Chile, Peru, Argentina, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Romania, Puerto Rico, Israel, Holland, Vietnam, China, Thailand, and Greece. These are the countries we have explored just this year. In every locale we immerse ourselves in the local architecture, fashion trends, museums, antique shops, and market places, where we inevitably discover local gems and unique looks.
When perusing museum exhibits in these far-off locations, we often find ourselves astounded by how similar our antique offerings are to the pieces on display. Come along with us, from the comfort of your desk chair, and see for yourself!
Here’s our “Thuret a Paris” French antique clock, decorated in the ornate Boulle style with tortoiseshell and bronze dore.
which looks strikingly similar to this clock, spotted in the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam, Holland:
Coming from an aficionado of all things beautiful, the Chandelier rates highest as the finishing touch in the well-appointed home. Chandeliers are associated with domestic elegance, wealth and beauty, thanks to scene decorators for glamorous Hollywood movies. Lavish cut-crystal chandeliers hanging from elegant dining room ceilings have come a long way from their humble beginnings.
The derivation of the English word Chandelier, dating from 1736, comes from the French Chandelle (candle). The Latin derivation is from the word Candelabrum.
The first chandeliers were designed as a humble wood cross with a spike on each end supporting candles made of animal fat. These were suspended from ceilings of 15th century medieval abbeys and churches, as they offered a more effective form of lighting. Later this simple cross design was adapted to variations of a many-candled crowned ring, embellished with long curving arms of ormolu (metal castings). If you look at Schweitzer Linen’s Chandelier 8 shown below, you can see the graceful branch-like shapes of the cast Bronze ormolu arms, reminiscent of the metalworking style developed during this period.
Attention to detail is what creates a bedroom, making all the difference in the world. To start you will need exceptional quality furniture, exceptional linens, exceptional lighting, and exceptional art. Once arranged together, matched, and connected, the effect can be breath taking.
Doing this with vintage pieces of furniture can be somewhat of a challenge. A vintage piece can be a wonderful talking point and feature of a room, but it should not exist in isolation. It needs to have other items of furniture that work with it, which are complementary and enhancing at the same time.
Exclusivity And Beauty
Take a look at the baroque headboard featured on our Flickr page.
It is a unique and stunning piece of furniture made in the 1700’s to an amazingly high level of quality. The age of the item gives it character and charm, while the detail of the design brings it to a whole new level. It is made of stuccoed wood, lacquered and featuring intricately carved branches covered in gold leaf.