DESIGN TRENDS with Antiques

2018 Top Picks to make your home ready for the year ahead!    INTERIORS

What we think  the hottest trends are right now in home furnishings!  Every now and again we need a little something to inspire us to change a room completely or just “freshen a room up”.    There is nothing more unique than the ability to change a look with a beautiful antique.  Just one key piece can transform a room.

  Look for the element of “symmetry” which creates balance and structure.  When you add symmetry with a modern piece and an antique piece the room suddenly feels modern with juxtaposition.

Rooms, especially kitchens are increasingly becoming more like living and dining rooms.  Everything is layered with an eclectic look.  Acquisition over time regarding furniture and accessories. Trend word for 2018:


Here are pieces that we feel are trending now:  Our Picks-

The Settee    

What we are reading and seeing is that Cozy is in and the casual feel that brings for a more inviting space.  The settee is a natural expression of maximalism without eating up a lot of space.  Look out for settee’s with great lines and period influenced styles.

The Architectural Element   

This is the accent for the home that currently is sought after not only for its unique nature, but a lasting trend that adds character, personality and soul to the home – the patina it has acquired over time brings warmth and richness to any area.

        The Chair 

ok, so it’s not just any chair that you need to have for 2018 – You are going to have to look beyond that strict linearity.  Strong lines are uncomfortable and people seem to be opting away from them.  Curves are the natural expression of maximalism (there’s that word again – kinda like saying, “get more bang for the buck”) for a room.  The swerving legs and curved back of this chair hugs you and brings a casual elegance to an area.  Nestle this one in a corner or cozy it up to a desk.

The Chest  

Yep, it seems that the mood for 2018 is less shiny and glamorous.  We seem to be leaning to furniture that exudes that someone actually lives in the house.  We want things that have a patina, add character and personality.  Yes, warmth is the new trend for a room.  This chest has both:  warmth and a bit of antique brass trim that gives a special feeling for everyone.

The Mirror  

Neutrals are new again, but in a different way.  Choose colors for your walls and accessories (like the colors on this trumeau) that are soothing.  The traditional colors this year are going to be amped up with dollops of grey.  Sophisticated and gentle colors of the earth are going to be showing up everywhere.

Outdoor elements

The earth tones and textures from outdoor elements like a crete jar from Greece or an Olive jar from France.  Note how the olive jar in this picture brings in texture, neutral coloring and “big” interest to the room:

The Trestle Table

This is a table that is timeless in style because of its versatility.  Not only can it be used in the dining room, but the trend now is to utilize the trestle table as an office desk or as a console behind a sofa.  Looks like this choice will be a “Win Win” for 2018!!

In the picture above the two bergeres are common sites at Crown and Colony Antiques, as is the marble top bistro table being used as a console and the stool.  In lieu of the bistro table one might opt to put the trestle table.Pair bergeres

French BergerePainted bergere

 and, last but not least, lighting   

A crystal chandelier is timeless and far from boring.  Elevate your dining space with lighting that reflects understated glamour.  This is one possession that is to never go out of style.  Dim your chandelier while eating to create that warmth and coziness embodying everything in 2018!!

Please see all of these pieces and our other merchandise for pricing and dimensions on our website and on our Instagram page:  @crownandcolonyantiques

Happy 2018



The French BuffetImage result for images of french buffets from crown and colony antiquesBuffets, credenzas and sideboards share a similar purpose in the dining room. These three pieces of furniture are all similar in function and appearance, and the terms are used to describe furniture used for serving, storage and display.

Certain defining characteristics may help distinguish one from the other, but in many cases, the furniture won’t feature all these elements. What really makes each piece different is its history.   This type of furniture is versatile enough that is is not always used in the dining room, making it a practical purchase.

