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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Historic Homes - Antique Elements, Modern Twist

After perusing through the "before" photos in Beth's last post showing her new (old) home in Raleigh, it takes me back to the multiple conversations we've had through the years, sharing our love for unique and special elements; bringing something worn and loved back to life.

That's exactly what Beth is doing in her home in Raleigh, renovating a house that has beautiful bones and creating the "castle" that she and Jim will enjoy and share with their family.
Beth is a pro at taking on this challenge! Since I've known her, she has created and lived in some of the most beautiful homes; homes that she renovated and designed from ancient cottages, old barns, flats in London, and old adobes in Arizona. It's truly been fun to see her choices and interiors move and meet the challenge of each project she's done. 

This is sure to be her best project yet! I know if you are like me, you can't wait to see each step of the design process. We both love that tension between old and new, fresh and aged. It's about the juxtaposition, the tension that builds character and interest in a home

Since I've been helping Beth with a few things for the powder bathroom, I've been collecting ideas to share.  I came across this article in Elle Decor magazine featuring a 1930's Tudor in Beverly Hills where the design includes mixing eclectic antiques, contemporary ease, and a dash of West Coast glamour.

This bathroom has been very inspiring for me. I love the crisp white contrasted against the dark cabinetry and yes, you know......I was initially drawn to the design by the English Leather Club Chair, just like the one we have at FMF Compagnie

 Antique Leather Club Chair, c1930
Antique Leather Club Chair, c1930
I love the 1930's connection that the leather chair brings to that master bathroom. What a regal touch and it goes back to that mix of old and new, fresh and aged.

Wouldn't this brass and marble side table look stunning right next to it! It's also in stock at the shop. Click on the photo below for more information.

Irish Brass and Marble Side Table

This swivel pedestal base mirror, much like the one in the inspiration bathroom, is also in stock at the shop. 
Wood Swivel Base Pedestal Mirror
And further "reflection" takes me to the mirrors above the vanity in our inspiration bathroom above.
The Gigi Mirror
I think our Gigi Mirror shouts 1930's Hollywood Regency Tudor. They would be fabulous behind the vanity in any bathroom. 

Recently at the shop, I began layering mirrors over the top of our vintage scrolled school maps. It's such a fun and interesting look! I could see layering bathroom mirrors over beautiful white or dark mill work, giving yet another dimension on the wall. 

What if we used a French patisserie stand for extra towels and bathroom accessories...
Adjustable Glass and Nickel Shelf Stand
Truly, helping Beth by offering some suggestions has been great fun for me. As I mentioned before, we've been sharing this love of antiques and new home goods for a very long time. 

Before you go, check our our Bathroom Inspirations board on Pinterest. 

Stone Sink with Brass Fixtures
And before I go, just a teaser on the new IFDA Take A Seat chair design we are doing this month. Here is a BEFORE photo and we are working on the finished product. It's going to be quite a transformation, inspired by a mid-century fashion icon! 
IFDA Take A Seat Designer Chair Event, Benefiting Military Assistance Mission

More to come......