| Sheila Howell

Tips on Decorating With Antiques and Vintage Pieces

I don't want to live in a museum, or in grandma's house. As much as I love and cherish pieces from the past, I want my home to look modern, warm and lived in. Decorating with antiques and travel collections tells MY story, not a decorator's. Pieces in my home have been sourced on my international travels or passed down through the family. They're equally loved for different reasons and are different chapters in my story. 

Antiques add interest, personality and style to any decor! Layering cherished antiques into your modern, contemporary or traditional home creates a personal, curated look that is uniquely yours. But blending antiques into your home isn't always easy - it requires creativity, ingenuity and a blast of design inspiration so your room doesn't look cluttered or simply wrong. An antique piece can be a room's showstopper or an accent piece. It can be repurposed for a new purpose. It can be woven into your design or part of a collection.

When talking to antique buyers, I always say: If you love it, buy it.
When decorating your home with antique and vintage pieces, I say: If you love it, show it! 

Where To Find #DesignInspiration to Mix Antiques With Modern 

Whether you're incorporating a few antique pieces into your home or entirely redoing a room or a whole house, you can easily find #DesignInspiration to curate a look for your home. 

1. Hire An Interior Designer 
You can outsource your entire decorating project to an experienced, professional interior designer. Or, many designers offer design consultations. You pay their hourly fee for a 1, 2 or more hour consultation where they offer expert advice on how to redesign a room, and incorporate your cherished antique and vintage pieces. 

2. Hire A Home Stager 
Home stagers aren't only for staging a home for sale! Many home stagers also offer consultation services to style or refresh a home, using the homeowner's own pieces or suggesting new pieces to supplement your design. 

3. Shelter Magazines 
Many magazines have GORGEOUS photos of professionally designed homes that feature vintage and antiques mixed with more modern pieces. I love browsing my favorite home and design magazines for design inspiration and to source new ideas for antique buying or antique repurposing!

  • Veranda
  • Architectural Digest
  • Southern Living
  • Traditional Home 

4. Instagram and Pinterest 
Don't overlook social media when you're looking for global #DesignInspiration! There are many design professionals, stylists, design influencers, etc on social. It's easy to find them by hashtag. Just follow your favorite designers or hashtags, such as #InteriorDesign or Some of my favorite #s on Pinterest and Instagram are:

  • #DesignInspo
  • #HouseEnvy
  • #InteriorStylist
  • #EclecticDecor 
  • #ScandivanianStyle 

Tip: 20 Interior Designer Accounts You Should Be Following On Instagram

Do You Have Antique Envy?

EuropeanFinds.com Online Antique Warehouse

If you're just discovering your love of antique, nothing is more fun than the hunt for that special piece that is EXACTLY what you never knew you desperately want. Flea markets, antique villages, estate sales... you can make a day of it, a weekend trip or even fly to an antiquing destination in the U.S. or abroad!

And you can buy antiques online. At EuropeanFinds.com, we buy our inventory on antique buying trips to Europe, as well as from carefully sourced local sellers. We've done the hard part for you! Now all you have to do is scroll...

Learn More: How To Buy Antiques Online: Tips from An Antique Dealer

Our inventory is always changing,
check back frequently for our latest additions! 

European Finds has antique furniture, accessories, mirrors and lighting that will make a statement in your home! If you don't see what you are looking for, give us a call - we also provide antique sourcing services to help you find the perfect piece.  

Contact: customerservice@europeanfinds.com