VINTAGE WITH STYLE
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.