How To: Restaining an antique dresser

My husband and I love going to antique shows and auctions. We don’t have a lot of antique furniture since we are kind of picky about what we like but we have two antique dressers. One we bought at auction and the other one has been in my husband’s family for a long time!
This dresser was painted so many times that we didn’t know the original color of it. When we got it it was an orangey peach color.

Should millennials buy antiques?

The answer is a resounding yes. When I talk to someone my age about antiques, the responses are usually something about it being an expensive hobby for elderly rich people. And it’s true, there are indeed luxury objects whose date of fabrication means they now have an even higher price tag than when they were bought new, but the factory-made china set a grandmother inherited from her grandmother is an antique too! Maybe you call it vintage, thinking that antiques really just refers to the expensive Georgian furniture you see on display at the V&A, and, as other Gen Y antiques enthusiasts pointed out before, you wouldn’t be to blame for that.

(c) Martha Stewart

5 favourites for the home in the colour of “natural optimism”

Twinings and Pantone have teamed up to create a colour that would give you an instant mood lift. As we near the end of Mental Health Awareness Week, we think it’s great to remind ourselves that even those who do not suffer from mental illnesses need to take care of their wellbeing (and at L&Y we are trying to be more intentional with our living), so we are really keen on this new colour. Also, blue is my own lifelong favourite colour, so I’m partial to it regardless. So, if you’re up for spending some money why don’t you take a look at our favourites for the home in this new colour (or close shades), and maybe donate something to a mental health charity while at that?