Conversations around decreased consumption and investing in furniture wisely are nothing new, but increased concern with sustainability has brought them to the forefront. However, there is another, simple and practical reason to invest in high-quality heirloom pieces rather than looking for quick solutions, and it has to do with decorating. Well-constructed, traditional pieces can last in your home through several redecorations without looking out of place. Hilary Duff's entryway provides the perfect example.
The actress's entryway decor includes an antique mahogany sideboard with extensive open storage and closed cabinets. Its long and flat top provides room for decorative objects, vases, and books. Above the table, a large, classic, circular mirror provides a reflection that makes the space appear larger. On the side, a spindly, antique chair adds an open, stylish statement.
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In 2019, when this part of the home was first decorated, it had a bright and cheery dopamine decor for the entryway color scheme. The decor included a brightly colored abstract painting, houseplants reaching up across the space, and a series of brightly colored art books. On the floor, a pink, blue, and purple carpet brings out the bright colors in the decor.
Photos show that although by 2022 the decor had turned into more of a cozy entryway vibe, Hilary's furniture remained the same. A neutral vase with eucalyptus leaves and an orange and white rug had been added, but the open-concept chair and sideboard stayed constant. As decor changes, the antique furniture makes Hilary's entryway a timeless room.
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Jennifer Ebert, digital editor at Homes & Gardens states: 'Timeless and traditional furniture is a great way to ground your space. Regardless of how styles change, it will always look stylish and cool. Be sure to choose quality pieces you love, so that these pieces will always feel new for you too.'
Jen is the Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.
As if to illustrate Jen's point, Hilary redecorated once again in 2023 for a very pared-back, calming entryway color scheme. The style has drastically changed with a black and white cushion on the chair, a brownish seasonal bouquet, and a Louis Vuitton box on the sideboard. However, the furniture remains constant, signaling the timelessness of decorating with antiques and unique vintage pieces.
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This antique chair was built in 1870 of rush and wood for a long-lasting construction.
This European mahogany sideboard has individual black leather handles and an iron base. Built in the 1950s.
With the right pieces, design style can evolve within the confines of furniture and decor that you already have. Take a page out of Hilary Duff's book and shop timeless, classic pieces that will last for years and years.
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I am a London-based News Writer at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.
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