Vintage pieces are more popular than ever. Scott Landon, a buyer from CBC TV's new show Four Rooms shares his favourite pieces to take the stuffiness out of antiques. Scott says antiques and vintage pieces shouldn't be saved or stored away, but used everyday and enjoyed.
DIY Wall Cladding using Barnboard and Tin
An economical way to bring new life to a tired old wall, this treatment would look great in a contemporary space to add some warmth and interest to a focal wall. The use of tin ceiling tiles on the wall is a great way to create a custom look without spending a lot of money.
Sources: tin tiles from Post and Beam
A Traditional Five Drawer Chest
Nothing beats the craftsmanship of an original piece of 19th century furniture. Look for large boards (trees used to be bigger back then and so the pieces of wood board were larger), beautiful dovetail work and square nails to date the piece back to the 19th century.
A great way to inject some architecture into a loft space or new build home is by using an interesting door, a great fireplace mantle or some special interest pieces like this lion head. Saved from a condemned building, these pieces are increasingly hard to find because a lot of historical buildings are now preserved. So if you spot something like this you need to jump on it!
Tip: Don't be afraid to bring the outside in. Just because it was meant for outdoor use doesn't mean it has to stay in the garden or an outdoor space; bring them into your home and find a special spot to add some immediate architectural interest to a space.
Source: 507 Antiques
Instead of an art print or something more expected, go for an interesting piece of folk art. Weathervanes served a purpose in the past and now they're great 3D pieces that add immediate decorative interest to any space. Look for interesting details that tell a story about where the piece came from: most weathervanes were fixed on top of homes to act as early weather detection systems. Some even have bullet holes and really interesting backstories depending on where these items were found.
Just like any art, think of these pieces as investments. Folk art is really trendy right now but weathervanes are rare, hard to find and more fun to look at than stocks or bonds!
Sources: table, floor lamp, desk lamp, all from Metropolis Living
A Sign of the Times
Vintage signage has become really popular in the last two to five years. Look for bright colours thatwill complement and pop in your space.
Source: signage from Victorian Revival
If you're only going to get one piece from this look, lighting is where you should start. These Halophane pendant lights were institutional lights made for function and now used for form and function.
Tip: With any vintage lighting fixtures, make sure they're approved by your national governing body and that they're installed by a professional. You don't want to mess with electrical.
Source: Lighting from Victorian Revival