Accessorizing with Antiques

How the Pros Do It

The devil is in the details. For interior designers, accessories are among the most important project-related details. Accessories make a home your home, they bring a room to life by adding color, texture, and personality. They are some of the most versatile tools a designer works with and the focus of our 2013 designer series.

Beginning in February 2013, we showcased a new display every month, created by a talented local designer featuring our antique accessories.

Here you can view the displays and some of the antiques used and still available along with more information about the designer and the ideas behind the design

Jane Synnestvedt - Dec. 2013

Showroom Date: Dec 01, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Jane Synnestvedt - Dec. 2013 accessory display at Judy Frankel Antiques

Decorating your table and dining area for a special gathering is a fun and easy way to enhance the celebratory occasion. Designer Jane Synnestvedt shows us how to accessorize a dining table for a special holiday meal.

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Carrie Long - Nov. 2013

Showroom Date: Nov 01, 2013 to Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Carrie Long - Nov. 2013 accessory display at Judy Frankel Antiques

The use of scale and proportion when selecting furniture and accessories are critical factors in creating an aesthetically pleasing and harmonious interior.

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Elizabeth Fields - Oct. 2013

Showroom Date: Oct 01, 2013 to Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Elizabeth Fields - Oct. 2013 accessory display at Judy Frankel Antiques

To display and combine your larger accessory collections, edit into smaller groups by selecting unifying elements. Look for the pieces that best represent your collection and combine with other pieces that have a similar texture, tone or color.

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Colleen Farrell - Sept. 2013

Showroom Date: Sep 01, 2013 to Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Colleen Farrell - Sept. 2013 accessory display at Judy Frankel Antiques

Using a bold color scheme and sense of scale, designer Colleen Farrell creates a fresh, modern look combining traditional antique furniture, contemporary graphic prints and vintage accessories.

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Lynn Witmer - May 2013

Showroom Date: May 03, 2013 to May 31, 2013
Photo of Lynn Witmer - May 2013 accessory display at Judy Frankel Antiques

When taking on the task of accessorizing this furniture grouping, designer Lynn Witmer selected pieces of bold, mid century ceramics and accent furniture. While the room is anchored with traditional furniture including an English linen-covered chesterfield sofa, a marble top Swedish chest and table, large Venetian mirrors and carved French consoles, Lynn began accessorizing from the opposite end of the spectrum.

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Mark Johnson - April 2013

Showroom Date: Apr 01, 2013 to Apr 30, 2013
Photo of Mark Johnson - April 2013 accessory display at Judy Frankel Antiques

To soften a minimalist look while still maintaining a clean, uncluttered approach, try accessories with natural elements: wood, stone, bone, metal. A mixture of accessories and furniture of different styles, cultures or textures can create a sense of richness with just a few pieces.

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Michael Coyne - Mar. 2013

Showroom Date: Mar 01, 2013 to Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Michael Coyne - Mar. 2013 accessory display at Judy Frankel Antiques

The “Gold Room” I created within the gallery at Judy Frankel Antiques is an example of how tone on tone layering can be used to achieve a cohesive look while mixing a wide range of styles and periods. By selecting furniture and accessories in various shades of gold, I was able to layer many types of antique accessories within a small space yet not have it appear fussy or overdone. If your aesthetic veers toward a rich, layered look, select a light palette - white, gray, gold and beige are classic choices – and you’ll find that even with a lot of accessories layered in, the tone on tone approach results in a fresh, clean look.

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Corey Damen Jenkins - Feb. 2013

Showroom Date: Feb 01, 2013 to Feb 28, 2013
Photo of Corey Damen Jenkins - Feb. 2013 accessory display at Judy Frankel Antiques

Corey Damen Jenkins of Design With Vision accessorizes three pieces of furniture in our showroom and shares a few design tips.

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