Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Photographer Mark Laita's astounding , Serpentine, A Collection of Images of the Seductive and Mythological Snake is due out this Fall. Take a look at the patterns, colors and elegant form of one of the earth's most feared, revered, admired and detested creatures:

Red-Tailed Boa Constrictor

Beautiful Pit Viper

Emerald Tree Boa with Babies

Albino Black Pastel Ball Python

Blue Malaysian Coral Snake

Philippine Pit Viper

Green Vine Snake

Rhinocerus Viper

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Colorful Home

We love when people take the risk and saturate their homes with color and pattern (successfully)! It's not an easy task, but it can be done both tastefully and with a sense of humor.

Euan Uglow, Chinese Pear

Gorel Crona and Henry Van Koch Villa via Mix and Chic

Robert Burns, Bright Orange


Euan Uglow, Quince


Monday, February 27, 2012

Gangster Style

Vintage Fedora Cavanagh via Desert West Auctions

20's Gangster Mugshots via Art Deco
Wilhelm Kienzle Wall Clock via VandM

Stepped Back Deco Metal Server via Kamelot Auctions


1920's Mens Oxfords via MassHistory


Leather Toiletry Bag via George Hahn


Friday, February 24, 2012

Riding in Style

1. Folk art equestrian portrait, available here
2. Antique leather riding boots
3. 19th c. ivory boot hooks and tools, sold for $175
4. Vintage riding ribbons via Ruby Press
5. Mahogany and cast iron jockey scale, sold for $3,500
6. Equestrian themed interior via Solid Frog

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Man in Uniform

British Victorian Royal Artillery Sabretache via Jackson's

We ran across some uniforms of victorian british artillery officers and were amazed by the artful embroideries and sharp reds and blues- the rough and tumble soldier also has an eye for ornamentation it seems:

Reginald Augustus Wymer watercolor from Sotheby's

Victorian British Royal Horse Artillery Uniform sold at Jackson's for $3,000.00


British Victorian Artillery Uniform Grouping sold at Leland Little for $750.00

Lieutenant General Sir Alfred Gaselee via Celebrities of the British Army


Garrison Artillery Soldiers via Flickr



Major General Geoffrey Barton via Celebrities of the British Army

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

We Have Our Eye on You

One of our favorite auction houses, Pook & Pook is holding a discovery auction tomorrow of various American and Continental decorative arts. It's a competitive bid, but there are some amazing pieces...

1. Silk on linen sampler, dated 1856, in period stenciled frame
2. Sheraton two-drawer chest, ca. 1829, retaining an old red surface
3. American hooked rug, early 20th c.
4. Painted hard pine corner cupboard, Early 19th c.
5. Composition Greiner doll, 19th c.
6. Pennsylvania half spindle-back settee, 19th c.
7. Animated mohair rabbit squeak toy, late 19th c.
8. Pine pie safe, 19th c., with punched tin panels