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Our Top Tips for Tying Together Timeless Heirlooms and On-Trend Designs

November 21, 2023

I serve clients coast-to-coast with services ranging from virtual interior design, paint color consultations, 3D renderings... I also do a little bit of blogging.

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Your family heirlooms don’t have to be relegated to the basement simply because they contrast in style from the rest of your home. In fact, I pride myself on incorporating your timeless treasures into your on-trend space in a way that is polished, purposeful, and most of all, carries so much personal meaning to you and your family. Want to know how? Keep reading.

Tip #1: Intention is Everything in Collected Design

Every component in a space matters. That’s why American designer and architect Charles Eames said “The details are not the details. They make the design.” As do the stories behind the pieces. One of my most treasured pieces of decor is a nearly decade old sewing box that belonged to my great-grandmother whose name is hand carved onto the box. I help clients incorporate pieces just like this into their home for an intentional, collected look. Plus, they make fantastic conversation starters.

Tip #2: Rules Should Be Followed in Eclectic Design

Design rules exist to be broken, but not in spaces blending old and new. Try to find common elements in your heirlooms and new items- think in terms of color, texture or shape so they play better together in the room. If you don’t have any family antiques, check out 1stdibs.com or Chairish- you’ll find a ton of beautiful vintage pieces.

Tip #3: Texture is a Powerful Tool in Blended Design

When dealing with antiques, flea market finds & heirlooms, texture trumps color. A room full of visual variety creates cohesion and layers. Corey Damen Jenkins executes this style to perfection, I realize his style may not be everyone’s cup of tea but he is a master of mixing materials and patterns. Don’t be afraid to design the room around your antiques or heirlooms.

Interior Design: Corey Damen Jenkins; Photography: Werner Straube

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