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Soaring in popularity since the 1600s, its "wings" were designed to block smoke from the fireplace.
We love it for: Its heft. A wingback chair has enough presence to act as a decorative counterpoint to a sofa. Place it (still) near a fireplace.
Update it with:Upholstery in a large-scale pattern. Or try a two-tone approach: Solid (or small-scale) on the inside; large-scale pattern on the back.
This 18th-century staple of French drawing rooms is known for its wall-hugging "half moon" shape. (Jackie O was a fan.)
We love it for:Its compactness. Try it in an entry, in a hallway, repurposed as a vanity in a powder room, or flank a window with a pair.
Update it with:Paint. In a small space, consider coating it with the same color as the adjacent wall.
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Often referred to as a love seat (designed to accommodate large skirts, not lovebirds!), this two- seater dates to the 17th century.
We love it for: Its versatility. Try one at the foot of the bed, on one side of a dining table, or below the stairs in an entry.
Update it with: A plush (and durable) cotton-velvet in a statement-making solid color. Or offset an ornate shape with simple stripes.
Used for making bread, these hand-carved bowls (sometimes called trenchers) were passed down for generations.
We love it for: Seasonal elements. As with the cloche (see far right), you can swap out natural items (pumpkins, pinecones, moss) as desired.
Update it with: Its one-and-done decorative punch. Place it on a kitchen island, an entry table, or on a dining table as a centerpiece.
The precious metal has been coveted for centuries. Silverware sets became popular in the 1600s and 1700s.
We love it for: Its heirloom cred. A full flatware set is a shopper's Holy Grail — even better if monogrammed. Old trophies are prizes in their own right.
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