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How to mix the old with the new like a pro

Lisa Dawson

By Lisa Dawson

The way that we decorate our homes is evolving and now, more than ever, we are looking at how we furnish and use our spaces, planning and creating living areas that are as sustainable as they are beautiful. Gone are the days of matching side tables and everything new; now we are looking to reuse, recycle or repurpose what we have and seek out quality second hand pieces, mixing old with new for a home that reflects our own personalities and celebrates individuality. This way of furnishing our homes means that not only are we being planet friendly and saving from landfill, but it’s also good for our pockets.

eBay is the perfect place to start if you are looking to add to your home and combining a vintage piece with your current furnishings will enable you to curate a space that is both affordable and unique. Vintage seating can be a cool contrast in a more modern space—'70s and '80s styles are both comfortable and timeless, fitting easily into a contemporary layout.

Adding your favourite modern artwork above a vintage cupboard is effortlessly sleek; mid-century sideboards are a great investment and can also be functionally multi tasked in almost all of the rooms in your home. And if you’re planning a kitchen update, consider some repurposed storage or vintage counters rather than a fully fitted layout, the perfect juxtaposition with modern base units.

Whether you incorporate preloved furniture discovered on eBay or even upcycle current pieces that you already own, reviving your space by mixing carefully chosen vintage and modern will create a long lasting and sustainable home which works for you.

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