As interior designers, something we share in common at Sara Cosgrove Studio is our love for mixing the old with the new. We feel using antiques adds an extra layer of character when decorating a room. When using antiques, preloved pieces or vintage finds, we would always recommend to go searching at the start of an interiors project.
Whether you enjoy shopping in vintage shops, scrolling online or finding an amazing item at an auction, there are endless opportunities to find that perfect item.
Our Top Tips when shopping for Vintage Pieces
- Buy what you love. Yes, it is important to find a piece that will fit within your home, however if you fall in love with a piece, why not try to design the theme of your room around it.
- Always buy the best you can afford. We are not suggesting you buy beyond your means but as a general rule the more you spend, the more the item will hold its value, if properly cared for.
- Measurements are a must! As much as it is important to buy what you love it is equally as important to make sure it will fit through the door. Be sure to measure the space you intend on putting your new antique before purchasing or bidding.
Our team have been on the hunt recently for some gorgeous antiques to incorporate in our schemes. We have been totally inspired not only by our go to shops but we have also come across some amazing antique websites along the way.
See some of our favourite finds below.
Georgian Wine Cooler – https://www.georgianantiques.net/
2. Three arm counter balancing brass and enamel Midcentury Italian chandelier.- https://acquired.ie/
3. Georgian Style mahogany demi-lune card table – https://treasuretrove.ie/
4. 1940s Brutalist Solid Mahogany Credenza – https://jada.paris/
5.Original mid century Danish desk – https://acquired.ie/
6.Venini Chandelier, 1970s – Murano Glass. – https://www.vintique.com/
Unsure how to style an antique piece within your home ? Follow these simple guidelines,
- Don’t be afraid of the juxtaposition of a vintage piece against a modern backdrop. It adds character and depth to a space.
- Layer Up! We find layering older pieces with new design is one of the more interesting ways to do so.
- Upcycle Why not reupholster an antique piece in a more contemporary fabric to give it a new lease of life. Add a stud detail or contrast piping to really elevate the look.
- Keep your new purchase out of direct sunlight, it can cause older pieces to fade in colour.