Nicola Harding from Harding & Read suggests embracing antique furniture to help a home feel more lived in. “To me, there is a peculiar alchemy in mixing old with new, combining pieces from different periods, price points and places of origin.” Designer Rosanna Bossom agrees, adding that vintage finds can help add layers to a scheme. “You can mix old furniture into a new scheme in so many ways. Look at the different materials you’re using. Ask yourself, where are the gaps? If there is already a fair amount of timber or wood in the scheme? If you don’t want to add in more brown furniture, look to materials like glass, lacquer or painted pieces. Mid-century furniture can work well with contemporary shapes. Conversely, traditional sofas or armchairs can look amazing with a modern print or weave. We spend hours trawling eBay or auction sites for hidden gems. They can be picked up for next to nothing and always add character.”
19th Century French Armchair, £255
This elegant French armchair is beautifully shaped in the Chapeau de Gendarme style. Raised on turned legs, it’s been left deconstructed, for your own choice of upholstery, though it's increasingly popular to leave them uncovered. Ultimately, this comfortable chair is strong, sturdy and in good condition.
Pair Of Bamboo Chairs, £520
This pair of bamboo side chairs come with on-trend cane seats. Made in England during the 19th century, the stylish design couldn’t be more current. Perfect in a hallway either side of a console table, in a bedroom or as spare chairs in a dining room, we love the decorative yet functional design.
Pair of Baker Mid-Century Chinoiserie Yellow Trimmed Faux Bamboo Tray Tables, £2,696.94
Inject a bit of Palm Beach 1950s chic into your home with these chinoiseries tables. With yellow trimmed removable trays on sturdy white faux bamboo bases, these retro tables are a fresh way to bring antiques into a scheme. Although tray tables, they are very sturdy and the base does not fold up, which makes the surface quite solid.
Pair Of 19th Century Bobbin Chairs, £750
This set of bobbin chairs, made in England c.1840, are a wonderful example of the style. Ready to be reupholstered, you can personalise and coordinate them to your home.
Walnut Commode With Marble Top, £1,650
This 18th century French walnut commode would be a wonderful addition to any living space. With a marble top, it’s perfect for a bar counter and for storing table linen. The elegant carved legs and pretty brass handles are especially striking.
Brass Drinks Trolley, £600
Who doesn’t need a bar trolley come cocktail hour? This 1970s version in sparkling brass has three tiers of glass shelves to hold all your favourite barware and liquors.
French Armoire, £1,950
This wonderful French armoire still retains its original, slightly worn colour and patina. Dating to 1880 and made from oak, the central door has a bevelled mirror, while the two doors either side feature cane craftsmanship. Inside, you'll find shelving but this could be converted into hanging storage with a rail. A stylish piece in wonderful condition.
Mahogany Oval Table, £330
This oval tilt top mahogany table has a decorative curved frieze and beautiful scallop edging. The top has a deep rich colour and patination, and sits on a base with scroll carvings to the feet. Ideal if you’re after a round dining table or have a large hallway and want to make a statement.
Pair of Brown Jordan Style Bamboo Rattan Side Tables, £963.19
This pair of bamboo rattan side or end tables are almost identical with one table being 1.5 inches shorter than the other. Featuring a rattan frame with decorative stick wicker windows and reinforced with wicker on the joints, the tables are topped with thick panes of glass with rounded corners. We love the details of the interior small shelf.