At Centered by Design, we love incorporating vintage and antique items into all our design projects. In some homes, it’s just one special piece and in others there might be one or more antiques in every room. Antiques add character, craftsmanship and soul to a room that’s hard to replicate with only new items.
elledecor.com recently asked us for a few tips when buying vintage. Check out the FULL ARTICLE and read what several other designers say about incorporating vintage and antiques into your home. These are brilliant, not to miss tips!
Favorite Vintage/Antique Finds: a vintage brass Sarreid coffee table and a pair of Alky Chairs by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli.
Styling Process: “I look for weird, wonderful, and unique objects and furniture. It’s lovely if they come with a brand name or historical significance, but that’s not always necessary. It’s really about if it will look right in your design. Buy items you truly love and you can’t make many mistakes. My advice for styling is, mix and match—it’s so much more interesting! But don’t go overboard.”
Design Firm: Liliane Hart Interiors
Favorite Vintage/Antique Finds: a bibliotheque from a furniture fair in London.
Styling Process: “Using antiques adds an extra layer of personality and character to a successfully decorated room. I love when I find large pieces of furniture that complete a wall. It’s very satisfying. When you use too many pieces of a certain era, one can create a historic interior. Some houses call for a certain period; for example, a northeastern shingle house on the coast looks great with turn-of-the-century furnishings. Conversely, I am not a fan of too many styles of antiques in one room.”
Design Firm: Maria Haidamus Interiors
Favorite Vintage/Antique Finds: “I find the most uniques pieces in the most unexpected parts of the world.”
Styling Process: “I find that choosing the right antique is more alchemy than science. I think it is great to mix and match periods, shapes, forms, and color as long as the rules of scale and proportions are respected. Make sure what you are buying is a true antique—work with dealers and reputable vendors you trust. Learn from them. They have lots of knowledge.”
Check out the FULL ARTICLE – and these not to miss tips!
XO – CLAIRE
Claire’s creative energy comes from her unique perspective on the world as both a trained interior designer and a passionate yoga teacher. Her affinity for kitchen design, timeless style and eclectic decorating are shared here, along with lots of interior design education and tips. Thanks for being here, please enjoy!