Metal bodied and trimmed in leather, this steamer trunk inspired coffee table brings an industrial touch to this living room. Decorated with terrariums, a tray, and an antique box, the table serves as display as much as function.
Whimsical white headboards pop against the dramatic pinstripe wallpaper. An antique trunk serves as the nightstand between both beds. Simple black and white bedding doesn't compete with the matching-toned wallpaper.
In the bedroom, designer Lauren Levant salvaged and refinished the 100-year-old original heartwood pine floor of this Victorian townhouse. A World War II era shipping trunk and an antique ladder complete the collection to create an eclectic, dramatic master suite that celebrates adaptive innovation.
The master suite is comprised of three rooms - the bedroom, dressing room and wet room. Behind the bed, a thrift store find creates a stunning focal point - this vintage 1970’s oil painting by a local city artist creates a dramatic and elegant statement. Inspired by the painting, Lauren Levant designed custom pendant lighting that she made herself from copper battery clamps, stainless steel cable and a light socket kit from the hardware store. A World War II era shipping trunk and an antique ladder complete the collection to create an eclectic, dramatic master suite that celebrates adaptive innovation.
An antique telescope points to the wall of multi-pane windows in this neutral living room. Layered window treatments, white armchairs and a leather trunk serving as an end table round out the eclectic look.
A metal chandelier adds a formal touch to the sitting area of this neutral transitional living room. Delicate settees flank the fireplace, while the rope-covered trunk nearby adds an antique element to the space.
This living room features a wall of curated art included antique photographs, vintage gold frames and prints. The club chairs, blue wingback chair and steamer trunk add to the eclectic yet curated style.
Designer Elissa Russo creates this hallway focal point with a photograph in a burled wood frame to connect visually to the antique chest beneath. Alone, the photo would have been too small, floating in space above the heavy piece of furniture. But the trim and the carefully placed objects on the trunk create an eye-catching tableau.
Botanical prints like these are fairly easy to find at thrift and antiques stores, and they can incorporate an old-fashioned luxury into the bedroom. Framed above the bed, they add a sense of nature and calm. “Painting everything ivory and white and the curtains the same color sets off the dark silhouette of the furniture,” says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques." The Jenny Lind Spool bed, an old traveling trunk and shiplapped walls create a cozy feel.
To showcase the collector's items in the living room, designers chose a neutral color palette to make the bold colors of the statues and other antiques pop. The bold, rich colors of the trunks, statues and the fireplace mantle bring warmth to the space, all the while being spotlighted by the large windows that allow in tons of natural light. This lights reflects off the white sofas and neutral walls, making these special pieces the focal points of the room.