This is the year of “re” — renew, redo, recycle. Home furnishings in 2013 will repurpose, reclaim, revamp and reimagine.
A whole new generation of antique lovers has emerged. They’re young, energetic, not hampered by tradition. They don’t worry that a piece of furniture is antique — they change it, saw it, paint it. They update the hardware. They change its use from a record cabinet to a bar or a French hamper to a chandelier.
Take, for example, Susan Van Huss, who has a design studio in an old commercial building on Winthrop Avenue in the trendy area near 54th Street and the Monon Trail.
“As a furniture painting teacher, it tickles me that more and more women (and men) are jumping on the bandwagon to reuse what they already have in their attics, basements and closets — or are finding at fabulous stores.”