As the air grows crisp and cold, we all start living more indoors. Layering our homes and adding a bit of time-worn patina seems right somehow. And for this, there’s nothing better than something antique! Below are images from a beautiful story from Martha Stewart Living in 1999. This story was all about American colonial furniture but so many of the pieces and ideas are applicable anywhere.
Framed silhouettes look graphic and mysterious clustered together this way. I love the pea green walls and the secretair has been faux painted to create a finer grain.
Above is a stylish glossary of colonial motifs including finely carved ball and claw feet, the gate leg table, tilt-top tea table, chippendale drawer pull and comb-back windsor chair. Keeping an eye out for these classic motifs at thrift shops and flea markets is a great way to add substance and history to your home.
Now isn’t this a cozy living room? A mix-and-match approach to upholstered pieces feels curated and interesting. I love the variety of colours and the interesting silhouettes of the pieces. And hey, that chandelier makes me feel good about my own little vintage one!
Three of my favourite dining chairs in one space – the windsor chair, the shield back and the chippendale. All good ones to consider pairing with your own dining table!
Yes to the quilt! Yes to the constitution mirror painted white! Double yes to the white painted chest of drawers with dark chippendale-style pulls! If your space is feeling a little too show-room new, consider adding something antique – painted or not.