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Making the Old New Again

Gone are the days where only matchy-matchy patterns and prints in the home would do. Today, designers and decorators are mixing it up and creating fresh, modern looks using different pieces and prints that play off each other rather than being identical.

Making the Old New Again | Annie Selke’s Fresh American Style

A Touch of Décor

While it can take a keen eye to get things just right, there are a few rules of thumb that can be very helpful with this fun new trend.

Color – a common ground color can help tie different pieces together nicely.

Making the Old New Again | Annie Selke’s Fresh American Style

Pattern – choose patterns and themes that work well together. Annie loves a floral theme and recommends mixing pieces with different sized floral prints together. Dainty rosebuds with larger blooms and bouquets? Yes, please!

Making the Old New Again | Annie Selke’s Fresh American Style

Material – look for pieces made with similar materials. Avoid pairing delicate porcelain with heavier earthenware or stoneware pieces.

Making the Old New Again | Annie Selke’s Fresh American Style

Size – not surprisingly, plate and bowl sizes have changed quite a bit over the past century. Mixing pieces that are proportionate to each other will help the set to look more cohesive.

Making the Old New Again | Annie Selke’s Fresh American Style

Bring the Look to Your Bed

Mismatched vintage china was also the inspiration for our new winter floral bedding patterns – Cherry Blossom and Catherine. In the softest linen, with the most delicate vintage cherry blossoms and posies, these patterns evoke cozy memories of a winter’s night at grandma’s house.

We think that florals like these are perfect for a fresh winter look—even though winter isn’t known for its blooms. When the days are dark and cold, a floral print reminds us of what’s sleeping beneath the frost and snow, and the promise of spring.

As with mixing china, the same rules for bedding can be helpful. Choose a common ground color, similar materials, and patterns that work well together, like the delicate cherry blossoms and larger poesies of our new designs.

Making the Old New Again | Annie Selke’s Fresh American Style

Continue The Look Throughout Your Home

If you’re feeling florals this season like we are, consider adding a decorative pillow or throw to your sofa, bed or favorite chair. We love the warm, paisley floral of our Ines fabric. The colors and print coordinate beautifully with just about anything.

Making the Old New Again | Annie Selke’s Fresh American Style

How about you? How are you using florals this season? Do you have a tried-and-true way of mixing and matching? Share your ideas in the comments below!

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