Historical items have always been a major part of furniture design and huge showpieces for those who wanted to show off their taste in the industry this will never change. Throughout the ages this has always been true and will continue to be a very important factor as well.
Not every piece has to be old in order to create a story. It just has to hold some special memories for people. Nor does it have to be in incredible shape either. In fact many rugged and worn-down tables in businesses hold some very real and special memories for those who visit because they may have celebrated graduations and weddings there as well.
Art can also be a big part of this. Simple pictures are one way to do this and you can also have a massive mural which is very impressive for those who love traditional art. This goes even better if the pieces are quite old as well. As you might expect that can get very expensive so you should make sure that you have the excess funds to gather all of these. Otherwise you should go with some other means of gathering them.
If you have any sort of old hats, letters or non-traditional items you can have them framed, bronzed or laminated in order to work anywhere in the house. Not everyone wants to do this but the only alternative is to have a display case to keep all of this safe and that is usually way more than any one person can afford for a number of different reasons. If you can pay for such an installation then it can work pretty well with this sort of style.
Cultural pieces can play an important part as well. If you have a specific culture or part of the world you come from then you may want to build around all of it. Try not to be tacky with these though because it is very easy to look like you have bad taste if you say, decorate your area with sombreros. You probably have enough common sense to know what should work and what should not in this area as well.
For those who are very lucky you can actually find some items within your own home. However this is exceedingly rare. Therefore you cannot count on it but should look around if your house has been around for a great number of years. The house itself can also be a useful decorative item as well.
Relatives can also be an extremely useful part of gathering these items. If you have any grandparents or “great” people who are near you then you should ask them if they have anything to contribute. You can also use ones that just look old as well.
You probably will not be finding any antique Patio Furniture but you can always use other items to make a story around them. Even an antique globe could be turned into one of these with enough work. So look at your own home or place of business and see what you can present in a new light.