The good old days are making a comeback! From quality craftsmanship to retro seating, we'd love to see these classic furniture ideas come back in style.
"One of the things I miss most about vintage furniture are the pieces reminiscent of simpler times and that showed true craftsmanship," says Larissa Haynes of Prodigal Pieces. "I'm referring mainly to the early 1900s where function and form were both found in a piece. You were proud to display it in your home as well as utilize it for daily grind activities." Take this American Empire-style, or Federal chest, which could be used as a dresser in the bedroom or entry. "Versatile and functional," Haynes says.
Antique brass furniture, like beds, bring a luxe quality to homes that we'd love to see again. Julie Holloway of Milk and Honey Home says aged brass is one of the elements she remembers from her grandma's house — and misses from modern homes.
Breakfast nooks built right into kitchens have been around since the '20s, but they really hit their stride in the late '40s and '50s, when uncomfortable pews made way for cozy banquette-style booths. Today, there are many charming ways to incorporate a dining nook.
Why buy a plain old white refrigerator when you could have one in a pastel shade? That seemed to be the thinking in the '50s, and we can't help but long for this lovely, cheery look today. Thankfully, both Smeg and Big Chill have introduced a retro line of fridges, ovens, and microwaves in all kinds of colors, so you can have the vintage-inspired aesthetic with modern functionality.