This bedroom features exposed brick walls, a built-in bookcase, a deer head wall mount, candelabra and an antique sewing machine. A tall window lets in plenty of light and is controlled by a bamboo shade.
On one side of the sink, a miniature antique chest holds hairpins and rings to keep the area tidy. Salve jars, a porcelain cold cream jar and a vintage dish filled with antique buttons finish off the space. Author Susan Sully says that the lids on these jars are probably made of Bakelite, an early plastic that is now a collectible.
A great way to spruce up your counter space is by switching out your accessories to incorporate new colors and shapes. “Hunt down different bottles of all different kinds,” says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques.” “I think adding that one cranberry bottle in with the rest really brought that to life.” She says putting family photos in mismatched frames can also give decor flair.
If you don't have an antique wooden dough bowl at your disposal, many reproductions can be found at chain home decor stores. This idea would also work with a metal or wood trough, a crate or even a shallow basket. Just find something with the right shape and scale for your table.
Simple place settings are ideal for casual outdoor entertaining. Upgrade from paper plates and plastic silverware to clean-lined silverware and plain white plates. An antiqued metal charger adds vintage charm.
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.
Instead of running out and buying decorative objects to intersperse with your serving ware, use heirloom silver and pewter sets for graphic shape, antique metallic finishes and a warm sense of history.
Sometimes antique furniture is hard to for younger kids to enjoy, but with the right color contributions even the pickiest girls will want this charming furniture for their room. This white ornate dresser comprised of intricate detail pairs nicely with the multi-color theme from the quilt to the dresser decor.
Natural elements, like the warm tones of burnished wood, tarnished silver and a touch of gold, make this fall entry arrangement inviting and interesting. An antique beadboard door hung horizontally provides a rustic, primitive backdrop.
A chipped plaster bust paired with a timeworn mirror creates a dynamic juxtaposition in this pale living space. Despite the antique decor, the neutral wall color and minimalist approach to accessories are hallmarks of transitional design.