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How to Decorate with Vintage Without Falling Over a Kitsch Cliff

Vintage? Great. Kitsch? Not so much. Here's how to embrace the vintage look without making your home feel like a campy kitsch-fest.

Photo: Ellen Silverman

Mix eras

No matter how much you love the fifties (or the sixties, or the seventies), please don’t decorate entirely in that style. Embracing one period wholeheartedly is a surefire way to turn your home into a kitsch castle.

Add moderns

Mixing modern furniture and decor with your great vintage finds is another way to help your rooms stay relevant. Plus, it’ll make your home even more one-of-a-kind.

Accessorize intelligently

Balance things out with accessories that don’t really go with any era, like a big stack of books or a great photograph.

Go abroad

Well, we won’t make you travel just for the sake of decorating your home, but if you do find yourself in a foreign country, make it a point to find an exotic, native item for your home. This is a great way to add the same type of variety vintage brings without the camp factor.

Now you can find out how to buy big name vintage furniture.

Nestpert: Grayson Handy, co-owner and creative director of Prudence Designs and Events and author of the new book Flowers for the Home: Inspirations from the World Over

-- Paula Kashtan