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I adore incorporating vintage items into my otherwise modern home. The contrast and blend between the old and new makes for a comfortable, instantly welcoming space.

vintage photograph table runner

Just recently, I saw this clever table runner – made from vintage photographs – that achieves the same effect for a glamorous dinner party setting. I’ve often seen boxes of old photos at flea markets and wondered what to do with them. Tucking this idea away for the next time I spot some great pictures.

13 Responses

  1. Jasmine Cianflone says:

    I love this- absolutely fabulous!!

  2. HGTV_Karli says:

    Oh my goodness, Lili. I have had this photo bookmarked for months. I'm planning a wedding and I gave this photo to my floral designer! The anemones in the goblets sold me.

  3. Anna@HGTV says:

    I always feel sad when I see antique photos and postcards at flea markets, reflecting that some family has lost them or a family line has died out. I always buy a few to save them from dust and neglect. This has to be the most joyous reclaiming of old photos I've ever seen. They get to live on in this celebration of new beginnings and families merging. (Would love to see more design ideas using vintage pics!)

    • HGTV_Karli says:

      I always wonder the same thing, Anna. How did these end up here and who would love to know that I found them?

    • Lili@HGTV says:

      I know the feeling you're talking about. I've gotten it, too. Agree that this is such a nice way for them to live on.

  4. [...] Isn’t that cool?!  It was on HGTV’s blog “Design Happens“. [...]

  5. juanita says:

    I love the look of vintage and the color scheme is beautiful.

  6. Nancy Powell says:

    I think it's a bad idea unless the photos are yours or have some meaning for you.

  7. ench says:

    dont like this… too busy

  8. This is my first time visit at here and i am really happy to read all at alone place.

  9. Lili@HGTV says:

    Totally agree, Jasmine. Glad you enjoyed it.

Lili ZarghamiLili is Editorial Director of HGTV.com. Her personal obsessions include looking for just the right sofa, ogling real estate listings, and reading floor-plans. She has an admitted "chair problem," collecting...


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