“We love our cherished tokens of old and blissfully acquire the new, yet an even richer joy awaits us when they are united together, birthing a resplendent harmony… gracing our lives with the bestowal of fulfillment and unexpected surprise that abounds within their authentic and matchless synchrony.” ~ Adelle Campbell
Who says that “you can’t have the best of both worlds?” Without even knowing it, we are surrounded everyday in the simplest ways with something old and vintage, accompanied by something that is new, fresh and recently invented. For instance; If you live-in the deep south, in a new home, your blessed to be able to enjoy all the modern day amenities that acquiring a new home offers. Most likely, you are also graced with gorgeous antiquated live Oak trees, that have lived upon your land for 400 years, shading your home with their prestigious, stoic branches, draped with Spanish moss that gently sways in the cool evening breezes, bringing your home rich history, charm and enchantment. During the Christmas season, when we venture off to find “the perfect tree,” (proudly carrying it home atop the roof of our cars,) excitement wells up within our hearts as we begin the mirthful season with a ‘tree trimming gala.’ Our souls brimming with a matchless joy as we place each ornament upon the noble branches, reminded of the special moments in time, when our cherished keepsake was given to us. Once again, without even thinking about it, this precious union of the old and the new is bringing forth richness and joy to our hearts.
With all the wonderful gifts that the old and the new bring to our lives, they each have their own unique advantages. On the side of Vintage…It graces our lives with a wealth and gladness that only something inherited can bring, giving us a sense of where we have come from. It also is a showcase of our style, (if you are an antique lover.) The antiquated is valuable, holds with it many nostalgic memories, adds an abundance of class to our lives, with its’ enchanting, ‘old world’ maturity and storybook ambiance. It’s gifts are extraordinaire, distinctive and intimate. Lastly, it blesses our lives with an abundance of memories of all the people we have loved, and have loved us back, over time.
For connoisseurs of the bestowals of things new, this gift definitely bring us a since of security as it promises us a longer amount of time to enjoy it’s pleasure and usage. It too is a showcase of our signature style, makes us feel delightfully pampered, enhances our abiity to entertain and learn, (the updated technology being what it is,) as well as enriches the enjoyment of our hobbies, talents and livelihood. The new is exciting, refreshing and adds pizzazz to our lives.
In thinking about the attraction of the the old and the new, lets start with things that we can all agree are definitely better when they are brand new…(Okay, maybe not definitely, as some of you will not totally agree,) but you know what I am saying. 🙂
For many, there is nothing, and I mean nothing like the joy and elation of owning a brand new car. It brings security, smells divine and will undoubtedly have the latest bells and whistles. Owning a new 3-d HD television would undoubtedly be a preference for those whose ‘recreation of choice’ is watching their favorite weekly shows and repertoire of relished movies. A brand new couch is sublime, giving your cozy haven an entirely new look, (plus you get to buy extra accessorizes as every new couch needs motley, accent pillows and a new throw! ) 🙂 For a child, (young or grownup) a brand new bike is a treasure like no other, creating whimsical thoughts of all the new adventures their new “toy” will take them 🙂 There is no joy like the elation of bringing home a new puppy.(Well at least 85% of the time.) 🙂 For all of the ladies… a new diamond ring, sapphire necklace or pearl earrings would keep us on cloud nine for a long time, and for the men, (I am thinking of Kit here,) a new computer would float his boat for months, as would a new I-Phone, the latest stereo surround sound speakers and brand new athletic equipment.
