How about combining antique furniture with contemporary items? "My favorite thing about decorating is mixing different periods and styles," Nate says. "If you have something that's old, and you really do want to mix those styles, then you have to add something that's obviously modern with it. You can't put a kind of a mediocre thing in the middle."
Nate suggests pairing a beautiful antique chest of drawers with a modern photograph or a beautiful modern painting above it.
This next bit of advice is especially important in the dining room, the area that poses one of the biggest decorating challenges. "I hate sets. I've always hated sets," Nate says. "I think that if you have a dining room set, break it up!"
Put the buffet along the wall in the living room.
Add a really simple modern upholstery on the old chairs' seats.
Or use new chairs and keep the beautiful, old wood table.