Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Older-Looking Pieces Have Cozy Feeling

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Older-Looking Pieces Have Cozy Feeling

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WANT TO CREATE a comfort zone at home? Start with easy-care finishes, then add oversized sofas and chairs in easy-care fabrics.

"We've gone beyond cocooning," says Margery Lorusso of DeBasio Furniture. "We've gone past that into making your home a haven."

How far have we gone? When it comes to not worrying about your furniture finishes, about as far as we can go. "One of Ralph Lauren's country French chests comes with a ring on the top," says David Patton of Frank Patton Interiors. "Everyone I saw had it, as if someone had put a glass down on it. That was a sales feature," Patton says with a touch of wonder in his voice. "The idea was that it makes it look like a real primitive French chest. One that has been used 100 years." But you don't have to go quite that far to make your home seem less formal and more comfortable. Adding a few wood pieces in a less glossy finish will do it. Or mix and match with some painted furniture. The sophisticated casual trend continues to grow in traditional furniture, Patton says. Examples would be the historic Charleston collection, as well as some Ralph Lauren pieces with a finish the manufacturer refers to as a dry look. "It's a low-sheen finish, not a high-sheen polish," he says. "A lot of antique collections use these pieces to fill out their collections. It's another part of the acquired look. It blends in with your existing collections. It looks as if it's been handed down in the family." Add to that some painted pieces and you have a European country look. Some pieces are so heavily distressed that your grandmother would have thrown them out. "We've got some things you have to take with a grain of salt. Some of the pieces made with recycled European lumber, for instance," Patton says. "They tear down an old barn in France or England and you get a piece of furniture with nail holes and splinters in it. …

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