Posts Tagged ‘antiques’

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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Thursday, June 16, 2011

something lovely…spotted at 1stdibs

We all know ceramic gar­den stools have been the rage in recent years, and def­i­nitely with good cause. They fit indoors and out, and stand up to major wear and tear. Now here's some­thing just a lit­tle dif­fer­ent: 1950's set of four Ital­ian terra cotta pump­kin stools. Aren't they lovely for the right patio? Per­fectly sized for seat­ing or add a round glass top for a smart lit­tle end table.

Italian terra cotta pumpkin stools

Ital­ian terra cotta pump­kin stools

Italian terra cotta pumpkin stools

detail of Ital­ian terra cotta pump­kin stool

Spot­ted at 1stdibs.com from dealer L'Antiquaire. Visit them in West­port CT to see more of their unique wares.

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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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