One of the secrets to creating a classically-styled, family friendly home is the ability to mix the old with the new. I’m constantly gathering and creating examples to show clients—especially those who live in historic homes—how to achieve this look. I also love this aesthetic and live in a new build home. It’s a beloved aesthetic I’ve dubbed as “Today’s Traditional Design.” In this featured home, today’s traditional design is a mix of both vintage and contemporary French furnishings and accessories. Let’s take a look:
The family room is enveloped in both casual and contemporary elements such the jute rug, abstract painting, and the sculptural light fixture. While the inner part of the room contains formal furnishings such as the clean-lined, tuxedo style sofa and the rounded-back, gilded French armchairs. The two looks balance flawlessly.
You can see the same winning decorating formula in the home’s media room. The richly-hued panel molding provides an update on traditional style and allows the framed art to pop against the wall. While the inner part of the room boasts a contrast between furnishings with straight lines—another contemporary sofa and a curvy, classic chesterfield.
All white kitchens are not created equal. It is the custom cabinetry, marble counters and backsplash, lighting and polished nickel hardware that sets this classically-designed gem high above the rest. Streamlined, custom leather barstools provide contemporary flavor.
Unabashedly glamorous, the master bedroom with its linen-velvet upholstered headboard, antique mirrored dressers, and vintage Venini chandelier makes an elegant style statement. The seating area is cleverly made up of vintage furniture—two Milo Baughman club chairs—though their form can easily be confused with today’s contemporary furnishings.
Mixing old with the new pretty much means you need to first own some old stuff. It’s ironic that those who own antiques struggle with incorporating them into their modern lifestyles and those who do not own antiques have no idea where to start in terms of identifying styles or where to buy. So whether you are a have or have not; the above rooms not only make a compelling argument for the success of mixing styles but also illustrate how to achieve the look as well.
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Interior Design by Wendy Labrum Interiors, Chicago