If you are like me, then you have a style of furniture that you like, and tend to collect. I shopped at a lot of antique and thrift stores, and estate sales, looking for just the right piece to put in a particular spot in your home. For instance, in my dining room, I have an antique chine cabinet that combines different woods in a sort of mosaic pattern. It has tall curved legs somewhat like a highboy dresser would have, and scrolled cutouts on the top. It does not match the dining table, which is a dark cherry finish. The pieces do complement each other and give my kitchen a unique, homey look.
Some people look for replica furniture, that is, the pieces are new, but are made to look like a certain style from the past. It may be early american, Victorian, or French Provincial in style.
There are many reasons why someone may opt for a replica piece, rather than an antique or “original” French Provincial piece of furniture. The most often given reason is that the replica is less expensive, therefore more affordable, than the original. No matter what style you choose, making wise purchases can make your home a comfortable retreat from the world.