IMG_6346I just read the most horrific article. I’m still a bit in the vapors over it. It seems that antiques are among the things millennials are killing.

Realtors are digitally redecorating homes to replace antiques with spare modern furniture and white walls, according to “When the Antiques Have to Go,” in the New York Times. The “after” in the article just looks C.H.E.A.P. to me. The article says that as lifestyles have gotten increasingly informal, antiques are out of the question. But have you ever sat on those horrible modern plastic chairs? I get a backache just looking at them. And who wants their legs to stick to the seat? In the realm of informal dining, I cite McDonalds; even their seats are now more comfortable than those fashionable molded plastic seats. What qualifies as informal? Something you can hose down? Or something where you don’t need to dress for dinner like the Crawleys at Downton Abbey?

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I like to think about the generations of babies who crawled around our apartment and who came upon these guys on the pedestal of the dining table.
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In what way is a boar “formal”? I think it’s not boring.
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The matching buffet à deux corps. We bought some of the furniture with the apartment. This is a revival of Henri II, with the mix of machined spirals and hand carving, from the late 1800s.

Of course, there are antiques and antiques. It seems that vintage, especially anything from the 1950s and 1960s, in that midcentury modern sweet spot, is still hot. Anything older is not. OK, it could be difficult to use a computer on a roll-top desk. Not the right ergonomics. Beds are wider and longer (but can be adjusted! We did it!). Carved details require dusting. But so do smooth surfaces….so what gives?

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Solution #1: attach a headboard to a queen-size bed.
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Solution #2: extend the frame to accommodate a queen-size mattress. It’s possible when you’re dealing with wood.

The thing I really don’t understand are the faux-tiques. The Pottery Barn/Restoration Hardware/Ethan Allen/Birch Lane etc. ilk–even Ikea has some of it–that looks vaguely traditional but is new. Now, knock-offs have been around for quite some time. In the late 1800s, the style of Henri II, which goes back to the 1500s, had a revival in France, as new wood-working machines could easily create the signature spiral rails on chairs and buffets, but the rest of the carving was still done by hand. Either the traditional look is passé or it isn’t. Why pay so much for something new that looks old? Though it doesn’t. The pieces are too perfect, like Real Housewives. Inauthentic.

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More Henri II. I just love all the faces.

IMG_3336English antique furniture values have fallen 40% in 10 years. The prices of 18th and 19th century antiques have tanked. In these parts, that’s not even very old. I was talking to an antique dealer who showed me a buffet from the 16th century. “I can’t get €200 for it,” he lamented. “Soon shops like this will be completely gone, and so will the furniture, the history. The new generation doesn’t care.”

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Piano detail. Unless it’s from a renowned maker, a piano is nearly worthless now.

The truly fancy stuff aside, judging from the listings on Le Bon Coin (the Good Corner), the French version of craigslist, folks have little interest in incorporating family heirlooms in their décor. They just want to get rid of them. Antiques dealers can pick up inventory for cheap, but if there are no buyers? There are still antique lovers out there. The entire town of Pézenas is one big antique market, even when the twice-yearly antiques fair isn’t going on.IMG_3327 2Here are my arguments to millennials for why they should give antiques, or older second hand, a second look:

The price. A quick perusal of leboncoin brings up a set in solid oak for €200, including a six-door buffet, a table and six chairs. Granted, it isn’t an antique, but neither is anything at Pottery Barn. In fact, all the better that it’s just a quasi-antique: you can paint it white. Or red. Anyway–not formal. The cheapest table at Ikea is €129, made of metal that they say can be recycled, so that’s an improvement over particle board. The Ingatorp wood particle board table (with a traditional look…go figure) is €299. The Ingolf chairs that usually go with it are €60 a pop. And the Havsta buffet is €910. Ikea is great for some things, and I respect that they deliver good design for low (low-ish) prices and make an effort to be environmentally responsible. But consumption is consumption.

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I see this style of mirror in Maisons du Monde (a French chain similar to Pottery Barn), but because this one is old, the mirror has beveled edges, too expensive to do for most mirrors today. Yet this one was cheaper than a new store-bought mirror. With a coat of black paint, it is perfect in the black-and-white bathroom.

