Here in Palm Beach, we often get caught up in the new-ness of everything. With new homes being built and new design ideas popping up everywhere, we tend to forget that beauty can be found in the old and vintage. New pieces are beautiful, but add a family heirloom and it now becomes personal.

If our previous blogs were any indication, we’re very big on going green and creating sustainable design and what that comes down to is the basics: reduce, reuse, and especially recycle. And what better way to recycle, than to take the old treasures and mix them in with the new?

Some of the most beautiful designs come from adding antiques to a more contemporary space.

Take for example this kitchen. Where it’s modernity includes the stainless steel appliances and open space, it’s balanced with an earthy, antique look from the table and chandelier and gives the room a warm, cozy feel.

Little accessories can also add a touch of old-world charm to a room. Consider changing up something small like your door knobs:

Perhaps a door knob just isn’t enough...

Here are a couple of great room designs that use this concept:

We love this kitchen in particular because the floor is very retro while the countertops and appliances are clean and contemporary.

Whatever you choose to do, it’s important to remember that mixing and matching the old with the new can create something unique and give you a reason to use that old rocking chair that was passed down to you by your grandmother. Don’t be too quick to throw away an item that could be used to add to a vintage appeal to a room.