. We all have our own fingerprint when it comes to style. I encourage everyone to find their own perspective.”

When a piece of furniture no longer serves a purpose in her home, Grandi sells it. She doesn’t hang on to what no longer is needed.

“When I feel something is done here, I hope someone else can take it and make it work in their own way in their home,” she said.

That is Junk Hippy style.

At the moment, her home may be located in Oklahoma, but her spirit is of California. And, that is the feeling evoked when one steps through the threshold of her home. 

By Bridget Mason