I create my interiors in layers. The foundation is often a neutral palette, currently I'm enamoured by the contrast of black and white. This will mostly apply to larger pieces of furniture, imposing items and architectural details. The next layer will be soft furnishings, accent furniture and lighting. These will start to bring in the colour and texture, identifiers of the blossoming scheme. This layer may remain fairly monochrome, as I focus on using a variety of textures to animate the interior. Washed linens, worn leather, weathered woods, muted metallics. The following layer I split into 2 categories - wall decor + surface decor. Wall decor consists of mirrors and artwork. Surface decor, anything that is placed on a surface; coffee table, bookcase, console etc. At this stage I start to obsess over finding unique antique and vintage pieces to complete the scheme.
Why is this of such importance? Age works unexpected wonders on objects, every knock a story stamped in time. Something old is a constant reminder of time, and for me, how fortunate we are to still be the caretakers of beautiful items. It all sounds so romanticised, but I can't think how else to express the way in which they elevate an interior. Interiors are expressions of being. They evolve through our interactions. Including mementos of past beings is a continuation in the links of humanity.
I always feel incredibly lucky when I find something old that I fall in love with. It is as if it was meant to be. Mostly because a lot of luck is involved in finding one's treasure! Right place, right time kinda thing. However my golden rule applies... it must still serve a purpose, and preferably not just be a decorative dust collector! By applying this rule, you prolong the longevity of the piece. Giving it purpose and a reason for being, and appreciating. It also allows you to be more discerning when sourcing.
Antiquing on such a small island is tricky as there are not as many outlets to peruse, and they can also be a bit too pricey for my wallet! However, I have managed to collect a few pieces in my first 6 months, to add to the few that we packed with us. These subtle accents have been key to making the new build rental feel more like a home.
So I've taken a few pix of the new 'old' pieces, peppered around the flat, for your inspiration!
VINTAGE HAMMERED COPPER BOWL
my fav find so far, twinkles with tea lights every night
PAINTED BRASS PLATES
so great for serving or as pretty candle plates
VINTAGE MOROCCAN BOX + SILVER SUGAR POT
box now houses all my tea lights with matches + the sugar pot catches loose coins
ANTIQUE ICON OF HINDU GODDESS KALI
reminder of mortality + the gift of time - very apt!
ANTIQUE INDIAN HAND WORKED METAL WRAPPED WOOD POTS
won't be losing my pens no more
ANTIQUE INDIAN ENGRAVED SCALLOPED EDGE BRASS TRAY
keeps dressing table tidy...
and makes for a glam tea tray!
all images by Pascale Arminjon-Taylor
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