EASY EL­E­GANCE

Homes and Antiques Magazine - - WELCOME - SAMANTHA SCOTT- JEFFRIES

Who would have thought that a trend we can trace back to the 17th cen­tury could feel so fresh? Three-hun­dred years af­ter the aris­toc­racy started the fash­ion for bring­ing ori­en­tal pieces into their homes, chi­nois­erie wall­pa­per and an­tiques (such as in­tri­cately pat­terned ce­ram­ics and highly dec­o­ra­tive fur­ni­ture) are at the top of our wish­lists at H&A. We put it down to the cur­rent trend for global looks and an eclec­tic mood for in­te­ri­ors, as well as the con­tin­u­ing pop­u­lar­ity of Asian an­tiques and a thirst for au­then­tic­ity.

The good news (we dis­cov­ered whilst plan­ning our chi­nois­erie shoot on page 42) is that just one piece of beau­ti­ful fur­ni­ture, or a small col­lec­tion of trea­sures, can give an ex­otic and time­less edge to a coun­try or ur­ban room. While a wall em­bel­lished with chi­nois­erie wall­pa­per can be just the thing to bring a fresh feel and re­laxed so­phis­ti­ca­tion to in­te­ri­ors for the new sea­son.

As al­ways, there’s a host of styles with their roots in his­tory to in­spire you in this is­sue, from shop­ping for classical an­ti­quar­ian-in­spired pieces (p33) to a dra­matic art deco home (p62). What­ever your pas­sion, Mark Hill’s guide to win­ning at auc­tion or on­line could help you get the best from buy­ing an­tiques this spring.

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