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Grandma's furniture—rustic and cosy

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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There is something splendidly charming about the musty smell of a room, an attic room perhaps, that housed the smell of some antique furniture belonging, maybe, to an elderly friend or relative. The scent of mothballs and ageing, moth eaten fabrics (despite the aforementioned being in abundance), the thin but pleasant layer of dust that lays gently upon each and every surface, every square inch, and a filtered light coming through a high window, kissing the oak floor boards playfully, and enthralling you with a feeling of comfort, stillness but more over, memories. 

You may still even have a quite vivid picture of an item of furniture in your parents or grandparents house that captivated you as a child. At this stage, you were most probably unaware of the likely value of such pieces and, now that you are. If the said pieces are now gone, never to be see by you again, it may have implanted  some thoughts of longing and, again, nostalgia. 

This antique furniture is one of a kind and, generally speaking, this is the case for most types of furniture over one hundred years old—before the dawn of large scale mass production, MDF and plastics. So now, we’re going to take a look at some antique and classically styled pieces that have either been re-loved, refashioned or simply left as they are; with every bit of the charm still radiating from it. 


A rustic wardrobe, re-loved and brought into the modern day. You can imagine, after a few years—woodworm, sun damage and children—that this piece of furniture was much in need of a lick of paint and the vintage look, that it now holds, keeps its functionality and makes it acceptable to most of us (despite indifferences) in the present. A narrow, oval mirror separates the structures central line (or what would be that) and gives its owner a place to gaze upon themselves and maybe a place to see, through clouded eyes, a little of the time this piece has lived through.

Mirror mirror

“Who's the fairest of them all?” Asked Snow White's stepmother—a true statement of vanity. And why shouldn't a lady be allowed her moment? Us men do it all the time! So, a vanity unit, like this, that has stacks of character could set you looking as glamorous as your grandmother back in her hay day. Pearls and sequins still in fashion—it would have been OK. 

This particular piece has kept a lot of its original face, only receiving a small scale makeover to create this nice two tone effect and contrast between the dark and white.

French fancies

 Household by Natydeco

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These frills and fancies would be enough to turn any room into a tea parlour. The French influence in these lamp shades could add a touch of ladylike appeal your place too! 

Tell me a story

It’s easy to remember a loved one telling you a story on an armchair, such as this. A memory that lingers through the years and sticks, unyielding, to your senses; a feel of true pastime—a spur on the emotions that aided in making you who you are. The tartan-esque finish looks great in the setting it’s displayed in right here, a warm and comforting materiel, all year round, for reading a book or drinking a sherry. 

By candle light

The glow of candlelight is one that’s welcoming and warming at any time. A candlelight supper could take you back to days long past, enjoying a hearty winter stew, or maybe even a romantic moment that has always clung to your psyche.  Nowadays, of course, candles are often reserved for special occasions, but a solution like mimic candle lighting could be an easier option to recreate that special atmosphere so close to our hearts.

For the poet

 Household by Mis en Demeure
Mis en Demeure

Table d'écriture

Mis en Demeure

Reminiscent of an old, school desk, everyone needs a little space to call their own and there’s nothing quite as satisfying as conversing with an old pen friend: choosing the paper, personifying your words with through your own idiosyncratic approach, applying a scent and sending it off, hoping to receive something equally as individual in return. 

For more ideas on great furniture, take a look at our article on upcycling

Do you have an old heirloom that you’re proud of? Any pieces of furniture that you just can’t let go? Let us know in the comments.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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