Let’s gather around an antique table

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Childhood nostalgia and happy memories will likely have a dining room or kitchen table at their centre; the heartbeat of family celebrations and friendly conversation. And whether it is a meal shared, dipping a rusk in a mug of coffee or a cup of tea (which solves all the world’s problems), a vintage or antique table is that quintessential piece of furniture that makes every room a better place. 

Most interior designers are of the persuasion that a space is not a finished space without a table. And when it comes to vintage or antique tables, there are so many versions that fit the brief. 

We’ve already dedicated an entire blog to mixing and matching modern and antique tables and chairs. But that is just for starters as there is an entire world of antique tables ready to provide the wow factor in any space or setting.

Because antique and vintage tables – of all shapes and sizes – cost much the same or less than new equivalent ones and also increase in value, they become a smart, sustainable and more interesting choice. 

#1 Refectory tables

An antique refectory table is a large, long and robust table that has seating for many. They are a simple way to create beauty and presence in a room. You can go formal or casual, depending on the wood finish and the chairs or benches you decide to partner with them. A farmhouse aesthetic is ideal for a kitchen or outdoor patio or you can amp up the tradition in the dining room with sumptuously upholstered chairs. (Now all you need to do is sign up for that tablescaping masterclass). 

Refectory tables

#2 Drum tables

We almost feel like asking for a drum roll, as antique drum tables are ever worthy of decor applause and attention. Introduced in the late 18th century, a drum table was a circular table with a central support and was often fitted with drawers. They are versatile enough to serve many purposes – as functional or accent pieces – in any space; as an end table in a lounge (adding interest to straight-lined sofas), as a focal point in an entrance hall or as a nightstand/pedestal table in the bedroom. 

Drum tables

#3 Library tables

Vintage library or antique reading tables are a rare and special find. Designed for writing and studying, they are the standard desk height and are generally rectangular in shape. Manufactured in a variety of solid wood options, they add instant glamour and a touch of historical luxury. They also do double duty as desks, consoles or work surfaces in any room.

Antique library tables

#4 Console tables

Console tables are always on trend and are a home essential when it comes to a multi-tasking piece of furniture. Beloved by the 17th century French and Italian aristocracy as purely decorative items of furniture, they are now indispensable and loved as beautiful and functional pieces.

Antique console tables – gilded, marble, wooden, glass or wrought iron – come with just the right amount of ornate decorative detailing to become the hero accent decor piece against any wall (breaking up a long narrow hallway for visual interest), in any niche or in any setting. You can really have some eclectic fun placing them all over your house. They make the prettiest dressing tables in smaller rooms (just add a mirror), cocktail tables (gin and tonic anyone?), or accent tables behind a sofa. 

Vintage & antique console tables

#5 Occasional tables

Every home needs a vintage or antique occasional table dotted here and there as a side table, coffee table or pedestal table. Occasional tables are the little statement pieces that transform a space by creating unique visual interest. This is where you can go to town (or to The Crown Collection) and really mix it up with shapes, style and materials. 

Occasional tables

If you are asking yourself,  “Why haven’t I added one of these antique tables to my home?”, the simple answer is you probably haven’t yet popped into The Crown Collection South Africa’s largest emporium of vintage, antique and French furniture.  

Shop online or pop in at our studio at 20 Ballyclare Drive, Bryanston and start making memories around the table.  

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Make an entrance with antique & vintage furniture choices

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Perhaps you shouldn’t ‘judge a book by its cover,’ but you can definitely judge a home by its entrance hall or foyer. And if you are fortunate to have one of these welcoming ‘walk through’ spaces, then you are in an enviable position of sourcing antique or vintage furniture pieces; the ideal accompaniment to any entrance hall. 

Even though guests are not likely to spend a lot of time in your entrance hall, it is the introduction to your home; the unspoken first impression. Adding vintage or antique furniture pieces to an entryway will elevate the overall decor aesthetic and appeal of your home. 

Mirror mirror on the wall

Mirrors certainly top our list of versatile antique or vintage pieces. There is not a room in your home that wouldn’t benefit from a vintage mirror and an entrance hall is just crying out for one. Not only will they give an expanded illusion of space but they also add functionality and your guests will always thank you. No matter what size mirror you choose, the transformation will be huge. (And who says you have to hang a mirror on the wall?).

Antique or vintage mirrors for entrance halls

Take a seat

If you have some dead space in your entrance hall, then adding one or two occasional chairs creates a tête-à-tête moment. You can go grand with dome chairs, elegant with upholstered chairs inspired by French kings or British queens, or simple with a couple of neo-classical stinkwood dining chairs or a fruitwood sandveld riempie bench. You may not sit in them, but the invitation to do so is tempting. Once again – you get to play with colour and pattern as these stand-alone pieces will create their own story. 

Antique Dome chairs

Don’t be square

A round table is the perfect antique furniture piece for larger entrance halls. No matter what wood finish you choose, the casual elegance of an accessorised round table is unmatched. From fresh flowers in a statement vase to coffee table books and vintage objets d’art, the aesthetic can change whenever you like. 

This is also the perfect time to mention that if you do have the space for a round (or square) table, then you also have the space to finish off your entryway vignette with an antique chandelier or vintage lantern. A chandelier – aka ‘decor jewellery’ for interior spaces – will be the ultimate finishing touch for your entrance hall. 

Antique & vintage tables

Who let the dogs out?

Welcome your guests with a smile. An entrance hall can easily become a space for a little wit and whimsy; antique style. A couple of concrete dogs, a bust or mirrored obelisks will not go amiss in the entryway and are likely to be conversion starters as soon as your guests enter your home.

