In country homes from days gone by, there used to be a mixture of chair designs around the dining table that was handed down by family or locally crafted gifts. And in the living spaces, snug handmade and upholstered armchairs nestled around the fire. Recreate this elegant and homey look with vintage and antique finds.
Vintage and antique collectables vary from collections of vintage dinner plates to antique French furniture. They vary in scale as much as they do in cost, and some will take up your time and effort to find whereas others will be readily available.
Antique mirrors are beautiful, first and foremost. You can find all sorts of styles in local vintage stores and in online antique boutiques, from classic French gilt to simple driftwood. Choose mirrors that reflect your personality, and make sure that they are an appropriate size for the room.
Whatever style you prefer, there’s bound to be a restored vintage telephone for you. Not only were they practical, but telephones made in the last century were beautiful too. They can still become either a working home accessory or a beautiful collector’s piece of technology on display in your home.
Truly interesting and unique furniture can be found in thrift shops. Of course, to find any thrift furniture that’s perfect for your home will take some time, but it will be worth it. It’s very environmentally friendly, and a great way to explore your interior design personality.
Vintage crockery and tableware are easy to find and a very practical yet aesthetically pleasing addition to your country home. For a particularly modern approach, search out blue and white china patterns but for a more antique, chintzy style, mix and match crockery colors.