Sometimes a home can appear so effortlessly put together. To dispel this myth – and emphasise just how much work has gone into their Montana home, here are a couple of ‘before’ pictures to set the scene:
Yep, a fair amount of work to do there!
So, let’s get down to the pretty part.
This incredible cabinet was a second-hand find and used to be an old cigar display. I’ll share a few more details tomorrow which might just make you change the way you eye up pieces in vintage stores and flea markets from now on.
“I typically prefer old furniture over brand new for things like cabinets, islands, tables. Not only does it add character, it looks better with age and can take a beating haha!” – Jana Roach
The island is an old double sided bankers’ desk that has been stripped down: ‘”the top stains for sure, but I don’t mind It – bring on the patina!”
The handle hanging off the dresser and the doors a little open only adds to the charm of the home, and emphasises a living, breathing space. It actually reminds me a lot of the chest-of-drawers I grew up with (my childhood home was full of antiques and not a weekend went by without visiting an antiques market), the handles were often loose, and we had to wiggle the drawers open for what felt hours (especially when running late for school) to get our socks out!
The bottom line, in my opinion, is that antiques are not ways as practical and comfortable as brand-new items (although of course, this isn’t always the case) – but they add so much character and fill your homes with stories which can make them so much more special!
Jana created the artwork on the wall using an old canvas cot.
Note how the painting to the left of it juts into the staircase – the rules are, there ain’t no rules, and everything looks perfect, just the way it is!
Who feels inspired?
Do you have many vintage and antique pieces in your home? Perhaps you grew up with them in your childhood home? I’d love to hear about your experiences below!