“Antique of the Week”: Ways With Antiques

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley uses antiques to create warmth and comfort in a home

For the remainder of January , I would like to talk about how one blends antiques into today’s homes-where comfort and practicality also matter.  As I feel that the kitchen is the heart of the home, lets talk about how do you display collections there and how to incorporate some really unusual or unexpected antiques into the kitchen.

First of all, I think open shelves are a great way to display antiques in the kitchen. This great little nook in my kitchen is original to Chestnut Cottage and holds so much of my blue and white collections.  As I have said, I use my blue and white often, and these shelves are easy to just take pieces off  for quick use.  Very practical!

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley uses antiques to create warmth and comfort in a home

If space is at a premium in your kitchen, shelves can be hung above a window or doorway for more display of antique collections.

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley uses antiques to create warmth and comfort in a home

All of these are within easy reach with my small kitchen step-stool. Also very practical!

A kitchen wall is always a perfect place to display an antique collection, such as above my antique sideboard. A white kitchen is a great contrast for a collection of blue and white.

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley uses antiques to create warmth and comfort in a home

If you have warm wood furniture in your kitchen, say an antique table, dresser, or an island,  almost any collection looks spectacular.  Antique copper molds , creamware and colorful majolica  are among my favorite collections for warm wood pieces. Nothing says home like the teeming cupboards of a family blessed with generations of passed-down treasures  displayed stylishly. Painted pieces of furniture are so lovely depending on the nature and color of your antique collection.

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley uses antiques to create warmth and comfort in a home

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley uses antiques to create warmth and comfort in a home

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley uses antiques to create warmth and comfort in a home

north carolina interior designer and author kathryn c greeley uses antiques to create warmth and comfort in a home

Stay tuned for more “Ways With Antiques” next Monday!

~Kathryn

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One Response to “Antique of the Week”: Ways With Antiques

  1. Franki Parde says:

    You can count me “in” the open shelf look (AND toilet seat DOWN.) I truly enjoy looking at my dishes and USE them as I see them. franki

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