My absolute favorite thing to play with in my spaces, is mixing old and new. I adore Antiques more than anything. I love the hunt, I love the History, I love the uniqueness, I love it all. However, I do not love, a house full of Antiques. Can you picture it, in your minds eye, it looks outdated, and like its stuck back in time, right? But take a few carefully selected pieces and sprinkle them into your modern home, and suddenly you have the exact opposite effect. You have just elevated the look of your home, it now looks as if you travel the world or have had the good fortune of owning Family Heirlooms. You are sharing your good taste, and sensibility to know what has real value. It doesn’t need to take a lifetime, if you are only adding in a few pieces, but it will take some time if you are going to be picky, and there in lies the fun.
Even if, you have a sleek modern or industrial style, a few carefully selected Antiques will make your space look elevated and expensive, even though it might not be. For example this Armoire was a dream of mine for over twenty years. I once saw one on an Antique shopping trip that was priced at about $4000. dollars. Ouch, not in our budget back in the day, and still not in our budget. But I waited, mostly because I had no choice, and then one day, like the Red Sea parting, there it was. It was at an Auction, the Bid Board type. If you don’t know what that is, you write your bid down on a card, and take turns with anyone else bidding on the piece, until someone stops bidding. If you knew my husband, you would understand, that if I said I want this, he was bringing it home. He paid about $600 dollars thats 6, 0, 0 I say about $600, because he bought three pieces that day. But all that to say, if you go on the hunt you will find it.
I can tell you, when I started keeping house, we didn’t have money for everything new. We had everything old, from Flea Markets, Vintage Shops, Yard Sales, and Antiques Stores. I slowly added in new, weeded out cheaper old pieces, upgraded a few vintage finds for true Antiques, and worked my collection to what I have today. I will probably continue on this path of weeding and cultivating, since it is what I love. At this point I can easily make a few tweaks and changes to my space, and have a new look. Believe it or not, I am still on my journey. I have things I want to change on our second floor. I still have everything old up there. Full speed ahead, planning and dreaming of all the fun to come. For me the planning is second only to the finish work, I love it. I love sourcing the products, making the decisions about what to get rid of, what to replace with new, what to move to a new spot, and so on. I take a lot of time when choosing something new for my home.
I have made so many mistakes over the years, and wasted so much money. Only buy what you love, the things that make your heart sing. You will still make mistakes, I think that is just part of the journey. You simply figure it out along the way. Believe me I know qualified, licensed, professionals, who make mistakes, it is part of the creative process. Don’t give up, keep moving forward, adjust, and try again. You will be surprised how much you learn over time, from making mistakes. Additionally, I think each home is different. I know when we moved from one home to another, some of pieces we had in our first home did not work here. We moved from a 1150 sq ft home to 3300 sq ft, and pieces we had in that small home did not work in this large home, because we have so many windows and doors here. Each home is unique in its layout and lighting, so what works in one home might not work in another. So…..all that to say, enjoy yourself, its a journey and you do you know what weeding and cultivating brings forth, FRUIT.
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