Archive for September 2015

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

With all the Snow White movies hitting the nation’s cinemas, it reminded me of what an important role mirrors play in our home decor. Mirrors can make a small room appear larger, reflect and spread light, highlight the view, and add a lovely decorative touch to any living space. We always have a large selection…

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Colorful and Converted Chairs

I saw this wonderful chair at the North Shore Design Show and it gave me the idea to research how to use beautiful, old mahogany furniture in a modern home: This is a great updated look for an antique shield back mahogany chair with a wonderful plaid upholstered seat cover ! (source : Eric M.…

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Nautical Novelties…

Decorating a seaside home this year ….be sure to check out our yearly Nautical sale which takes place every summer in July. It features wonderful, and affordable decorative objects and paintings with a nautical theme…the perfect time to acquire a marine painting . A wonderful antique nautical painting of a sailboat or a schooner in…

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New Life For An Old Chandelier

Who doesn’t love a fabulous chandelier? I recently found this post from a fellow blogger that introduces an interesting new way to incorporate ornate light fixtures into your décor: Painted Chandeliers! It’s a little adventurous but why not try it? Beautiful and elegant chandeliers are always featured in our monthly estate auctions, and at reasonable…

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Terrific Trunks !

Antique Steamer trunks evoke the images of long transatlantic voyages or the British and European nobility embarking on the “Grand Tour”. Though out of fashion as a form of luggage, they are fabulous and versatile as pieces of decorative furniture in today’s décor. We recently sold this Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk with Tray in our…

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Gracious Grandfather Clocks

I often walk through our 1850’s barn or auction gallery to get inspiration for a new blog post. Sadly I noticed several beautiful old grandfather clocks lined up like forgotten soldiers against the back wall of the barn. These amazing pieces are elaborately carved of mahogany or other wood, some with intricately handpainted dials or…

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Anything “Old” Looks “New” in a Lucite Box

I am extremely fortunate to spend part of my summers on Nantucket Island. As I shop around the amazing design stores downtown, I am constantly inspired by the talented artisans that sell their work in these small boutique shops. One inspiration that I see constantly, is that anything “old ” or “vintage” can look modern…

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Born Again Benches

I am always looking for new and exciting ways to use furniture. Often, I fall in love with a particular piece, but don’t have the space or the need for it. Pinterest is a wonderful place to get inspiration (and first-timers beware…it is highly addictive!), and I stumbled upon the fabulous idea of converting beds,…

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Mahogany Tables Still Work in a Modern Decor

Your classic mahogany dining table, whether it be Regency or Sheraton style, is out of fashion… just now. There was a time 15-20 years ago when these superbly crafted tables, many with intricate banded inlay around the edge or beautifully swirled inlay patterns in the wood, sold for $1000.00 or upwards a foot. That is…

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