StyleFile #41: Antique Marries Modern

Not too long ago the formula for decorating was: old house- antique furniture, contemporary house- modern furniture. Well, those days are gone. Today designers are putting mid-century modern in an eighteenth century farmhouse or wonderful antiques in a modern setting. If you plan to take the plunge, keep in mind the shapes, colors, textures, and patterns of the mix. Other than that, just have fun!

Dining room traditional- a 19th century table is tweaked with modern polypropylene Panton chairs from Design Within Reach.

Dining room modern– very contemporary Harvey Probber rosewood and steel table is warmed up with antique wooden mahogany George II styled chairs, metal Empire chandelier and the Samode rug.

Living room traditional – classics like the Jefferson bust and Regency chair loosen up when paired with the gray Dunbar chair, graphic pillow and glass-and-steel coffee table by Poul Kjaerholm.

Living room modern – colorful photographs by artist Jonathan Lewis blend beautifully with the paisley covered George Smith sofa, Hickory tray table and antique candle sticks.

Bedroom traditional– furnished with an antique Louis XVl fautieuil chair and converted oil lamp, the bedroom embraces a modern attitude with the queen size platform bed by Bo Concept, Maine Cottage Furniture quilt, lucite table and West Elm rug.

Bedroom modern– sleek white cabinets soften with an antique sleigh bed, Eleanor’s Ribbon bed linens and 19th century bronze Japanese vase.

2 thoughts on “StyleFile #41: Antique Marries Modern

  1. I love this look. This would be how I try to decorate. I do prefer the older more traditional architecture with the more modern furniture, but that’s because I love old buildings.

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