Lynn Byrne is the writer behind popular design blog Decor Arts Now.
If there was one overriding theme in two of this spring’s top show houses, the Junior League of High Point Show House and the venerable Kips Bay Show House, it is that the use of antiques and vintage furnishings in your home is hot, hot, hot, despite any rumblings in the marketplace you may have heard to the contrary. The designers’ liberal sprinkling of antique and vintage furnishings in their show house rooms is what made the rooms sing.
I intentionally call this use of antique and vintage furnishings a “theme” and not a “trend”, because, as I say in my manifesto, I believe mixing up styles and periods is classic and never out of style. I can think of no better way to demonstrate the path to becoming your own “mixmaster” than featuring some show house highlights and selecting “get the look” wares from The HighBoy.
Let’s get started.
Mark Sikes’s dining room at the 2015 Kips Bay Show House celebrated traditional design with classic red and white check paired with floral chintz, a sparkling chandelier, pastural landscapes for art, blue and white ceramics for accessories and rich, warm antique furniture.
1. Pair of Italian Alabaster Table Lamps
2. Albert Gabriel Rigolot (1862 – 1932), River Scene with Ducks, Oil on Canvas
3. French Porcelain Cobalt Blue Center Piece | 4. French Empire Mahogany Console with Marble Top
5. An Early 19th Century Genovese Gilt Wood Chandelier
6. Pair of Blue & White Villeroy and Boch Vases | 7. Pair of Blue and White Porcelain Vases
Michelle Workman‘s library for the Junior League of High Point Show House, a room most often decorated in a manly way, had a touch of romance and femininity.
1. Modernist Desk Lamp In Sculpted Black Enameled Metal Attributed to Serge Mouille
2. 19th Century Louis XV-Style Ladies Writing Desk
3. A Set of English Neoclassical Style White Porcelain Figures of the Four Seasons
4. French Vintage Distressed Chest of Drawers
The dark walls, sunburst mirror and midcentury abstract painting gave Christine Barbour‘s bar in the Junior League of High Point Show House a dramatic Tony Duquette feel.
In describing Alessandra Branca’s room at the 2015 Kips Bay Show House, Robert Leleux, Editor in Chief at Domino, claimed on Instagram that it was the room that launched a thousand ships. Surely it was a favorite, often photographed and frequently packed with viewers who simply did not want to leave the intensely comfortable space.
1. Antique Chinese Coromandel 4 Panel Screen
2. Pair of Italian X-frame Stools on Painted and Parcel Gilt Frame
3. English George III Mahogany Gainsborough Library Chair
4. Vintage Mid-Century Modern Karl Springer Coffee Table
Over at the Junior League of High Point Show House, Catherine Austin did a masterful job of styling her bedroom especially the Milo Baughman style bookcase. Accessorizing your room, particularly your bookcases, is a challenge for some, so let’s take a closer look. You can find an expansive array of accessories at The HighBoy, lending your rooms the perfect finishing touch.
Remember that The HighBoy embraces all periods of furnishings and art–including mid-century modern. You can easily capture the look of Aida Interiors sexy mid-century lounge at the Junior League of High Point Show House.
1. Mid-Century Modern Brass Etagere by Milo Baughman
2. Luxe Mid-Century Style Lounge Chair in the Manner of Milo Baughman
3. Z Shaped Side Table in Lacquered Wood
4. Pair of Magnificent Mid-Century Sirocco Lounge Chairs by Arne Norell
5. Mid-Century Modern Credenza or Commode, Curved Frame, circa 1960
Finally, first impressions are everything right? But your entry needs to function just as much as it needs to look pretty. Traci Zeller accomplished both in her compact entry hall at the Junior League of High Point Show House by including a lovely, and practical for storage, antique chest, a classic mirror (gal’s got to check her lipstick) and pretty ceramics that could easily hold keys and change. Let’s do it.
By now it should be obvious that incorporating art, antiques and vintage furnishings in your rooms is what gives them that prized sense of flair, and that shopping The HighBoy can help you do it.