The environment. In the mantra of reduce, reuse, recycle, giving something a new life beats sending it to recycling, which, is in turmoil as the system is overwhelmed with stuff to recycle without demand for the materials that are produced. That’s mostly for paper and plastic, and I’m not sure where a particle board table would enter the stream, but I’m not too hopeful. Sure, millennials are giving new life to MCM pieces, but as authentic stuff has gotten more expensive, you see cheap knockoffs everywhere. Knockoffs don’t count as reusing!!! They are new even if they look old.

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Dishes, too! And why not a silver tray? The table is “new”–I bought it in Lamu, Kenya; it’s hand-carved (I met the carpenter) from real wood.

Your home environment. The resins used to make particle board emit formaldehyde and other lovely volatile organic compounds, known as VOCs. Something that’s solid wood (and decades if not centuries old) is not going to off-gas.

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All old. Each piece the result of an adventure, especially that chandelier.

Personality. I will scream if I see another interior with Eames Vitra chairs (or knockoffs thereof, but either way they are plastic), a fiddle-leaf fig, shiplap, a repurposed pallet and a Beni Ourain rug (probably also a knockoff and made of polyester that will disintegrate into plastic microbeads). If some “influencer” declared something cool and then you copied it, are you cool or pathetic? With antiques, you can get a one-of-a-kind design. Even if all your friends become antiques nuts, you are not going to end up with the same stuff by a long shot. That goes for accessories and tchotchkes, too. Why buy some mass-produced thing to style your bookshelf? What kind of statement is that making, really? Some second-hand stuff was mass-produced, but you won’t find it everywhere anymore. And lots of really old furniture was made by hand. Marquetry is like painting with wood. It’s art. If you don’t like the old stuff, then support a living artist, perhaps someone you know.

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Better in white, with a new seat cover.

If you don’t like brown, paint it. This would not be a good idea for an 18th century marquetry desk. But if it’s great-grandma’s dresser or a second-hand wardrobe that you plan to repurpose, then go right ahead. And you can personalize it. Or stain it darker or strip it bare, two looks I see on Restoration Hardware’s site. Antiques, or old brown furniture, doesn’t have to be precious.

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A simple wardrobe, and very practical. Two drawers…
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…and the Carnivore cleverly rearranged the interior to have both shelves and hanging space.

When I was young, I had romantic ideas about antiques, along with lace curtains and chandeliers. Moving to a few continents meant paring down, giving back (to stay in the family) and, often buying new on arrival in my new country. It’s true it takes a while to get into shopping for older stuff. There’s a learning curve to discern a gem from a pebble (but sometimes a pebble is what you need). It requires patience–one might not want to look for months for just the right bed frame when it’s so tantalizingly easy to click online and get it delivered to your door. But, my dears, it’s worth it! Hold out! You won’t regret it!

And now, tell me your antique thoughts.

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There would be a lot to digitally hide in this room. The only thing that’s new in this photo is the watercolor of la Cité of Carcassonne (on the left), done by a friend of a friend; even the other oils are old, found in a closet.

 

 

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59 thoughts on “Opinions on Furniture

  1. I totally agree with you on the level of consumption. These pieces have all paid their environmental dues long ago. I say the same about our old cars. I think there are some buts though. First of all, quite a bit of antique brown furniture is too big for modern homes. Second, a lot of old chairs and couches were not comfortable when they were new, much less now. I’ve stayed in gites that were furnished with granny’s furniture after she went into the nursing home. Frankly, that can look just as cheap as the repro stuff.

    I think part of the problem too is that people have an expectation these days that everything matches. In order to do that you have to buy from the same store, all at once, or a reliable chain like IKEA which will have the same line for at least a few years.

    (This is an extract, to see if it tells me again that it’s a duplicate…)

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    1. This came through!
      Yes, cheap old furniture looks as bad as cheap new furniture.
      The size of homes, though, keeps getting bigger while households keep getting smaller. But it isn’t cool to have them stuffed with too much furniture.

