Divine design: how to collect ecclesiastical antiques
Salvaged items from deconsecrated churches – from elaborate candle holders to chapel chairs – can make impressive centrepieces in your home. Here's how to buy them and style them...
Take a pew: make a feature of a quiet corner of your home, such as a hallway or even in the kitchen, with a bench and selection of ceremonial candle holders. Incorporate hand-embroidered kneelers as extra seating options for children.
In a garden room or boot room, embrace a sense of flourishing new life with plenty of fresh greenery entwined around candle holders and perhaps a font. A decorative stonework panel grounds the look.
Bless this house: a mixture of communion dishes offset with bold, cream ceramic pitchers, adds interest and a fun sense of feasting to the dining area. Choose items of different heights to keep the effect intriguing. The candle chandelier is a dramatic finishing touch, which brings the room to life as night falls.
In this cosy snug, a lectern has been cleverly refashioned into a lamp, complete with table. The finely detailed minister’s chair is not only a stylish addition to the room but also provides a comfy seat, with help from a sumptuously beaded cushion.
Simple velvet cushions are instantly transformed into something much more striking with the addition of maniples in contrasting colours.
The bathroom is ripe for incorporating salvaged pieces. Use the window sill to display statement candlesticks and small statuary. Be creative with other items such as columns and capitals – they make unusual soap holders or a spot for trailing plants.
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