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I love using vintage fabrics to reupholster contemporary sofas, antique chairs, and create textured blinds. Suitable for 21st century family life, repurposed antique furniture adds a sense of grandeur to modern interiors. Think reclaimed fireplaces, vintage lighting, cupboards reinvented as pantry cupboards and cabinets, and antique floorboards and tiles used in minimal, clean spaces. By placing them side by side, they breathe new life into often-discarded finds and add a fresh edge to modern spaces.
How do you handle lighting in the old and new schemes?
I always mix up light sources. Achieving the right level of light requires great care, and the best spaces always involve a combination of pendants, table lamps, and wall and floor lighting. Functional lighting is important, but aesthetics help create a transition from day to night. Everything goes together: old bases and handmade lampshades, decorative antique lights combined with modern classics. The trick is not to overthink and limit the use of materials, finishes and shapes. Lighting can make a huge difference to the atmosphere, so be sure to budget enough for the right lighting.
Can you combine vintage and new fabrics in one scheme?
It’s fun to combine old and new fabrics. Again, there are no rules. Regardless of whether the material is old or new, stick to your color palette and have fun. Antique fabrics are unique in nature and add great depth to designs, whether it’s cushions, blinds, curtains or pieces of upholstery. You can use old fabrics to make modern sofas, chairs, and even antique finds. The only limitation is finding a good upholsterer or curtain maker to bring your ideas to life.
If you have an antique collection, what is the best way to incorporate it?
Not every home has the space or budget for antique cupboards. Also note that it doesn’t necessarily have to be behind a glass door. Instead, think about what kind of space you have and have fun creating different displays on a tabletop, on a console, on open shelves, on a mantel, inside a bookshelf, or on a simple wooden bench. Collections work best when they feel grouped and uncluttered. Continue editing and moving from room to room to create different looks depending on the season or mood. If the room starts to feel chaotic, keep removing strange elements until it feels cohesive and calm. Don’t worry about aiming for perfection. If it feels right to you, that’s fine.