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Journal

February 8th

Bring Some Glamour to Your Vintage Style

Shiny and sparkly accessories provide the "glam" in vintage glam.

My favorite design style is “vintage glam,” which combines vintage items with the glamour of bright fabrics and/or shiny accessories. Instead of pairing vintage with the more traditional French country look, which creates a shabby chic feel, vintage glam uses a modern approach.

I recently decorated for a client who also loves vintage glam. Her overall taste leans toward furnishings you might find at Z Gallerie. Yet she also appreciates French provincial with its frills and florals.

The wallpaper was my inspiration for this room (see photo above) since it was bursting with yellow and chocolate brown – not what you would typically find in a French design because these colors would be too bright and deep. But with vintage glam you can get away with that combination.

My first selection for the room’s furniture was the gray velvet sofa – contemporary in its lines, but with the curved arms and tufting, and in that luxurious fabric. To bring in the more rustic French side of the room, I added a reclaimed wood coffee table with iron legs. We went for more of the glam side in the accessories, such as the gold-mirrored accent table.

A mirrored coffee table gives this space its glam effect.

Another home I decorated used a touch of vintage glam in their family room’s color palette. While the sofa was gray and cream, we paired it with a bright blue ottoman. This allowed us to feature some of the homeowner’s vintage accessories without the room becoming dated or too traditional.

Vintage glam is a rather unique style that’s not for everyone. Especially in San Diego, where homes are more Spanish or Mediterranean, the design can be difficult to achieve without a complete renovation, removing flooring and other details. So if you’d like to give vintage glam a try or feature it in a smaller part of your home, I recommend painting your bedroom a soft blue, adding a few mirrored nightstands and then choosing an all-white or soft-color bedding. Hang a small chandelier and place a few sparkly accessories around the room, and you have vintage glam!

If we can help transform your home into vintage glam or assist in any of your design needs, please contact us.