Monday, January 31, 2011

Things I Need NOW

 I love this antique harp case from Jayson Home & Garden an amazing online home store with the greatest new and vintage furniture...

 and this awesome little black bird from 1st Dibs...

 and I can't really imagine a more amazing mirror than this Fornasetti faux malachite and Greek key mirror...

if I can't have a live peacock, then I could definitely learn to be happy with this taxidermied one instead...

 and I could always make room for a gilt serpent... especially when there are two in twined around a convex mirror...

and I still haven't recovered from Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz's antique wallpapers... she had a similar grisaille panel in her WAS booth as this French 19th century panel made by J. Dufour that I found on this amazing blog.

The Park Avenue Winter Antiques Show

The Park Avenue Winter Antiques Show is one of my favorite events. It's worth visiting just to see some of the period Aesthetic Movement rooms. The building is in the process of being restored, but I love it as is.

The loan exhibition this year was done by Historic Charleston Foundation which included one of my favorite Charleston paintings:
Portrait of Mrs. Robert Gilmor, Jr by Thomas Sully, 1823 

 Most of the dealers are amazing, these three were my favorites:

Antique photography from Hans P. Kraus, Jr. Fine Photographs

These amazing vintage lamps from Liz O'Brien

and my favorite dealer, Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz with her amazing antique wallpaper.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


The most fabulous wallpaper by Scalamandre. 

and an amazing 1940s French settee upholstered in zebra hide. Could it get any better?

 Love the zebra rug in this room and the brass library sconces by Circa Lighting

Another amazing piece by Fornasetti

 and I love this image of a zebra rug hanging from the balcony of this New Orleans town house from one of my favorite blogs

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Blackamoors on the porch of the Plumb-Bronson House, circa 1865

 Blackamoors in the Paris home of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, 1939

 The Moro chair, designed by Piero Fornasetti, 1955

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Aiken-Rhett House

Built in 1818 with extensive subsequent renovations and additions through the 1830s and 1850s, the Aiken-Rhett house at 48 Elizabeth Street is the crown jewel of Historic Charleston Foundation's properties. It remains largely unaltered since the final renovation in 1858 following the Aiken's return from a two year Grand Tour throughout Europe. These haunting photos, 6 of 81, come from the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS).