You can see in the image above I have 3 old crates stacked on the left hand side, to create a tall storage area with a vase on top. I have always thought old crates are an affordable and practical purchase. Many have old text ...Read More
One thing I love about decorating is adding lots of unique, antique accessories. I have many interesting old things around my house! I rotate things around from tables, shelves and mantels. People are always interested in the story...where the items came from and how old ...Read More
A question I get asked a lot, is whether or not I think it's okay for people to paint an antique piece of furniture. The answer to this is a definite: It Depends! It depends on many factors about the antique. Starting off with the type of wood, the style and value of the piece. There are some formal, traditional styles of wooden antiques that just don't lend themselves to a painted look. I think the paint gives an antique a more casual, sometimes quaint, look – so it just doesn't suit some formal styles. For example, I have some beautiful family antiques I would never paint, I like the colour and style of the piece the way it is. But there are other pieces, that I have no problem painting. The ones I paint tend to fall into one of these categories: it was already painted, or I will use it because if it's painted it works in my house or it was really inexpensive and I don't think a coat of paint will diminish it's value. For example the hall table in entry (shown above) was already painted, so a fresh coat of white paint on it doesn't really alter the piece.
Each case is very different, but if you think a coat of paint will mean you love the piece and will use it – I say go for it. The idea is to enjoy the antique, so if it's sitting in the basement, maybe a coat of paint is the answer!
Here are some tables that have been painted white – I think these all look fabulous and highlight how great a coat of paint can look.
I love the picture above that shows how fabulous old, worn textiles – like rugs can work layered with new rugs. I sometimes layer old rugs with a sisal underneath. I'm always searching for antique kilim rugs and here are a few more in my house. I'm now on the hunt for additional antique textiles to make into pillows, more on the results of that coming soon.
If you're stumped on how to decorate shelves, using a collection can be an easy way to go. It's always interesting when you can put together a collection, and by grouping them it can make for a simple solution for shelves.
Here's a collection of old cameras that add a cool, unique vibe for decorating these shelves. By adding a few other objects (like books or boxes) to raise a couple up, you can create some variation in height.
And a couple of individual shots.