When it comes to creating an interesting interior, mixing the old with new will ensure you create a look that is truly unique. Whilst your average high street store will offer you a range practical pieces, if you narrow your shopping down to just a handful of stores you will create what I technically call ‘a nice catalogue look’. So pleasant enough to live in but not truly inspiring.
As with many life scenarios, seamlessly mixing things from different decades is not easy. Trying to pair your newly acquired shiny furniture in all its innocence up against pieces which are say 30-40 years its senior takes careful planning.
When buying vintage we all have our comfort zone so whilst some of us may feel perfectly comfortable lounging on a vintage chair with its original upholstery, to others this just sounds like the most unhygienic thing imaginable. If this sounds like you then a good place to start is vintage lighting.
The French House sell some amazing lights and they have a showroom in London, here are a couple of my favourite lights on sale at the moment.
If you are looking for some Parisian chic, then the Little Paris Store is your place to shop. The London store offers an authentic range of vintage furniture. If you want to create an ‘industrial look’ in your kitchen this mid century metal chair would be perfect.
To get a real mix of products I would suggest heading to an antiques market, Alfies Antiques in Marlyebone is amazing. You cannot help but be inspired by all this coloured glass available from Geoffrey Robinson Antiques who specialises in Art Deco and post war glass.
With all these exiting stores available, there really is no need to by any reproductions, part of the charm about older pieces are the imperfections and the stories behind them. As with most things in life furniture really does improve with age 🙂