Primarily our acquisitions have come from auctions and antique shops. Antique furnishings work well with this house as it is antique itself. One such purchase came while shopping at a favourite local antique shop over a year ago. We saw a cabinet and Jody fell in love. I was not so smitten. It was big, bulky and black. I've always felt black furniture hid the wood grain and looked modern. I wasn't having it. But we went back several times and Jody continued to admire it and finally it went on sale. At 50% off how was I to say no?
So home it came. Initially we didn't know where we were putting it but as soon as we had to move it we realized it wasn't going far. It was too big and bulky to try and carry it through the house so it came straight in the front door to the piano room.
Wouldn't you know it fit beautifully. At just over 4 feet wide it sat perfectly in front of the former fireplace like it was made for that spot. When you walk in the door that cabinet is what you notice. I was proved wrong, it was the perfect piece for the room.
The next question was, what else would we buy? Would we continue to purchase antiques in an effort to decorate according to the age of the house? If so, should the vintage be the same as the house? Did we limit ourselves to furnishing only from 1880 to 1900? Would it matter if something was from the 1940's? Or would we add modern pieces?
Ultimately we decided that although we love antiques we didn't want this house to start looking like a museum. The real turning point for me was the rug.
We purchased this rug many years ago at auction in Vancouver, British Columbia and it was one of the few belongings that came with us across country. Because I love it that much. That rug was going in a prominent spot no matter what age it was.
And that's when it dawned on me. Our house should be representative of us. This isn't a catalogue or a magazine spread. It just needed to be full of things that we love. I remember where every single item came from and the story behind it and that means more to me than any design magazine can offer. And isn't that what a home really contains? A lifetime of stories.
What is your design style? Do you gravitate towards a certain look or do you simply buy what you love?