Archive for November, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

before & after: the statement furniture piece

Stat­ing the obvi­ous here, but big houses usu­ally have big rooms. Big­ger is not always bet­ter, espe­cially when left with a long, long, long wall space with­out any dis­cernible func­tion. A space that needs to anchor half the room, but has a foot­print only 18 inches deep because it abuts the pri­mary path­way through the room. The pre­vi­ous home­own­ers inserted a con­sole and mir­ror ensem­ble best suited to a funeral home. Folks, please don't try this at home.

before image underscale console

funeral home console

No mat­ter the size of the room, func­tion­al­ity is key. The con­sole above offers none. Now check out the solu­tion: ten feet (!) of lus­cious red lac­quered, antique Chi­nese awesomeness!

red lacquer sideboard image

red lac­quer side­board just shy of 10 feet long! photo: Michael Partenio

This beauty is cour­tesy of Antiques by Zaar — THE source for design­ers in search of fab­u­lous antique Chi­nese and Tibetan fur­ni­ture pieces. Owner Ruth Olbrych has the goods, the expe­ri­ence and the knowl­edge. Noth­ing excites a room like an antique so lovely it could be cus­tom! Antiques are key play­ers when work­ing toward a mix of peri­ods and styles in any space. Chi­nese antiques in par­tic­u­lar are an afford­able choice to bring that feel­ing of collected-over-time to a newly dec­o­rated room. With an excit­ing range of col­ors and pat­terns, Chi­nese and Tibetan antiques case goods mix hap­pily with other wood tones and Ori­en­tal rugs.

If you would like help blend­ing antique Chi­nese fur­ni­ture into your home, email Ruth or myself. We'd love to help!

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