There are plenty of places to go in Los Angeles to see celebrities, but if you prefer your stargazing with some of the city’s best antiques, head straight to Big Daddy’s Antiques. Shane Brown’s showroom, which he opened 25 years ago, is popular not only with celebrities (Taylor Swift is a fan, much to the delight of his young daughters) but also interior designers and designers. hoteliers (look for Big Daddy’s bespoke pieces at Ace hotels). So much that Pottery barn recently brought in Brown and her modern mountain aesthetic for a summer capsule collection inspired by the boutique’s unique pieces. Furniture is available now and features Big Daddy’s style features: rustic finishes and unique hardware accent the tables and one big show bed, and a iron bar cart and mirror it looks like a sketch of MC Escher stripped of its most basic and elegant lines. We spoke to Brown, who also owns Big Daddy’s showrooms in San Francisco and Seattle as well as concept stores in Aspen and Houston, about his secrets to combining seasoned antiques with store-bought pieces. While he maintains that there aren’t any hard and quick tricks in the trade, we’ve toasted him for a few starter pairings for those who are nervous about getting the right mix.
Old lamps + new bedside table“Lamps are always a simple and effective way to introduce a cool opposite to whatever you have in the room, especially if you’re adding a current shade,” says Brown. “I would love to see this paired with a really clean and modern nightstand. “
old works of art + new sofa“You can’t go wrong starting with a vintage or antique painting – find one you like at a flea market. Or make a collection: three or five old portraits or landscapes that really speak to you. It’s a really fun way to make things exciting and different. Put him on a couch, maybe one from Pottery Barn; their sofas are clean and structured, and the price is excellent.
Old textile pillows + new bed linen“We all know that changing pillows is a great way to change the mood of a room. I love a set of beautiful, clean white linens on a bed, with pillows made from vintage textiles. I’m all about the indigos right now. The white canvas allows accessories to express themselves in a way that truly represents you, and of course, you can change your look again as soon as you’re ready.
Old planters + new fresh plants“Having living things in your home is so important, and great plants will help tie it all together. You can do it at any level. You can go to Trader Joe’s and buy a $ 4 plant to put in the bath or kitchen, or go to a fabulous store like Rolling greens to get something gorgeous and big that makes a real statement. When I started selling antiques 25 years ago, I always took plants to flea markets and put them in beautiful old pots. It brings freshness to pieces from all eras and also manages to add richness to modern pieces.
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