Like family, antiques are welcomed into our homes.
It’s not often that I run across an online shop where everything feels like a long lost relative. In the case of Alhambra (Antiques), it’s like having an affluent grandmother. They use the parenthesis because for the Granda family it’s not just about antiques but style, art and design. Browsing the site, I see distant cousins to pieces I already own and many I want to invite for an extended visit. Throughout this post, Alhambra’s “children” are on the left, and mine are on the right. Above, a circa 1880 French antique bronze chandelier with amethyst crystal drops is the Cinderella to my Versailles with Swarovski crystals.
Years ago, I became intrigued with religious pieces like the French St. Joseph statue. On a day trip to Marin, while visiting our oldest, I found the first two of three hand carved statues happily now calling my house home.
A French oak salt barrel is the little brother to my vintage grape harvest basket. This Belgian beauty is an unexpected guest when used an end table. Both are wrapped with metal straps and have developed a rich patina.
Signed and dated, this 19th century oil painting is hardly the black sheep of the family, but I’m partial to the horse portrait I purchased from an online California dealer.
No family is complete without grandchildren. My wheeled version will race circles around the sturdy rocker with red leather seat. Discovering antiques can be compared to finding long lost relatives – we welcome them into our homes, enjoy their company and miss them when they leave.