You guys know I LOVE to share my vintage finds with you – even if I don’t buy all the things I find, the hunt is fun to share. I hope by sharing the things I see, what catches my eye and the vintage trends happening in the marketplace, these ideas help you to sharpen your hunting and decorating skills. There is such a thing as vintage trends, what goes around comes around and it usually does in droves. Once you see the items emerge in a pattern, you can pinpoint the trends and incorporate them into your home decor. It is SO FUN to me!!!!
I recently spent time thrifting in round Top with a fabulous bunch of ladies, we had the best time. We even trudged through the mud to find treasures. Sometimes I think the best part about junkin’ is the people. The conversations and the friendships forged over a good hunt are hard to beat.
If you are wondering what Round Top is, it’s a HUGE bi-annual vintage and antiques event that happens in the tiny town of Round Top, Texas. You can read my tips for visiting and shopping here. Let’s dive into the vintage trends I saw in Round Top this spring.
Vintage Trends From Round Top, Texas 2022
- Vintage Birdcages – Possibly one of my favorite trends and one I hope to be the proud owner of someday. I do have a small vintage birdcage, but want one of the giant ones so bad! I’d love to fill it with actual birds. If not birds, plants are GORGEOUS in a birdcage. You can use them indoors or outdoors, coffee table to garden. How would you fill yours?
- Unique Planters – TONS of cool concrete planters were everywhere! Honestly, giant vessels that can be used in the garden are so popular right now. Ditch the traditional, expected terra cotta pots and add some personality to your plants with a found item!
- Old Mantels – Literally around every corner I saw vintage mantels that had been taken from old homes and farmhouses. These make the perfect faux mantel for those of you without a fireplace, but they also look gorgeous as a focal point in a room that doesn’t have a fireplace. Try it in your master bedroom or dining room. They are stunning on their own, but lovely to decorate as well!
- Black & White Silhouettes – I’ve been seeing these particular types of art for the last six months. They are different than a traditional silhouette (which I’m a total fan of!) these are more like silhouette scenes, often with a domed glass picture frame. These would be fabulous in a gallery wall setting.
- Vintage Kitchen Utensils – Literally EVERYWHERE are boxes and buckets and trays full of vintage kitchen utensils, old egg beaters, spatulas, meat tenderizers and more. Show off these vintage treasures on a kitchen peg board or in a crock on your counter. You can even use most of them – they don’t make things like they used to, these babies are built to last! (we might still have a few kitchen vignette kits in stock in the store if you want to jump on this trend, click here!)
- Swans – These elegant birds are showing up in flocks! Giant planters, fabric designs, furniture pieces, silver, you name it – there are swans on it! Such a beautiful trend. They are truly elegant bird and their shape and silhouette lend themselves to such a beautiful, feminine feeling presence.
- Ironstone/White Dishwares – A classic home staple. White dishes evoke a nice, warm, clean and cozy feel. Use them to eat on or decorate with. old or new, white dishes are here to stay. (swans too) Vintage platters, soup tureens, pitchers and vases should be on your shopping list! This is the ideal spot to mix old and new to beef up your collection and give you endless decorating and entertaining possibilities!
- Botanicals – You’ve heard me say nature is always in style, so you know I’m on board here! From dried flowers to botanical prints, floral fauna was a popular sight in the fields. This timeless look can be incorporated into your home in a variety of ways. Use this vintage trend as a starting point for your DIY projects this year!
- Ornate Mirrors – Mirrors are always a decor winner, but I saw more and more mirrors this spring. Think of beautiful, ornate frames and crusty, chippy painted frames. This item is one you can absolutely buy new, they make so many good reproduction mirrors. I love to layer over a mirror with a wrath, garland, trays or artwork.
- Cubbies/Sorters – If you missed the cubby I scored recently, you can check it out here. I saw some knockout cubbies at Antiques Week this spring, from mail sorters to hardware bins!!! There were a slew of different sizes, shapes and colors. My heart was pitter pattering like crazy. They can get pricey, so be willing to hunt and pull the trigger when the right one crosses your path.
- Green (and Pink) – The not colors this spring were green and pink. Not necessarily together, but the two colors individually. These calming spring colors can work year round for you, and you can personalize the trend by selecting your own shade to go with. Dusty pink, bubblegum pink, mossy green or kelley green – you pick your poison! I’m a fan of green myself and it is the main color that accents my house outside of traditional neutral colors.
- Marble Accents – Marble is a traditional material that’s been around as long as time. While it has had a surge in popularity for tile, flooring and countertops it’s popping up in the details. I saw a a resurfacing of antique marble topped furniture and home decor pieces. You can mix this classic material in with just about any style to add a soft, old world feel to your home.
- Charcuterie – Bread boards are the superstars right now. Vintage butcher block and cutting boards, imported and new made a showing this spring. It makes sense, entertaining with charcuterie is fun, easy and a great way to be creative in the kitchen. Plus, when your guests leave, you can decorate with your serving pieces! Bread boards propped against a backsplash or displayed on a kitchen island are yummy in their own right! If you haven’t jumped on this bandwagon, now’s the time to get your ticket.
- Nature/Branches/Tree Parts – Different than the botanicals mentioned above, these are typically large statement pieces that make a great impact on a design space. From large wood chucks to wispy branch decor, pieces of nature stole the show. This is the most affordable way to impact your decor, plus when you are over it, just throw it in the recycle bin! That’s a surefire winner!
- Masculine Aesthetics – I have always had a heart for what some might consider a more masculine decor aesthetic… deer, dark moody colors, hunting items and heavily bent hunting type pieces. Good news for me, those things are on trend! I saw lots of equestrian pieces, dogs, deer, and heavily carved pieces.
- Colored Glass – I’m a fan of this one!!! You pick your favorite and go all in! I collect brown glass, but have a little bit of green. This is such a fun treasure to hunt for and so easy to add to your decor. Display your colored glass/bottle collection on a tray, mantel, china hutch or riser. You’ll always have something to look for and can usually find pieces for a reasonable price!
- Bells – I’ve been seeing these a while now, from Brimfield, MA to Brady, TX and now in the fields of Round Top. So sweet in a little grouping or perfectly fine on their own, bells make for stand out vintage decor.
- Wrought Iron Chandeliers – Crystal chandys typically have my heart, but the trend I am seeing is a resurgence of scrolling black wrought iron chandeliers and I’m here for it. Black is always in style and goes with just about any decor style, so keep a lookout for these classic beauties to bring into your home. There are many great new, reproduction tyle chandeliers out there, but the old ones are so scrumptious – heavy and solid. It might be worth the wait to find the perfect one!
Did this list spark some ideas? Make you think of things you have stashed away? Hopefully – it gave you some things to keep your eyes peeled for at garage sales and flea markets! Happy hunting, collecting and decorating sweet friend! You can also see the Decorating trends from Spring Market here, it’s crazy how much the lists overlap! If you’d like to read more about Round Top and see the trend lists from years past go here.
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