An American country oak sideboard holds a collection of antique brass candlesticks, bowls and hand bells. A pair of Victorian tole lanterns, blue and white striped wallpaper and a Colonial painting add sophisticated country style to the space.
In the bedroom, designers blended the homeowner's collections with a more contemporary color palette. The headboard of this bed is made from two antique Chinese doors which are complemented by the tall antique candlestick and the Chinese statue that is featured in front of the window. These elements, combined with neutral walls and tan curtains give the space a light, yet still elegant feeling.
In this dining room, the light from a pair of chandeliers is captured in a huge eighteenth-century Italian mirror. The black Chinese cabinets tie into the black chairs and are in stark contrast to the light gray walls. A collection of antique candlesticks sit in the center of the table.
This hallway gives off a Mediterranean vibe with its Grecian blue antique side board and stone-like candlesticks. Stone sculptures of white flowering plants in distressed pottery sit on either side of the table, while a painting on the white brick wall provides a colorful finishing touch.
If you have a fireplace in your kitchen, add quirky and collected elements for instant farmhouse style. This mantel, featured in Susan Sully’s book, “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques,” mixes inexpensive brass candlesticks, baskets and classic blue-and-white platters along with affordable resin bear statues and a deer bust for a rustic farmhouse feel. “When you group it in an interesting way, they work together,” Sully says.
With antique French and English touches, traditional design is a picture of elegance in a room nicknamed “The Classic Corner” by designer Patricia McLean for a Home for the Holidays house in Atlanta. A French gilt mirror is surrounded by antique botanical prints by Abraham Munting and Dutch landscapes with gilt rope frames. The French gilded candlesticks were wired as table lamps to give height to the cream-painted chest.
A skirted vanity table adds to this room's feminine charm, while the antique mirror reflects its sweet bedding. The headboard fabric is repeated on the lampshades. The buffet lamps are made from antique Scottish candlesticks.
Just off the kitchen's intimate sitting area surrounded by leaded glass windows and antique doors is the all-weather porch that affords the owners with a year-round retreat and spectacular views of the lake. An antique iron chandelier, Apache Bluestone floors and custom-designed table set the tone.
A traditional, elegant look is created with the dining table and chairs, antique chandelier and classic candlesticks in this historic ranch dining room. The rich shade of gray on the walls adds depth to the space.
In this Mediterranean-style living room, the ottoman is decorated with nailhead trim in a floral design. The composition stone fireplace holds a collection of antiques: a pair of architectural masks found in Paris, amber Czechoslovakian candlesticks and a sixteenth-century Italian oil of a mother and children.
This eclectic neutral dining room features white and gold patterned chairs with gold burnished wood trim, surrounding a walnut table with a colorful arrangement of natural elements and stylish candlesticks. A unique brass chandelier draws the eye to the focal point of the room, while antique-finished mirrors pair with a white and gold buffet table and vintage accessories to add visual interest to the opposite wall.