Now for the lovers of the old… There is nothing that can compare to an old 1936 Cadillac Coupe with a Mono-block V8 engine, (painted in its dated color ) with leather seats…just the sound of its engine running is music to a vintage lovers ears. Who doesn’t love an antiquated picture frame hanging on the family photo wall, bringing texture and shapes that were specifically made in a unique time in history? Classic novels…their covers filled with impeccable writings from authors who are long gone but their name is still revered and will be remembered forever. Vintage table clocks are something that are definitely a conversation piece as they tell a story all their own. How about an inherited fishing rod, hunting rifle or hand crafted knife that carries with it, a medley of stories of the times you went fishing and camping with your father? An old King Louis the 8th bed… You will never find another bed made that embodies such stoic and romantic charm. If you are a lover of Italian food, then choosing to dine at an old authentic Italian eatery is definitely the best choice. (You know the one where the original chef, ‘Antonello’ left all of his beloved recipes with his sons and their is no way in heaven they will ever share all his secret ingredients.) 🙂 I agree, their stuffed Lobster Ravioli and freshly made canolis are far more a delicacy than Olive Garden’s version. 🙂 For the new moms out there, owning an antique christening gown for your baby, every stitch hand done, created in a delicate style that can never be duplicated would be a keepsake forever.
In this vignette, I hope to share a few ideas of how bringing together the old and the new will blissfully add richness, beauty and fulfillment to your every day life. Perhaps it will even spark and awareness of what you have already been enjoying in your life that is a gift and blessing from the matchless union of the old and the new. ENJOY!
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something . It seemed obvious to them after awhile. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. ” ~ Steve Jobs
“To attract men, I wear a perfume called ‘New Car Interior.’ ” ~ Rita Rudner
“Every time something new is invented something old becomes antique.”
“A house with old furniture has no need of ghosts to be haunted.” ~ Hope Mirrlees
“I’ve always had a keen sense of history. My father was an antiques dealer and he used to bring home boxes full of treasures, and each item always had a tale attached.” ~ Sara Sheridan
“It is easily overlooked that what is now called vintage was once brand new.” Tony Visconti
Here are a few ideas for creating a joyous wedding of the old and the new. Some of these notions may not be new to you at all, but I hope that this vignette will challenge you and bring about an awareness to begin mixing the new with the old and see for yourselves, how rich and fulfilling it can be. 🙂
A REUNION OF FRIENDS! Remember when you got married, had your first baby or graduated High school, and you looked out upon all the people who were there to support you? There is nothing quite like the feeling of beholding,( in one place), so many people who are anchors in your life, gathered together at that special moment in time. How about creating a themed reunion, inviting the many friends over your lifetime that you adore, the new and old, celebrating their friendships with a party to end all parties?
I was so blessed a few years ago, when Margo, one of my childhood friends, (you know the kind of friend that knows everything about you and still loves you, 🙂 ) flew from California to Delaware for a visit. My friends in DE put on a beautiful luncheon for her and I felt so honored to have her with me that day, amongst all my new friends. They all fell in love with her and she immediately knew why they were so dear to my heart, feeling as if they were her new friends as well. 🙂 (Don’t you just love it, when that happens?) 🙂 It truly was a day that embodied the very best of both my worlds.
Definitely a felicitous wedding of the PRECIOUS old,
And the GLORIOUS new!
Dim the lights , throw a few logs in the hearth for kindling, put on some jazzy John legend, and open a vintage bottle of Merlot. Now the important part here is to serve your wine with a side of dark chocolates. (The combination is heavenly.) Dove chocolates are delicious or perhaps you have a near by Chocolatier who makes their own renowned, new sweet confections daily. This would undoubtedly be a decadent union of the old and the new.
If you live in a new home, with modern appliances and architecture, adding a dated, gorgeous vintage piece of furniture, brings an enchantment and depth to your home like nothing else can. (And can you imagine what conversation pieces these antiquated additions will bring forth?)
I love the newly custom made bay windows and dining table, matched with the vintage hutch in its dated colors, hardwood floors and wooden ceiling beams. I can picture in my my mind, Marianne Cunningham (from Happy Days,) enjoying pastries and coffee with Martha Stewart. 🙂 (This cheerful ambiance brings both eras together.)
Host a family reunion. Have you ever sat in a room, filled with your family and just quietly watched the love and interactions between all of your kin, their years ranging from the toddler stage to 80 yeas old? (OK, all the GOOD interactions between them?) 🙂 (It can get kind of hairy sometimes.)
