Family treasures – How to incorporate antiques in any interior!

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 in Blog


Today I am blogging on how to integrate family antiques into a new design scheme.  My client and I recently restored a beautiful brick Tudor Revival home in Mequon.  My client was extremely lucky to have inherited many antique pieces from his great grandfather.  Many of these antiques have been lovingly passed down through the generations and it was our goal to use them in the new design schemes.  Most of the antiques are from the Renaissance Revival period 1850-1880.  He also inherited a complete Eastlake circa 1870-1890 dining set constructed of solid oak.  Antiques, especially family treasures like these add instant history to any décor. 

Renaissance Revival library cabinet.

Eastlake solid oak dining room set circa 1890.

An antique photograph of family members celebrating a wedding in the 1890's enjoying a feast around the Eastlake dining table.

As a designer, I always place the largest antiques first and then build the interior design scheme around the featured piece.  My client loves classic design and every piece of upholstery I had custom made had design influences from the past.  A modern touch is the neutral paint selections, the mix of furniture styles and textures that keep the space fresh, vibrant, and inviting!

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