Antique-Inspired Living Room

Designer Heather Hilliard transforms a living room into a fresh and inviting space that integrates family treasures with charming design.
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By: Jeannie Matteucci

Designer Heather Hilliard creates a unique space for a California couple by combining their treasured family heirlooms with contemporary, custom designed furniture for an updated living room that highlights the family's past and compliments the present.

Hilliard shares how she adds interest by mixing and matching design styles.

How did you address design obstacles?

The biggest challenge was helping the clients sort through their existing furniture and antiques to decide which pieces to keep and how to integrate them into a much more contemporary setting.

Classically Distinguished Living Room

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Beautiful Entry

A striking giltwood mirror sits above a black and gold Chinoiserie commode in the entry way adjacent to the living room.

Neutral Backdrop

The living room walls were painted in Benjamin Moore Linen White, providing a clean backdrop for the living room furniture and accessories.

Distinctive Tables

A pair of antique glass and gilt metal cocktail tables from Coup d'Etat of San Francisco flank the living room's second sofa.

Old and New

The adjacent dining room features the same interesting combination of old and new, including a black lacquered dining table found at a consignment shop.

Subtle Color

Textiles in ice, ivory and oyster compliment the soft grey color used on the living room's red oak floor.

Does the end result match up with your original vision?

The budget did not allow for the number of new items that I had planned so we actually ended up using more of the client's inherited pieces than I had originally intended. I believe the use of the antiques made the room more interesting.

What were the "hidden gems" in this remodel?

We designed the benches under the custom glass coffee table which were inspired by Jean Michel Frank's original designs from the 1940s. The benches are wrapped in parchment and upholstered in buttery suede. The dining table and chairs are a great example of mixing high and low; we found the Swedish Grace Period dining chairs from HM Luther in New York and the black lacquered dining table in a consignment shop.

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