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California designer Shiree Hanson Segerstrom's weekly tips for decorating, gardening, and stylish living

Building a Design Scheme around Vintage, Retro and Antique Furnishings



























LARS BOLANDER above
 
 
I’ve had a run of projects recently with clients possessing the most wonderful antique and vintage pieces. At times like this the question, “can you work with these?” is music to my ears. “Why… yes I can”.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EMILY CHANDLER above
 
 
I literally have to contain my excitement. Few things please me more professionally than to have design perimeters especially when those perimeters happen to include a circa 1950 glass top cocktail table with a gilt “sheath of wheat” base, an Edwardian rotating bookcase, or a Curtis Jere’ raindrop mirror.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BETH WEBB above
 
 
The fun in this type of project lies in finding the proper furnishings to go with them. The perfect sofa, chairs and coordinating fabrics pull the eras together into a visually pleasing, style appropriate design scheme. I love the look and feel of this type of project. It’s much harder to achieve than buying all your furniture at one place in time but the benefits are numerous. By blending eras, your design schemes will evolve much better and stay in style longer. You won’t be replacing everything at once, in fact you probably won’t be replacing much at all except changing out the fabrics every twenty years. It looks better. The appearance is less cookie cutter. The whole environment is more original.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In a large vacation home near Yosemite National Park, I was asked to work around existing armchairs, various antique game tables and hutches, an antique dining room table and chairs, sideboard and a few other pieces. I did 3D renderings of two optional kitchen plans with a central island, breakfast bar, double wall ovens and a beverage bar. We chose a new sectional sofa, cocktail table and end table to coordinate with and update the antiques. The architecture has vaulted ceilings and an expansive open floor plan giving it the feel of a “lodge” without the wood paneling.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
AMY BUTLER above
 
 
Because there are spectacular views and a wraparound deck, I added three sets of French doors into the plan and window seats in both bay windows.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CHARLOTTE MOSS above
 
 
The family plans to move to there full time in a few years from their current home near Los Angeles. To accommodate the lifestyle they have planned for retirement I added numerous built-in cabinets and bookcases. All fabrics are worked around pets and college age children but will easily shift roles when the nest is empty. Practicality, aesthetics and longevity were all addressed in the plans.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In another such project, now in the beginning phases, a delightful California Peninsula transplant has some wonderful pieces we’ll be working around. Once again, I had to contain my excitement. One of the pieces was mentioned earlier in this post but there are others such as a lacquered screen, a Bombay chest, numerous pieces of beautiful artwork, and some great lamps.
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JULES AMEDEE BARBEY D'AUREVILLEY above
 
Attractive table lamps are hard to find. Even good quality ones are unattractive these days. I much prefer lamps from thirty to forty years ago such those in this client’s home.
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MARK D. SIKES above
 
 
I’ll present a variety of fabrics and window treatment ideas for the new home, working around the existing pieces. I’ll place the furniture and accessories, and hang the extensive artwork collection. It will be fabulous in the end: a light filled space with a lifetime of collections and mementos and new, coordinating fabrics that pull it all together.
 

 

























MARION HOUSE above
 
 
Mahogany is a beautiful, formal wood.  In a recently completed project I had the opportunity to work around some really beautiful pieces such as a heavy, retro-modern, box style cocktail table and matching end table with inset glass tops; a three tiered cantilevered accent table; and a pair of massive brass table lamps.
 
 
 
 
















SCOT MEACHAM WOOD above
 
 
To offset the color of the mahogany and the era of furnishings we chose a beautiful blue and muted apricot color scheme. The seating had to be very high quality to stand up to such beautiful tables, lamps, and accessories. The new sofa, new arm chair, and newly slipcovered existing loveseat fit the bill to a tee.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MORGAN TAYLOR above
 
 
When blending new fabrics and upholstered or slip covered seating with old tables, hutches and wooden chairs think first about the coloration of the wood. Light, ashen wood tones look stunning with black, red, cobalt and taupe fabrics. The yellow tones inherent in pine work well with Kelly green and dark, bluish red. Cherry wood stains work well within many color schemes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
RALPH LAUREN above
 
 
Placement of your antiques and vintage pieces is also important. Unless space is confined, I always place the most desirable furnishings to be seen first as you enter the room. I do this in the living room and entry areas especially. Wherever there is something particularly beautiful, I emphasize or call attention to it in some way.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CHARLOTTE MOSS above
 
 
Don’t be quick to discard your old wood pieces, antique, retro or vintage. Try using them as the catalyst for your next design scheme.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


NATALIE MASSENET above
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MARIO BUATTA above
 

 

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