The Credenza

What distinguishes a credenza is a long, low profile, narrow cabinet with multiple storage compartments and a flat top. Usually made from wood, credenzas originally had no legs or feet; instead, they were just cabinets that rested directly on the floor.antique-sideboard-cville

Historically, credenzas played an important role in the dining quarters of kings or high-ranking noblemen. The word “credenza” is the Italian equivalent of “credence,” or “truth,” and the food placed on the piece had to be taste-tested to ensure it wasn’t poisoned.  A food taster Image result for images of a food taster to the kingwas the person who ingested the food which would be served to confirm that it was safe to eat. One who tests drink in this way was known as a cupbearer.

The Buffet

The French term “buffet” translates literally as “sideboard.” The word is also closely associated with a self-serve meal spread out buffet-style on a long, narrow table. The origins of the buffet table go back to 16th century Swedish schnapps tables holding the pre-dinner spirits. By the 18th century, schnapps tables evolved into the smorgasbord table, in which food and drinks were laid out for guests. Buffets typically have some type of cabinets or drawers for storage and a flat surface for food and decor.

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The long, narrow profile of a sideboard makes it practically identical to a credenza and a buffet.  Sideboards  comprised of cabinets and, sometimes, drawers. When a sideboard has legs, they tend to be shorter and thicker in size like the one pictured above. Sideboards were first used in late 18th century England, when designer Robert Adams constructed a three-part dining ensemble that included an oblong table centered between two pedestal cupboards resting on urns. The sideboards displayed the finest serving ware in the household, typically silver and fine china.Related image

Our French culinary shop, Aubergine Antiques, carries many many styles of “enfilades” (the French word for buffet or sideboard) as does our garden and architectural antique shop, RF Antiques, and our hub shop Crown and Colony Antiques.

Please visit us online to have a first viewing of our selection and then come visit us to see in person!!

Visit the website through the link provided and then click on Buffets & Sideboards and for NEW CONTAINER items, click on What’s New.

We just received a NEW FRENCH CONTAINER.  Our shops are filled with not only sideboards, but all sorts of wonderful antiques at EVERY price point.  Please make it a point to visit us before the holidays.  Let one of our qualified employees assist you with making the perfect purchase.

Au Revoir!  A La Prochaine!!



FRENCH Commodes Vs. ITALIAN Commodes


French Commodes and Italian Commodes – a short comparison.

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Italian classic and French classic, have distinct and unique features that set the designs apart.


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Our latest container of wonderful pieces of furniture and accessories!

Peter and Ann Fargason are at it again – Now that they are back from a recent buying trip to France, they have begun unpacking all the  wonderful goodies that came in on the latest container.

Our shops -Crown and Colony Antiques, Aubergine Antiques and RF Antiques- are a world of French flare that can be found in no other place.

Peter and Ann have taste in furniture and accessories for the home and garden that are beyond the imagination.  They shop for large Buffet Deaux Corps to small religious wooden statues.  All beautiful.

Here is a little peek into our day this past Friday — The unpacking of the container!

Every tag is carefully assigned…

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…and every piece of furniture is carefully inspected.  By the time it hits the floor in one of our shops it has been dusted, hinges in place and polished and waxed to show off the grain of the wood.

Here Peter measures to make sure this Buffet Deaux Corp will fit in a particular spot in one of the shops.



Rob, Peter and Jack move in an armoire with doors that have french wire.


Sun Burst Mirrors

 We have every style you can imagine and a multitude of sizes!



A variety of styles of Dining Rooms Chairs on this shipment!!


Dining Chairs in sets of six, eight and ten.  Bergeres, singles and pairs!




Bouillotte Tables


Enfilades (Buffets/Sideboards)



Jason and Ricardo – Our very dependable help – move a beautiful Louis Philippe style Buffet Deaux Corps


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We have many new mirrors – Stop by and check out all the new choices and visit our “mirror room” at Crown and Colony Antiques.

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Below, one of the many paintings that came in on this container.  Please view our website for more


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Accessories of every kind from barometers & bread boards to bronzes!


Call us at 251-928-4808 Crown and Colony or stop by any of the shops to see the latest container items in person.  What you have seen here is just a small portion of what is new!!

RF Antiques 251-928-8336

Aubergine Antiques 251-928-0902

Hoping to hear from you soon.

Au Revoir!  A La Prochaine!!