Queen Anne--she just won't go away. She used to be in almost everybody's traditional home and has been passed down to many a young couple. Unforunately, her style can look somewhat out of place in the midst of more modern decor.
When we bought our first house two years after getting married, we had little besides the sofa and loveseat that we bought. My husband wandered to a yard sale across the street and came home with a matching set of Queen Anne end tables, a sofa table and a coffee table. I was less than thrilled, but they were cheap and we had something to put in the room. I worked diligently until they were replaced with something else and sent to a consignment shop.
However, I've been seeing some pretty cool makeovers floating around on the web lately that have made me think twice about Queen Anne's cool factor--especially when color is used.
Take this incredible highboy dresser makeover by Cassie of Hi SugarPlum! She painted it bright yellow for her daughter's room and actually had me thinking, "I should look for a Queen Anne highboy." Really? I never thought I would say that. I like that she even kept the original hardware and just cleaned it up a bit.
Another great example is this fun coffee table makeover by Melissa of The Inspired Room. She went bold and used bright blue. (I also love how the vintage suitcase looks underneath.)
And, your grandmother's dining set can go glam with a fresh coat of paint and a graphic fabric. Love this transformation of Rene's dining chairs at Cottage and Vine.