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.
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.
When you have a bathroom with gorgeous wallpaper, like this chinoiserie print, you don’t have to splurge on the countertop or sink details. Atlanta designer Michele Gratch installed a faucet from a home improvement store with an antique bronze finish and a tiny vase with fresh roses to match the wall’s pink palette.
To add storage for clothes as well as important documents and papers, a small antique heirloom desk was used in the room rather than a standard dresser. A wood refinishing shop updated the old wood finish with a pecan finish appropriate for the style of the desk. Now the historical value remains intact, but with a fresh look.
This luxurious powder room features soft, metallic finishes that lift the space and cast it in an ethereal glow. A frameless mirror has antiqued brass corners that complement the brass sconces and plumbing fixtures. A vessel sink completes the elegant space.
Gray Venetian plaster gives this fireplace the look of concrete finish. The fireplace serves as a natural room divider, capitalizing on the house's open floor plan. An antique gong from Borneo on the mantel and a nearby Eames chair add to the space's style.
This spacious kitchen features distressed antique white kitchen cabinets paired with warm rustic touches, like the kitchen island with a zebra wood countertop. A tin range hood adds a metallic accent, while a neutral tile backsplash finishes off the look of the space.
In the guest bedroom, designers kept the space light and bright with white walls that reflect the natural light of the windows. Then, they added one of the homeowners' antique bedroom suites to finish off the design with warmth.
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.
This eat-in kitchen lends a farmhouse vibe with its breakfast bar made from 100-year-old barn siding and lantern pendant lights hanging above. Sage green accents are mixed in with the white cabinets and a neutral stone countertop. Hardwood floors lend a finishing touch.
Multiple patterned pillows dress the wood banquette with lively color around a glass-topped coffee table. White cabinets with an antique finish surround a stunning, colorful range backsplash in this bright kitchen.
To create a seamless design in this Spanish Colonial kitchen, designers covered some of the new appliances in wood panels with an antique finish. This creates the elegant space that the homeowners were hoping for.