I have a combination. Most of my furniture is second hand, with some stuff being found on verge collection and restored. My couches and computer desk are about the only new items. I also have an antique cabinet which was my husband's great grandfathers.
Modern (sort of) not antique or second hand....the only antique pieces would be an old camphorwood chest which belonged to my grandmother (I am 67). I love it....and also a gold ornate framed oval mirror....my piano is a treasured piece but is a modern style Beale.
I have all white furniture, and it looks as good as the day I first got it, easy to keep clean.
This little lowboy,...in my pic I have in my lounge room, I took the panels out to make it more 'Shabby Chic' by making curtains....Cost me $30 from a second hand store, it was a dark brown before I painted it.
I also have one big white Ikea chair, and two white book shelves and a light cream t.v cabinet.
I have always had a mixture of all styles as I like what I am comfortable with,which means a bit of each.The most modern thing I own is actually a powered recliner and lift chair which my darling son bought for me when he was here in August,I have always suffered severe poly-arthritis as well as poly-neuropathy so it has been impossible to ever use a recliner chair at all! THIS fantastic chair is so comfortable as well as classically designed that it looks as if it could be antique,while it does everything I had only ever seen in chairs which I used in hospital!!! These are NOT cheap,.but for someone who has no strength at all,as well as chronic severe pain,it is the best thing in the world!Pity that my dogs also find it the most comfy chair in the house! Hee hee!!!
What a generous gift and such a life changing item for you I am sure Jules. I am sorry to hear that your health is so challenging. I have a secondhand recliner that I practically lived in following surgery as I couldn't get into bed. It may not grace the pages of a decorator magazine but is just the thing when convalescing .
I don't have anything modern, I either have second hand or antique .... weird mix! My grandfather used to restore antique furniture so there's a lot of it in the family, I'm not actually really rich or anything.
All furniture I've got handed down from parents', who bought Craftesman artisan pieces', varying designs, but same solid timber, rosewood & walnut,
I supose they maybe considered 'antique' as bought in 1947!
I have both and they blend well. Black modern down one wall and the opposite wall antique and similar. In between an Edwardian suite of furniture that I am about to recover...not sure how it will turn out though. Also my bedroom has antique furniture in.
My kitchen is second hand and was removed by myself and a friend from a house 1 hours drive away. It took two days and two trips. I wouldn't do it again though.
I love buying antique items from charity shops.
I have an eclectic mix of antique and second hand. I have a modern upcycled table on deck that is very cool. It is a tandem bicycle with a wooded top. Maybe more an art piece than modern. My ethics regarding waste prohibit me from buying much new furniture and I am happy with what I have.
Thanks for your comment about my wonderful chair!! It seems that you and I share a lot of ideas really, when I consider the answers and comments which you leave on AA!! I utterly ADORE your tandem bike Table and can imagine the fabulous conversations which are begun because of it!!