Cinnamon buns. The smell of these fluffy, doughy-sweet rolls will always remind me of my Grandma Karstad, a lady whose home and overall style was “classic vintage”. Today, however, Maude would no longer be baking in a kitchen hidden away in architectural exile. Instead, she’d be the center of attention, in the hub of the house, the place where we spend most of our time. Their energy and functional efficiency have also become very important. So, how do these two eras meet? See below, these wonderful design-hybrid spaces that mix modern and vintage styles, offering inspiration for those of us who long for our grandmother’s “old school” nostalgia with mod practicality and coolness.

Showcasing modern-vintage at its best, it’s all in the details with this kitchen. With mostly white on dark brown wood and pops of red, the quirky vintage stools, lighting, and plates create undeniable character. Source:

Seriously Scandinavian, mid-century mod is made modern by infusing bold colors and patterns of today. Source:

Sometimes all it takes is one focal piece to add that vintage touch, like this salvaged Texaco sign. Against the clean and minimal white decor, its vibrant color is spicy and classic. Source:

A floor to ceiling retro-reno turned this dated kitchen into an updated vintage-modern beauty. Where’s 2012? The 1950s-looking-but-new appliances (dishwasher, espresso machine, and fridge) and glass subway tile back splash brings us back to the present. Source:

Photography by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly

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