VIntage concrete dogs, busts & urns

Light the way

Smaller and narrow antique console or sofa tables are the ultimate entrance hall solution for placing keys, handbags etc. But they also double-up as a display surface for that vintage desk lamp that you absolutely love or a pair of silver candelabras or candlesticks. The softer glow of a wall sconce or desk lamp (or two) adds immediate appeal as you enter your home – morning, noon and night. 

Antique lamps

A welcome rug

The best way to ‘roll out the red carpet’ for your guests is to place a time-tested vintage rug in your entryway. This colourful, patterned welcome not only defines the space but gives it presence, making guests pause as they enter your home. 

Antique carpets and rugs have a long history and will add such warmth and richness to your entrance hall and are proven to handle lots of foot traffic. 

The flat-woven elegant motifs and floral designs in earthy tones of Bessarabian kilims, the intricate and brightly coloured medallion designs of a Karabakh carpet or the 3-dimensional handmade tapestry weaving of a French Aubusson rug will add a timeless and classical narrative to any interior and are worth the investment. 

Antique and vintage rugs

A work of art

Adding vintage and antique pieces to an entrance hall couldn’t be simpler than hanging art. Art also makes a statement about who you are. Foyers are standalone spaces, making them the perfect areas to play around with furniture and accessories. And what better way than showcasing a statement artwork or a gallery wall of antique frames or vintage botanical prints?

Anitque & vintage art

Welcome to the Crown Collection

Inspiration for the entrance to your home starts at the Crown Collection, where a curated and handpicked collection of over 5000 antique and vintage furniture items awaits. Personalize your home by shopping online or visiting our studio at 20 Ballyclare Drive, Bryanston. 

Our professional onsite services include upholstery in fabrics of your choice, french polishing, hand gilding, paint techniques, bleaching furniture and staining in lighter or darker shades. 

Browse all our collections.

5 Ways to Incorporate Antique Furniture into a Modern Kitchen

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Antiques are not only rising in value, they are rising in popularity. Layering vintage and antique furniture with contemporary pieces and modern decor is a design trend aesthetic that has the industry excited. Decorating with antiques satisfies an innate need to feel a connection to the past, rooted in stories that have shaped the world we live in today. These slow furniture pieces, in a fast-paced world, hold immense charm and deserve to have a place in our homes.  

But how do you incorporate these vintage items and antique furniture pieces into a modern space and still create a balance of old and new that is seamless, timeless and beautiful? How do you make it work? 

Let’s look at the kitchen – the heart of the home – as a case study of how antique family heirlooms or collector’s items can ‘upcycle’ a contemporary kitchen with a touch of old-world charm. 

Unless you are dealing with a complete renovation overhaul or building from scratch, a kitchen is one space in your home that you just have to live with. 

Until now… 

We have 5 reasons that will make you fall in love with your modern kitchen space and want to hang out there, and they all have to do with antique furniture and vintage pieces:

#1 Add a table

An antique table is the simplest way to add some unique character and personality to a modern kitchen. The juxtaposition of the warm wood tones against a sleek and minimalist kitchen backdrop creates an unexpected harmony that will keep family and guests gathered in that space. 

Antique furniture Table in Modern kitchen

An 18th/19th Century French farm table – with a bread drawer and a second drawer for your other needs – is perfect for a larger kitchen.

(And if that becomes your official dining space, then you will want to read our blog on mixing and matching contemporary and antique dining room tables and chairs).

#2 Add an island

If you have an open-plan kitchen that is crying out for an island, then think “antiques.” No matter what size your kitchen may be, you can introduce an antique console table or desk to fit the space. If you like, you can even spend a little more and add a granite or marble top to coordinate with your current kitchen work surfaces. This will be a “hero” piece and create some wow factor, no matter what the rest of your kitchen looks like. 

Antique FUrniture Table modern kitchen island

#3 Add a chandelier (or two)

In the last few years, kitchens have morphed from being merely functional workspaces to places of design interest. Lighting has played a big role in this transformation. From pendant lights to centrepieces, this is where you can have fun in your kitchen. Depending on your budget, vintage or antique chandeliers will be the talk of your contemporary kitchen

(A word of warning – chandeliers have the power to make you swoon, so the kitchen will not be the last place you add one of these glittering lovelies!).

Antique & vintage chandeliers modern kitchen island

#4 Add a clock 

The kitchen is the one space in your home where a featured clock is a must. So why not go really big and add an antique grandfather clock to an empty wall? This is functional art in your kitchen and will be a definite statement piece and conversation starter. 

Life’s rhythms of meal prep and family gatherings will be in perfect sync with the addition of a decorative vintage clock on the wall. There are no design rules with this one – you can be as eclectic or as traditional as you like – go Victorian with a pendulum winder or ornate Rococo. 

An antique clock in your modern kitchen may be out of time, but it will never be out of place. 

Antique & VIntage Clocks modern kitchen island

#5 Add some silver

Contemporary minimalist kitchens can become generic and clinical, hence the need for a little decadent decoration in the form of antique or vintage silverware. We are not talking clutter or OTT – the ‘less is more’ design principle still applies – but we are suggesting that a well thought out silver collection on open shelves, or perhaps a vintage wine cooler holding your kitchen utensils, are a perfect and effortless culinary nod to the past.  

Antique & vintage silverware modern kitchen

Add the Crown Collection to your online bookmarks

We could go on and on and suggest you add a versatile antique armoire to your kitchen to house your crockery and tablecloths, or even your pantry staples. But what we hope we have done is whet your appetite to visit our antique emporium – online or in-store (at 20 Ballyclare Drive, Bryanston). 

With over 5000 handpicked and curated vintage and antique collectables on show, we cannot wait to see how you add a piece or two to your modern spaces

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