Giving Vintage New Life

Max Humphrey, a Portland-based interior designer, is no stranger to creating dynamic designs and breathing new life into vintage pieces. His Modern Americana style seamlessly blends old and new, mixing bright colors, bold patterns, and vintage furniture. We sat down with Max to talk more about his designs, and he walked us through a recent project that used Sunbrella fabric to give vintage stools—found in a thrift store—new life. He shared with us how these stools, with the help of additional found furniture and Sunbrella fabrics, created a perfect nook in his home.

 

Vintage furniture gets a makeover using Sunbrella fabrics in this comfortable, cozy nook in Max Humphrey’s home.

 

Something Old Becomes Something New

When working with a client, Max says their lifestyle comes first. He considers how they will use a space as he begins building it piece by piece. Often his clients are younger families, “so durability—whether dog-proof or kid-proof—is essential,” Humphrey says. That’s why using Sunbrella fabrics for his projects is always an easy choice. “Clients are shocked when they realize how comfortable Sunbrella is. I use [Sunbrella] because my clients do not have to choose between durability and fabrics that are soft enough to use.”

Sunbrella fabrics come in a variety of colors and patterns, the perfect starting point to inspire Max’s designs. With his nook project, Max wanted a creative challenge and chose to experiment with less color. “Textures and neutrals are a challenge for me, so I am trying something new,” he explained. With Sunbrella fabrics, there’s something for every style.

 

 

 

Sunbrella fabric can turn a vintage piece into a cherished part of everyday life, thanks to its durable, family-friendly design and wide array of fresh styles.

 

Inspiration from Fun and Functionality

When working with a client, Max says their lifestyle comes first. He considers how they will use a space as he begins building it piece by piece. Often his clients are younger families, “so durability—whether dog-proof or kid-proof—is essential,” Humphrey says. That’s why using Sunbrella fabrics for his projects is always an easy choice. “Clients are shocked when they realize how comfortable Sunbrella is. I use [Sunbrella] because my clients do not have to choose between durability and fabrics that are soft enough to use.”

Sunbrella fabrics come in a variety of colors and patterns, the perfect starting point to inspire Max’s designs. With his nook project, Max wanted a creative challenge and chose to experiment with less color. “Textures and neutrals are a challenge for me, so I am trying something new,” he explained. With Sunbrella fabrics, there’s something for every style.

 

For his nook project, Max chose these Sunbrella fabrics: Embrace Pewter for the banquette; Nurture Pebble, Nurture Charcoal, and Centered Onyx for the pillows; and Paradigm Stone for the stools.

 

Find Your Inspiration with Sunbrella

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