I have always enjoyed the process of decorating a new home. Whether it was my first apartment or the home that we purchased for our family, creating a beautiful living space is something that can reward everyone for years to come. Something that we found to be quite helpful in creating the perfect setting for friends and family to enjoy when gathering at our home is antique furniture. The classy feel of furniture that has withstood the test of time cannot be matched with more modern renditions. The appearance, “personality”, and overall feel of rooms that are furnished with vintage furniture can bring even the most sparsely decorated room to life. The advantages of older furnishings are numerous, and because I believe that they have transformed my living spaces into scenes from glamorous movie sets, I will share the reasons that drew me to the genre in the first place…
We’ve all heard the adage “they don’t make them like they used to”, haven’t we? Well, whoever coined that phrase must have been talking about home furnishings. Antique furniture was built to last, as many families built the furniture on site or purchased it from a craftsman who constructed it. There were very few “outlets” that had sofas or armoires lined up in aisles in a “Mega Store”. The origin of such furniture is a reason why each piece was made with great care. It was the craft of the designer and they took the construction of furniture very seriously. Good luck getting a love seat purchased today to last for more than ten years – which is why vintage furniture that is decades old is so incredibly appealing!
Regardless of how many times I notice furniture designers attempting to bring the “classic” look back, something just isn’t right, and it wasn’t until recently that I was able to put my finger on it. The missing component is “authenticity”. Why purchase furniture that is designed to look antique, yet crafted to be disposable?
It should be noted that antique furniture is generally more expensive than new furnishings you will find today. Again, this is because it will last for generations, allowing you to pass it down to your children when they one day own a home of their own. The extra expense involved with furnishing your home with antique furniture is of no consequence when you remember that it may be the last dining room table you ever purchase. This is how we viewed it when we made our purchases, and we haven’t been disappointed yet.
Vintage craftsmanship is unequalled in the modern furniture industry. The class and mystique that is generated through authentic, hand crafted items is something that will generate conversations with everyone who sets foot in your home. When purchasing furnishings from this niche, remember that they are pieces of art that should always be taken care of. With proper care of the vintage furniture, it will maintain its luster for another century, adding elegance for years to come.
Budgeting for furnishings is never easy, as it can be tricky to accurately estimate the cost of antique items. However, if you have a range in mind when you set out to find the perfect dining room set, you can find incredible deals. Many do not realize the importance of getting quality craftsmanship, but because we understand just how valuable long-lasting furniture can be, it has become a hobby of sorts. There are several shops out there that can help you find exactly what you’re looking for within your budgetary restrictions. Explore your options and see why homes furnished with antiques always carry an illustrious glow.