Decorating Your Home with Antiques

Not just limited to historic homes and formal dining rooms, any savvy home decorator knows that incorporating antiques into your interior décor can take a space from mediocre to spectacular. Plus, each antique treasure has an untold history and story of its own that will create conversations among each guest that visits your home.

Through our research, we pulled together five types of antiques readers can integrate perfectly into their contemporary home.


arcadianhome Ceramics have long been recognized as a décor items for kitchens and china cabinets. Pottery, the earliest known form of ceramics, was typically made with clay, either by itself or mixed with other materials, and hardened in fire. Nowadays, ceramics involve using excessive heat and moulding clay and then adorned by glazing or implementing a glossy coat or enamel to the piece. Used for both practical and decorative uses, ceramics include domestic, industrial and building products, and a wide range of ceramic art. Vases and decorative ceramic plates are common ways ceramics are used as interior décor (as seen in the pictured at the right from

--Both eclectic and fun this Chinese porcelain goat from Santos-London is a perfect example of a ceramic accent piece for a mantel or desk. Decorated in an under glaze of cobalt blue, the goat is from the 19th century Qing dynasty.

This piece, among other ceramics, will be showcased by Santos-London (Booth No. 3826) at The Original Miami Beach Antique Show this winter 2014.


Antique Furniture

adorable-home2 Did you know that furniture was once regarded as an early status symbol? Wealthy homeowners would demand that their furnishings reflect their status and lifestyles. Today, modern furniture is often influenced by these traditional furniture styles, which allows homeowners to easily incorporate antique elements into their home.

Antique furniture is collectible interior furnishings of considerable age, usually 100 years old or older. This furniture can often serve many different purposes, such as providing seating and storage or holding objects on horizontal surfaces, such as bookcases. Antique furniture is also a product of artistic design and is considered a form of decorative art. Mixing antique and modern furniture designs helps create an individualized and multilayered room that reflects the owner’s unique taste and personality.

Wedding Cabinet2Antique furniture pieces, like this 19th century red lacquer Chinese wedding cabinet from Greenwald Antiques, are great centerpieces for any home. Greenwald Antiques will be showing their merchandise at both the Miami National Antique Show (Booth No. 1600) and The Original Miami Beach Antique Show (Booth No. 2701) this January.






oleanderandpalm Displaying artwork is an exceptional way to make any room its own. It can both create conversation and flow to the décor of a home. Here are three tips to keep in mind when decorating with paintings:

  • The artwork should always fit into the relative scale of the rest of the room or area. This will avoid it getting distracted or hidden by other items.
  • Find a piece of art that’s about the same size as the piece below it or next to it. This will create a sense of balance and harmony. See picture from at the right for an example.
  • Lastly, select a motif or pattern of style. Try to correlate color patterns or other styles with existing elements in the room.


Kautzky Steel Jockey 1937

Watercolor paintings are a great way to make a subtle change to a room. An example is Theodore Kautzky’s Steel Jockey watercolor on board from Wayt Fine Arts.

Wayt Fine Arts will be at the Armory Antique Show in January 2014.








candlesticksLike ceramics, silver has been valued for centuries as a precious metal, used in currency coins, jewelry, high-value tableware and utensils, and even as an investment. It’s said that humans learned to separate silver from lead as early as 3000 B.C.

Silver is most commonly used today to make a beautiful statement in someone’s home. Whether it’s being displayed with other collectibles, creating a stunning centerpiece or accenting a buffet, silver can make any informal setting look regal. Silver has even been known to give the holidays that extra sparkle and provide a perfect complement to any standard wedding colors.


pot1As part of their merchandise at November’s Pier Antique Show, R & P Kassai (Booth No. 3419) has a 12 lobed hand hammered footed tureen, which is fabricated of 830 hand hammered solid silver and designed by Roelof (Paul) Citroen. With multiple uses, this piece would look great sitting on a bookshelf or filled with fresh white roses or potpourri.



countryliving2 One of the oldest human inventions, clocks, are items usually thought of as a reminder of the time, not as a home décor piece.
The word ‘clock’ comes from the French word “cloche” meaning bell. Water clocks, also known as clepsydrae, are oldest known time-measuring instruments. The Greeks used water clocks in court to allocate periods of time to speakers, most notably in Athens.

Clocks are considered a collectible piece today and from grandfather to world clocks, there are a variety of different types. This bronze figural clock of Hannibal holding a staff is one example. The clock is from Butler & Butler, which will be at the 2014 Miami National Antique Show in Booth No. 1130.

clock With a little creativity and open-mindedness, even the most novice antique hunters can showcase one-of-kind antique items in their homes to create something truly special.

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