Monday, May 16, 2011

brimfield fun and friends

While I am off to NYC for Blogfest2011, I will leave you with some of the fun and often silly finds from Brim­field. Brim­field was crazy crowded, a nice change from recent years where buy­ers were thin on the ground. The Tweetup was a huge suc­cess, and I was delighted to meet so many Twit­ter friends in real life! Enjoy these images:

brimfield circus prop

my guess is a cir­cus prop? too funny!

brimfield bone lamps

a graphic pair of inlaid bone or horn lamps

brimfield architectural salvage

an archi­tec­tural sal­vage piece with inter­est­ing details

brimfield industrial table

indus­trial chic is alive and well

brimfield industrial piece

another vin­tage indus­trial piece

brimfield fountain

a puss in boots foun­tain — made me think of shrek!

brimfield signs

signs of every kind are still in vogue at brimfield

brimfield hats

vin­tage hats at brim­field — I bet sales were brisk post-royal wedding!

brimfield brass paws

gor­geous brass paws

brimfield booth

the most beau­ti­fully curated booth at brimfield

brimfield opal glass finials

extra­or­di­nary opal glass finials

Brim­field was super-fun thanks to these friends:

mally skok and gloria collins

delight­ful new friends mally skok and glo­ria collins

leslie carothers

the unpar­al­leled leslie carothers

jessica ryan and shelley holmes

great to meet tweeps jes­sica ryan and shel­ley holmes

marcy michaud

won­der­ful to see marcy michaud again

danielle hatfield and brandon pierce

new tweeps danielle hat­field and bran­don pierce

gretchen aubuchon

the mas­ter­mind of the brim­field tweetup gretchen aubuchon

gretchen aubuchon and cynthia bogart

gretchen and co-conspirator cyn­thia bogart

intently tweeting during the live tweetchat

Susan Cohan pon­ders those intently tweet­ing dur­ing the live tweetchat

Spe­cial thanks to spon­sors Ben­jamin Moore and Aubu­chon Hard­ware for the ter­rific tent and goody bags! Every­one had a blast!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

brimfield, with a twitter twist

Now you know I love Brim­field, and enjoyed shar­ing with you all my lovely and weird finds last year. This year, this Fri­day actu­ally, I will expe­ri­ence Brim­field in a new and dif­fer­ent way. The won­der­ful ladies from The Daily Basics and Gretchen Aubu­chon Design are host­ing a Tweetup at Brim­field! For non-Twitterers, a TweetUp is when Twit­ter friends and mutual fol­low­ers meet each other IRL — in real life. It feels like a meet­ing of friends who've been apart too long — even though they may be meet­ing for the first time. It's the usu­ally joy­ous col­li­sion of social media and the "real" world. Hard to explain if you haven't expe­ri­enced it for yourself.

brimfield may 2010

brim­field may 2010

And the most excit­ing part: there are (so far) 82 design­ers, design blog­gers and indus­try insid­ers from across the coun­try join­ing this TweetUp! Look at this list! It is over-flowing with tal­ented, cre­ative peo­ple, all com­ing together to trea­sure hunt, meet their Tweeps and expe­ri­ence Brim­field in an unde­ni­ably new way. If you fol­low the Twit­ter hash­tag #Brim­field on Fri­day and Sat­ur­day, you will surely see a steady stream of amaz­ing finds as this group explores the mar­ket. Don't expect too many tweets from me, as tweet­ing and walk­ing at the same time is not a skill I have mastered!

We can (and will) thank the won­der­ful spon­sors Ben­jamin Moore and Aubu­chon Hard­ware and the amaz­ing orga­niz­ers Cyn­thia Bog­art and Gretchen Aubu­chon. They have arranged for par­tic­i­pants a centrally-located tent, food, charg­ing sta­tions and myr­iad other com­forts. I expect this will be an event to remember.

If you are look­ing for any­thing spe­cial from Brim­field, let me know. There will be plenty of eyes scout­ing the treasures!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

local lovelies…connecticut spring antiques show

I attended the Con­necti­cut Spring Antiques Show this past week­end, because really, I just couldn’t help myself! I love mix­ing antiques into con­tem­po­rary and tran­si­tional set­tings, and believed (right­fully, as it turns out) that this show in Hart­ford would offer more approach­able prices than the recent show I attended in New York City. It was com­fort­ing to see atten­dance was very brisk.

