Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Top Picks: Skinners August Americana Auction

August is my favorite month. It's my birthday month, and it's the month of the New Hampshire Antiques Show, and all the best auction houses have the best sales. Skinner Auctioneers, who always have the BEST Americana sales, have an absolutely terrific sale coming up August 9th and 10th.
You can view the entire sale here . I've selected some of my very favorite things to highlight- though really this is just the tip of the iceberg, so many beautiful things!

Monday, July 28, 2014

New Shop Opening!

Here's the big announcement you've been patiently awaiting. I'm pleased to announce that my furniture will be featured in a gorgeous home decor store, Mercantile, which will be opening on Friday. Mercantile is located right in the hustle bustle center of Essex, CT in a lovely antique building. Here are some sneak peek pictures!

Pretty row of stores, Mercantile is at the end.

Nautical and natural window display

Who knew that little antique bench I picked up at the flea market could look so high style!

My yellow table and shutters in the other window

My coat rack and juuuust the edge of the blue Federal sideboard

Just finished this dining table Saturday, I'll be finishing the matching chairs this week.

We're calling this the "kitchen" section at the moment.

I really want that two colored box on the top shelf.

We've still got some art to hang, but everything is coming together nicely!

Flea Market Finds and New Acquisitions

It had been three weeks since I'd last gone to the flea market, and I skipped Brimfield because I just had too much to do at home. Needless to say I was seriously in need of a fix by yesterday morning. Though the weather was fine enough, there was a significant threat of storms within a few hours, so the vendor turn out was rather low. I still managed to snag several things that I'm very excited about.

I spotted this c.1870 antique cottage pine chest of drawers and fell in love immediately. The gold grain painting on the sides is original, though some damn fool tried, poorly, to strip it from the drawer fronts and top. Regardless, it's a gorgeous piece with dramatic scrolled apron, original pulls, and handsome proportions. I also bought two really sweet pieces of stone wear from the same vendor. I then bought a nice c. 1910 oak tall chest with cut glass drawer pulls. Here's a naughty secret-  I'm 99% certain I'm keeping both these pieces for myself. Sorry guys, but sometimes I like to keep this stuff!
Finally I got a pretty oil landscape with all the best Autumn colors. I bought it straight from the artist for $5. I felt bad as I think it's worth far more than that, but she seemed pleased so- I guess that's good!

A Tale of Two Tables

So both these sweet antique tables were originally in my house, and therefore both were painted spring green (I truly love green). I recently re-did the front porch and found that I no longer had a home for either piece. As I understand that the world does not share my lusty obsession with all things green, I decided to re-paint both pieces, one in a light butter cream, the other in a deeper yellow that I rather love a lot A LOT. I also put pine tops on both. So, without further ado, here they are!