In the world of design, only a select few styles are elevated to celestial levels of ubiquitous prestige. Reserved only for the design world’s most enduring—the most classic—the secret of achieving such prestige lies in a symphony of quality craftsmanship, timeless silhouettes and steadfast designs that evoke a spark of nostalgia in even the most contemporary of designers. Whilst the new does have its own undeniable allure, sometimes it’s the knowledge that the very best things last forever that makes a piece feel like a treasure or a space feel like home.
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It’s difficult to pinpoint what is so eternally captivating about heritage homes. Perhaps it’s the fine craftsmanship which has been nearly entirely unmatched by any design style since. Or maybe it’s the cherished history that is built into their walls—the kind that simply can’t be emulated, only preserved. Indeed, to procure a property with such unmatched period features (the oft spoken of “great bones”), half the work is done. Embrace lofty ceilings (and learn to find comfort in the empty space created by them), cherish parquet floors and their timeworn beauty, and treasure all that is panelled. These are spaces and pieces destined to be passed through generations because a classic never dies.