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  2. I too do not understand the reasoning behind the cry about the amount of rubbish going to landfill but the ongoing purchase of cheap hideous furniture. I also do not understand why people need to be ‘influenced’. I admit to buying a new wood table because our dining room isn’t the right size for any of the beautiful wood tables we liked. We did buy a sideboard at a charity shop with the most gorgeous hand made 1920’s bamboo handles for $50! Our bedside tables are 1930’s also from the charity shop, the carving is gorgeous. Our daughters all have the same house with a couple of décor exceptions and I am so sorry to say that they are all very uncomfortable. I rescued a beautiful glass cabinet from the side of the road, lucky for us the glass doors and sides were still intact but not the shelves but we found a man who cut perfect shelves and bevelled the edges. The generation setting up house now will regret all having the same ‘look’ but by then too many of the fabulous old wood pieces will be gone. Pour me a glass of red!

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  3. Hurrah! Got that bit through — now to try the rest of it! 🙂

    I was quite shocked when we came to do our kitchen that it simply isn’t possible to buy solid wood kitchen cabinets, even when you commission them from the joiner. They are all bought from manufacturers of carcasses, in cheap wood and particle board, then the joiner will add doors. Even the doors are not solid wood — just the outer frame, and the central panel is more particle board.

    People often don’t know how to contact an artist to create something for them and imagine that it will be expensive.

    I think this issue is related to what’s happening with the restoration of Notre Dame too. What they should be doing is commissioning an architect to design a new spire. It would undoubtedly be of glass because that’s the only material modern architects seem to be keen on at the moment, and no doubt most people would hate it initially. But it would meet the 1964 convention on the conservation and restoration of historic monuments, because when you cannot repair and must replace, best practice is to create the best possible replacement that is contemporary to you — not pretend old. In Notre Dame’s case what we are going to have is a 21C copy of a 19C interpretation of a 12C spire — who is going to respect that?!

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    1. I agree on Notre Dame–while we will miss the old version, things happen. You can’t leave a hole.
      As for artists, there are plenty of shows, people selling at fairs and sometimes from street stalls. And there’s a chance of having grown up with someone who’s an artist. I just don’t get the swoons over the tchotchkes from China that have some “designer” name attached.
      Re solid wood kitchen cabinets: I see them on Le Bon Coin, but it would be quite a puzzle to transfer to a new setting.

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  4. Oh, a subject close to my heart! It is baffling that quality antiques that are often cheaper than modern furnishings are more or less ignored these days. It’s not just Millenials who shun them. We’d also heard that dealers are finding it hard to shift silver these days because Young People don’t want to spend time polishing it. And yet they can spend hours surfing social media sites, which have no lasting value or intrinsic beauty (ahem, beyond our own quality blogs, of course).

    We have a goodly mix of new and old. Nothing super-antique, 1810-ish is probably the oldest we have and quite a lot of art deco-era as our apartment is that age. The new furniture is mostly custom-made and I daresay there isn’t any particle board around these parts. We’re pretty fussy.

    Hopefully there’ll be a turnaround in attitudes before everything gets thrown into landfill!

    Good on you for decorating so wisely!

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  5. I completely agree with everything you’ve said! We have some beautiful family antiques and there is no comparison to the new stuff – and I don’t understand a generation that is trying so hard to make their unique mark on the world, only to all buy the same stuff that someone told them was fashionable. (Loved your comment about the fake Eames Vitra chairs, fiddle-leaf fig, shiplap, and Beni Ourain rug – so sick of seeing all of it). The most beautiful homes we’ve visited in France have such an artful mix of old and new – a reverence for beautiful antiques, but such skill in incorporating new items where there is nothing that can substitute (a modern lamp and perhaps a piece of good modern art, next to an antique marble fireplace and gorgeous golden mirror – to die for!). The new generations should try their skill at that! I only wish I lived near you, where apparently gorgeous antiques are plentiful and affordable! Here in the US that is not the case.

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  6. AS AN ANTIQUE DEALER who LOVED To shop with her MAMA at a YOUNG AGE I am STILL COLLECTING AND SAVING THINGS!MY HOUSE IS FULL.Everything has a story TOO!I LOVE THAT. How I found it what I traded the olive oil for etc……….
    Our WORLD IS A MESS at the moment!
    WE NEED TO WAKE UP sooner than later!
    GREAT ARTICLE!
    XX

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  7. I love this blog post and totally agree with you! I am sick of seeing interior designers caving to the trend of using junk from the popular online warehouse stores to fill a room. I dislike seeing the abundance of antique knock offs made in weathered wood that sometimes cost as much as an antique, but are cheaply made. The trend has become pathetic. Over the last 25 years I have tried to educate many friends about buying quality furniture, but they’ve insisted on buying the cheap contemporary stuff or vintage knock offs, only having to replace them two years later, heck some even sooner, over and over again. So it’s not just the younger generation that is clueless.

