Who says antiques can’t mix with contemporary pieces? Certainly not us, and this photo proves that new and old combine Who says antiques can’t mix with contemporary pieces? Certainly not us, and this photo proves that new and old combine beautifully. This Italian pine breakfront, circa 1900, is the perfect anchor for a family room, a dining room, or a library.
Add a pair of 2012 wing chairs in a pinstriped burned velvet with nailhead trim, and you’ve got the beginning of a wonderful, comfortable room. Thinking dining room? Use the wing chairs as host and hostess chairs.
Now for more generational style: The leather settee from France and the English George III leather chair (signed by the designer), circa 1860, look pretty cozy gathered pulled up to a couple of 2012 linen ottomans perked up with a definite Moroccan flair.
We have filled the breakfront with blue-and-white collectible pieces as well as a piece or two of Imari porcelain. The piece could just as well hold trophies or family photos. Perhaps adding heirloom (or casual) china is a better choice for you. And books — all kinds of wonderful books — would be right at home.
By the way, do you know why this piece is called a breakfront? Because the front is not even; the center juts out a bit.
This room works because the colors and scale complement each other. We love to mix the past and present; we love to mix countries.
In short, we love to break the rules; after all, there really are no rules. It is all about placing your treasured pieces in a fashion that makes them functional, but enjoyable — and more importantly — the way you love to see them.
After all, you are creating your sanctuary.