Incorporating vintage art into a room using current design styles?

Memories are the one thing that influences everyone’s life whether we want them to or not.  Whether your memories are wonderful and nostalgic or not particularly great they do help to determine the person you are now.  Recently I went to a gallery featuring the artist Ray Phillips. This particular exhibition focused on his version of vintage art featuring works that have classical images like Popeye, Junior mints, Rock’em Sock’em robots, and of course the “James Bond” nude women.  Inspired by his nostalgic memories of these  images, he now creates works of art featuring printmaking and fine arts. Check out some his works below…

Ray Phillips
Mixed Media
45 x 70

Ray Phillips
Hot Rod Gang
Mixed Media on Wood
52″ X 34″

Ray Phillips’ artwork pulls from the past which intrigues the viewer to remember how things once were.  He allows the individual to focus on the subject matter by creating images in primary colors, which was a classic style that  many designers 30+ years ago created using artwork for cartoons, games, and editorial designs.
So the question becomes, What type of interior works best with retro art?
If you are a individual who chooses to live in a home where everything is  of the same genre I would recommend mid-century furniture.  This  look was very popular in the 60’s and 70’s .  Very clean lines are associated with this particular style of furniture which allows you to bring more pattern and design into the room with your art.  Some examples of mid-century furniture are shown below:

Mid-Century Inspired Upholstered Tuxedo Sofa: This particular sofa is shown with surface tufting on the back and seat. This style usually is very low to the ground and longer than your average sofa.

Mid-century Inspired Chair: Currently a very popular style which is used  in both contemporary  and transitional settings.

Since this style of furniture is currently very popular, you should be able to find original pieces from these past decades in local resale shops.  When purchasing these items remember that may need a lot of internal work that may be expensive to repair so your total expenditure may end up being equivalent to a new piece of high-end furniture.  If the piece that you are looking at is in excellent condition then you run into the problem of it being over priced.  In some cases, sofas like the one above have been sold at prices which are around $8,000 used.  For many of us, this price seems to be outrageous for something that is used. If you happen to find just the right piece at a reasonable price Fabrics and Frames is ready to help you recreate the original look or update it with something new.

Fabrics and Frames is a manufacturer of fine custom furniture.  Regardless if the style is retro, contemporary, or traditional we can create the look whatever look you want if the style is fully upholstered.  Most of our sofas range in price from $2,500- $3,000 and our chairs range in price from $$1,300- $1,500.  Although the price fluctuates depending on the fabric that is chosen, the end result is that you get a new piece of furniture that will last you a life time created just for you!  Some styles which you may be interested in to complete your retro look is the #1484 TB, #2035, and #1430. Just check out our website at We  also encourage you to create your own style if we don’t have the exact look you are looking for.

#1484 TB Sofa Produced By Fabrics and Frames Furniture. Shown in a Grey Linen/ Poly Blend Textured Fabric.

#2035 Chair Produced By Fabrics and Frames Furniture. Shown in Black Leather with a geometric rectangular bolster.

#1430 Chair Produced By Fabrics and Frames Furniture. Shown is a Gold Textured Chenille.

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog, and or follow us on Facebook!

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

For More Information about the artist Ray Phillips, please refer to these links:


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