house guest: mother knows best.

house guest: mother knows best.


When I was a child, my mother loved dragging me along to antiques shops. I don’t remember the fateful trips much, but I’m sure about one thing:

It wasn’t fun at the time.

Now, though, it’s hard for me to get enough of 18th- and 19th- century wares, with their elegant lines and artisanal charm. There’s something about their almost implausible durability that lends a sense of permanence to interiors that are lucky enough to house them.

It’s safe to say, then, that this Spanish Mission-inspired residence by Miami’s Peters & Mbiango Interiors is very lucky. Drawing from their Haitian and Belgian backgrounds, respectively, designers Jenny Peters and Rachel Mbiango created a worldly aesthetic drawing from their international travels and (no doubt) many, many trips to countless antiques shops.

So, I guess you win this round, Mom; but seriously, shoulder pads will never come back in style.


Sources: English rosewood table from Yale R. Burge Antiques; Indian ebony chair from Newel; artwork by Kito Mbiango; French chandelier by Cedric DuPont Antiques.


Sources: Dennis & Leen chairs from Jerry Pair; chandelier from Nesle; ceramic Chinese ginger jars from William R. Eubanks Interior Design


Sources: Wallcovering from Bennison; 18th-century, Dutch Portuguese mirror from Michael Connors International; Rose Tarlow Melrose House sofa from Holly Hunt.


Sources: Bed from Gregorius | Pineo; George Smith sofa from Monica James & Company; 19th-century Tabriz rug from Art of the Knot; chandelier from Kentshire.





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