AccessoriesJanuary 7, 2014

Trend I Love: Old Portraits in Modern Interiors

I spent a nice day this weekend wandering through the Museum of Fine Art here in Boston (a must of you are visiting) and kept saying to Andrew how some of the gilt frames on the old works were nearly as stunning as the paintings.  I kept imagining what it would be like to have some of the massive, amazing old portraits in your home.  Which leads me here- to showcasing modern interiors utilizing old, antique portraits in them.  There is something so wonderful about the juxtaposition of the very old and very traditional withing a more modern setting.  I think in 2014 you’ll see people incorporate more traditional items into design, be it a small item or a large sofa. What do you think of this look?

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To get this look scour antique shops and eBay (key search worlds “antique portrait” “oil painting portrait” “gilt frame”).  You can also look for empty gilt frames and fill them with the art of your choice (even a reproduction portrait- the frame will make it look more authentic as long as it’s not a famous portrait!)  I did this in my old bathroom- I found a vintage gilt frame (it’s chipped and I feel that adds to it) for $25 at an antique store and then got a sketch by Gretchen Kelly on Etsy and brought it to my local frame store who mounted it and added glass, backing and a wire for under $75! I adore having this in the bathroom as it’s unexpected and looks great against the black wall (you’ll see more of this space in the book!)

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