Thursday, November 17, 2011
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.
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 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!
Monday, May 16, 2011
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:
my guess is a circus prop? too funny!
a graphic pair of inlaid bone or horn lamps
an architectural salvage piece with interesting details
industrial chic is alive and well
another vintage industrial piece
a puss in boots fountain — made me think of shrek!
signs of every kind are still in vogue at brimfield
vintage hats at brimfield — I bet sales were brisk post-royal wedding!
gorgeous brass paws
the most beautifully curated booth at brimfield
extraordinary opal glass finials
Brimfield was super-fun thanks to these friends:
delightful new friends mally skok and gloria collins
the unparalleled leslie carothers
great to meet tweeps jessica ryan and shelley holmes
wonderful to see marcy michaud again
new tweeps danielle hatfield and brandon pierce
the mastermind of the brimfield tweetup gretchen aubuchon
gretchen and co-conspirator cynthia bogart
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!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
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
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!