Press: Studio Ashby in Elle Decoration, South Africa

I’m a strong believer in blending contemporary with classic to create something that’s ultimately timeless. When mixing the old with the new, one often makes the other seem more beautiful. You can get much higher-quality products if you buy antiques, rather than going to a cheap furniture store, often at a similar price, if you go to a good market. A classic old Empire chest of drawers, for example, looks amazing with a bold modernist lamp and a colourful contemporary piece of art hanging above. Similarly, don’t be afraid to buy and collect art, Adorn the walls with pictures, photos, postcards and paintings; frame anything that means something to you. I always ensure I pick up unique pieces on my travels which will remind me of a wonderful experience, so that I can capture that moment in my interiors.

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