These historic homes have distinctive architectural details, but they subtly mix contemporary, vintage and antique furnishings. The result? Spaces artfully eclectic, both stylishly edgy and comfortably classic.

Step with us inside “the best of both worlds” – historic homes with modern appeal! 

SEE ALSO: HOW TO USE ANTIQUES IN CONTEMPORARY INTERIORS 

 

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With its spectacular 19th-century painted ceiling and herringbone parquet flooring, this Paris apartment embodies the ideals of the city’s Haussmannian architecture. Isabelle Stanislas sought to create a dialogue between “old and new” when designing the space for an art collector client.

 

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In a Gramercy Park apartment, Alexandra Loew used sculptural, chromatic pieces as counterpoints to the space’s classical architectural details.The contemporary photos are by Donald Sultan and Matthew Pillsbury, the Ribbon Chairs are by Jan Eckselius and the 1970s cocktail table is by Lella and Massimo Vegnelli.

 

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When interior designer Catherine Kwong created the living room of the 2013 San Francisco Decorator Showcase, she sourced an antique gilt mirror with carvings that echo the ceiling’s fine gold detailing. The custom-painted floor design was inspired by a Cy Twombly painting.

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In a Paris residential project known as Apartment 002, Bismut & Bismut placed objects, including Eileen Gray Transat armchairs and a bronze César sculpture, on white platforms that seem to hover around a PETAL coffee table by the designers.

 

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For the wall surface of a Greenwich Village duplex’s double-height living room, architect Michael Haverland reinterpreted the pattern of the original coffered ceiling using computer-generated shapes. The blue wool-upholstered armchairs are by Marco Zanuso, and the ottoman is by Edward Wormley.

 

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The Ett Hem hotel in Stockholm, Sweden was designed by Ilse Crawford and her firm, Studioilse. Crawford updated the property — a 1910 Arts and Craft building — with a mixture of vintage and modern furnishings.

 

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Douglas Mackie reinterpreted this mid-19th-century London townhouse for the modern age by installing a subdued silk wallpaper, and using sophisticated, simple pieces that include a linen-clad Christian Liagre sofa and a Callum Innes painting.

 

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The gray silk-sheathed drawing room of a London residence by Peter Mikic features a gilt 19th-century mirror, a marble fireplace surround from Chesney’s and photography by Miles Aldridge.

 

Original article: 1stdibs

SEE ALSO: THIS APARTMENT BRINGS CONTEMPORARY STYLE TO MEDIEVAL BARCELONA 

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