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    1. There’s a pressure to change things, to redecorate. There are people who rearrange stuff for each season. I can see putting out some candles in winter, or rolling up the sheepskin throw in summer, but otherwise, why change if you like what you have? Maybe that’s the thing–not really loving your choices to begin with.

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  8. Taste, I suppose, is at the heart of all this. There are certain very old things I would love to collect (when I win the Lottery) – Georgian silver candlesticks, 18th century wine glasses and I love a sconce or a mirror – but a lot of antique furniture leaves me cold. That said, my house contains some old pieces that came to me via my mother some years ago and my pride and joy is a 60s coffee table that called to me from behind a pile of furniture in a vintage shop some years ago. The other thing, no matter how old, is to take care of your stuff. And now I am going to do the dusting. Good evening.

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    1. If you buy stuff you love, you’ll take care of it and it will last you your whole life. I find it hard to imagine somebody who spies something on Instagram or a blog, clicks through to buy it and then cherishes it forever. No, it’s about churn, which has nothing to do with taste.

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  9. I love the sense of history that comes with older things, even as I agree that not all “antiques” are beautiful. I am told that old china isn’t wanted today because you can’t put it in the dishwasher — all those gold rims. My choices are a mix of a few relatively newer things but mostly old, hand-me-downs, bought-at-thrift-shops-and-repurposed, and so on. And lots of books, another thing that seems to be on the unwanted list of late.
    I loathe particle board, although I know it’s widely used for buildings as well as furniture. Going for comfort, rather than the latest style, makes sense to me.

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      1. Oooo-I so agree on the china. I have 5 sets to date. One has a gold rim, another has a platinum rim. I hand wash those. I love them. As an event planner, my daughter has collected an assortment of vintage china for mis-matched dinner settings. With her sisters’ help they hand wash them after an affair.

        I think the reason is not so much the metallic rims as the fact that this generation doesn’t entertain the way past generations have. They are much more informal. I will say, my older daughters (in their 40s) love to set a pretty table. My youngest falls into the newer gens- VERY informal. But all, granddaughters included, love the fuss of a table set with china and all the fixings when they’re a guest. It just makes you feel special to be a part of it all- to have been considered worth the effort!

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  10. I can’t imagine not appreciating a mix of old and new – if not all old. I hear antiques described as “brown furniture” – people aren’t even sure what to call something that wasn’t delivered in a flat pack and assembled with an Allen wrench. Seriously, I think it’s simply the sad state of affairs regarding our consumer culture. People feel pressure to live a “staged” existence, and shopping is the new theater.

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  11. Gilded mirrors, silver trays, armoires… I’m with you! I love antiques mixed with modern. Here in the States where so many Boomers are downsizing, we can’t give our antiques away! We shouldn’t be surprised the young people don’t like antiques, because so many of them are only interested in themselves. Not all, but my travels this summer have made me want a vacation from half naked young women taking selfies… EVERYWHERE!

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    1. There’s a whole genre of young YouTubers who just show how they decorated their apartments (or homes, for the successful ones) and it’s consumption consumption consumption, all while claiming to be original.

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  12. I love this post. My sister first let me know the Times was writing these stories a few years ago. They published a story about companies in the NYC metropolitan area that specialize in organization/ decluttering for older people. Those interviewed referred to antiques as “brown goods” that no one wanted. They couldn’t even give them away to family or charitable organizations. Very sad.

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  13. Almost all of our kids are millennials, so I get to see first hand how they choose their surroundings. Of course they’ll choose some trendy things similar to the way we used to do when we were their age, so I think that is normal. Also, they are at an age when they don’t want to be tied up to a house or material objects, nor to spend time curating precious possessions, so they’ll pick functional and cheap. They are just another generation with other priorities than us. Life these days lacks the stability we had, there are lots and lots of changes and they want to stay trim and lean and be able to move fast for a better opportunity, job move or new business. These days if someone stays in a tech job more than 18 months, it’s considered “rusty”, so it is quite different for them than it was for us at their age.

