Julie and Bruce V. of nearby Whitmire, SC, love color and aren't afraid to show it in their wonderful, old historic home. They recently purchased two pieces, a large 1890 Louis XV oak buffet for their dining room and a highly carved antique Brittany armoire for their master bedroom. Let's look at how Julie and Bruce skilfully combine fine antiques with more modern furniture to seamlessly create an interior design that reflects their unique taste.
Julie and Bruce create a warm, inviting dining area using both antique and modern pieces. The fantastic, heavy oak Louis XV buffet that they purchased from EuroLux Antiques is beautifully framed by centering it on the wall. Note how the red hue of the wall burnishes the warm brown finish of the oak. Stunning! It always amazes me what a key role color plays -- be it in the finish of the antiques or the colors in a room -- in setting a mood. This dining area has a welcoming look that invites a person to stay awhile. Also note how Julie and Bruce play off the style of the gorgeous crystal chandelier by incorporating candlesticks with crystal pendants. Small touches like this reinforce the design scheme. Well done!
In the master bedroom, Julie and Bruce found a place for this sensational, carved chestnut Brittany armoire. I want to point out how beautifully the color and finish of the antique armoire match the modern bed posts. This bedroom is an absolutely great example of how it's possible to seamlessly incorporate fine antiques (the Brittany armoire dates to 1890) into a modern home with new, fine furniture.
Here's a wider shot of the master bedroom so you can see more of the design scheme. Obviously, Julie and Bruce love red, and they know how to use it to bring a warm "pop" to each room. Note, too, how the mirrored front of the buffet reflects the light to beautiful effect.
This blog post could have been titled "red done right" because Julie and Bruce never overwhelm their decor with their favorite color. They use it judiciously to create an appealing environment for themselves -- and their 7 (or is it 8 by now, Julie?) children! Yes, you can live the antiques lifestyle with small children. Julie and Bruce's family is living proof of it!
Many thanks to Julie and Bruce for "inviting" all of us into their home by sharing photos of their lovely interior. One of the best things about this business is finding great homes for old treasures and then hearing from our clients how they are putting these beautiful antiques to use in their lives.
If you'd like to see your decor featured on our blog, just drop us an e-mail! We'd love to hear from you.
Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with Aimee on Google+ or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!