Our goal when designing beautiful rooms is to establish a feeling of timelessness by curating a combination of comfortable upholstered furniture forms paired with antique and vintage furniture and accessories. Behind the scenes, there’s a lot of legwork involved. Every week, we look for special pieces at antique stores wherever we are, searching out treasures from well known dealers to private estate sales. This part of the business is the gritty part, and it’s also the part I surprisingly enjoy the most. We love finding clunkers and bringing them back to life either with a new purpose, or just in an unexpected place in the home of a newly appreciative owner. Last week, in Bridgeport, CT, I came upon this nondiscript wood armoire packed with a voluminous collection of Ironstone pottery. This is a rare find indeed, and must have been the collection of a passionate, serious collector, ready to unload. I couldn’t sweep it off the shelves quickly enough! The plan is to display it on a bookcase in a dining room where such a crisp white collection will make a statement. All of these pieces can be used every day, with care, a tip I learned from my former boss, Martha Stewart.This early American “pinwheel” table, hand crafted using repurposed materials from many different varieties of wood, appeals to us because of the care that was taken to create it. It’s a rare find, with great presence. I also love the way the four legs are interconnected. Finding early American furniture pieces is really challenging, and it’s always exciting when you find one. Lauren uncovered this amazing, colorful vintage carpet from Spain while searching for something completely different, which is so often the case. This color combination is exquisite; this rug would make a wonderful front hall or upstairs landing runner in a narrow house. This pair of hand carved, giltwood intertwined convex mirrors with black molded interior trim would have been overlooked by me in previous years as too elaborate, but today I’m feeling their beauty, and would love to find a room to hang them where they’d be admired.We spent hours exploring the walls of one large antique center to find this collection of color studies on paper from Josef Albers’ Homage to the Square series. This series, which began as early as 1949, has become more and more sought after for its simplicity and its intellectual roots. Albers had been a head of the department of design at Yale University, and prior to that, a teacher at Black Mountain College, in North Carolina. Even collecting just one from this collection, and reframing it in a more up to date fashion, would be a great investment.More fabulous finds soon!
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