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Transforming an Early 19th Century Antique Sofa for your 21st Century Home

Have you ever wondered how you can incorporate an interesting piece of antique furniture for use in your own home?

Take this lovely early 19th century Salem federal mahogany upholstered sofa (32.5″ h x 83″ l x 29″d) that recently arrived in our gallery as an example. This particular piece will be up for sale at our June Estate Auction on the 16th (lot #6024).


With just a few easy updates, you can personalize this antique to match your unique decorating taste. Try adding a simple slip cover in a soft color, then use accent pillows to personalize. Mix and match solids and patterns, and have fun with different textures and fabrics!

On a recent trip to the North Shore Design Show, Diane was inspired by this look:


We love the use of a slip cover with ties, as it allows you to highlight the beautiful antique mahogany while also giving you the opportunity to modernize the sofa–better yet, you can easily remove and wash it!