So much has happened since penning our last note! If you’re one of our fellow Texans, we hope this finds you and your loved ones doing well following winter storm Uri. Fortunately, it seems warmer days are here to stay but our thoughts remain with everyone who may be navigating the lasting impact of such an unprecedented weather event.
Whether it’s a freeze or a pandemic, we’re all spending more time at home than ever before and that means a lot of people are experimenting with their interior spaces. If you’ve had a chance to flip through Expressive Interiors: Designing an Inviting Home, you know that antiques are an important addition to just about every home we design. In fact, we would love to write an entire book on the benefits of antique pieces one day! For now, we’re sharing our thoughts on how you can incorporate these meaningful elements into your home’s design.
On that note, one of our very favorite times of the year is right around the corner – Round Top Antiques Week! People from all over the country will be making their way to Round Top, Texas to stroll through miles of buildings, tents, and booths filled to the brim with the most remarkable treasures. If you’ve never been, we shared our 10 Tips for Shopping Round Top a few years ago and you should check it out! Hopefully this inspires you to hit the road and do some antiquing!
Blend, Blend, Blend
If your style leans more contemporary, you might consider mixing in vintage lighting or accessories, or balancing your sleek interior with an unexpected simple antique with straight lines. One of the most natural ways to incorporate antiques into your home design is to gradually mix in pieces from different periods over time.
You could even take it a step further and enlist the help of a designer or architect to install Old World architectural elements in certain areas of your home — reclaimed mantels, period lighting and antique doors and mirrors lend a unique sense of perspective to an interior.
Antiques, particularly those passed down in one’s family, are conversation starters that share a meaningful story in ways that other furnishings and décor simply can’t do. Weave in heirlooms and special family pieces that bring a welcome dose of patina while sharing your unique heritage.
If you’re hunting for antiques that haven’t been in your family for generations, be sure to do your research. Don’t be afraid to ask dealers questions – they are a wealth of information. We find it fascinating to learn how the diverse social and economic events of each historical period influence the furnishings and interiors of the time.
Focus on Art and Accessories
Easing into the world of antiques? We suggest starting with art and accessories. Unlike furniture where scale and dimensions are essential, you can easily experiment with the placement of a framed painting or antique embellishments that can be moved throughout your home until you find a spot that feels just right.
Big or small, there are so many ways to incorporate antique art and accessories into your home and the most important thing to remember is that this should be FUN – take home pieces that bring you joy and play!
Embrace Sustainable Design
From finishes and furnishings to fabrics, we strive to make design selections that are as sustainable as possible. Sourcing antiques and reclaimed materials allows you to ‘go green’ in style and we always remind clients that certain pieces in a home can be repurposed.
Breathe new life into vintage drapery panels by transforming them into pillow covers or using them to re-upholster chair cushions. Apply a fresh coat of paint or lacquer to a vintage table or add new hardware to an old chest and your home will feel unique with one-of-a-kind treasures in no time!
There are so many exceptional antiques in the world just waiting to bring timeless beauty to your home. Explore markets when you travel, engage with collectors, and continue educating yourself so the next time you stumble across a truly special piece, you’ll be ready to scoop it right up.
We’re looking forward to our two book signings in Round Top this month – stay tuned for a special note with all of the event details and we hope to see you there!
“Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson