Tuesday, April 30, 2013

What's New at Tone on Tone?

What's new at Tone on Tone? Or should it be what's old? :) Well, the container that came two weeks ago has FINALLY(!) been unpacked. Now I'm working on tagging, upholstering, setting up shop, and uploading photos to our website. Sorry for the delay. I've been swamped with multiple project deadlines and endless spring garden chores.

Here is a quick look at the shop and preview of a few new pieces. I'll be adding more photos directly to our website in the next couple of weeks. Thanks in advance for checking it out!
 This pair of Swedish painted armchairs is actually from our prior shipment. I had sent them out to the upholsterer, and they just came back with their new greige linen upholstery. I love the downswept arms and pierced fretwork backrest.
 Above: A mix of Belgian, English and French pieces all in different finishes - just the way I like it! Anchoring this vignette is a mid 1800s French fruitwood farm table with a long end drawer (not shown). On top is a pair of 20th century oil and acrylic on paper paintings. The centerpiece is a fabulous antique English copper fish poacher. And the painted footstools, newly upholstered in linen with nailheads, are from Belgium.
 Another look at one of the stools next to a mid 1700s French walnut commode. The rug is 19th century Persian....just a bit worn and tattered.
 Lots of tabletop accessories in this shipment, including these antique English ivory accessories.
 A couple of Swedish Mora clocks.
 A sculptural Swedish bow front chest with three graduated drawers and cabriole feet.
 This French chestnut and oak sideboard with its fabulous long hinges and hardware just arrived. On top is a collection of creamware.
 Below: A French Directoire style fruitwood sideboard with handsome proportions.
 All French here! This type of French mirror is known as a bistro mirror. The flame top carved marble finials and soup tureen are also from France. One of my favorite pieces from the shipment is this striking marble top pastry table with its old white painted iron base.
 An antique English mirror with a frame of acorns and oak leaves.
That's it for the shop tour!

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What else is new? I'm working on a lovely Ca. 1860s home with this stunning conservatory addition. We are repainting the walls, ceiling and trim, and this photo was taken prior to painting.
A peek at my board for the conservatory: many shades of blues, tans, browns and greiges. The pottery bowl is from John Rosselli. So are the Lisa Fine and Michael Smith fabrics. The wall paint color (background) is custom and the trim will be BM's White Dove. 
 While shopping for pieces for the kids rooms, I came across this awesome collection of glass bottles at West Elm. Kinda reminds of a Morandi still life!
 I'll be sharing more photos of this home on Instagram (user name: loithai) and here on the blog. Thanks for following along :)

95 comments:

  1. oh that swedish chest is so dreamy!!!!!! LOVE it all, but that takes the cake for me!

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  2. So many beautiful new pieces - just love all of the tabletop items and of course the clock...stunning! Can't wait to see what you do in the amazing conservatory love all of your fabric choices!!

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  3. my word, you have been busy. So well curated. The elegant decay of that rug is perfection. I could live in the conservatory as is...just a chair by the window for daydreaming.

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  4. Every piece is stunning and I love the room you are working on.

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  5. Thanks for filling us in Loi. I can't wait to see the end result of the conservatory. Ah! Too much excitement and I get the vapours;)

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  6. So much loveliness in one post Loi! That pastry table is stunning, and your selections for the conservatory are beautiful.

    xo Kat

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  7. dearest loi
    i hold you in the highest regard for such an exquisite eye, your treasures, vignette's, fabric collections, your gardens.........i am thrilled to be inspired by you and marvel at each breathtaking post
    thank you for being part of this blogging community
    xx
    debra

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  8. Loi you sure do know how to shop!!!!!! The pastry table, chests, mirrors....it's all beautiful.
    Your Conservatory project is outstanding! Can't wait to see it finished. I hope the client will permit a picture or two!
    Thank you so much for sharing ....
    Fondly,
    Patty

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    1. Thanks, Patty! My clients are awesome, and do not mind me sharing. Stay tuned!

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  9. You really are a busy man! I love your choices for the conservatory. I will be showing my husband the new pieces. He will love them, especially the chairs.That French sideboard is stunning.

