Antiques, Treasures & Heirlooms

Shopping for antiques & collectibles and incorporating traditional elements in my designs brings me immense joy!  I love nothing more than entering a client’s home and finding they have heirlooms worthy of display, or even that they are open to incorporating some traditional designs into their habitat.   Now, I adore modern, clean lines just as much as the next person but it is just so special and meaningful to have a layered home that doesn’t look like it was decorated yesterday all procured from one big box store.
For me, there really is nothing more exciting than finding a unique, eclectic piece like this magnificent bronze statue…

  Or this perfectly patinated limestone bust for a steal!   
I take any opportunity I can to drag my husband to antique stores and flea markets, and am often waylaid following estate sale signs all around the neighborhood.  I hold a high degree of appreciation and nostalgia for the past. Though my husband will tell you I’m not very sentimental. After all, he’s witnessed me depositing the Cabbage Patch Kids my Mother had saved for 30+ years directly into the trash. I believe in sniffing out and saving just the really good stuff! In the words of Miles Redd – “Your grandmother’s Hummel figurine collection? Torch it!”
I’m always on the hunt for a good Oriental screen, Klismo chair or pair of cockatoos.
 
I find you can incorporate these timeless treasures into almost all settings and they will still hold their own and be completely appropriate. Take the enduring beauty and remarkable durability of the Bouilotte lamp, whose profile I find so attractive and timeless I inserted it into my logo.
Need help separating the proverbial “wheat from the chaff”?  Let’s schedule an in-home consultation and we will make your home functional, beautiful and meaningful!
XO

Antiquing in Southern California

Perusing the Paris Flea Market at Porte de Clignancourt or even taking a long weekend antiquing in San Francisco may not always be feasible options for feeding your passion for antiques.  While online resources like 1stdibs offer convenience, and many of the same dealers, the downside is you will always pay a premium for the ease of seeking out specific pieces online.  (Curators and Antique Store owners will admit they are slinging the exact same wares online for an escalated price.)  With that in mind, I have highlighted a few good stops throughout Southern California that would make for a lovely day trip.  READ MORE

In with the Old

Growing up on Long Island in a small village steeped in history, with looming Victorians & grand estates tucked so far back through the trees you couldn’t see them, I gained early exposure to the beauty of architecture, art, antiques and collections. However, it was my travels throughout Paris, Vienna, and Florence, that really crystallized my passion.
1905 Gatehouse

 

While 17th & 18th C antiques really excite me, I also appreciate traditional 19th C furniture and happen to also love 20th C Mid-Century Modern and Scandinavian too. Naturally, the older and the more precious, the harder to find, but high quality pieces do not necessarily need to be the most expensive. It’s good to look at every level, not just the fanciest dealers and galleries. It may not always be prudent to drop a down payment on a Federal Style Demi-Lune Table, so it’s sometimes best just to impart the look, but I believe items collected over time speak more to our roots. Antiques tend to move with you wherever you go. They get passed down from generation to generation, as opposed to donated on moving day.READ MORE