Old Fashion, Modern Function


Designing your home is one of the most exciting projects of your lifetime. Try not to see it as a huge task, rather as a work in progress with the ultimate goal of designing the house you
dreamed of as a kid. Huge projects like this are much more manageable if you break them down room-by-room, or $1k by $1k. If you see an empty shell and instantly want perfection, you can be daunted by the task in hand. Once you’ve cracked the mental aspect, it’s time to get busy and decide on just how you want your house to look.

In the modern era, redesign jobs seem to be all about sharp lines, glass and metal effects. This cold, hard approach has defined the bachelor pad, or the sign of success; however, that appearance isn’t for everyone. Many people want to live in a home, a place where they feel the warmth of their family as well as the warmth of their furnishings.

Less right angles, more right atmospheres. With this in mind, a new genre is developing – a genre of old fashion, modern function where we feel the vintage touch yet appreciate the high functionality of a modern home. Check out our 5 tips to marry these two principles:

  1. Windows

    Every house seems to be installing double or triple glazed windows with the generic white dressing. However, it’s not necessary. Custom fitted shutters can add a touch of class to any property. Combine that vintage look with the modern approach, and these shutters can include high-end insulation and state-of-the-art sound proofing, yet still give off that old school vibe. Now that’s the perfect solution for anyone who wants the benefits of a warm, quiet room without having to adopt the cold lines of modernity.

  2. Kitchen

    I’m sure we’ve all seen the 21st century’s take on kitchens with a silver metallic floating island, lines that cut diamonds, where the room resembles a hospital as much as a homely kitchen. However, with advances in technology and some ‘fake’ facades this is simply not necessary. Vintage looking cabinets can now hide away your high-tech microwave, your state of the art washer/dryer and your beloved dishwasher.

  3. Bathroom

    Classic faucets can be fitted with the most modern of water heating equipment. No huge surprises there. However, original bronze or ceramic bathtubs can now be fully customized into functioning Jacuzzis and hot tubs; with your faucets looking like they belong in a wonderful farm house, and your original bathtub looking quite divine, few would believe the functionality lurking beneath all that class.

    So many people subscribe to the modern atmosphere dictating the house that they have to live in. They feel as if they have to say goodbye to their dreams of old-school charm in order to have the modern functionality that technology today can allow us; however, this doesn’t have to be the case. With a little bit of thought and a touch of research you will soon have a vintage feel without foregoing that level of functionality.

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