Opposites do attract

Job Site by: Architect - RWA Architects, Inc , Interior decorator - Jane Meranus Interiors

Wondering how to decorate a living room? Look to your passions

These homeowners rotate their chairs to face the various windows while enjoying their morning coffee.

The decorating ideas used in this space are a comfortable mixture of antiques and modern conveniences.

The pitchers used in this dining room decor are all American, and date to the mid-1840s and 50s. The homeowners like them because of their size and scale. While they're not rare, they are uncommon; many pitchers this size didn't survive.

The mid-century chairs in this living room were reupholstered in the coastal palette. The works, or movement, of the grandfather clock were made by the firm of Luman Watson here in Cincinnati in the late 1820s. The case is hand painted and may have been made in Tennessee. Watson used a variety of case makers, and no wonder, the firm boasted that they made more than 30,000 clocks during the operation of their business between 1819 and 1834.

"Uncle Sam" stepping out, the figurine seen on the left of this photo, is one of the owners' favorite home accessories.

These homeowners used very interesting decorating ideas, meshing antiques with modern comforts. This proudly displayed accessory is one of those antiques. It is a papier mâché store display advertising a medicine for preventing worms and rheumatism in hogs.

Like most folk art, the carver of this frame is is unknown. According to the homeowner, it may have been carved sometime after the Civil War, possibly by a Union veteran to symbolize the end of the war and coming together of the country.

These homeowners dotted their interior with various antiques and pieces of artwork, like this folk art sunfish by Gary Burch.

These dogs, used as quaint decor in this home, are molded over a wire armature and were probably originally intended to be used in a store as advertising displays.

In a home stuffed to the brim with unique decor, this piece still stands out. Bluto leers suggestively at Olive Oyl on "Olive Oyl Vase" by husband and wife ceramicists Michael and Magdalena Frimkess.

This home design includes a mysterious trade sign from Massachusetts: is the multi-tasking tradesman a blacksmith, a spectacle maker, a fiddler--or all three?

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