This photo was taken through a plate glass window of an appointment-only antiques shop on Ile Saint Louis, Paris. I like the simplicity of both the 18th-century chair and the hand-painted serving platter. Even though they're very old, they could blend with almost any modern decor.
Mixing old and new pieces helps give a room character. When choosing items for their home, too many people seem to adopt a "cookie-cutter" designer look. It may appeal to the eye, but it won't feel like home if it's missing key elements of individual taste, personality and flair.