An assembly of home furnishings from different time periods will create an inviting, yet individual ambience. Accent with old lamps, lanterns, clocks, or various beach finds on mantels and side tables to enhance your personal style.
Give your kitchen a nostalgic feel with vintage appliances. A refurbished stove, manually operated toaster, and dial phone will lend an old-school vibe, while a retro clock will ensure your culinary efforts are cooked to perfection.
Construct funky curtains out of old tablecloths and clip rings. Choose from your own collection or visit a local thrift shop for undiscovered treasures. Shades of creams and pastels provide a clean, simple look.
Find inspiration in old cottage photographs and area homes, or browse through old family albums. Past generations can be an excellent source of classic design, so don't be afraid to ask relatives for suggestions or handed-down furnishings.
Sun-faded slipcovers and worn plaid blankets give the room a "lived-in" look. Try a fabric store for material with a stylish and purposely faded look or visit a thrift store for the real thing.
Mix and match dining chairs for an innovative and inexpensive way to gather around the table. A fun idea is for each family member to choose a chair that is his or her own style. They're sure to add character and whimsy to the room.