Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Different Aesthetic

A Martha Stewart bedroom using Faux Bamboo

While our tastes usually run primitive or early 20th century, we saw some Aesthetic Movement faux bamboo pieces at a recent auction and were quite taken with the look- although the details looked to be delicate bamboo, these honey-colored pieces were solid hardwood and in impeccable condition. Elegant and sturdy, we've thought about them since and featured similar here with a gorgeous book recently sold at Cowan's- Customs and Costumes of the Chinese by Grohmann.

Aesthetic Movement Faux Bamboo Daybed sold at Charlton Hall

Aesthetic ceramics currently at auction from Rago

Faux Bamboo writing desk sold at Charlton Hall

RJ Horner Chair sold at Grand View Antiques and Auction via Liveauctioneers

Aesthetic Movement mirror at Rago

Faux Bamboo and Maple dresser sold at Doyle's


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Modern Antique

One of the joys of writing this blog is the perspective we find in others helps define our own sense of history and significance when it comes to antiques. Context, we find, allows us to celebrate artifacts while living very much in the present. Living modern while feeling grounded by the past...

Mounted tintype of unidentified woman via George Eastman Photostream

Rattan table and mirror from C. Keith Vintage via Decor8

Victorian folding bed at C. Keith Vintage in Nyack, NY

BJ Falk, Two Women Seated on Bench via George Eastman

Vignette from C. Keith Vintage, Country Living

C. Keith Vintage

Turn of the century photo via George Eastman Photostream

C. Keith Vintage, Nyack, NY

Monday, August 29, 2011

Chinese Menu








1. Oriental paper lantern, West Village, NYC

2. Richard Winkworth, From Ap Lei Chau VI

3. Chicken 1, Chinatown NYC

4. Richard Winkworth still life

5. Goldfish via Flickr

6. Richard Winkworth, From Ap Lei Chau IV

7. Chicken 2, Chinatown NYC

Friday, August 26, 2011

Bold Lines

In our search for the perfect wood stove, we've been finding lots of reference photos of stoves with pipes that extend right up to the ceiling. We love the economy of line and exaggerated detail that brings a modern feeling to an old classic. And our ongoing obsession with striped textiles seems to be the perfect compliment...

Swan Fish Camp, Minnesota via Remodelista

Yoshi chambray towels via Remodelista (we happen to have these in the guest bath and they are wonderful)

Rustic kitchen with wood stove via Chanee {me}longings on Pinterest

Stack of vintage ticking via Healthy Home Fabrics

Swedish summer hose via Peppermags

Striped wool blanket from Landsend via Katy Elliott

Cozy with a view via Chanee {me}longings on Pinterest

Stack of vintage striped blankets via Krista Nye Schwartz on Pinterest

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fairy Tales

In a utilitarian age, of all other times, it is a matter of grave importance that fairy tales should be respected

- Charles Dickens

Simon Dale's Welsh "Hobbit Home"

House Beautiful, 1925 via Flickriver

Cottage at dusk via A Taste of Wonderland

1928 Radford House Plan via Vintage Home's Photostream on Flickr

Hugh Comstock Carmel Home by Linda Yvonne via Flickr

House Beautiful, 1922


House Beautiful, 1924


House and Garden

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Gardener & Marks

We just stumbled across Gardener & Marks, the Australian design duo, searching for interiors that celebrate the past lives of vintage goods while making them completely modern and relevant in a space. The photos are we are sharing are only one of their aspirational designs from a Melbourne project....check out their website for more!