As a child, I spent a lot of time antique shopping with my parents along the coast of Maine. A seven-year-old certainly doesn’t appreciate the time spent carefully searching for perfect historic pieces. But today…I love it. I use antiques throughout our old Mystic home always mindful to appropriately blend the old with the new. Not everyone loves antiques but, for those who do, here are a few simple tips to make your home unique…
Find a Few Good Shops
Most communities have antique stores and shops. Developing a relationship with the owner can be very helpful. She or he can be on the lookout for your desired piece and notify you.
You don’t want to overwhelm a room with antiques. It can potentially appear overdone and dowdy. Sometimes less is more depending on the type and size of the antique.
Make a Statement
Statement pieces can create a wow-factor. An armoire, hutch, or console table can add to the ambiance of a room.
Mix the Old with the New
Combining antiques with new pieces can make a statement. An antique dining table with new chairs creates a nice effect.
Group Objects Together
Grouping smaller objects together, like old stoneware jugs, can add to your décor without overwhelming the space.
Antiques don’t have to be only furniture. Visit a local yard sale or book sale to load up on hardcover books. They create a beautiful decorative element and some good reading!