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  10. Your new pieces are fabulous Loi! I love the table. I am still searching for a dining table (just like that!) I love the greige tones so much...it is a nice change from the typical neutral palette. It would be lovely in a bedroom....so soothing. Looking forward to your new projects!

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  11. Stunning..those chairs, the clock and chest..wow!! Then your board, is absolutely dreamy!! My favorite colors.

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  12. Such good finds Loi. My favourite, that mirror with the acorns, simply stunning!
    Well done you :-)
    Di
    X

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  13. GOOD MORNING LOI!

    I was hoping you would be posting soon; I need my "LOI FIX" every week to see what fabulous pieces you bring to the table! And that marble-top French piece is gorgeous. I have a wonderful gray and white granite slab that I want to put out in my garden as a dining table, but I need a metal base as yours here. That will be a search this spring!

    All of the shipment is luxurious and a remarkable load of TONE ON TONE. So good to see you thriving in your business my friend.

    ENJOY THE FINE WEATHER! Anita

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  14. So lovely, as always. I particularly admire the mix of painted and stained antiques. I think a room is much more interesting with a mix. Also, loving the new project you are working on- the fabrics are beautiful.

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    1. Totally agree, Mimi. I love mixing painted pieces with dark wood ones! Thanks!

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  15. Hello Loi, My favorite pieces here are the long tables--the farm table, and the French sideboard (the one without the brass handles). Pieces like these are ideal as bases on which to build interesting vignettes. I also liked the collection of white pitchers. --Road to Parnassus

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  16. The farm table and French directoire sideboard are perfection (I just realize the comment before mine said the same thing). You surely have a treasure trove in store.

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  17. Hi Loi! Love the French directoire piece and those paper paintings! Your plan and choices for the conservatory are grand!!! Love the rug too. It will be another masterpiece of yours! Love every single thing you do! have a great week.
    xoxo Nancy
    Powellbrower.com

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  18. Love its all, those paintings are fabulous!! AND the board for the conservatory..Lisa Fine fabrics you cannot go wrong!!!!
    That Enfilade... love!!!
    Send it allvmy way!
    xo Karolyn

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  19. Loi I'm absolutely crushing on the Mora Clock in the photo with the swedish bow chest. Don't you think that would look lovely in my home:)? Tom and I view your website often to check out your clocks-we both want one-and I'll be coming to you when I'm ready my friend! Love seeing all the goods and can't wait to see the conservatory finished-the textiles are beautiful:)
    XO Sarah

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    1. That clock would be honored to live in your fabulous home :) You and Tom come visit soon!!

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  20. ok loi - im gonna need that beautiful rug under the chest/stool STAT. thats fantastic!! looks like a great shipment. loving all the warm woods!

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  21. Haven't checked in for a while, Loi, and I missed so much. Your garden is beautiful and the new shipment at Tone on Tone is so lovely - all done with a light touch and great taste. Love the snuffers. And the new conservatory project - looks like it could be in Belgium.
    Happy spring,
    b

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  22. So many wonderful antiques you found for the store...you have a beautiful eye for the right pieces....I'm also in love with the fabrics you found...the rug is amazing with them..

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  23. Wow, that English mirror with oak leaves and acorns is drop dead for me. Really, really handsome!

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  24. Well...you had me with the stools...perfect patina on the legs!! franki

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  25. I don't even know where to begin! So many lovely pieces, Loi. I think my favorite has to be the French pastry table, so beautiful. Loving the Lisa Fine fabric as well, the image of the bottles had me mesmerized. Why does everything look so much better when you talk about it. I have seen those bottles before, but when you present them, they look that much better. You have a gift!
    xo Kathysue

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  26. I'll follow along via instagram :) Such great pieces..love the creamware on the dark wood and the stools at the top are beautiful. The fabrics from Lisa Fine and Michael Smith are gorgeous Loi! Ben M. white dove is THE perfect accent/trim color. Looking forward to seeing more soon! xxleslie

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  27. Dear Loi - I do enjoy seeing the results of your buying trips and can imagine that the arrival of each container must feel like Christmas Day. Learning the ins and outs of shipping such big and heavy items must have been a big (and initially courageous) learning experience!

