You can mix old and new elements to add depth and creativity to a room. For example, designer Lori Rourk paired a weathered antique column and coastal artwork with a shining new bar cart, which also adds in a variety of materials and textures.
Designer Lori Rourk transformed a once-tired antique record player into a chic focal point by adding blown glass knobs and refinishing the wood. Inexpensive coastal accessories finish off the look and bring a real sense of character.
A former old-world bed was transformed into a coastal focal point simply by changing its surroundings. "I never dreamed that it would work in this environment," says designer Lori Rourk. "Once I placed it in the room, it became a focal point and was an unexpected delight."
Two French country-style armchairs are adorned with furry pillows and situated in front of large windows, creating an ideal spot for intimate conversation. In between the chairs, a metallic table boasts a metallic vase, adding an eye-catching splash of glamor to the space.
A traditional staircase pairs with an upholstered bench and a distressed side table to create an elegant yet inviting atmosphere upon entering this home. A warm color scheme of creamy neutrals and rich browns creates a compelling sense of authenticity.
A gold antler, a metallic sculpture and coffee table books adorn the mercury glass-topped table in this transitional living room, adding a glamorous gleam to the chic space. Furnishings are kept neutral so as not to compete with the metallic accents.
The furniture chosen for this tasteful dining room gives the space a French country-inspired look. An ornate chandelier and gorgeous crown molding add sophistication overhead, while a patterned area rug adds updated style underfoot.
Instead of buying all-new furniture to create a calm coastal environment in her living room, designer Lori Rourk transformed her existing furniture. "All of this furniture in its existing state was very dark and gloomy. I loved the lines of all of these pieces, so instead of buying new, I would recreate my vision to be light and airy," Rourk says.
A beautiful white orchid breathes natural life into this chic living room. The houseplant pairs with other stylish accessories to create an eye-catching display atop the mercury glass coffee table.
Sleek, metallic finishes and clean lines combine with sumptuous textures and traditional architecture for a luxurious, transitional design in this living room. A soft, neutral color palette pulls the look together.