Minimalism and antiques – How to get the best of both

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Hello there my darling readers!

I grew up in a house filled with love, laughter and antiques. My dad worked as a designer in a construction company and my mom was a decorator. She never did pursuit her profession outside our home, though on the inside of the house she went wild, lol.

In the pre-pinterest era she used to read every décor magazine out there. She even read the Spanish ones though she doesn’t speak a word of Spanish. When I used to ask her about it she said she understood everything nevertheless. Moms!



She has an eye for classic beauty and can spot a great antique piece in minutes! Our family fun consisted of her taking us to the bazaar and antiquaries in search of her next bargain. And oh how she loves to bargain!

Me and my sister used to dread bringing friends at home. Don’t get me wrong, we loved our home and I’ve always took tremendous pride when someone complimented on our decoration and layout. As kids however it was a bit difficult when every available surface was covered with knick knacks, picture frames and mementos. There wasn’t a square inch of an empty wall in our house I swear! They were all very artistic, never kitsch and very well thought. They just didn’t leave much room to play, or set down a cup of tea for that matter.

That’s why I developed into a minimalist. I love empty spaces. I love white empty walls. I also love antiques. They have an innate value as all things that manage to last for decades on end - apart from plastic bottles that is. They only become more beautiful with time. It’s my firm belief that you can combine the two and make a wonderful place to live in.

My best advice on how to do it is to keep the numbers low. Use one focal piece in the midst of white space. That can be a carpet, a painting, a piece of furniture or even your fire place. You will still keep your minimalism intact and give the antique the place (and praise) it deserves.

Carpet
If you are sticking to the all white rule, use a colorful antique carpet to add a splash of color. It will accentuate your love for simplicity for sure.
  


Painting

You can add an antique painting along with a couple of ultra modern pieces and let them clash. That will instantly become a conversation starter.
Or you can use an antique frame for you favorite piece or modern art. Or a large mirror that will do wonders for your space.


Fire place
Your focal point can be an antique fire place from an era long past, like the one of Westland London’s Victorian fireplaces. Imagine a white marble chimneypiece decorating your living room. A woodland wreath hangs in the wall and a small photo gallery on the side.





Furniture
Say you have a great piece of furniture your mom insisted you needed to have. Your home is otherwise known as an altar for minimalism. You love your mom and you don’t want to hurt her feelings. You also really like the chair she wants you to have. What do you do?


Call your favorite upholstery service and bring that thing into the 21rst century. That way it keeps its value, you keep your minimal décor and your mom happy! Win-win!


You can rock a minimal décor by incorporating a couple of antiques. Just keep it simple and don’t turn your house into a museum!

What do you say? Do you like antiques? Do you have any in your home?




Lots of love




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21 comments

  1. Lovely post. I love antiques and I have some in my house. The fireplaces look awesome I never would have thought!
    Tabitha

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  2. Great post. And these pictures look great. Nowadays we can combine everything, old with the new, almost any colour can be matched with any other and I love that. My favourite antique combined with a modern decor are paintings. They can give a big statement and also be subtle at the same time.

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  3. Oh I LOVE this post, minimalism with antique is such a great combination and looks so stylish. I need this look in my home!

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  4. Pre-pinterest era? I don't even remember what that looks like LOL! We don't own any antiques...it's not really our style and TBH we can't afford to buy really good pieces.

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  5. I do like antiques and they actually remind me of my foster mums twin sisters house that she shares with her mum as they have so many antiques that it feels like you are stepping back in time! She has a collection of antique rocking horses and the living room looks like it is very 70's or 50's!

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  6. I became a minimalist last year, after working my way through our house doing Marie Kondo's method of tidying up. Never would I have imagined how wonderful it would feel to be rid of all of the clutter. While we don't have a lot of antiques in our house, we do have something else. My father is a master woodworker and has made us so many grandpa-treasures (as the kids call them) over the years. They're our statement pieces and I wouldn't trade them for the world. x

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  7. I love the rooms you show above. They're gorgeous. I honestly have given up decorating anything since being a single mom on a very limited budget for so long. I'm finding that I really need to figure out how to make my environment look better though because it affects how I feel. I'm thinking going more minimalist will fit my budget much better than anything else :)

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  8. Nothing sets a room off better than some well placed antique pieces. I absolutely love the solid wood coffee table!

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  9. I like the concept of minimalism & antiques,(my mum loves those) especially in that living room pic.I can see myself moving towards this in the future as I don't like clutter. Would want a homely vibe too

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  10. that furniture is really good and due to that furniture, your rooms look awesome . However decorating antiques in living rooms is an awesome idea

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  11. I really love that coffee table in the first photo. It reminds me of a cabin I used to camp at every winter.

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  12. I love how you have managed to combine two unique styles to compliment each other! I am not sure I would have thought to make some of these choices, particularly the colorful rugs or carpets

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  13. ooh I love this! I've been trying really hard recently to just de-clutter and make my living space feel more calm and less messy, I like to have simple photo frames on the walls, usually a gallery wall but using all the same frames with photos all in black & white in them so that it looks simple and stylish too.

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  14. Parenting with LoveNovember 8, 2017 at 10:44 PM

    I like antiques but I have to agree with you, I don't like the house to be like a museum.

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  15. This reminds me of my grandad's home in Nashville. It was filled to the brim with antiques, you couldn't take one step and not stumble into one!

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  16. Carpets gives a lot of impact to a bare home. It gives a charming appeal as well.

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  17. Great post, I grew up with an antique sewing machine and even though it doesn't fit our decor at the moment, I keep looking in all our antique stores to find one.

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  18. I love looking at decoating magazines too! Although I generally only read them at doctor's offices lol. Mixing antiques and more modern minimalism is so unique and beautiful!

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  19. I don't like too much clutter. That said, I guess I do prefer a look closer to the middle and not the minimal style either. But these photos are very nice and show how you do not need much to make a statement. The siamese kitty is a bonus!

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  20. I do not have or own any antiques....yet! But i have seen a darling vase that would look great in my living room.

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  21. As I have got older I think my tastes have switched. I now see the value in a few key pieces in a room so this post is basically my ideal

    the only thing standing in my way is my clutter magnet husband.

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