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  28. Lovely new (old) stuff at the shop! And the peek at what you are doing for your clients house is so awesome! Love it and can't wait to see more! Hope you post here since I have yet to purchase anything that will allow me to use instagram!

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  29. I'll take the entire shipment!!! The design: amazing. the fabrics!!!
    xoxox
    Mary

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  30. Loi,
    When I will ever visit your shop, I might think I would have all the displayed items!!! Oh dear you have such a wonderful eye for all things beautiful!! Amazing!!! Love love love the chairs, and the paintings and.... I love it all!
    xx
    Greet

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  31. I have lust in my heart for that mirror frame with oak leaves and acorns! Wow!

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  32. Loi, It is time for me to visit your shop again. I love the English mirror with oak leaf detailing, and I am drooling over the pastry table! And those chairs are exquisite! Are you open on Sundays? How about Mother's Day? Well, enjoy your beautiful garden and have fun working on that project in California. I love the conservatory and the fireplace! What a dream job!

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    1. Thanks, M! This house is actually in CT (not CA). We are closed on Sundays. But just let me know....maybe I'll be in town.

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  33. stiles + jonathan told me it was GORGEOUS!

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  34. Loi,
    So much to love...I think the French table and the ivory handled accessories are what I'd want. Everything is really lovely and I always admire your styling of the pieces. The house you are working on, is that in California? Wow. How fun. Are you actually coming to the state or just designing via the internet?
    Great post.
    Karen

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    1. Karen - This project is in Fairfield, CT.....about a 5 hour drive from DC. As I don't like to fly, I've been driving up. Thanks!

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  35. I love everything I see, but that farm table is my favorite ...

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  36. Loi,

    You are one busy guy...and time to blog and keep us up to date...how wonderful! Your clients must love you as much as we do...❤ Great post! I love the glass bottles they are so perfect. Hope all is well...keep smiling dear heart.

    Bette

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  37. How exciting to have a new shipment arrive with so many goodies. You have been a super busy boy Mr Loi I am awaiting further news relating to the exciting house project. Love those oil and acrylic paintings and the farm table.

    I am off to say helloey on instagram.

    Paul :)

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    1. Thanks :) So glad to find you on Instagram!!

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  38. Loi-
    I haven't seen this much eye candy in one place lately! You seen to have a knack for surrounding yourself with beautiful things, and plenty of them! Gorgeous!
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  39. All stunning Loi....I particularly love the pair of Swedish Chairs....stunning!

    Have a lovely week....

    Sophia x

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  40. Loi, Hope everything is going well! Love so many of the items. That copper fish poacher is just great! The contours of the clocks are so beautiful. Thanks for stopping by and both reading and commenting on our post. Looks like I will be decorating for a kids room so some of your ideas today came just in time. -Tonya

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  41. LOI! AHHHH! Of all the people I thought of to be perfect for the French tour, it was YOU! But do come to visit us and we would love to see your visits. Your finds are glorious and your friendship is one that I wish we could just share more of. I am having a giveaway too, and I will announce it next week.

    ENJOY your new finds and your garden. Do you believe we are expecting a bit of snow tonight? MON DIEU!

    Amitiés, Anita

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  42. Dear Loi I am always so impressed with your eye for antiques and love each one more than the other.

    Your current design work looks fabulous with that color palette.

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  43. I'll take the rug, and the marble top table....I wish! Nice shipment, Loi. I bet you sell out of this fast.

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  44. Well I must say your creativity just blows me away. What beautiful things you have gotten that marble-top French piece is so lovely. Thank you so much, dear friend, for stopping by my blog + commenting + Means a lot to me. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  45. Exquisite Loi, absolutely mouth-wateringly exquisite !!!

