Even in a modern house, it is possible to have antique and very old furniture to bring the two worlds together. quite often of course, it is done the other way around. A very old house is ripped apart, walls out and terrifyingly modern kitchens and bathrooms are installed to make it all open plan and clean minimalist lines. But sometimes it can be a real treat to find a family that has been inspired to treat their home like a temple of age and respect for our forebears. Collecting and keeping safe the old country furniture is not so mad – these wonderful pieces need our love and care otherwise it will all be lost for ever. A trestle table, or a tester from the local chapel – these retain links with a local past which otherwise disappears to the usual sad lament. Too late they cry!