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THE AP­PEAL OF AGE “I fell in love with the thrill of the hunt and find­ing unique things that my clients’ neigh­bors won’t have,” Paloma says. The goal of buy­ing vin­tage is to find pieces that tell a story and re­in­force the room’s mood—play­ful or for­mal. The only con­stant: Look for pieces with per­son­al­ity and crafts­man­ship.

SHOP­PING RULE: NO RULES AND NO LI STS Paloma likens vin­tage shop­ping to search­ing for a dress to wear to a wed­ding: If you ditch the list and al­low your­self to me­an­der, you’re more likely to find some­thing unique that you truly love. It’s the strat­egy she honed on her first an­tiques shop­ping trip to Paris, an ex­pe­ri­ence she calls life-chang­ing and cred­its with ig­nit­ing her love for vin­tage and hand­made ob­jects. The artist-made plas­ter mir­rors on the liv­ing room shelves, above, are a fa­vorite Paris flea find.

BUT FIRST, PRAC­TICE Make an ef­fort to get out of your com­fort zone, Paloma says, through travel or just break­ing from your daily rou­tine. You’ll start to find and ap­pre­ci­ate new de­tails in ev­ery­thing from ar­chi­tec­ture to art to flow­ers. In turn, you’ll feel in­spired and bet­ter able to suss out the unique and charm­ing on fu­ture trea­sure hunts.

GIVE A SHELF STYLEStart with lots of books, Palomasays. Stack other ob­jects to form a pyra­mid, with a peak and a ta­per.

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