I am sure a lot of you have realized that retro, recycled, renewed are all very popular terms used in the design community right now.
Personally, I love it all! I just acquired a beautiful 72″D table made from reclaimed wood planks. It is placed on an ‘area rug’ made from FLOR carpet tiles (renewable, recycled,eco-friendly materials). In the same room is a small stool from China (also old wood). There is a Solar Tube sky light in the room that provides wonderful natural light for most of the day eliminating the need to switch on electrical light sources.
As a designer I delight in mixing old and rustic with new and modern design elements. Hanging above the table is a drum shade chandelier that is contemporary in style. Soon (it has been ordered) a 30″ Carrerra Marble Lazy Susan will sit in the middle of the table.
The key to a unique design that tells a personal story is mixing old with new, rustic with refined, neutral with color and rough textures with smoother ones.