This home office was created using a nook in a hallway, making it the perfect spot for a private writing desk. Antique binoculars create an unusual art display while a traditional side chair upholstered in black velvet provides elegant seating.
A mix of antique and contemporary decor creates interest in this powder room. A gallery wall of antique doorknobs makes quite the statement beside the toilet, while above the toilet, swimming fishes in a simple black frame bring a calming vibe to the transitional design.
You must see to believe the beauty of this antique vanity table that serves as a nightstand in this classically designed master bedroom by Andrea Michaelson. From the ornately painted wood in shades of cream and soft green to its rose marble top, the piece makes a magnificent statement. The designer placed an antique French painting and ornate gold wall sculpture above the vanity to heighten its effect in the room.
The wall molding adds visual interest to the solid yellow color. A striped and floral headboard and matching draperies complement the wall color and add feminine touch to the space. An antique portrait is framed over the bed, and a metal and crystal chandelier adds elegance to the room's delicate patterns.
The focal point of this hallway collection is the antique dresser and jewelry box that are displayed prominently in the center of the wall. To accent the rich tones of the dresser's dark wood, the light wood of the floor and the frames of the art collection play off of the highlights in the dresser. The traditional oriental rug, then, reflects the bold colors inside the jewelry box, tying the entire space together. A glass wall follows the stairs to the second story, allowing this collection to be appreciated from any vantage point.
Antique glass is a stunning backdrop for cocktail mixers in the glam bar, letting them become part of the decor. Warmth comes in via textural details like the bronze-toned sconces and butcher block countertop.
A set of antique wooden oars hangs as artwork on one wall of this living room, representing the family’s love of the outdoors and being on the water. A sectional sofa with a chaise at one end is covered in a durable, family-friendly fabric. Graphic textiles provide visual punch.
In the conference room, a large concrete table adds texture to the space. Around it, rest six natural saddle cab arm chairs that add warmth to the space, but also provide a comfortable place for designers and clients to discuss ideas and close deals. Decorating the walls of this space, two 17th Century Portuguese paintings hang proudly on the white wall, while a 20th Century portrait adorns the exposed brick.
Inexpensive painted trays, which were popular in the 1950s and 1960s and are still made today, can bring a farmhouse motif to a kitchen, breakfast nook or adjacent area. Small silhouettes often are bargain-priced at vintage and antiques shops, or you can make your own by printing silhouette-style clip art and placing it in small wooden frames. Pick three or four types of objects, such as silhouettes, blue-and-white serving platters, trays and resin horns, and arrange them in a composition, says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques."
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.
This blue, black, and white living room has a modern print sofa, contemporary coffee table and end tables, antique blue vases and accent pillows, traditional white walls and woodwork with glass sconces, and a bright blue pop art painting.
Make a monochromatic statement in an eating nook--this one abuts the kitchen cabinets--with a curated collection of plates. Designer Jennifer Foster with Eanes Foster Design found these old platters and round plates at an antiques store, and buying some in small sizes also saved money.
Woven throughout the home are small homages to Mikel’s love of global culture and history. Research, he cites, is one of the major elements in creating design that has personal meaning. In the dining room, an antique jacket hung on the wall is one of the designers prized possessions. An authentic 19th century Chinese rain coat, it’s the type of garment that would have been worn by rice farmers, but in the hands of a skilled designer it becomes a striking piece of art.
Dark wood furniture, including an upholstered headboard, contrasts with the soft beige color palette in this traditional bedroom. Antique wall art adds charm to the space while striped and floral accent pillows bring a pop of color to the room.