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  46. Absolitely love everything Loi! Love, love, love your Persian rug!Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings and hugs,
    Vesna

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  47. Lovely things. My favorites: the French fruitwood farm table and the French fruitwood sideboard. Simple, clean lines and such a warm color. Love them!
    Claudia

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  48. Love all your selections!! Would love to come to your shop one day!!! xo Leslie

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  49. Hi Loi,

    What beautiful pieces you brought home - much to covet here. And the conservatory is dreamy. What a fun project. Hope to see more photos!

    xo,
    P

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  50. Do customers in your shop become overwhelmed as they browse? Goodness, Loi, so many beautiful things in one place! Most antique stores are packed with lots of humdrum stuff and one hopes to discover a treasure. Your store? All treasures! The conservatory is fantastic, does not look like it is the US. What a fun project, I need to get on Instagram to watch the progress.

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  51. I adore those little English Ivory desk accessories. Of course I love anything to do with writing...
    I've also always been in love with little pastry tables. I have my eye out for one but it has to be just the right size. Oh well, half the fun of antiquing is LOOKING.
    What fun you will have redoing that glorious conservatory. The windows are magical. And I'm sure you're going to work a little Loi Thai magic of your own. :)
    x0
    Terri

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  52. Hello Loi,

    Have been meaning to explore this most beautiful bouquet of items and update on designer projects, but have been busy with preparing the house and baking traditional sweets for Greek Orthodox Easter this week!

    Everything is extraordinary, as always, but I am especially intrigued with your new assignment! Your choices and finds are exquisite! Can't wait to see the swatches and selections for the rest of the rooms!

    Poppy

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    1. Thank you, Poppy. I hope you have a wonderful Greek Orthodox Easter weekend. Take care, Loi

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  53. All I can say is that I want everything! Just stunning :)

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  54. All gorgeous items Loi. I like all of the vignettes you shared on this post. So stylish and inspiring.

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  55. Those blues! Simply my fave. Cannot wait to see that room all done with the Loi touch :)
    And of course, gorgeous furniture as always.

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  56. Loi, I am in love...with the English mirror with the acorns, the Belgium stools with the linen and nail head trim, and the French table with the spectacular patina!

    And this new project, I cannot wait to see...it looks stunning! You had me at conservatory!

    Have a beautiful week and enjoy your piece of paradise in your back garden.

    Elizabeth

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  57. Loving silver so much, I do like both the newspaper turner and page turner, along with the two candle snuffers. What an enterprising young man you are Loi, organising such complicated shopping arrangements - no wonder your shop is such a treasure trove.

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  58. oh loi, i am learning so much about antiques from you! and the types of pieces you choose are really the only ones about which i want to learn. truly. i love seeing the fruitwood pieces because it makes me feel so much better about my harvest table's finish and the white oak hardwoods in our house which sport a fruitwood stain. i have tired of it and dream of bleached or natural finishes, so this post soothes me. a little.

    this project looks incredible--what a joy to apply your talents and passions while making another's dreams come true. this is what i aspire to do with my own time. it's honorable.

    hugs to you.

    michele

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  59. The conservatory is beautiful. I can't wait to see what you do with it!

    Berta

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  60. Dear Loi, you certainly had a very successful 'buying-trip'! The farm table looks like a real Périgordian one - of course love it! Also the oak/chestnut buffet, and certainly the 18th commode! These pieces go so well with your Swedish style as well in a modern/contemporary interior, just to set a few accents....simply timeless. Actually - I really like all of the pieces! Well done! You just have THE EYE for quality and also authenticity.
    Thanks so much for another interesting post with brilliant and inspiring images and for sharing!
    Warmest greetings to Chevy Chase and all the best for selling!
    xxxk

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  61. Que móveis lindos, é uma pena que eu more tão longe, para poder ir visitar sua loja. Tem peças lindas. Esse aparador e essa comoda estão belíssimos. Parabéns pelo seu bom gosto. Esses lindo móvies formauma maravilhosa inspiração para mim.
    Tenha uma ótima semana.

