No other interior style lends itself to a marriage of eras and patterns as gracefully as global. Generously layered with antiques and worldly touches, this chic living room is ageless and very personal. See what we’ve found to recreate this timeless look.
Contemporary style diners certainly have their place in the annals of brilliant design, but we just feel that it’s hard to find such characterful places as those which bear echos of the past. Below are some hidden – or not so hidden! – vintage gems for eating and drinking across the country.
Darker woods, whether natural or stained, are not always the obvious choice. Some may feel that dark wood is too austere or formal. This isn’t always the case! Wood is a wonderful, natural material to introduce into the home and its beauty lies in the limitless variety of tone and texture. An interior only starts to look bland when this tonality of woods is unvaried and all looks the same. Learn how to anchor the space with touches of darker wood here and there.
Did you know the difference between vintage and antique? For something to qualify as ‘antique’, it must be at least one hundred years old. Antiques pay tribute to the richness of design history as it has changed throughout the centuries, across regions, countries and continents. Allow us to take you on a brief trip around the globe in search of wonderful antique finds…
It’s finally Spring! What is better than a beautiful vase filled with fresh blooms? Beloved vases often turn into heirlooms which pass through different family members and become treasured pieces in our own homes. We love this selection of stunning vintage and antique designs ready and waiting to have new life breathed into them!
Mary Le Compte is a vintage dealer based in Finsbury Park. We were intrigued to know what a typical week looks like if you source and sell furniture professionally! Curious too? Let Mary guide you through her week!
A constant pursuit for perfection and over the glorified allure of everything that’s new has shaped society in a way that’s making everything, including our homes, disposable. The terms the thing of the moment and this season’s most sought-after look (ready to be replaced in moment’s notice) are no longer associated only with fast fashion, but with furniture and decor, too. This is not just an eco-horror story, but it’s also making homeowners feel less about themselves and pressures them to jump the latest trend wagons, or they will have to put up with their hideously outdated interiors no one could possibly appreciate.
What nonsense! And luckily, we’ve finally arrived to the point where people are saying – no more!
Fireplaces have become a celebrated feature in many homes. There is much scope for experimenting with different ways to use – or decorate! – a fireplace. Whilst nothing is better in the throes of winter than curling up in front of a warming fire, they also provide a scope for creativity throughout the rest of the year. Fill the hearth with candles for a contemporary look (or if you’re not too confident at building fires just yet). Alternatively fill them with houseplants or a vase of flowers for something more summery. Some are lucky to already have beautiful antique fireplaces still in place in their homes. Others of us are on a reclamation mission to re-install all those wonderful historical features we ripped out in the 1970s in the name of modernity! Many fire surrounds can be fitted with ease around existing hearths but even a brand new fireplace can be installed if you’re keen to use it as a centrepiece. Enjoy some of the most beautiful antique fire surrounds on Vinterior below and get inspired!
If you have a fire surround but feel like giving it a new look, Vinterior also has a selection of beautiful antique tiles! View them all here.
Feeling inspired? Click here to browse through the full collection of antique fire surrounds and accessories.
Title image: House & Garden Magazine
For those tired of furniture with no character, who appreciate the fine craftsmanship and heritage, and refuse to settle for less than a conversation piece – antique furniture and accessories are must haves!