En­joy your an­tiques

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - YOUR GENERATION -

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.”

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