There's not much snow to speak of yet in this part of the world, but most mornings there's a gentle layer of frost coating everything in sight. And when sunlight hits frost, the effect is a magical blend of white plus sparkle and shine. It's a sophisticated combination that works just as beautifully in interior design and fashion as in nature. Here are a few new items in the shop to help you create the look in your home.
Just add white tapers and candlelight will amplify the elegance.
This is a perfect vessel for a Holiday display of vintage mercury glass ornaments and some glittered pinecones.
An extra surface for guests to perch on or to place a drink or app plate is always a boon for any entertaining space.
How magnificent this would be placed on a brass Art Deco bar cart with a display of tall amaryllis in full bloom.
This silver box has intriguing modern lines and is of course the ultimate useful accessory for any room.
A lamp with timeless decorator appeal. Fantastic shape and great scale.
I was telling you recently about a beautiful chest of drawers the was just in the shop. Not surprisingly it sold very quickly, but I'm happy to say another one has arrived and is just as beautiful. Check it out below along with two other recent additions.
'Tis the season to perk up your home with some finishing touches to get it party-ready. Here is the latest collection of interesting bits to arrive in the shop and some ideas for how to use them at home. Of course, any of these is perfect for gifting...but why not treat yourself too?
If I'm allowed to pick favourites, this might be it for this batch. This piece has such great detail. It's the perfect piece to put on an entry console for keys, cell phone and gloves, or on the coffee table during the holiday season with a few pinecones and Christmas ornaments.
A great little ice bucket like this is a must for styling any bar, but of course it would also be a fantastic vessel for an arrangement of seasonal blooms like amaryllis or as a cachepot for a small rosemary tree. Or plant a few paperwhite bulbs and wrap it up in cellophane as a hostess gift.
Always an elegant addition to any tablescape, art glass adds a hint of sparkle and sophistication. This piece has a hint of smoky amethyst colour and would look fantastic on top of some art books, or add a bit of water and float a single fragrant bloom.
This is a wonderful example of a woodworker's skill as it combines several types of wood to form a striped pattern. The technique gives the box a striking contemporary look. Just tie a black grosgrain ribbon around this and it's gift and wrapping in one.
Here's another piece made interesting by a striped effect. In this case a mix of white and warm metals combine for an exotic look. This is a shapely petite piece that looks just as good without flowers as it does with them.
Who cares if you don't smoke, this ashtray is hot. The great scale and dramatic veining are what make it so remarkable. I'd place a poured scented candle and a few great matchbooks in this, or a large, multi-wick pillar candle.
Beautifully framed and featuring interesting detail, this piece would be a good companion piece to black and white photography. Since it's Italian, it calls to mind the famous annual Palio horse race of Siena.
It's rare for me to meet a decorative sphere I don't love. This one is no exception. It's made of copper and has a lovely dark patina. The grid pattern recalls the longitude and latitude lines of the globe. This is a great piece or add textural interest to a desk or bookshelf.
Tis the season to gather around the dining room table for long elaborate feasts with your family and friends. These vintage chairs have the fully-upholstered comfort that today's diners prefer but also design lines elegant enough for a dining room staffed by Mr. Carson et. al.
Here's a closer look at one of the chairs on its own. Great lines. Perfect scale.
NOTE: A pair of armchairs suitable for the heads of the table are also available. Inquire at the shop for more info, photos, pricing.
These stunning chairs are lacquered in striée effect deep jade and feature keyhole detail backs, brass accents and capped feet.
The new marbelized fabric upholstery fabric highlights the warm metal details. The lacquer finish recalls the veining of malachite.
The chairs are in the signature style of bad boy post-war designer James Mont, who was known as much for his mob connections and volatile temper as for his over-the-top furniture designs. Istanbul-born Mont was heavily influenced by Eastern shapes, finishes and details.
Mont reinterpreted Asian classics in exaggerated proportions and his furniture is experiencing a revival and has been embraced by Kelly Wearstler, who used the chairs at the Viceroy hotel in Miami.
This black lacquered pair is currently listed on 1stDibs for $3,900US!
A last look at the pair currently in store for $1,195.
