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6 Vintage Items To Give Your Home Character

6 Vintage Items To Give Your Home Character

Vintage pieces are typically long-lasting because they were made using quality materials. Each item is sturdy and unique. In a world of fast furniture and minimalistic design, some vintage items are just what you need to give your home character. Learn about some of the pieces listed below that might be a great addition to your home.

Vintage Cabinet Knobs

Kitchen cabinets and dressers didn’t always have sleek, plain handles. Homeowners used to be in awe of the beauty of unique cabinet knobs.

Crystal fixtures and gold knobs with intricate swirled designs are two of the most popular choices. Luckily, you’re sure to find something like this at a local second-hand store. Place the cabinet knobs in the kitchen, on the dresser in the master bedroom, or repurpose the cabinet knobs as wall hooks!

A Mosaic Glass Lamp Shade

Contemporary homes love the simplicity of rectangular and small lamps with diffused map shades. But nothing shouts, “Stunning!” quite like a mosaic lampshade.

As you walk through each booth of an antique shop, you’re sure to find a lampshade made of different colors of glass to form a gorgeous pattern. The illuminating light bulb will render the colors across the walls.

One-of-a-Kind Wooden Tables

It’s understandable that you would prefer something new to serve as your kitchen table. However, a thrifted console table, side table, or nightstand will suffice to bring additional charm to your house.

You can find anything from light to dark wood, and angular to curvy wood carvings. Keep shopping, and you’re sure to find the right gorgeous wooden table for your home.

Antique Glass Plates

Antique shops are full of beautiful glass dishes with uncommon designs. The original crafters might have decorated them with floral patterns, colorful abstract designs, or an array of fruits.

One-of-a-kind plates like these are valuable pieces of décor. Display them on a floating shelf in the kitchen or behind the glass of a cabinet in the living room.

You’ll know it when you see the ones you love. Keep scouring antique shops until you find the perfect plates to present in your home.

Charming Fabrics for Curtains

Curtains can be pricey when you buy them brand new. Instead of buying something that everyone already has, you can find exquisite fabrics from second-hand stores. Plenty of unused fabrics are available that didn’t find a purpose in someone else’s home. With a little bit of stitching, you can make the perfect set of curtains for bedrooms, the living room, or the at-home office.

Rare Second-Hand Artwork

Many canvases had a home once, then found their way to vintage shops. Abstract artwork acts as a great mediator when combining vintage and modern elements. Floral paintings work well in light and airy homes. Dark and moody canvases complement rooms with dark walls and a warm environment. Sketches of historic scenes are amazing for gallery walls.

Adding second-hand artwork to your home will create an unparalleled design that other homes cannot match. Each space will feel specially designed and complete when adding these beautiful conversation pieces.

Vintage doesn’t equate to low quality. In fact, vintage items are optimal to give your home character in captivating ways. Take your time walking through all the booths in antique shops. You never know when you’ll find your new favorite piece.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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