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silhouette of George III needlework settee with asymmetrical back

Sofa Story

Like any work of art, this English settee can be appreciated for its stunning details. During the late 18th century English women were known for the size of their hair, their clothes, and some – like Georgiana Cavendish, the ill-fated Duchess of Devonshire – for their beauty, disastrous love affairs, and even their love of […]

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collection of vintage wire rug beaters

Displaying Collections

Collections create an impression when displayed en masse. It happens to all of us – we fall in love with something, and before long, the objects get scattered around the house.  The last thing many of us want is a themed room, but gathering a collection creates a dramatic impact.  Farm animal weather vanes, aged […]

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white pottery displayed against a dark red wall and shelves

Showing Off Ceramics

High contrast color helps collectibles pop off the shelves. Few aspects of home décor are as interesting as well-displayed objects. I adore pillows and lush upholstery details but an array of interesting vases, plates and cache pots in a single vibrant color like turquoise seems like an object lesson of its own. Fluted, high-gloss Haeger […]

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brass and enamal occasional table by Philip and Kelvin Laverne

Bronze and Enamel Tables

A collection of Philip and Kelvin Laverne tables. From the early 1950′s into the 70′s, New York father and son artisans Philip and Kelvin Laverne created furniture and decorative arts from metals, including enameled bronze over pewter tables.  The elaborate hand applied enamel pieces were buried for six weeks enabling the secret mix of soil […]

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emerald green Swedish clock with gilded Chinoiserie decoration

Swedish Clock Love

Imagine the stories about who made these timepieces and how. There is something about their graceful lines, the wonderful faded paint and the unpredictable intricacy and personality of Swedish long-case clocks that captivates me. These are hand-made pieces, fashioned slowly by craftsmen with without power tools, and painted without the aid of good lighting or […]

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