Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Decorating and Collecting Across the Centuries in NJ

There's an "old school" thought in decorating that the furnishings and collections that grace a home should come from the same era as the home itself.  I definitely don't agree, but I think it takes a skilled collector to create cohesion across eras.

Trent Wisehart, who specializes in store design and visual merchandising for Tommy Hilfiger, has pulled it off beautifully in his 1896 Colonial Revival South Orange, NJ home, as featured in Elle Decor.

Over the living room mantle, Wisehart mixes an abstract oil painting he picked up in Michigan with 19th century Chinese vases he snagged at a Paris flea market.  And all these goodies share the space flawlessly with a 1960s Italian light fixture - love!

The foyer is my favorite space in the house, greeting guests with a 1940s chair from Belgium, 1950s table lamps from Paris, and stunning pendants overhead.

Wisehart keeps the color scheme super tight throughout the home, which I think is part of the reason collections as diverse as those below (19th century gilt mirror, 18th and 19th century Wedgewood pieces, 1940s club chairs) work so well!

In the kitchen, a nice break from the richer walls throughout the rest of the home... with a stunning mid-century chandelier bringing formality to the space...

Upstairs, the bedrooms provide more of the (spectacular!) same, with Japanese scrolls, a 19th century zebra taxidermy, and antique bedding reflecting the travels and passions of their owner.

Powder room, you had me at "Waterworks" and "antique 1920s Venetian mirror"...

To check out the full article, click here.

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