Maybe its just me, but something that seems to be missing from many designer works today is the use of antiques.
My favorite designers who use antiques in their projects are Nancy Braithwaite of Atlanta, Suzanne Rheinstein of Los Angeles, previously of New Orleans, and Michael Smith, of Santa Monica.
A humble European hutch houses my business books and some of my fabric samples.
My late husband's extensive soldier and military collection spans some 55 years of collecting from the US, Britain, and France. This set hung on his bedroom wall as a child.