One of the hottest trends in 21sthome decorating and design is the combination of antique furniture with modern and contemporary interiors. Antique furniture has always been around in flea markets, museums, and in privately owned shops, but recently, more and more ordinary people have preferred to incorporate the ageless appeal of every piece of it into their very own home. Antiques are a wonderful way to add depth and dimension to any part of the house. The superior craftsmanship behind each piece is just an icing on the cake.
Worth Every Dime You Pay For
Antique furniture pieces have earned a reputation of being ridiculously overpriced. While most of them are indeed expensive, they are sturdy and built to last. The real difference between contemporary and antique furniture is quality. Modern furniture, more often than not, is mass-marketed and made with subpar materials. Antiques, on the other hand, were made back during the time when craftsmanship was highly valued. With antiques, you can be sure that you are getting a piece of furniture that is not only rare but also delicately handmade, and painstakingly detailed. So if you think about it in terms of quality, you are sure to get what you pay for with buying antiques.
Own a Piece of History
While most antique dealers are in the business for profit, there are still many of them that choose to buy, refurbish, and sell antiques because they feel love and passion for these older pieces of furniture. Dedicated dealers will spend a lot of time and effort looking through online stores, yard sales, estate sales, auctions, and other furniture stores in search for their next treasure.
Antique dealers recognize that each antique piece has its own story, and that story justifies its price. A chandelier may have once hung in the home of a revolutionary leader. This carved granite countertop may have once been part of an Italian estate’s walkway. These stories just serve to add more personality to each piece. Just like people, antiques are made important by their rich and compelling history.
Create an Eclectic Blend of the Old and the New
Most 21st century homes are decorated in modern and contemporary styles. With their clean lines, neutral color palettes, and streamlined furniture, modern interiors rely mostly on simplicity to make a statement. In this case, adding a few antique pieces here and there is easy. A beautiful antique item transcends time and adds stark richness and depth to a mundane room.
Integrating an antique with modern furnishing is generally easy. The idea is to use and display your antique in a way where it can enhance its surroundings. One simple thing to do is to find a creative use for a common antique piece. Aged ceramics can make cute accessory holders; a century-old map can make a great poster; while an antique door can help accentuate a plain, white wall; and so on. The possibilities are definitely endless with antiques.
Maintaining the Timeless Charm
Since antique furniture items are apparently much older compared to contemporary furniture pieces, it goes without saying that an ordinary cleaning routine just won’t do. Antiques will benefit from a regular dusting. Household cleaners and furniture polishes that contain chemicals may cause some staining and weak spots. A mild soapy solution is usually enough to remove most grime on your antiques.
Antique furniture piecesdo not only beautify your home; because their value continues to appreciate, they can provide a sustainable nest egg the moment you decide to make money out of them. It’s no surprise why they are among the most highly sought-after treasures of the Old World.
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Perhaps one of the most practical ways to add a bit of character to the home is through the addition of a canopy. These decorative accents are available in a number of styles and can be fitted over doors, windows, patios and many more. Not only do they look good, but they also have a number of practical purposes as they can offer protection to you and your home in a number of circumstances. Here are a few reasons your home could benefit from a canopy
No matter what the style of your home is, you should be able to find a canopy to suit.… Read the rest
I’ve listened to some outrageous claims from window replacement companies. The usual sales tactic is how much return on your investment by replacing your windows you’ll get. The fact of the matter is the new windows could take anywhere from 13 to 20 years to receive your investment back. Unfortunately, a lot of consumers believe the window company’s claims. I hear this myth repeated many times while doing home inspections throughout the Dallas and Fort Worth areas.
Don’t get me wrong, new windows can be a very good thing, but it miffs me just a bit that a vast amount of dealers in the market try to hype the return to make it sound as if your investment will be recouped in no time at all.… Read the rest
Ok, being green isn’t always fun, it can be an inconvenience; and so can trying to save money. Unfortunately both of these things need doing and now is the time to start.
