why you need antiques in your home

Antique [an·teek]: any work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or the like, created or produced in a former period, or, according to U.S. Customs laws, 100 years before date of purchase.

Vintage [vin·tij]: of old, recognized, and enduring interest, importance or quality, dating from the past.

Using antiques and vintage pieces in your decor can create an interior that exudes warmth and patina and conveys a bit of history. These heirlooms are resilient, durable, valuable and often convey a character of their own. Collectible bibelots and objet d'art can show great craftsmanship and trigger "all the feels" ~ of nostalgia.

Monticello by Thomas Jefferson

Monticello by Thomas Jefferson

Decorating with antiques keeps a space original and unique, rather than cookie-cutter and redundant.

Interior by Timothy Corrigan, Inc., featured on 1st Dibs

Interior by Timothy Corrigan, Inc., featured on 1st Dibs

Interior by Anne Pyne, photo: Björn Wallander, featured on @shopDecorum

Interior by Anne Pyne, photo: Björn Wallander, featured on @shopDecorum

It doesn't take a roomful of pieces to illustrate a life considered and well-lived, just a few. And collecting antiques is  Green and fun, bringing you to places you might not otherwise visit and connecting you to people you might otherwise not meet. So go ahead. Recycle the past.

4 books everyone should read this year

We have all made New Year's resolutions now or in the past and some were kept but some were not. One resolution I have is to read more...making the time to do so is always a challenge, but I feel like it is a way to open my eyes to new ideas in a fashion that nothing else can.  Here are four books that are worth reading (or reading again) this year.

Set aside some time alone, a comfy chair and your imagination and then get to it. Enjoy! xo

8 bright design secrets that'll style away winter blues

Snow, rain, sleet, avalanches, snow plows, overflowing rivers, early dusk and late dawn, political imbroglios, holiday withdrawal~ it is all enough to make anyone a little sad/nervous/nauseous. Your home is your castle. Here are some quick, easy ideas that will help brighten your outlook and your keep. 

8. Get a desk chair in a popping' color.

7. Put up a beautiful new light.

6. Refresh your bed with new sheets or new pillows or a new duvet cover or a new throw blanket or all of the above. 

5. Give some love to an old upholstered piece with a yummy new fabric and go for a sexy contrast welt.

4. Replace a boring lampshade with one that has some sass and color.

3. Find and hang a great piece of art. Leave no stone unturned--flea markets, secondhand stores, garage sales, estate auctions, or museum gift shops can get you fab finds.

Tinsel by ArtHide

Tinsel by ArtHide

2. Throw down an embellished cowhide to liven up your floors.

1. And this is the easiest of them all--take the plunge and paint a stripe or an accent wall or an entire room in a brave, bold color. 

There now, doesn't that feel better? 

xo, Carolyn

p.s. most of the images above were pulled from Instagram and links are attached to the pictures.