Not your mother’s antiques: redefining “vintage” with modern home decorating styles

C'est La Vie Antiques | Sara Wardrip

Martyn Lawrence-Bullard

By Sara Wardrip

The term “antique” may conjure up old-fashioned connotations; but in today’s interior design world, versatile vintage pieces are anything but outmoded. In fact, many of today’s hottest designers use antiques to help define their signature home decorating styles. From Phoebe Howard to Martin Lawrence Bullard, contemporary designers understand the powerful grounding quality of a great antique piece. Whether they are used as accent pieces or as central furnishings that define the space, antiques lend a look of quality and taste to any room – and provide an elegant frame for fresh, modern designs.

C'est La Vie Antiques | Sara Wardrip

Phoebe Howard

Mixing antiques with sleek modern furniture may seem counterintuitive; but according to veteran designers, the key to success is balanced contrast. As stylist Peter Frank tells House Beautiful magazine, “mix hard with soft, square with round, blocky with leggy” – and behold a home with unique character and signature style. Some ideas to play with might include a bright mid-century accent piece in a delicately wallpapered bedroom, or vintage chrome chairs in a rustic country kitchen. By uniting unexpected pieces for functional harmony and visual effect, designers can add punch and excitement – or a subtle je ne sais quoi – to any room. The trick is to find the right source for high quality, authentic antiques – and choose carefully to select pieces that speak volumes and posses staying power.

C'est La Vie Antiques | Sara Wardrip

Martyn Lawrence-Bullard

High style antiques for your home from a renowned San Diego antiques dealer

Whether you’re looking to make a bold statement or simply liven up a your space a bit, antique fixtures and furnishings are an exciting option with endless potential. Over the years, color and style trends come and go – but a timeless antique will always find a niche no matter how many times you redecorate. At C’est La Vie Antiques, we

hand-pick our inventory from the finest sources throughout Europe, ensuring our clients the best possible selection and quality. Antiques are our passion; and after years of industry experience and collaboration with top designers, we can offer clients expert assistance and advice when it comes to purchasing the perfect piece for their latest project.

C'est la Vie Antiques | Sara Wardrip

Phoebe Howard

We welcome you to stop by, browse around, and get inspired at our San Diego antiques warehouse – or better yet, simply shop online at In addition, you can access our full inventory on our website. To learn more, visit

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1 Comment for “Not your mother’s antiques: redefining “vintage” with modern home decorating styles”

  1. I love using vintage items in decorating a room. It just makes everything look classy. Thanks for these design inspirations!

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