• By Jacqueline Hosford, ASID

Transformation: old to new


There is sometimes great joy and pleasure in seeing favorite, comfortable and comforting furniture and furnishings come to new life with a well-done facelift. Or perhaps even a wonderful room updated is just enough. Not everything needs to be completely redone, tossed out forever. Sometimes you want to keep the things you have loved, refreshed, rejuvenated and ready for years of new life. This approach still needs a designerly eye, but the effort is particularly worthwhile, especially for those of us who get sentimentally attached to some of our things.

I enjoy discovering the new and intriguing, and I love everything to be attractive, but not necessarily trendy. As I child I recall being ornery in that way, always wanting to do something different from what everyone else was doing. These days my creative soul still likes to buck the trend in favor of self-expression. Transforming an existing piece in the spirit of adaptive reuse—with care and creativity­—can be a very fulfilling exercise in self-expression.

Fabulous modern revision!