I am graduating/starting a new job very soon, and will have a new apartment and clean slate to begin decorating! I would consider my style clean, calm, and collected, and I tend to stay away from ultra-modern/minimalistic decor (I have way too much stuff for that!). I'm a big fan of Ikea's "Hemnes" line, and love dark wood.
Here's my conundrum that I'd like some help on:
I've inherited a couple of gorgeous antiques from my family. Two in particular are a lovely, tiger oak, claw-footed library table (that takes about 4 people to move...) and a farmhouse-style oak china cabinet/desk/drawer combo. Both are likely from the mid-1800s. I also have access to a barn full of old chairs, tables, etc. My question is, what are some unique ways I can combine and showcase these functional antiques with today's big box/ikea furniture without looking like a) a student dorm with some family hand-me-downs and b) like my grandmother's house?