I'm a sucker for vintage photographs and granny-like heirlooms-jewelry, linens, and china-that evoke a sense of history and have a story to tell. So I'm thrilled that a slew of my favorite home-décor stores are stocking new accessories with a flea-market sensibility: old-world pictures and designs silk-screened onto contemporary materials.
|For example, stop by Web site Environment 337 for Fauna animal pillows decorated with images that look like they've been lifted right out of a 1970's picture book. Made of cotton canvas, the cushions are 12 to 15 inches tall and are available in three styles: pigeon, squirrel, and gorilla. I think they add whimsy to any space they're in, and they make great road-trip travel companions. $36 each. environment337.com.|
|I don't drink coffee, and I rarely have the time to indulge in a proper high tea, but I still find myself buying old tea sets. An easier way to get the look without rummaging through second-hand shops is via CLIO's Improved Crockery line of tabletop ware. These one-of-a-kind pieces-which are sold separately-feature pictures of men and women from olden days printed onto vintage teapots, creamers, cups, saucers, bowls, and platters. $47 to $150. clio-home.com.|
|Artist Ella Doran makes beautiful printed roll blinds and accessories such as cushions, wallpaper, trays, and coasters. But the images of vintage plates on acrylic-laminate, cork-backed placemats she carries are so real-looking I'm tempted to eat right off them. Set of six, $70. elladoran.co.uk|
—Lisa Quintela, associate editor