Warm Colors, Cool Antiques

November 1st 2016

The September/October issue of Veranda had us swooning at a gorgeous photo of designer Amelia Handegan’s living room. Amelia lives in historic Charleston, and her taste captures the city’s own mix of antiques, art, and progressive style.


Her living room features antique pieces that you might find in your grandmother’s home, but she avoids taking the setting too seriously by selecting warm, inviting autumnal colors set against light walls and trim. That chartreuse and coral pairing gives us visions of nights filled with the laughter of friends drinking wine, slowly growing more relaxed as the scene transforms thanks to the details.

Unlike many homes with antiques, Handegan keeps things airy and uncluttered, allowing each piece to get full attention. And of course we can’t overlook her hardwood floors in a contemporary, geometric pattern that lay the foundation for an inviting space, keeping visitors tuned into the subtleties that make them feel at home.

When we spotted this scene, we were reminded of the Stanford Eric chairs, a rift on Handegan’s antique wingbacks.  With a nearly endless array of fabric options, you can select a hue and texture that takes the formality down a notch or two. Paired with your grandmother’s antique settee and you’re well on your way to recreating this stunning space.


Want to lighten up your own formal living space? Stop by the Hodge Floors Showroom today. We’ll help you discover modern takes on age-old favorites, subtly making some of your oldest pieces cool again.

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