This guest bedroom chock-full of unexpected design items is at once quirky and layered with depth. Hitting an antiques store when decorating a room can provide endless inspiration and help you define your space -- take, for example, the old tuba and the antique fan made into a wall clock. Both are fun and youthful -- and may be cheap additions that provide endless personality.
With white porcelain tile walls and a gray slate tile floor, this master bathroom is elegant and simple. Repurposing an antique clock as a medicine cabinet adds storage, while the 19th-century Italian chair and antique Swedish bench provide a variety of seating options.
Wood paneling warms this spacious room, and a large painted clock stands out against the dark wood wall color. Antique armchairs and sofa in muted tones bring a touch of Colonial charm to the rustic wood walls.
A nook dedicated to fashion off of the master bathroom designed by Janie Wilburn is just right for a dressing area. The space features vintage fashion illustrations and soft, feminine colors of ivory and robin's egg blue on a folding screen, antique chair and wall color.
Furnishings in the new dining room include an antique grandfather clock case and rustic table in distressed white. The original built-in cabinet was retained and is painted matte black for a nice contrast with the white walls.
Starting at the bottom of this brightly-colored staircase, you know it will be a memorable trip. Mixing the large antique wall clock with the more modern chrome and wood staircase creates an eclectic, interesting look against the turquoise walls.
A rustic atmosphere is created in this Spanish-style living room with wood ceiling beams and stone walls. A large mirror hangs above an antique couch and a wrought iron chandelier provides an old-fashioned glow.
Herringbone hardwood floors, fine antiques and sculptural wall details are among the standout features in this transitional foyer. The dark floors form a stark, pleasing contrast with the white walls. Meanwhile, natural wood beams overhead draw the eye to the stepped ceiling and wrought-iron chandelier. A grandfather clock is a stately and unexpected touch.
This shabby chic sitting area has its area defined by the rug and is made up of an elegant sofa and antique armchairs as well a gold and glass coffee table. Behind this cozy area is a wood paneled wall with a tall painted clock and a small dining area.
HGTV fan lizardshop got creative to give her son the beach-themed room he craved. Using an old-fashioned projector, she traced the surfer and wave design onto the wall then filled it in with latex paint. Custom-made to coordinate with the bedding, mini surfboards are the perfect accent.
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.