Enjoy your antiques
THERE’S something special about the beauty and earthiness of old collectables. These pieces have character, rich back-stories and sentimental value.
Over the years, as generations pass, your house may find itself stocked with family heirlooms, inherited goods or trinkets that you cannot bear to throw away.
Paul Bowler, owner of Matilda’s Antique Collectables, said the key to making the most of your collectables was to not overburden a room with antiques.
He has lived and breathed antiques nearly his whole life – joking that he has been involved with the Fremantle business since the Ice Age – and said the key to making an antique piece pop was to clash it against hardcore modern decor.
“Home needs to be a collection of the contemporary and the ancient,” he said.
“In my home, I try to pick out things I absolutely love and stick them in amongst things that are new and contemporary.
“An old house looks very much homogenous if everything’s just one style and there’s nothing to create a bit of a clash of look or highlight anything. You need to incorporate both, or it’ll end up looking incredibly dated.”
With an influx of young people flocking to Matilda’s in recent years, passing down col- lectables to children or grandchildren could be the best bet if selling a family heirloom is not an option.
By getting rid of the unnecessary pieces that clutter a room, Paul said the remaining classic antiques would become more practical.
“Antiques are furniture. They’re designed to be used and enjoyed,” he said.
“Antiques need to get away from the idea they’re exotic and privileged.
“That’s not what they’re about.
“They are there to be used as functional pieces of furniture.”