The first time I visited De Vera on a trip to NYC a few years ago I felt as if I’d stepped into a cathedral of wonder. Full of old curiosities merchandised perfectly on fixtures and in antique cases, each object looked as if it were thoughtfully selected and as if it had a story to tell. I was inspired. Elle Decor did a feature on Federico De Vera’s house a while back and it had that same sense of wonder, making me fall even more in love with the old meets new, high meets low aesthetic. Contemporary paintings hung next to 19th-century portraits, Turkish rugs, Louis XVI chairs, Wedgwood candlesticks and a BDDW chair all mingle with one another to create a global, studied, humorous and artful feel. It’s a home that transcends time and trends. “If you understand each object’s essential nature and how it speaks to the things around it, you will know how to create balance without needing everything to be a pair,” says De Vera. Photos from Elle Decor below.