30 April, 2020

Refresh: Mixing Old with New – Peek at a Project


Refresh: Mixing Old with New

Wondering about mixing old with new? Looking around and thinking you would like to give your room a refresh? We love finding ways to re-imagine cherished pieces and mixing in new pieces. By mixing in a few new pieces you can completely transform your interior to have a whole new look!

Living Room Before

Our client had inherited quality upholstery pieces that they wanted to reuse. A sofa and matching loveseat, a pair of armchairs and a coffee table. The furnishings were the right scale for the room and very comfortable, but not their style. The bullion fringe on the sofa and loveseat were too traditional and the glass top table wasn't practical for their lifestyle with toddlers at home. They wanted a simpler more contemporary look.

Living Room After

We reupholstered the sofa and loveseat with a solid gray fabric giving the frames a whole new look. To change the look of the coffee table we used a dark bronze finish on the metal base. And to make it more practical we changed out the glass top with a new wood top. It looks like a brand new table! We added some new pieces to complete the room. A blue rug, sheer drapery and shades, and a few end tables and lamps.
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Dining Room Before

We brought the same approach to the dining room. Refresh: mixing old with new. They already had a dining table scaled perfectly to fit the room. They wanted this room to feel finished and just as comfortable as the living room.

Dining Room After

To anchor the room and bring in some softness and color we added a large colorful patterned rug. We selected upholstered dining chairs to add more texture to the room and for comfort. New artwork completes the room and gives it a refresh.

More Photos of This Project

To see more photos of this project and learn what we proposed to solve their toy storage needs click here

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For more than a decade, LiLu Interiors has been designing intentional living environments that reflect the singular values and needs, lifestyle and aesthetics of each individual client. With care, joy and trust, we’ll creatively collaborate with you to design a home that uniquely expresses who you are and how you live. Intentional design, no matter the style, requires thoughtful attention to detail and deliberate choices.
Let’s make life better. Let’s bring your intentions home.

Comments on Refresh: Mixing Old with New – Peek at a Project
  1. You’re speaking my language with the old mixed with the new. I love it! says:

    You’re speaking my language with the old mixed with the new. I love it!

  2. Leslie says:

    It’s so much fun to see these before/after photos, Lisa! Your clients must be so happy with the way you met their needs and gave them such a beautiful, refreshed look for each space!

  3. Carla Aston says:

    Big difference in before and afters! Love this!

  4. Linda says:

    Love these before and after’s Lisa. Such beautiful changes. That blue chest is a show stopper for sure!

  5. Julie Ann Shahin says:

    I love how you reinvented some of their “old” pieces here! The console and artwork is my favorite part.

  6. Claire says:

    Oh wow, I love that cabinet by the stairs! I am a sucker for a dark, dramatic piece. The artwork above does a great job of bringing in some subtle colour tones and repeating that blue. Lovely transformations Lisa!

  7. Shannon Ggem says:

    I love reuse- great to reuse good older pieces and bring them up to the clients current aesthetic!

  8. Mary Ann Benoit says:

    Great transformation and love how you came up with great ideas to transform the space using alot of what they already had!

  9. Jillian Lare says:

    Love the before and after photos and how you were able to repurpose what the client already had.

  10. Sheri Bruneau says:

    Lisa, this is so great. I too love the before and after photos to illustrate your magic! I love seeing when we can repurpose furniture and add in new to fill in the gaps.
    The art and table by the stairs – LOVE!

  11. Suzi Rugg says:

    These turned out so pretty! Love the mix of original with new, for a fresh new space!

  12. Chári Herndon says:

    Love the before and after pictures. Great tips and I love the art too!

  13. Janet Lorusso says:

    Brilliant re-purposing to achieve a completely pulled together update and total transformation! I love what you did to reimagine the coffee table, and the new additions are perfection!

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