My topic this week is about purchasing antiques and vintage pieces for your home.  Antiques are on the rise again with the younger generation purchasing first homes.  It is cyclical.

For about ten years, the trend has been clean, transitional, & modern mixes.  At markets today, I see lots of antiques coming back, which are selling.  Here are some tips to help you, if you’d like to incorporate antiques in your décor.

Keep an eye out for nicely framed watercolors, which do not need to be expensive, and they can look pleasing when grouped together on a wall.  (This is also very popular in the magazines.)  A large portrait will give your home a sense of ancestry, while shelves of beautiful leather-bound books will add warmth and interest.  Displays of items, such as an eclectic mix of pottery, floral china, and gorgeous decanters, are always effective and look lovely displayed on a dresser or in a bookcase.  Beautiful antique depression glass or diamond cut containers can make seasonal flowers look exquisite.  There is no reason to overdo any of it.  It is all in the placement of the pieces around your home.  And finally, if you have travelled this journey of ideas with me through my weekly Facebook/blog series for many years, I hope it has brought you and your home as much joy as I have gained from passing on my experience.

My own home has so many memoirs from several generations past.  I tried going toward modern, but it just did not work for me.  My antiques are such treasures, and I truly enjoy looking at them every day.  I’ve added designer fabrics and artwork to bring my space up a notch, and I painted my entire house this year.  Updating, but mixing old and new, is an amazing look and it is certainly inviting.   Remember those antiques at Granma’s House?   I do.