And my favorite…my father in his 80’s with the youngest in our family at that time, his 3 year old grandson… I witnessed a great wealth of joy that day in this blithesome union of the old and the new. 🙂
Displaying memories of the old and new. For those of you who have a real knack for crafts, (and who save cards and photographs from way back when,) how about creating a wall with a diversity of childhood cards, and photos, combined with those you continued to receive in your teenage years and adulthood? What a delightful constant reminder of all the many people in your life that love you, bringing blessing, depth and an abundance of smiles to your life.
OUR BEDROOMS deserve this notable gift as well! If you own an antique bed, take a trip to your favorite department store or boutique and buy some brand new Egyptian cotton sheets with pillow cases to match…dressing up the old with the new…truly experiencing cozy and inviting hours of rejuvenation.
bedecked with vintage, hand embroidered bed linens…( These bed sheets are so exquisite and beautiful, I would be scared to sleep on them.) 🙂
For cheerful vintage color to enhance the look of your new modern bed, treat yourself to an antiquated duvet bed cover for your comforter…The colors and designs from the past are filled with a cheerfulness and a bold joy.
If you are a lover of old fashioned Root Beer floats, buy a liter of Hires Root-beer, (introduced in 1876,) and instead of using vanilla ice-cream to give it its grand finale, buy (something very new to the market,) 🙂 Breyers Gelato indulgences, (the vanilla caramel is to die for.) Put a scoop of that in your drink, topped off with REAL whipped cream and you will be tasting an entirely new and decadent creation. 🙂
How about renting one of your favorite classic movies that has been enhanced for your enjoyment with today’s technology? A black and white film that has been colorized, transforming each scene , making it more lifelike and vivid. The same fabulous movie, just more pleasurable to watch.
The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer with Cary Grant and Shirley Temple! Undoubtedly a classic and fun for the entire family.
A wondrous Christmas movie or for that matter, 4th of July, Easter or any time your in the mood for an old classic. Holiday Inn with Big Crosby and Fred Astaire…(Great dancing!)
Last but not least, my favorite, Arsenic and Old lace with Cary Grant. Its spell-bounding. 🙂
MUSIC! Another creative idea to enjoy the blessing of the old and the new ; downloading your favorite song from yesteryear, but from a new artist that has taken the same lyrics and medley that you love, and has made it their own. Who knows, you may like it even more.
The heartening song Hallelujah, originally preformed by Leonard Cohen in 1984 was sung by Mathew Schuler on the Voice in 2013…Not only did he get a standing ovation but he took this song and turned it into a masterpiece, with his unique style and hauntingly beautiful voice.
“Dancing in the streets,” originally sung by Martha and the Vandellas in 1964 was remade by the two eminently talented (and quite the characters,) David Bowie and Mick Jagger 21 years later in 1985. Its all a matter of taste, but I prefer the latter as far as the style of the song, but appreciate its originality and creation over two decades ago.
A treasured, traditional vintage British Christmas carol, The Holly and the Ivy is one of many of the songs we cherish every Christmas. Its creation is a showpiece and when redone by Mannheim Steamroller, its phenomenal, unique and entirely different than the original. If you have never listened to the new version, be sure to check it out on YouTube.
PETS! There is such a thrill when you bring home a new puppy to your family …(not just your human family) but for your old dog “Rusty” as well, who has been the family mascot for many years. (Not to say that at times, it doesn’t work out,) but for the times it does, it is awesome to bring together the old and the new…Rusty has a new friend and your family gets double snuggling time and more kisses. 🙂
This next joyous wedding of the old and the new really does not need an introduction, except to say; “turn up your computer speakers to hear not one, but two Grammy award winning singers, (with 19 Grammys between them, ) who are both legends of their time, and the song they sing together as a duet went GOLD! By far, my favorite find for this vignettes theme. 🙂 ENJOY
(Did I tell you that they are my two favorite singers of all time? What a treat!)
If you are a collector of vintage sports memorabilia, bottle caps, jewelry, stamps, sea fossils or old mineral rocks, building or buying an updated wooden shadowbox to showcase your treasures would be a wondrous coffee table or wall display.
Your favorite hand soap displayed in an antiquated glass jar dispenser would bring an ambrosial and fresh union of the past and present.
