I love using antiques and vintage pieces in my design projects and in my own home. Antiques add history and patina to a space that can’t be found in all new items. “Brown Furniture” and antiques went out of favor over the last decade which is a shame because there are so many instances of mixing old and new which show just how well they go together. The good news is that as old furniture became less popular the prices dropped – market forces at work! A trip through 1st Dibs, Etsy or Chairish shows just the wide range of what’s available at all price points. I believe that the trend is turning and antiques and vintage pieces are becoming popular again – and prices will start going up accordingly.
The benefits are incontrovertible: antiques add history and patina, they are beautiful, they are environmentally friendly and they have withstood the test of time. What’s not to love!
What can hold many back from shopping for antiques is lack of knowledge about basic terms and fear of making a mistake. A few years ago with the help of friends in the antiques industry, I put together an Antiques Glossary for my then magazine ::Surroundings:: Guide to Decorative Living. I thought it was time to re-share. Knowledge is power!
I realize this might be a little hard to read – especially on a phone – so have included this handy downloadable Linda Merrill Decorative Surroundings Antiques Glossary 2021 for your use!
Do you use antiques or vintage pieces in your home? I’d love to hear!
A few books you might consider for your library. (Disclaimer: these items contain affiliate links. A small commission is paid on any sales, at no additional cost to the buyer. This goes to help support this blog. Thank you!)