With a little paint, fabric, and inspiration, there’s no such thing as a lost cause. Take a design cue from this Southern stylemaker and turn a diamond in the rough heirloom into a statement-making treasure.
Blue Print and Collins Interiors in Dallas, TX
Who she is: Home-furnishings store owner and interior designer.
Her style: Timeless interpretations of old and new.
Shop her store: 2707 Fairmount Street; blueprintstore.com
Why do you love vintage furniture?
Making over old furniture adds character to a room. I think it’s wildly important to draw from the past. Remade old pieces are inevitably original, so you’re guaranteed they won’t be floating in the pages of a catalog.
What makes something makeover-worthy?
Look for pieces that are unique with clean lines. You want furniture that commands attention and has a bit of pizzazz. I like things with interesting details, such as unusual feet or handsome hardware.
What do you always avoid?
I’m not a fan of imitation antiques. With so many beautiful originals out there, why?
What are you on the hunt for right now?
I’m always shopping for it all! You have to be when you’re in a flea-market environment. I do always have an eye out for mid-century and Louis XVI upholstered pieces, and I have an affinity for Asian influences.
Best reupholstering tip?
Always opt for down fills for your cushions. No more foam! It’s well worth the investment.
What’s your makeover secret weapon?
Hardware, hands down! If a piece has bad hardware, it can lose its impact. Spend some time finding new hardware and you’ll reap the rewards.
What’s the best way to freshen old tables and chests?
Lacquer. If you have a sentimentally important, but cheap North Carolina furniture piece that has beautiful wood, instead of being covered up, opt for a high-gloss clear lacquer. If you do paint, I prefer letting the shape and form do the work with soft colors such as Linen White or Elephant Tusk by Benjamin Moore.
Any words of decorating advice?
Mix furniture from different eras. I like to use a combination of antiques, mid-century finds, and new pieces. When you don’t have items from our past, there is no context for the newer pieces in a room.