A History of It’s Own
I am so excited that this month’s theme is journey, because it is completely in line with my latest design fascination. It seems every time I flip the page of a magazine, or browse a design photo gallery, my eyes are instantly drawn to the beautiful antique piece so delicately displayed. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a credenza, or chest of drawers, a vintage iron bed or a light fixture, I can’t help but sit and stare at the uniquely crafted piece.
I am a hopeless romantic, so when an old piece of furniture catches my eye, I can’t help but drift off and dream of the very full life it may have had. Who sat at this desk, and what did they write on it? A love letter, a poem, a diary filled with deep and tormenting thoughts? And what about that chest of drawers? How many times have they been opened and closed over the last 200 years? And what was stored or hidden inside them? And my favorite is the mirror. Wouldn’t it be fascinating if it could reflect for us what it has seen throughout its life? I think of each pieces journey, from the day the tree was cut, to when the wood arrived at the carpenter’s door. The hours of cutting, nailing, gluing, carving, sanding and staining, only to catch the eye of someone passing the shopkeepers window. How did it end up here, in this home owned by a young family somewhere in Southern California? Fascinating, isn’t it? The journey an inanimate object can take.
It seems to me that purchasing a piece of antique furniture is in fact a journey in itself. It’s never easy to find the exact piece you are looking for so it takes time and plenty of patience, and because it can often be very expensive, it may take the occasion as well. I love the idea of buying a beautiful writing desk or antique chest to commemorate a change in career. Maybe that carreer is just the beginning, or maybe it’s coming to an end, or maybe, you just landed the dream job of a lifetime. It just seems so fitting to mark your history, with a piece that has a history of it’s own.
I love the idea of really fun and interesting antiques for children. Something that reflects their personality, and hopefully something they’ll want to keep with them for a long time. A fantastic Armoire, a vintage bassinette or crib, and playful furniture like this miniature chair, can add character and charm to any room.
Recently, I came across a home that was filled with so many interesting pieces of furniture. It belonged to an interior designer, and I was impressed to learn that most of the furniture was handed down to her by family members, her mother, grandmother and an aunt as well. Everything from a reclaimed piece of wood for the dining to table, fine china, to the antique bed in the guest room were part of her family’s history. It was wonderful to see how she brilliantly coordinated all the pieces to compliment her lifestyle.
Nothing excites me more than reading about a chandelier that was discovered while window shopping in Paris, or a gold gilded starburst mirror uncovered in a market in Florence. I love the idea, of shipping something home so that you can surround yourself in a blissful reminder of your adventures in travel. And so, as you continue on your journey, it begins a new one.
Finding an antique for your home is as much about your journey as it is about the piece itself. The process is quite enjoyable if you take your time, familiarize with some of the periods, and are patient enough to hold out for that one piece that takes your breath away.
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About the Author:
Vitania M Liscio is a small business owner from Toronto, Canada with over ten years experience running her family’s furniture manufacturing business. With an always apparent passion for art & design, Vitania has created a line of furnishings that is beautiful, timeless and of superior craftsmanship. A devoted blogger, she brings a fresh perspective to the world of fashion and interiors, that includes admiration of the laborious work of designers, artisans and fine artists.