A ladies tea. Mixing and matching china is now a very in-style thing to do…why not mix and match their ages? I love Susan Branch’s combination of colors, styles and textures with this charming medley of tea cups.
Make your next Dinner party extra special with an awe inspiring and creative union of the old and the new with vintage dinner plates atop modern chargers, as well as mixing your water and wine glasses, (one pattern old and the other new.) Both of these tablescapes are absolutely breathtaking.
A Christmas celebration. This same idea would be splendid for your Christmas dinner gathering. Use your new Christmas china with one that you have inherited…Your tableaux will be grandiose , inviting and pampering to all of your guests.
Photographs. As you’re reminiscing one day in the family photo albums, treat yourself to “updating” one of your adored antique photographs. I have a medley of photos of my parents when they were young, our old childhood homes, and photos of my siblings and I, when we were mischievous and running wild. (Just joshing.) 🙂 Some of them have stayed preserved very nicely, while others are worn and torn. I had one of my favorite photos restored, had it framed and it is now entertainingly gracing my desk. (I have to say it is quite the conversation piece in my living room.) A treasure from the past enhanced with our new technology of the present day is a wonderful gift for yourself or a loved one.
Vintage fabric covers for new photo boxes are a great idea. I don’t know about you, but I have a creative potpourri of modern day photo boxes that I keep cards from my childhood, old letters, photographs and treasured memorabilia; concert tickets, movie stubs, ribbons from winning the relay race at my high school field day event, or creative artwork from a few of my preschool students, many years ago. Not only are these boxes a keepsake, but a beautiful decor item in our cozy havens. Festooning them with antiquated fabrics, and filling them up with your new cards, photos and treasures would be a wonderful and stunning gift for yourself and home.
The classy invention of water bowls with ornate pitchers, used in a time in our history when there was no ‘indoor plumbing’ within a home, is not not only an antique collectors dream, but serves as a lovely piece for home decor. Some creative ways to bring about a ‘perfect match’ between the old and the new would be buying a replica of an antique, made with a china pattern that is modern, or adding 20th century decor to an original antique. I love the vintage pitcher that has been decorated with a “Paris” ribbon, bringing back special memories of a trip abroad.
A jaw-dropping restoration of an old classic car...the same style and beauty of its original state, but having it rebuilt with all the updated and spectacular technology the twentieth century has to offer.
These are a few photo’s of Super model Twiggy’s 1968 Restored Toyota. Its original color was a Ferrari red. Don’t you love the brand new interior and the finished sparkling gold exterior makeover?
Two classic cars with all the exemplary class of their original state, combined with all the bells and whistles, the present day has to offer. Both are undoubtedly , magnificent and genuine keepsakes!
One of my favorite unions of the old and the new…A Vintage teddy bear dressed in modern day apparel. They still have the classy appeal, just a relaxed version. 🙂
As well as my modern day, new teddy bears dressed in vintage attire. What a wonderful ambiance they add to our home… 🙂
Another great idea…keeping all of your vintage books that you cherish, but having a new cover made for them.
Apparel. Now that your home is all taken care of, how about treating yourself to a wondrous combination of the old and the new…Buy yourself a brand new pair of jeans and then go to a vintage boutique and accessorize with some authenticated “old world” finds.
An authentic and heartening memory quilt with photos of all the generations within your family…beginning with your grand parents all the way to the families newest addition. Truly a blanket of comfort, bestowing you with the very best of both worlds! If you are not one to quilt with photographs, use fabric pieces from beloved memories of the past…childhood clothing, a jean jacket from high school, and your first spring dress you bought when you turned 21…pieced all together, you bring two worlds of memories into one. 🙂
Vintage cookie tins filled with your updated and latest new brownie recipe or macadamia nut, white chocolate chip cookies. This would be a great gift for a neighbor or friend. ( With bringing the two worlds together, you actually can have your cake, (cookie,) and eat it too.) 🙂
How about a vintage breadbox? In our home, one of our favorite things to do on the weekend is go to our neighborhood bakery and choose a few pastries and freshly baked breads…(the breads would definitely last in this “blast from the past” gem, but I don’t think the pastries would make it. 🙂
TRIPS. For another celebration of the old and the new together, take a trip to a childhood place that is filled with an abundance of felicitous memories and when you visit that magical place, take someone new with you…When sharing such a wonderful place in your heart, it is always a richer experience bringing a long someone you are close to. Sometimes seeing it through their eyes, adds an unexpected new joy.
