Archive for the ‘For Your Home’ Category

12 Aug

Louis, Louis

Beautiful, detailed Louis XVI chairs with gold gilt and ravishing couture velvet in spicy saffron.

Louis XI chairs in room

This style is more rectilinear and less fussy than the Rococo style and became popular during the golden age of cabinetmaking.  France was home to extraordinarily talented craftsmen who were highly regarded throughout Europe and beyond.

Louis the Sixteenth chairs

This pair have reeded legs, ribbon and rosette crest and acanthus carvings.

Louis XI chair detail


Louis XI back of chairs

C’est chic!

30 Jun

Spice Cabinets

Spice chests came in all styles.  This folk art one dates from the late 19th to early 20th century.

These chests were introduced in England in the 18th century and later were also made in America.  They were considered pieces of furniture and were found only in the more affluent households.

vintage chest decor

What’s great is that you don’t have to use it for spices.  It’s fun and interesting to take pieces and use them in different ways.  We see this one on a sideboard or hanging on a dining room wall filled with those little treasures for the table:  napkin rings, salt spoons, shakers, demitasse spoons…

The divided drawers are an organizer’s dream.

Antique chest uses

Or in a bathroom with cotton balls and Q-tips, a sewing room with bobbins and thread.  This charmer can go so many places.


-Lisa Purdy


10 Apr

China Cabinet

This is a beautiful cabinet.  The mahogany grain is so beautiful and the wood carvings and applique are stunning.  What a great piece for any room; storage on the bottom and display on top.  Dining room, for sure, but also would be a great addition to a living room or study.  It is American in original finish and dates from around the 1930-40s.  It has a bit of French influence with the styling and is part of a larger suite we have, but is sold separately.

17 Mar

English Stand

This stand is English and dates around 1890.  It features lovely marquetry and a gallery top.  It’s perfect size makes it so functional in any room whether displaying a collection or serving as an accent table.

These little etageres were very popular in France and Italy as well.  Small pieces of veneer were inlaid to create beautiful designs or pictures making these pieces popular for their art form.

05 Jan

Fresh bedroom design: courtesy of Mother Nature

This is a beautiful scene.  What do you see?

I see a serene master bedroom painted one of Benjamin Moore’s peacock blue colors.  I see beautiful antique mahogany furniture — perhaps a large chest or armoire mixed with a few contemporary pieces.  I see this as a night stand:

An antique mahogany empire card table dating from the 19th century.  The flame grain of the wood, the stately column and curved base make a statement.  Card or game tables were popular in upper class households in the 1800s as card playing was a common activity and one or more of these tables was a must.  The men gambled, and the ladies gossiped.

I see Beacon Hill blanc de blanc linen draperies with a modern twist.

What do you see?

01 Jan

Lighting, small changes and a whole lot of wow…

I’m in the process of making some changes to my own home.  It’s been awhile since I’ve done some updating; and, as you all know, our tastes change and décor can get tired looking after some time.  I love antiques, and my home reflects my traditional style with a love of formal European country.  But I wanted to give it a fresh look by introducing some more contemporary touches.

So, I added this lamp to my entry.  It sits on top of my French Louis Philippe mahogany chest.  It added a wee bit of glam and an unexpected style that transformed the whole foyer.  Well, this is fun, so…

I got two of these for my master bedroom.  They replaced some crystal ones from the dark ages with shades that I think were plastic (OK:  don’t tell anyone!).  The bedroom looks completely different!  I really needed this darker blue color to offset the blue and white in the room, which added some visual weight to the room.  Plus, I have much better reading lights.

During these dark days of winter, think about changing the lighting in your home and mixing styles for a refined look.  We have some great lamps in the shop.



25 Jul

Parian Ware

Parian ware is a white bisque material used to emulate marble from England.  It was mass produced in the 19th century by many of the major china manufacturers.  The Victorians were wild about it because, while it was affordable, the pieces looked like more expensive marble statues, busts and vases.

Many of the wares were decorated with nature’s abundance such as the grapes on this vase.



23 Jul

More English Trays

English trays were also designed with a gallery.  A gallery refers to a ‘railing’ along the outer edge.  These are most often pierced and decorative, which give the whole tray more character.  Trays with galleries tend to be footed trays, on decorative feet like those on furniture — this one or a ball and claw for example.  The gallery has a functional role as well as a decorative one:  it can keep items from sliding off the tray when used for serving.

21 Jul

Decorative Trays

Antique trays of all kinds are wonderful accessories for our homes.  Not only are they functional, but they make a lovely addition to a tabletop or ottoman.  I’ve even seen them hung on a wall.  Serving trays were made of both wood and silver, but I’ve very partial to the old English butler’s trays.

The patina of these old trays is so appealing, and the often-added bit of inlay or marquetry is wonderful, too.  This one could be propped up against the wall on a chest to add interest and texture.


11 Apr


We received a few great demijohns for the shop.  What’s a demijohn?  It’s a large bottle with a rounded bottom and narrow neck that was used to transport wine, usually covered in some type of wickerware.  The wicker protected the fragile bottle during transport–sort of how we use bubble wrap today.  The bottles typically held between 5 and 15 gallons.  The demijohn was sometimes referred to as a carboy and was widely used in the 1700s and later.

They look great clustered together as a centerpiece…