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6 ways I style antiques to create a homey but elegant feel

6 ways I style antiques to create a homey but elegant feel

With our collective nesting instincts honed by the pandemic, spartan, White Cube-esque spaces no longer suit most of our needs. Homely interiors with warmth and charm are back in force, and what better way to get the look than with the rich patina of antiques? 

Incorporating and decorating with antiques in your home is also one of the most sustainable ways to shop. Not only is exceptional craftsmanship guaranteed, but so is timeless style to last many lifetimes. 

Interior Designer

Birdie’s creative journey started when she worked at Percy Bass, an interiors shop and design service on Walton Street.  Birdie then went on to join Imogen Taylor’s team at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler’s old premises in Mayfair. Many buying trips later and with a decorative antiques course from the V&A Museum under her belt, Birdie decided to set up her own antiques business.  Establishing the business in Norfolk in 2014, Birdie initially focused on sourcing homeware from Scandinavia, pieces that weren’t easily found in the UK, before creating her own designs. From block-printed fabrics to unusual table lamps Birdie’s discerning eye enables her to create unique designs that sit comfortably alongside the antiques and contemporary art sourced from artists both local and further afield.

1. Style antiques against a backdrop of color

White and blue squared rug, round wooden table, stone fireplace

(Image credit: Boz Gagovski)

Antique furniture is finally making a comeback and bringing with it the intrigue of the heyday of country house living. Rich mahogany, textural rosewood and soft walnut are all perfect bedfellows for the bolder colors that are dominating the interiors scene.