Want timeless style? Add European antique furniture to any room for a statement that lasts
By Sara Wardrip
Much like the fashion industry, the world of interior design is all about what’s hot, what’s next, what’s now and what’s trendy. And yet, just like in fashion, amidst all the industry buzz there remains an enduring respect and admiration for timeless, individual style. Experienced designers know that, regardless of the latest trends, European antique furniture and fixtures never lose their luster; and that regardless of a room’s design aesthetic, a well-chosen antique piece can be the key to tying the space together. From Park Avenue apartments to classic beach cottages, or from shabby chic to ultra modern designs, antiques have a way of fitting in and adding a unique flair. The key is to understand the look you are going for – and to locate the best antique pieces for your space.
The term “antiques” may, to the unseasoned shopper, conjure up an image of ornate, heavy wooden armoires and delicate, detailed chests. But there is so much more to the realm of authentic European antiques than a simple stereotype. Depending on the source and the period, antiques can range from rustic to rich, clean and simple to beautifully detailed; and with a good eye, you or your designer can place an unexpected piece amidst contemporary furniture to create a surprising air of luxury or unusual interest.
Renowned designers like Michael Smith, Lars Bolander and Canadian designer Scott Yetman epitomize this aspect of contemporary interior design. Together with other designers, these tastemakers have become well-known for mixing modern flair with elements of vintage European tradition – and for using well-placed antiques as the cornerstone for every standout room or innovative project. In addition, popular design magazines such as Elle Decor, Veranda and House Beautiful are a great source of inspiration when it comes to understanding the versatility of antiques. In almost every profile piece detailing the transformation of a distinctive home into a design destination, be it a classic London townhouse, a garage-turned-guest house or a Napa Valley estate, antiques play a vital role and pair with theme-centered pieces to create balance and an air of authenticity.
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Of course, not every piece of antique furniture is a gem – and not every gem is right for your home. When it comes to skillfully incorporating antique items into your décor, it is best to consult a seasoned professional dealer with experience in design and an eye for quality pieces that will distinguish themselves for years to come.
At C’est La Vie Antiques, we pride ourselves on our dedication to finding the very best European antiques available for our clients. More and more people are investing in antiques. Clients want pieces with a history behind them that will only increase in value over time, while design enthusiasts are now craving antique furnishings of real quality to juxtapose with newer, trendier pieces. Another factor driving the market is the sustainable nature of antiques. Authentic, quality pieces can last a lifetime and weather the evolution of style and design changes that take place in the life of a home: in short, great antiques are the ultimate “green” accessories. To learn more about us and peruse our extensive collection, visit us on location at our San Diego antiques warehouse or shop online at 1stdibs.com or www.cestlavieantiques.com.
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