Old as new

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With an as­sort­ment of con­sign­ment and an­tique stores pep­per­ing our re­gion, we have op­por­tu­ni­ties for find­ing un­com­mon items to add patina to our in­te­ri­ors. We re­al­ize this is not a new theme, but rather an old one that war­rants re­vis­it­ing, much like the pieces them­selves.

Old ob­jects of­ten come with unique sto­ries be­cause of their age and­most likely their mul­ti­ple own­ers, sto­ries that you might gar­ner from the seller or ones that you imag­ine. Nonfiction ver­sus fic­tion is be­side the point. These sto­ries add in­ter­est to in­te­ri­ors, giv­ing them lay­ers be­yond newly pur­chased fur­ni­ture. There is sim­ply no re­pro­duc­tion or im­i­ta­tion that brings the same au­then­tic­ity and soul to a space as one that has had another in­car­na­tion. These pieces harken back to ear­lier pe­ri­ods, bring­ing forth a myr­iad of con­no­ta­tion, mem­ory, and ghosts of his­tory and ways of life.

Re­think­ing use for old items is a fun ex­er­cise for the imag­i­na­tion. When you see jars of jewel-col­ored mar­bles, how might you use those in a newway? How could wooden vin­tage wooden rulers be­come wall art? How could an­tique wooden dove­tailed draw­ers be in­cor­po­rated into a con­tem­po­rary steel con­fer­ence ta­ble? Jux­ta­pos­ing an old object with a con­tem­po­rary one cre­ates an en­gag­ing di­a­logue be­tween the two. Like boxes of col­or­ful vin­tage apothe­cary la­bels used for a fea­ture wall, un­ex­pected ex­am­ples of re­use are found in lo­cal in­te­ri­ors.

Be­sides op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­er­cis­ing the imag­i­na­tion, the hunt pro­vides the an­tic­i­pa­tion that a “trea­sure” might be un­cov­ered at the bot­tom of a dusty shelf or hid­ing be­hind other goods. Old things in theWest have a longer shelf life be­cause they do not­mildew or rust as in the East, so we have a dif­fer­ent as­sort­ment of finds. If you are an adren­a­line craver, the ex­cite­ment could even stir up that good ol’ neu­ro­chem­i­cal. The object might be some­thing you have been looking for ormerely some­thing that speaks to you. The object might be mon­e­tar­ily valu­able or valu­able solely in the fact that you re­spond to it and it is of per­sonal value. Pric­ing for old ob­jects can be less than re­tail pric­ing; how­ever, it is not al­ways the case as of­ten as it once waswith the ad­vent of Ebay and smart­phones.

Col­lectibles love to have com­pany. Col­lec­tions of items such as horn cups, sculp­tural white teapots, ster­ling sil­ver nap­kin rings, plumb bobs, hand­made bird­houses can be art­fully dis­played in the in­te­rior to cre­ate a vis­ual fea­ture as well as a topic of con­ver­sa­tion.

Gen­er­ally speak­ing, up­hol­stered fur­ni­ture is fraught with dif­fi­cul­ties. Of­ten there is dam­age (for in­stance loose joints or worn web­bing) to the in­tegrity of the frame or fin­ish— bleached, stained, cracked, chipped, scratched. Fab­ric is of­ten worn, stained or un­fit for its new home and is of­ten more costly to have re­fur­bished and re­uphol­stered than the cost of the piece it­self. Ex­cep­tions are when it is HEATHER VAN LUCHENE STEFFANY HOLLINGSWORTH a piece that has sen­ti­men­tal value, when it is highly col­lectible or valu­able (such as an­tique Euro­pean or orig­i­nal Mid-cen­tury Mod­ern fur­ni­ture), or when it pos­sesses a cer­tain je ne sais quoi for the space. Wooden pieces of­ten also need some TLC, if in­tended to be func­tional ver­sus merely ad­mired. If the lat­ter, frankly, of­ten the crustier the bet­ter!

Now that you are in­spired to think about ob­jects from the past in a new way, may the hunt en­sue for some­thing that speaks to you.

Heather Van Luchene, ASID and Steffany Hollingsworth, ASID are part­ners in HVL In­te­ri­ors, LLC, an in­te­rior-de­sign firm of­fer­ing pro­fes­sional residential and hos­pi­tal­ity de­sign ser­vices. Both areNew Mex­ico-li­censed in­te­rior de­sign­ers. They can be reached at (505) 983-3601 or info@ hvlin­te­ri­ors.com.

Cus­tom steel and vin­tage wooden drawer ta­ble at Ho­tel Parq Cen­tral

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