If you ask me, it never went away, but mark my words, brown furniture is making a comeback. And it seems antiques expert Judith Miller and UK designer Ilse Crawford agree. That’s Ilse Crawford’s clever installation at the new Anya Hindmarch store in New York above.
“Brown furniture” is a catchall term used in the design and antiques biz to refer to almost any piece of brown wood furniture. Today, the very best designers are Masters of the Mix and a few key pieces of brown furniture — Georgian, Empire, Regency or Sheraton are especially desirable — are essential parts of the formula.
And in the words of Anya Hindwarch “the old stuff is beautifully made and shockingly well priced” I couldn’t agree more.
Here is a sampling of some of the latest examples in the shop.
Lovely elegant form and rich colour. Use this to flank and entry console, to mix with other chairs in a dining room, or pull one up beside the tub with a small tray on top for bath time essentials.
Place this at the end of a bed, in an entryway or tucked under a console table.
A trim size, elegant lines and superb detailing and materials make this piece worthy of its centre of the room status.
This makes an elegant small space bar cabinet, bedside table or bathroom storage. It could even be fitted with a marble vessel sink and wall-mount faucet for a powder room.
This classic beauty just arrived in the shop. It features lovely rich colour, beautiful simple lines and charming brass ring pulls. It's the type of piece that could work in virtually any room in the house. When I find pieces like this I always marvel at the quality of materials and workmanship, especially compared to contemporary pieces. Here are three examples of lovely rooms featuring handsome chest of drawers. Perhaps there's a room in your home that could benefit from some additional storage and a piece of history?
Chest as bedside table.
A chest in the living room.
This great cabinet is just in at the shop and I think it's a total gem. I can imagine it a million different ways but I thought I'd share my top 10 favourites.
2. The Bathroom. It's a bit more unexpected, which is why I like this idea so much. A freestanding antique piece has so much more character than today's fitted options. And the best part is that it keeps everything you need easily accessible right in the room -- no more mad dash to the hallway linen closet.
4. A child's room. Kids come with a lot of stuff. But they only need one bedside table. Swap out the other for a tall cabinet to make the most of storage and display of all this things kids like to collect. Toronto designer and stylist Christine Hanlon did just that in her daughter's room, shown here.
8., 9. and 10. Our cabinet is in great condition but a touch of paint could transform it in a few different ways.
Bird's Egg: is a pale aqua that would lend a coastal pretty look. This would be a nice choice for painting the interior of the cabinet.
Chelsea Grey: Painting the inside or even the whole cabinet in this hue in a flat finish would give the cabinet a modern and more serious vibe.
Hale Navy: This classic deep blue has a preppy decorator feel -- think Windsor Smith. If you painted the cabinet interior this colour and then displayed silver serving pieces on the glass shelves it would look fantastic.
1: Traditional Home. 2: Shelterness. 3: The Wealden Times 4: Style at Home via Design Maze. 5: This is Glamorous. 6: Celadon. 7: Photo by Michael Graydon, via Margot Austin. 8, 9, 10: Benjamin Moore.
American silver plate Neoclassical compote with pierced gallery and rams head mounts. 13 L x 8 W x 7 H SOLD
Pair of Italian gilt metal wheat sheaf wall sconces 22 x 17. could be wired $595 for the pair
Mid Century brass bud vase 5 L x 2 W x 6 H $48, Footed Dish 6diam x 2 H SOLD
Patterned glass vase 6 L x 10 H $39
Brown paper bag vase by Tapio Wirkkala for Rosenthal 4 L x 3 W x 6 H $48
Pair of European deer antlers on a carved folkart plaque 8 x 9 $135 each
An ornate inlay French marble top coffee table 36 diam x 17 H $795
detail of the marble top
Superb faux bamboo drinks table 24 L x 20 W x 18.5 H $245
Continental Art Deco Sculptural brass lamp 6 L x 2 W x 20 H $295
Pair of decorative continental gilt metal urns with cherub details 5.5 x 16 H $450- PR
Late 19th c pine chest of drawers in antique white 45.5 L x 18 W x 40 H $595
Decorative 70's faux bamboo mirror 25.5 x 42 $285
Italian Mid Century pottery vase 6.5 x 6 H $48
Italian decorative glass vase with dot motif 7 x 9H $68
19th c carved faux bois walnut framed mirror 25 x 30 $135