new year, new look

finalrainbowchairThere’s something about the stark white winter surrounding us that makes exciting pieces like this chair (above) from the Drawing Room in Cos Cob, Connecticut stand out even more dramatically. At the start of the year, we’re simply more willing to consider pieces with a fresh eye. And the good news is that January is when some of the country’s best antique and vintage events take place here in New York. I still get a thrill walking into shows on Manhattan’s West Side Piers. I pull off my hat and gloves, Lauren close beside me, and we dig in. We get to see old friends from the trade, and discover new trends. I look for the unexpected, and if the objects I find have interesting stories to tell, all the better. This month, we’ll be sharing the treasures we find with you. Great pieces are not hard to find, so come along and let us be your guide. Below, from the Antique and Artisan Center in CT, a pair of Italian ceramic monkey lamps are a rare find–they would add color and humor to any room.

ItalianMonkeysA grouping of vintage “turtle mounts” make a creative collectible from the Connecticut Antique Center.
Below, beautiful etched glass hurricane candelabre with sterling silver stands (also from the Connecticut Antique Center) add extra elegance to a very popular tabletop accessory.silverhurricanesA gorgeous collection of French Creamware and English Ironstone pitchers have only the color white in common from the Stamford Antique and Artisan Center.whitepotterycollectionBelow, a sleek and unusual pair of vintage chairs reupholstered in a lovely Ralph Lauren linen. Their scale is perfect.
paircoolvintagechairsBelow, a collection of framed prints from a 1930’s printmaker’s handbook. These would make a wonderful hanging montage for a boy’s room or an office.typefaceartBelow, an early 20th century Swedish settee, fit for any large entryway with wonderful original paint from the Connecticut Antique Center.sweedishbenchBelow, a trend we’re definitely seeing more of recently. A marriage of architecture and organic materials (available at Bungalow in Westport, CT). We’ll be on the lookout for more of this stylish combination in the coming months. Happy New Year everyone!coolwoodlampbase

  • Elena

    OMG, is there any way to find out what fabric is on that chair? I could just die, it is so fabulous for so many possible purposes! Thanking you in advance… 🙂

  • Sue

    Wonderful finds…as a collector of Ironstone I will be sure to get down to Stamford real soon! Thanks and Happy New Year!

  • goodbone

    Yes, please contact The Drawing Room in Cos Cob, Connecticut directly.

  • UmberDove

    OH! My heart positively skipped a beat when I saw that striped chair! I’m swooning hard!

  • Jacqueline

    Must numbers be associated with men only? I think they would be fabulous for girls and boys.

  • goodbone

    You are ABSOLUTELY right! Thanks for the feedback.

  • Zoe, Conversation Pieces

    Love the stripey chair… so cheerful 🙂