Vintage Renewal is an online green furniture boutique specializing in blending both classic and modern pieces to create one-of-a-kind usable art for your home. The furniture and art objects created for Vintage Renewal are inspired by past decades, fashion styles, different cultures, antique furniture, and vintage craft books. The frames covered are found or existing objects that are given a new lease on life. The upholstery is commonly covered in vintage fabrics and recycled fabrics.

Jeanne Connolly, owner of Vintage Renewal, sat down with us for a little chat.

Tell me about how you originally got interested in vintage goods.
I actually was in another business years ago and while I was trying to start this other business, I simultaneously got my first apartment by myself. I had more fun going to thrift stores, dumpster diving and going to garage sales to decorate my new apartment than I did trying to start this other business. I realized that I was hooked on making over vintage pieces that needed some TLC.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I am absolutely addicted to buying vintage fabrics, trims and furniture. I love looking for vintage furniture with interesting lines and styling that haven't quite been brought out by it's current upholstery or paint colors. I redesign the furniture to give it a fresh new look, but keeping true to it's best style features.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
My biggest challenge to running my shop is where to put all the cool things that I want to buy. I have about 6 storage units currently and counting!

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
Silhouette Stripe/Floral Chair WITH FREE SHIPPING by Vintage Renewal, On Sale

I love this chair! I still fight myself on whether or not to pull it from my site and just keep it for myself. I think that might be one of the hardest parts of being a redesigner. I have to let go of my favorite things.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I became the biggest soul searcher in the world in my late teen years. I just wanted to find myself and what was true to me. I read every motivation and self discovery book I could find all through my twenties and when I turned 30 (which was 5 years ago), I finally found it!

What other sites out there do you love?
apartment therapy
domino [as of publication, domino has sadly ceased operations - Ed.]

What does your future hold?
Turning lots of ugly ducklings into swans!

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