Fortunately, the two items often go together quite nicely, sooo if you feel like you should be saving more, and you would like to help the environment too, try these tips and kill 2 birds with one stone, so to speak.
Be Cooler With Your Heating
Learn to be smarter with your heating. Turning down your thermostat is the easiest way to start, but also consider turning radiators down or off in rooms you rarely use, and shut the doors to keep the heat in.… Read the rest
Came across this a/c systems evaporator coil today. It’s amazing how lazy some people are. If you pay a professional to do a job, you expect to get a professional job done. The coil was so off level, condensation was standing on the left side of the pan whenever the a/c was running. Here in Texas, that’s most of the year. After years of this happening, the pan finally rusted through and is now leaking into the secondary pan and beyond to the plenum. The plenum is leaking onto the ceiling and wall of the bedroom below. Now we have a huge mess with water damage and mold.… Read the rest
Wouldn’t it be nice if the physically disabled could have accommodations to meet their needs right at home? Each room might reflect the design that provides adequate space, easy access, and storage for what is needed to maintain independence and a quality of life some people simply may take for granted.
Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) benefit recipients regardless of age. For those who face the challenges of maintaining independence, Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) are available. These grants address quality of life issues and focus on creating supportive home environments regardless of age. Through a DFG, a more active role at work, at school, and around town may be enjoyed.… Read the rest
When I decided to become a home inspector, I got into a habit of inspecting things everywhere I went. I honestly cannot help myself anymore, it’s just what I do. Being a father and just loving kids in general, I started noticing things when I would go to playgrounds in the Arlington, Mansfield and Burleson areas with my own kids or with my nieces and nephews that worried me about their safety. I recently pulled some information from the CDC website I thought I would share to remind parents of how important it is to keep you children safe from serious injury.… Read the rest
The number one question I get during home inspections is “How is the Foundation”. I decided to write this post to help people understand the North Texas area conditions regarding foundations. Movement in the foundation can be caused by many factors, the most common reason is differential soil movement. In the North Texas area many homes are sitting on top of expansive clay soils. Another term for this type of soil is “Sponge Soil”, increasing in volume in moisture gain and decreasing in moisture loss. When this volume increases or decreases in a uniformed matter all around the home, problems may not develop.… Read the rest
1. Check gutters for leafs and debris and clean out if needed
2. Low areas in the yard or next to foundation need to be filled in. Low areas (negative grade toward home) will cause water to pond and if not corrected could leave you with some unwanted foundation problems. All grading around house should drop 6 inches every 10 ft away from the home.
3. If you used your fireplace over the winter, good time to have the chimney swept and cleaned and be ready for next winter.
4. Look for exterior paint issues, cracking, buckling and etc. Look for areas that need caulking.… Read the rest
With Winter around the corner, now is probably a good time to get that fireplace in shape for this season of sitting by the fire with a good book, spouse or significant other.
Even with our mild winters here in the Dallas Fort Worth area, the Chimney Safety Institute recommends that homeowners who light fires in their fireplaces three or more times a week during the heating season should have their chimneys inspected and cleaned once a year.
If unseasoned wood is burned in the fireplace, twice-a-year cleaning and inspection may be necessary, because unseasoned wood usually burns at a lower temperature than seasoned wood, causing more smoke and therefore more creosote.… Read the rest
When people think about blood sucking insects, they first picture a mosquito or tick. Did you know bed bugs are also blood suckers. The tiny, sneaky insects are spreading so rapidly across the United States that almost no region or area is unbitten, a new survey suggests. The United States has seen a 50-fold increase in bed bug infestations over the last five years, according to the National Pest Management Association. An entomologist told MSNBC, “It’s like the return of the wooly mammoth,” as many of his peers had previously never seen a single bed bug in their careers. The outbreak has affected most parts of North America and Europe, especially in urban areas.… Read the rest