    But I noticed that our children, as soon as they become more settled in a place, they start to look for quality and unique pieces for their homes, which can be quite a tedious process since the overwhelming trend is cheaply made, mass produced. Plus, the process of refining one’s taste takes time, exposure to beauty and valuable things and the desire to surround oneself with that type of stuff. So far, two of them have managed to set up beautiful homes with some old and new pieces and of course some hand-me-downs from us. There is hope that once they reach maturity, they’ll change for the better.

    I just love your bedroom in the Solution #2 photo, but that is just my personal taste.

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  14. Great discussion starter!! I think that there is nothing worse than looking at pictures of a gite/holiday home and being able to pick out all the stuff that came from Ikea. To me it shows that the owners took the easy way out and/or did not want their personality to show through. Ikea is a great place for some things, but it needs to be very carefully chosen!!

    A lot of antique pieces ARE too big for modern homes – but it’s the ceilings that have become so much lower that armoires do not fit into rooms anymore and that other pieces look totally out of proportion, even in a large room. Of course modern/practical rooms have built-in wardrobes, so most of the time the bedrooms are furnished minimally.

    I’ve always loved antiques, and a lot of my home is furnished with old furniture. Not all of it is antique (100 years and older?), but apart from the kitchen cabinets, there’s no particleboard! Old furniture is also a little bit more difficult to care for than the new stuff which can almost be ‘hosed down’. French polish does not like water, and a table with ring marks looks pretty bad. People don’t necessarily know how to care for antiques, which probably puts them off buying the stuff in the first place. As for pianos, who has the space and if they do, could they play, and if they can, would the neighbours like it?? Even Erard and Pleyel pianos usually don’t find a home on the bon coin when they cost next to nothing!

    enough for now, we could be talking about this for days…. 🙂

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  15. I saw that article, too. Thanks! You saved me a rant.

    Not all is lost, though. A couple of months ago my grandson brought a bunch of friends to stay in my equally traditional/antique-filled home. One walked into my living room and said, yes, this is exactly what I want in my house. I thought he was going to save some time, just move in. The rest, after getting over that « stepping into a museum » feeling, settled right in and loved the place. If they could have fit the exposed beams and all into their suitcases, I think they would have.

    I think they don’t see nice things in their homes. I was raised in a house with junky furniture. Everyone I knew had cheap stuff. It was considered practical. If that’s all you see, it’s all you know about. I don’t know why I decided it was all too ugly and wouldn’t work for me.

    I think, too, that many people are pressed for time. They buy whatever is easy. Ikea and all are certainly easy, easier than waiting for the right piece to show up in a shop or at auction, just when you are looking for it. Also, many people can’t visualize how a piece will look in a new place. A catalog or showroom with everything all arranged solves that problem right away.

    Meantime, more for me. I just picked up a pair of Japanese bronze lamps for a fraction of what they would have cost when I first fell for Japanese bronze. And I have started painting a few lesser pieces. It’s great fun.

    Beautiful photos, by the way.

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    1. I always thought my parents settled for cheap stuff. They didn’t change things very often–only when falling apart (which happened with a house full of kids). But my dad liked modern and in 1960 bought the most gorgeous bedroom set and a side table and big coffee table for the living room. The pieces were SIGNED (and one got beaten with a hammer by a young sibling). Nobody in the family was impressed.

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  16. I so agree with you….buy quality old furniture instead of cheap furniture!!! I don’t understand why anyone would want something new and cheap. The sad part is alot of these people finance this furniture and their payments outlast the furniture!! I tell the young generation the store “Rooms To Go” here in the US is exactly that!…it will be gone(broken) in less than a year!! And, every house you go into has the same furniture! I love antiques. Give me patina anyday!!!

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  17. Now here’s a confession…When I was young I didn’t appreciate antique furniture. When my grandmother died, I was still a student and although I was offered some excellent pieces, I said no. This was either because I didn’t like them or because I had nowhere to store them. How I regret it now but hindsight is a wonderful thing! There is nothing I like better now than to wander round the local troc/trocante or brocante. I would say that the majority of our furniture etc is ‘pre-loved’. Interestingly, when my eldest son (27) and his girlfriend (24) come to stay with us, they always want to visit the troc and have already purchased coffee sets, glasses etc to take back to the UK. So, maybe, all is not lost!

