Home Decor: Mixing the Old with the New

In light of the imminent changes to my working day I’ve been thinking about my workspace at home, or lack of it in particular. I have a few ideas of how I’m going to change things around and create my new blogger’s workspace and I’m hoping to put that into action in a few weeks’ time. After doing a Magazine Interview recently, and being asked if I thought it was a good idea to put contemporary style into a Victorian home, I’ve been thinking more about mixing old home decor styles with new.

Amanda at the Ana Mum Diary did a great post last year on her desk makeover and it’s inspired me to look at how I could mix an old desk with my modern, contemporary style that I love.


antique desk and modern chair

So, I’ve taken an antique desk with a relatively minimal style, and added some modern accessories, chair  and lighting so show how you can mix the old with the new! In a post I wrote earlier this year about creating the perfect home office, I’ve taken some of my own advice and incorporated the necessary elements for comfort, practicality and style.

What do you think?


Home Decor: Mixing Old with New

SCRIBE MULTI-COLOURED Paper A5 notebook – Stationery- HabitatUK


I started with the antique writing desk from www.grahamsmithantiques.com which does have quite a modern, sleek look to it and decided to accessorise with very contemporary pieces as you can see. As the desk has a green leather writing surface I’ve picked out these tones and shades in the furniture and accessories. The blue Vitra chair from John Lewis is the complete antithesis of the desk and for this reason they can work really well together. The Anglepoise lamp is both modern, yet classic and helps hang the look together.

The storage, clock and notebook, all necessary for a practical workspace, bring a sense of fun to the seriousness of the desk.

This could work really well in a room with other dark pieces of wood furniture. Maybe a coffee or side table in mahogany or walnut or even some shelving in the same hues would pull the scheme together further.

I really love the end result; it’s very different, quite fun and makes a bold statement.

What do you think? Could you put a look like this into your home?


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  1. Maria
    April 4, 2013 / 1:25 am

    I love your picks…the bright pops of modern color with the classic lines of days gone by 🙂

    • Jen
      April 4, 2013 / 5:55 pm

      Thanks Maria, I love it too! I had great fun pulling this together. Thanks for popping by 🙂

  2. Ashley R. Cox
    August 29, 2015 / 4:35 pm

    Great ideas! mixing old home decor styles with new is the great way that can make it better

  3. August 31, 2015 / 10:59 am

    Yeah I really like the fusion mixing old with new and this is inspirational too.

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