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Sentimental Nostalgia Inspiration

By David Hipskind, Red Door Antiques

Vintage: Typically from the past of a certain period in which an item was

made. Vintage is used to describe something that is not new, but rather from

the past that is of good quality or style.

Sentimental: A sentimental person is strongly influenced by emotional

feelings, especially about happy memories of past events or relationships with

other people rather than by careful thought and judgment based on facts.

Nostalgia: A feeling of pleasure and slight sadness

Painted in a beautiful and rich neutral Navy Blue color, it acts as a vibrant anchor to any primary bedroom with pops of color on the interior... to add a modern twist. Small accessories in colors drawn from our inspiration piece bring the look together.

So many of us have an overabundance of Sentimental Nostalgic items from our parents or grandparents and we just don’t know what to do with them. We want to hold onto vintage items because of sentimental attachments, but they just don’t work with our modern updated life and décor.

You want to “repurpose” what you have but don’t know how to start. Begin with something that inspires you. Use the items themselves to influence your color palate selections. Use a painting with colors you love.

How about a throw pillow that has colors you love, but are afraid to use. A safe way to approach your decorating style is to use neutrals as a foundation and select bright pops of colors that coordinate and work well together.

Take grandma’s old wood dresser and paint it a color that works with your “theme.” Paint the drawers bright accent colors, add a colorful transfer or inlay. Use the home and garden magazines to see what colors are popular and how to mix them together. Most of your Grannie’s furniture is built to last. They are solid and have substance, not cardboard, particle board or fake wood laminate. All they need is a great color story along with a great paint to bring them into the 21st century.

Let the Red Door help you with your projects. We understand how to incorporate those vintage sentimental items into repurposed modern works that work together in any décor. We are experts in mixing the old with the new. We can show you color palettes that work with any décor or lifestyle.

By mixing in vintage, you inject personality

and character. The new pieces will add a shine and crispness to the vintage pieces, and the vintage pieces will bring soul and unity to your space. When it comes to mixing antiques with modern pieces, almost anything goes.


My name is Dave Hipskind, owner of Red Door Antiques. As certified “Stockists” for Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, we can help you with any of your paint projects. We have new colors and a new and improved formula that

assures you the finest results. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is the “Original” (don’t settle for imitations). There is only ONE Chalk Paint.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® was introduced over 30 years ago. I have been painting for more than 50 years. With that kind of experience, we can assist in answering all your questions. We also offer monthly workshops. We offer the Annie Sloan Method. We focus on four techniques for a more rounded approach. Plus, we apply those techniques to repurposed frames that you get to take home when the workshop has concluded. Call the store for more information and to register.

(916) 714-0619 - 9056 Elk Grove Blvd, Elk Grove -


This story first appeared in the Ardent for Life Spring 2022 issue.


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