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  18. One of my first purchases was when I was 16 I bought myself an antique dresser for my room. I still own it. I had tired of it after all these years but it is such a brilliantly made piece I decided to paint it. I know if I bought anything contemporary it would fall apart in a year or two. This piece keeps on going.

    I recently sold our rolltop antique desk we’d had for many years. I loved it but it really wasn’t useful as a desk anymore as I couldn’t sit a computer on it. I was happy to see it went to a good home of someone else that appreciated the talent it took to make it. It had claw feet. I love that detail.

    Suzanne
    http://www.suzannecarillo.com

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  19. I love true Scandinavian style. Not the totally pared down stuff you see in magazines, but how people actually live. A mix of old and contemporary furniture and textiles, an antique traditional rose-painted (Rosemåling) cabinet alongside a mid-century buffet and a modern dining table. Cherishing family heirlooms and giving them new life. We bitterly regret having got rid of an antique wardrobe we got in a charity shop when we were first married. It had little ivory (!) plaques on the internal drawer section for ‘collars’, ‘collar studs’ and so on. But the wee flat we had just bought was too small for it (built in wardrobes – not my favourite!), and neither set of parents had room to store it for us.
    IKEA furniture has really deteriorated in quality. When we first travelled to Sweden to buy it before there were shops in the UK, it was all solid wood. That was mid 1980s. We still have some of those pieces and we’re keeping them, as they’re far superior to what’s available nowadays. I think our first kitchen from the Gothenburg store was solid wood. (we still have some of those cabinets too!)

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    1. Ivory plaques to indicate collars and studs! How utterly charming!
      I agree that Ikea has sacrificed quality to keep prices down. I have some shelves from the mid-’90s and added more two decades later and the wood is not at all the same caliber.

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  20. I loved this post and all the responses. I’m 100% for vintage and antique, and always have been. I remember buying a wonderful 1920s birds-eye maple dresser with a tax refund when I was in my 20s. I wish I still had it – but my ex does!

    Before I moved to France I sold all my nice antique furniture (some really great things, too). The first place I lived here was small, but I managed within two years to fill it up with lots of brocante/vide grenier goodies. After I bought my house (much bigger), I had a great time buying nice vintage/antique furniture for it. I’ve got some makeshift cheap-o bedroom furniture which I replace with better as I find it. However, even though my village has a monthly brocante I don’t generally find bargains, so there must be others out there buying this stuff – at least in my area. I’ve only bought a few non-vintage things but just for specific purposes where I was unable to find usable older. If I had been able to work out a way to use vintage/antique in my kitchen I would have done so, but time constraints dictated buying a new kitchen, although it is now filled with wonderful vintage touches. The thing the millenials would benefit from is the realization that vintage/antique and modern can nicely coexist in a home or apartment.

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  21. I wish I could say that I was stunned when I read the article in the NY times but a couple of years ago I read an article about a man in England that was selling of his family estate, centuries worth of paintings, furniture etc and they sai in the article the market for these types of items was so bad he was only going to get 1/4 of what he would have 10-20 years ago.

    My in-laws just went thru the same thing. They have been collectors of American antiques their entire lives, sadly when they tried to sell what the family dot want they got peanuts.

    I personally love the collected look and I love collecting things from my travels, it makes the house feel more like home. I don’t want my house to be a white or gray box filled with white things. It is a nice look for many but it is just not my style.

    Have a great weekend.

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  22. It’s funny because I am a Millennial and the only piece of furniture we own that’s younger than me (besides a rug, a hamper, and a few replacement lamp shades) is our (Tito’s) bed. Evertything else is either an 18th Century reproduction, Victorian, or mid-century modern. And even though my neighborhood is full of Millennials and charmless flipped houses, people who come through get excited and tell me they love the way I decorate. Maybe I can be an influencer?

    Also, even though I was hell bent on rejecting everything that’s supposed to be in style and getting cheap antiques and good reproductions, I needed my mom to talk me into my “formal” sofa. It’s a Williamsburg reproduction. Handmade in Buffalo, NY, down cushions, the kind of piece she and my grandmother always thought of as aspirational. The seller recovered it in a fabric that looks kind of like burlap even though it’s soft (which has held up great against cat scratches) and put it on Craigslist for $400. I e-mailed the ad to my mom like “LOL is this enough of a bargain to sit in a camelback in front of the TV?” and she said GO BUY THAT TODAY

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