With the major­ity of deal­ers from New Eng­land, it was not sur­pris­ing to see the nau­ti­cal theme heav­ily rep­re­sented. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many paint­ings of ships in one place! Avail­able to keep your theme décor rolling was an assort­ment of brass nau­ti­cal acces­sories, weather vanes and var­i­ous antique boat parts.

ship painting from Jeffrey Tillou Antiques

ship paint­ing from Jef­frey Tillou Antiques

ship weathervane from Jeffrey Tillou Antiques

ship weath­er­vane from Jef­frey Tillou Antiques

Large scale vin­tage signs are still wildly pop­u­lar and seen in nearly every sec­ond booth. Some of the most interesting:

milliner sign from newsom & berdan

milliner sign from new­som & berdan

vintage sign from Otto & Susan Hart Antiques

vin­tage sign from Otto & Susan Hart Antiques

vintage sign from R.G.L. Antiques

vin­tage sign from R.G.L. Antiques

vintage hotel sign from Saltbox Antiques

vin­tage hotel sign from Salt­box Antiques

Por­traits too were going strong. I was par­tic­u­larly look­ing for instant ances­tors with a bit of moxie! I think these all sat­isfy on that front:

a lady with attitude from Don Olson Antiques

a lady with atti­tude from Don Olson Antiques

lovely lady from Carol Wojtkun Antiques

lovely lady from Carol Wojtkun Antiques

antique portrait of a couple with a twinkle in their eyes!

antique por­trait of a cou­ple with a twin­kle in their eyes!

Finally, there were numer­ous smalls of every descrip­tion, includ­ing pot­tery, dec­o­ra­tive acces­sories and antique hooked rugs/wall hang­ings. The sheer abun­dance of candle-stands was amaz­ing! Most were typ­i­cally styled tri­pod type, but these two I scouted for a client stood out for being a bit dif­fer­ent. Both would fit beau­ti­fully into more mod­ern room settings.

T-based William & Mary candlestand from Peter Eaton

T-based William & Mary can­dle­stand from Peter Eaton

tiger maple tripod candlestand circa 1820 from Edwin Ahlberg

tiger maple tri­pod can­dle­stand circa 1820 from Edwin Ahlberg

The show, pre­sented by the Had­dam His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety, is very well pre­sented. If you missed it this year, be sure to visit next spring!

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Friday, March 4, 2011

fabric friday: inspiration, alan campbell and the met

On my recent visit to The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Museum in NYC, I was drawn into the ancient world. Actu­ally, I was dragged, as my 6 year old was intent on see­ing all the Egypt­ian mum­mies, tem­ples and tombs. Within the Egypt­ian col­lec­tion, I was arrested by the vibrant col­ors and pat­terns found in wall and ceil­ing frag­ments. How inspir­ing are these graphic pat­terns, that we often think of as mod­ern?

Ceiling Fragment, Tomb of Amenotep Surer

Ceil­ing Frag­ment, Tomb of Amenotep Surer

3,300 year old "mod­ern", meet today's interpretation:

alan campbell 'cap ferrat' fabric, room by elizabeth dinkel

alan camp­bell 'cap fer­rat' fab­ric, room by eliz­a­beth dinkel

The ever-popular zig zag motif? A river, of course.

Deceased Being Towed in a Boat, Tomb of Rekhmire

Deceased Being Towed in a Boat, Tomb of Rekhmire

And today:

alan campbell zig zag in brown

alan camp­bell zig zag in brown

alan campbell zig zag in french blue

alan camp­bell zig zag in french blue

Alan Campbell's fab­rics are not the only ones I "saw" when brows­ing the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Museum. This pre­cur­sor to the motif we refer to as Greek Key

ceiling fragment, tomb of Inyotef

ceil­ing frag­ment, tomb of Inyotef

is plainly vis­i­ble in this Schu­macher 'Greek Key':

schumacher fabrics 174502 in ruby

schu­macher fab­rics 174502 in ruby

Doubt­less there are many more con­tem­po­rary fab­rics with roots in the ancient past. Inspi­ra­tion for inte­rior design­ers, fab­ric design­ers and all types of artists is found in count­less places, but the world's great art muse­ums, like the Met, must surely be at the top of the list.

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