My beloved older brother Jim and I retuning in our 40’s to a place we frequented very often in our childhood years…Our grandmothers home in Long Beach California. Oh what resplendent memories flooded our hearts that day. We were so mischievous back then…well, Jim was anyways. 🙂
I had more fun taking Kit and Patch, our first precious cargo, in our BG days, (before Graham) ) to my beloved childhood South Carolina for a visit. My cousins all adored him , and Patch made a medley of new friends with all the youngsters. It was one of my happiest memories.
In this first photo, I took Kit, my newly married husband to a place I adored as a child where we spent many felicitous memories at our cabin, water skiing on the lake and snow skiing on the slopes in the winters at Big Bear lake, California. The second photo was a fabulous visit with my brother from California who came to see us on the east coast, (our new home,) for Christmas. Both keepsake moments I will cherish the rest of my life.
PHOTO WALLS. Bring together the old and the new (as well as the in between,) by creating a family photo wall of the people, (or pets 🙂 ) in your life, that have blessed you the most!
My first creation…my wonderful best friend and husband, Kit.
Another best friend in my life for 33 years…my mom!
My parents with their first baby girl, and a photo of their second baby girl, all grown up…:) My sister and I are 13 years apart but we stick together as we are the only girls in a family of five boys. 🙂
Here is one that is creative; two photos side by side of two people with a large age gap between them…the one thing in common with the photos is that they were both taken when they were the same age…for instance…a photo of each of them at the age of 20…So, it still is the new and the old but magically put together, as if they were the same age at the same time. (Sounds confusing, but it really isn’t.) 🙂
I will try a few and I encourage you to do it as well…interesting concept, don’t you think?
On the left, My father as a young man in his early thirties and his son, my brother Patrick in his early thirties. For some reason my dad just looks a lot older than Patrick…maybe its because he is my dad…I think they have the same ears though. 🙂
My mom’s mother and my mom, both in their early twenties. HMM, my mom must take after her dads side of the family.
Kit’s father in his mid 30’s as well as Kit at the same age. I can see a little bit of a resemblance there. (The ears again.) 🙂
My mom and I both in our early 40’s…One likeness I see is that we are both smiling. 🙂 People have told me I get that same expression on my face that she has in this photo. That’s a nice compliment. 🙂
Lastly, our precious cargo, ‘baby’ and love of our lives, Sir Grantham! He is such a photogenic character …I just love this recent photo of him from this last winter as he frolicked in the snow. 🙂
I was just noticing a very strong resemblance here as I was gathering photos from my library for this vignette and wanted to share it with you… These two guys could be brothers. What do you think? Maybe Justin Timberlake will be as handsome as Kit when he gets a little older? 🙂
Vintage photographs displayed in brand new, stylish picture frames… a resplendent reflection of the new and the old.
My family minus two children. (Yes, I was the one with the very chubby arms…)
In closing, as I end this vignette, I thought I would share a few “REAL” weddings of the old and the new…May~ December weddings, otherwise known as couples who meet, fall in love and get married to someone much younger or older than themselves. I do have to say that one of my best friends has a spouse that is 13 years her senior and they are by far, one of the happiest married couples I have ever known. With age comes wisdom, maturity, security and character…Youth brings abundant energy, innocence, playfulness and a positive outlook… the union of these virtues coming together is rich and full…certainly a gift and something to be cherished.
This blog has been a lot of fun to write and I hope you have enjoyed it…its something I never really thought a lot about , but when it came to me, I had such a good time thinking of all the ways our lives are so richly blessed between the glorious wedding of the old and the new. I also have a deeper sense of appreciation as I view all the things in my life that fall under this category.
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