Will and I have been talking recently about wanting to add more antiques to our house and trying to prioritize which inexpensive pieces we’d like to upgrade over time (like the media console in our living room, for instance). We both love the look of wood furniture and collected decor yet we have currently have very little of either. When I stumbled upon a new-to-me Instagram account featuring an absolutely stunning home filled with a mix of antiques and new pieces, I texted Will immediately and said, “THIS is what my dream house looks like.” And he agreed!

Heather Strommen is the self-taught designer and mom of four behind the interiors-focused Instagram account Sweet Shady Lane as well as the Vignette Box, an assortment of her favorite styling pieces delivered in one beautiful box. She’s a fellow Nantucket lover and every detail in her family’s home Mona Bina (meaning “home for all”) on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota speaks to that classic east coast style we know and love! I know next to nothing about antiques so it’s been fun to admire her various collections (antique sailboats, seascape paintings, seashell boxes) and see how she restyles them from room to room.

I’ve been doing a little antique and vintage browsing on Chairish, Etsy, and One Kings Lane (I’ll round up some vintage finds as well as new pieces that have a similar feel at the end of the post!) but I’d love to hear if you have any tips for finding antiques or favorite sites to scope out. And if you follow any design accounts similar to Heather’s, PLEASE share in the comments!

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  1. I’m in the museum field, working mostly with American material culture and decorative arts – aka, antiques and “old stuff”! – and it always makes me so happy to hear others in our generation who have an appreciation and love for these objects! I’ve also worked in interior design in the past, and I really believe that waiting to collect pieces that speak to you and have stories of their own makes for a much more interesting, and better looking, home! Local antique shops can be great sources, but I’d also recommend taking a look at some more local and regional auction houses – they often have really great stuff that will go for pretty low, and as long as it’s one within driving distance of you, that’ll take care of shipping.

  2. I’m in Georgia near Augusta and we have an awesome consignment store and I follow them on Instagram – I have picked several pieces that way. I also have the app. This app allows you filter type of sale you are interested in along with radius willing to travel etc. My favorite feature is photos of estate sale items are posted before the sale allowing you to decide if it’s worth the trip. The best advice I could give is to get to know antique shop owners, they are willing to negotiate price for cash sales especially to returning customers!

  3. For antique furniture, I’ve gotten a few amazing Mid Century Modern solid wood dressers (I use one as my TV console) on Craigslist for under $100. You just have to be patient, check often and hop on it when you find one. I also love estate sales for antique pieces! It’s also easier to find a bunch of one thing if the owner had a collection!

  4. Great find! Have you also looked at (Everything But The House)? I’ve yet to purchase anything but it’s an online auction site with seemingly great stuff.

  5. Have you been to Black Rock Gallery in Bridgeport or Stratford antique center?
    I scored a $2500.00 Charlotte Moss piece for $110.00 last month.
    Elephant Flea is fun , but hit or miss. We’re heading to Brimfield ,September 4th , while we’re in Rhode Island.
    The hunt is what can be fun and rewarding.

  6. Although my husband is not, I’m in the same boat as you. I want to add more antiques to our house. I think a nice mixture of new and old really gives a home its soul.

  7. Do you follow Maura Endres (@m.o.endres)? I want to move right into her house! She has beautiful antiques, nature-inspired vignettes and a gallery wall to die for.

  8. I love this home and style!! I also love checking out antique shops – for now it’s mostly just window shopping, but I seriously can’t wait until I have a whole house to decorate someday! I live in a tiny apartment now but I’ve been lucky to get a few heirlooms from family members like oriental rugs, old family photos, and a few other small things. I love the stories behind them and feel like they’ve made my space more special than anything I could buy at a store. I’d recommend “shopping” your family’s attic if they would let you! One of my favorite things one of my relatives gave me is a little wooden trophy from when he rowed in college (I think in the 60’s?) – not exactly an antique but the same idea of having a cool story behind it!

    I think it would be really fun if you did a trip outside the city (like to Cold Spring, NY – so pretty in the fall) to check out antique shops and posted about it on the blog!

  9. You always lead me to my newest favorite blog or instagram account! Totally agree this house is complete goals!!