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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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Your Foyer is a Window into Who you are…

Your foyer is the entry into your home and your world. A well decorated foyer can speak volumes about who you are, and what you are interested in. It is a reflection of your home, your style,and the welcoming point for friends and guests. It is the first impression you make on anyone, so make…

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Downton Abbey Style

Our Sunday night obsession is back and I, for one, could not be happier. Written by Julian Fellows of Gosford Park fame, the award winning “Downton Abbey” series is addictive. The compelling tale centers upon a British aristocratic family living in a spectacular manor house refrered to only as “Downton.” The story begins in the…

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Updating a Traditional Dining Room

I bought a home on the North Shore of Boston twenty years ago this spring. Everyone, including my husband, thought I was CRAZY !!! It was an old turn-of-the-century Mediterranean style stucco villa, with a spectacular loggia and an old world style ballroom. The house had been abandoned for years and gone into foreclosure. I…

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RH The New Restoration Hardware- A Comparison

The new Restoration Hardware store on Newbury street opened in the month of March with great fanfare. It was accompanied with what seemed like the largest catalog mailing in history, that left us wondering “how did they afford to mail that”. Four books arrived to most Massachusetts zip codes, shrink wrapped in plastic, titled RH…

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Nantucket Goes Modern

I was fortunate to spend a lot of time on Nantucket this summer. Nantucket is an island 30 miles out to sea,south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It is known for its beautiful beaches, grey shingle houses covered in roses, it’s historic whaling tradition and hand woven “Nantucket” baskets. There is a Historic District Commission on…

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Looking back on a great year for Kaminski Auctions!

2013 was a banner year for Kaminski Auctions. We are very proud to have been the auctioneers of the Oprah Winfrey Collection in Santa Barbara, California on November 2nd 2013. The idea of an auction of the Oprah Winfrey collection started in March 2013 when Oprah revealed she was planning a top to bottom remodel…

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