Create a timeless classic interior with the top traditional design suppliers
Our picks of timeless elegance
Working on a late Regency, early Victorian style listed property in St. John’s Wood, we had the chance to dive deep into this segment of the market and resurface to share with you our best picks! And while is trendy to mix the old with the new, this time the client wanted to pay homage to the authenticity of the listed building and furnish it in one cohesive style. For your own space, feel free to go wild and mix these finds with modern pieces.
Before we start scrutisnising suppliers let’s just state the obvious: Here, the saying “You get what you pay for” helds more truth than ever, and while we took different price points into consideration to provide you with options, just keep in mind that a more budget friendly option isn’t without compromises. As anyone at least a little bit savy probably knows already, the best approach is always to mix and match, prioritising the items that are important for you and opting for less expensive pieces elsewhere.
Oficina Inglesa, Mills Console Tables
Another advice in general, if you are planning on furnishing an older property and wanting to keep the spirit of the house alive, it’s a great idea to use a mixture of antiques and reproductions. Buying antiques is a topic for another day, but in nutshell, you have to pay close attention to the quality of anything you buy as restoration and reupholstery can be more than what you bargained for (literally). Also you might find it hard to get items in the exact sizes that you need, while with new pieces it’s very easy to scan the market for something of a specific size to suit a certain space. So let’s get started!
1. Oficina Inglesa
They are a top of the range supplier selling some antiques as well as a wide range of reproductions (that, in non-interior-designer means new pieces of furniture that look like old pieces of furniture). Not only they have 48 wood finishes and countless upholstery fabric option to choose from for every piece (included in the price), but they can customise any piece for you, change the size or certain element to suit your project. There’s lots of cute little details and beautiful ironmongery details to fall in love with and the quality is absolutely exquisite.
Oficina Inglesa, Ivette Dining chairs
2. Mis en Demeure
They are a French company selling a wide range of very special traditional style furniture pieces and accessories. Again, it’s a top quality brand, however we had some difficulties navigating their website as some items you find there aren’t in stock or are discontinued, so make sure you double check before setting your hearth on something.
In general, if you are considering these two brands it might be worth speaking to an Interior Designer on your project, because with so many ranges, beautiful items and different finishes to choose from it can be a complex exercise visualising the final picture, and they can help you taking the hassle out of checking stock levels, lead times and delivery schedules with the suppliers.
Mis En Demeure
3. India Jane
They offer a ‘Timeless Elegance’ and indeed their style has an almost colonial, well travelled, traditional look. They have lovely furniture, but went crazy in the accessories isle. Our favourite is the Victoria and Albert collection “Seagull” cushion, it has a perfect balance between playfulness and elegance that you need for a boy’s bedroom.
4. Soho Home
You might not think of Soho Home first when picking for a traditionally Victorian house, but give it a chance and you’ll be surprised! They are a one stop shop for anyone who is ready to give a go the the clash of different periods trend I mentioned above. So even though they are not purely victorian by any strech of the imagination, you can score lovely items that will work with your scheme.
Soho Home – Soho House Amsterdam
5. Sweetpea and Willow
They are a more affordable option compared to the previous brands, but they still have a good range of fabric options for upholstered items and quite many of their items are in stock, so you can cut out long lead times. You have to spend a bit more time looking because they have all sorts of styles, not just traditional, bit they definately with your time!
Sweetpea and Willow
6. French bedroom company
Mind the name, it is misleading. Firstly, they do sell furniture for every room of the house, and second, they have contemporary collections as well, not just the classic French lines, so you will find all sorts of romantic and feminine pieces in their collections. Similarly to Sweetpea and Willow, most of the lines are in stock, so you can enjoy them within couple of weeks, the only major difference to keep in mind is their upholstered pieces come as on the picture, there’s no option for different fabric.