Home Tour—Classicism by the Water

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When we read an email about  a beautifully designed beach house in SoCal this morning, we  feel impressed and delighted. It’s a Spanish  colonial revival and redesigned by famed interior designer Barclay Butera. The design work is published at Traditional Home Spring Issue 2020.

 

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Barclay used his signature blue and white color schemes at the foyer and  private spaces of the home. Also, he repeated  symmetry and balance through the whole house to create formality. Interesting enough, this is actually a second home near the water.  But unlike conventional breezy and lay-back So-Cal beach houses, this house is the love for classical design.

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We love the dark geometric-patterned wood floor at the foyer. A group of blue-and-white chinoisorie ginger jars and vases  on a traditional center table set the tone for the whole house.

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7 Ways to Incorporate Antiques to Interiors

Antiques can add depth, personality and timelessness to any interiors. There are 7 ways to incorporate antique to your spaces.

1. Start small.

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This small ornate antique mirror is very interesting and whimsical and has a nice contrast with the contemporary wall paneling.

 

2 . Have a new lamp-shade or reupholster an antique piece to make it look chic and fresh.

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The new pleated  silk trimmed lamp shade gives a new life to this antique ceramic table-lamp.
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We particularly love this wide green banding at the bottom of the lamp-shade and it adds a touch of fresh elegance to an aged object.
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A newly reupholstered French salon sofa looks fresh and chic.

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3. Always pair antiques with fresh flowers.

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Fresh flowers give antique a new life.

4. Mix and match pieces from different eras.

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