in the house i grew up in my parents blended antiques and modern furniture seamlessly. they would have in mind the piece of furniture they wanted for the living room, or the dining room, and they would watch and wait until they found just the right thing. i watched them mix inherited oriental rugs with purchased glass and chrome modern icons-- and i learned.
my own style is much simpler than that of my parents, but i still mix old and new. i like the feel of smooth matte pottery juxtaposed against a rustic little painted bench. and-- in the shop-- i have always carried both vintage and new-- because it just makes it feel more like home.
how about you?