NC Antiquing

While I was in Asheville, NC I got a tip from my brother about Antique Tobacco Barn a GIANT warehouse full of goodies.   I would need a whole day to really go through this place, but in my quick walk through I spotted some great finds (at great prices too!)

I would have loved to use this old US map in a kid’s room- as well as a pair of these leather and brass nailhead twin headboards!!!! So awesome for a little boys room!

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These marble feet are SO Kelly Wearstler.  I wish I could have shipped them home for under a fortune.  And this chair was like $100 and in amazing shape.

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Some incredible old doors!

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How amazing would this be refinished as a kitchen island??


These brass and wood chairs slayed me. SLAYED me. And this spool bed would be so awesome redone in high gloss black paint!

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A pair of awesome chairs!


A great set of metal chairs for a country kitchen and a pair of campaign secretaries that would have been amazing redone in a high gloss color. Or black. I like painting everything black. :)

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I love blue and white china and loved this set of plates when I saw them from afar- upon closer inspection I got a good laugh!

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Anne should snap these up.

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Currently Loving: Spindle/Spool Beds

I am currently using a classic spool bed in a beach house project I’m working on and am really feeling quite into them for all sorts of spaces.  Especially when lacquered a glossy dark color like this amazing space by the fabulous Tilton Fenwick ladies.


I simply ADORE this room- the traditional paper mixed with the modern side table and bold punches of chartreuse are just perfect! Such a happy space!


Clean, classic and lots of spindles and spools…. chairs are my OTHER favorite use of spindles.


Monochromatic, soothing and serene.


Sheryl Crow’s bedroom even has one. Like most things, I love the black!


A more modern version of the spool…..


You can search eBay, Etsy and antique shops and flea markets for vintage ones that you can have painted with a dramatic high gloss paint!


I love this vintage spindle daybed from 1st Dibs- could be a great bench for a living room or large entry!


These two are available in various finishes and colors.



I quite this this one from Noir


This one is rather dramatic!


Brimfield 2013

At some point I will do Brimfield right, which is to say I’ll spend two full days there. It’s SO MUCH to take in in one day and it’s exhausting! But off we went yesterday, myself, Lindsey and Sarah Winchester (who took these awesome pictures). Fueled by coffee and fried foods we covered a lot of ground in our 5 hours there. It’s still over-priced but you can find really good deals… if only I had I big budget and a store to fill!!!


I’ve been cut off from buying antlers for the house. Otherwise….




How friggin’ AWESOME are these??


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WHY DID I NOT BUY THE PAIR OF THESE??? So awesome, they spun around, were in great shape and would have been killer in my sunroom. Such an idiot.


We have never seen more dogs (real and statue) then we did yesterday. I was in heaven. I spent more time petting dogs than antiquing I think.


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Um, awesome much?



The people watching is fantastic too. Such characters.


I saw this piece and died over the detail on the doors….


This is the only thing that came home with me. It was SUCH a great deal and I am sure I’ll have a client who wants it redone as a media stand, bench or toy cabinet…. can you imagine it in high gloss grey with the gold hardware???


And Sarah got a CRAZY deal on this leopard carpet… not exactly antique, but after paying for my stair runner (I got it!) I know how amazing the price was. And I am so happy my leopard fever is rubbing off on others!


Did any of you go? Any great finds?




Historical Inspiration

We spend a lot of time looking at magazines and what designer are doing right this very minute for inspiration, when sometimes it’s just as fantastic to look back in history for ideas. Case in point, the home of America’s first male decorator Henry Davis Sleeper (also called “Beauport”) in my neck of the woods- Gloucester, MA. One of my favorite decorators, Steven Gambrel, has said it’s the most inspiration house he’s ever seen. Currently it operates as a museum and it’s a total joke that I’ve never been there! As soon as it re-opens in the springtime I will be there!

You can spot some “current” trends in these rooms- like the black walls with gilt frames.


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The aqua and emerald green combination is crisp and fun (and unexpected for this time period!)


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Scenic wallpaper! I installed one in a bedroom recently that looks a lot like this!


The guy loved wallpapering ceilings- just like I do! :)

Looking into Belfrey Tower Room from Strawberry Hill Room,Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House, Gloucester, Mass.

(and p.s. how about that great green wall color on all the paneling?)


Even the cook’s kitchen is on trend with grey cabinets and a black and white floor! (Love that sink)


This round library room is AMAZING.


This killer collection of violet glass bottles could be recreated with some quality time on eBay.

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This. window. slays. me.  I could sit there all day looking out.


What a crappy site, right? :) Sleeper experimented with lots of different styles of architecture too which makes the exterior a bit of a mish mash.

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Any historical homes you find inspiration in?


West Palm Beach Antiquing!

I somehow managed to escape New England for this massive storm and spend the weekend in Florida with my brother who perhaps smartly, moved towards the equator.  I was excited to get to finally visit two West Palm Beach antique shops that I have been sourcing from via internet for a while- Palm Beach Regency and Circa Who.  They are both chock full of kitschy, fun vintage wares perfect for a little elbow grease fix up.  Take a peek at what a saw:

PALM BEACH REGENCY: To say I was overwhelmed is the understatement of the year.


I love this chair. LOVE. My brother hated it. With a new cushion it would be so awesome in my living room!!!  How about those fun  yellow lamps?? Love the shape.

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Some awesome vintage glassware.


Under that camel is the cutest little settee ever- and I loved the carvings on this little table to the right.

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Faux bamboo EVERYWHERE- the pair of little headboards would be DARLING painted and put in a little girl’s room (we actually bought some from one of these stores for that very use a while ago for a client!)

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An cool sofa for a sunroom!


These brass caster chairs are SO unique! Fab for an office or dining- and the dramatic backs of these other dining chairs are so fun.

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I would die to gild these frames and upholster in white linen. And heeeeeeyyyyy there little poodle.


This little lacquered chair needed no repair and these brass whales were way too cool for a beach house.

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I spotted these arrow sconces and hemmed and hawed about getting them.  I did not.  And then when going through my pictures and I thought “You IDIOT, those were so cool!”  Good thing when I called yesterday they were still available. SOLD!  I have no idea where they will go but they are too good to pass up.


CIRCA WHO: Fabulously curated goods.  Could have spent a small fortune.

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That brass console. That’s good stuff.  And those green side tables (color of the year!)


I loved the shape of these lounge chairs and this little brass lantern (oh, and the metal chairs they sat on- which happen to be the same chairs and table I inherited from my grandmother I need to refinish for my patio)

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BAM. So good. I scored a set of these a few years ago for my client (the pink/black place featured in In Style last month).


I LOVED LOVED this armoire with it’s chicken wire lined glass doors. Country meet Hollywood Regency glam.

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This chandelier was sold, sadface, And I died for these glasses. Slightly tarnished and so chic.

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Also sold because it’s fabulous.


Another amazing cabinet and some brass bookshelves quite loved.

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Little elephant side tables atop another cool side table- and some vintage glasses that I think personify Miami.

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I spent the afternoon like this with Oscar, my brother’s Goldendoodle by his pool.  I live in Boston why?

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Back in New England Oliver was confused by what was covering Nana’s back door.  And then I came home to THIS.  That would be my driveway.  Yeah.

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Can I go back?