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  62. Gorgeous finds Loi. I love the darker wood pieces with all the pale elements.
    xo Terri

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  63. GOOD AFTERNOON or rather, BONJOUR, Loi! I can come to your blog five days a week and just revel in the gray beauty. That room you are working on as well is perfection!

    Thank you for coming by to check out the list of passengers on Madame Rivera's train to France (moi!)

    Enjoy your weekend my dear; we are getting SNOW tonight...yes, we are. Argh!

    Anita

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  64. I'll take one of each, Loi. All so very beautiful. xo

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  65. Pure deliciousness....all of it!!!
    Dear Loi....thank you so much for stopping by, always a joy to see your comments and positive energy!
    I am excited for the French party as well... :)
    Wishing you a beautiful and relaxing weekend, dear friend!
    xoxo,
    - Irina

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  66. Love it all! What a fantastic new project too! Can't wait to see the results! And thank you, thank you for the most amazing comment I think anyone's ever given me on my blog. I wrote you a reply. Don't know if you saw it or not. xo ~ so happy spring is finally here! xoxo, Laurel

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  67. Your article is very interesting Beautifull photos and great blog to read thank you

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  68. Tutto molto bello, complimenti!!Buona domenica...ciao

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  69. I'm loving the blue and white combo on your board. Such dream architectural details in the conservatory that you're working on! Must be such a dream job! Love the new pieces in your shop too; just gorgeous! XX

    P.s. i will be stalking you on Instagram for sure!:-)

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  70. Dear Loi

    You have been extremely busy but so much has been accomplished by you. Well done. The fish poacher is quite beautiful. I also love the pastry table, it has a beautiful line.

    Wishing you a wonderful week and hope you manage to spend time in your sunny garden

    Helen xx

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  71. Wow Loi, so many beautiful finds for your shop! You are a true treasure hunter. Great job!

    xoxo Rozmeen

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  72. Loi,
    That conservatory steals the show! If I had that room, I would hardly live in any other. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

    Keri

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  73. Hi Loi - I love everything in this post, but was especially intrigued by the English ivory accessories and the paintings. The colors in the paintings remind me so much of your style. I'm glad you're going to keep us updated on your projects via your blog---I keep forgetting about Instagram for some reason!

    -Deborah

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  74. I want everything in your shop! But most of all the french pastry table! x Sharon

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  75. Oh my goodness Loi where to start, the chest, that mirror...and I love your fabric choices! I have always been crazy about that Michael Smith fabric and Lisa Fine is one of my new favs!

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  76. so crazy about ALL of it...love the bottles at the end! Have a great day Loi!

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  77. Dear Loi,
    Wow! Such a stunning treasure trove... So well curated! I wish I could be there to see them in person. I couldn't help noticing, among all of the gorgeous furniture, your beautiful selection of English desk tools-- beautiful! I shall have to direct my family members to your site for future birthday gifts, furniture or otherwise... :)
    Warm regards,
    Erika

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  78. I love the new shipment Loi and your new projects looks like it will be amazing. I can't wait to see more photographs.
    Susan

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  79. Beautiful pictures, like all of them.

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  80. Good afternoon dear Loi! How I wish you were part of this France party, but I know you are busy. I so appreciate your visits and I think you will enjoy the various styles that the bloggers will have to offer in celebration of France, but even more so, in connecting with each other. Vicki is so dear; her book is fabulous, filled with luscious antiques and images of her home in Provence.

    Have a super weekend and see you next week?

    PEACE! Anita

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  81. Loi,

    I hope that you are enjoying a beautiful week and have a relaxing and sunny weekend!

    Elizabeth

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  82. Such an exquisite pieces! You definitely have an eye for beauty!
    So excited about the project! Will stay tuned for a picture or two when it's finished!

    Jolien
    http://julianaandthedaydream.blogspot.be

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  83. Loi,
    What a bevy of beauties you have unpacked!! I hope you have a wonderful trip to CT....things are still in bloom, so you should be in for a good show of flowering trees and plants!!!

    Wishing you a beautiful day!
    xoxo Elizabeth

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  84. I love this post! Love all the pictures......love your "finds"!

    Please, oh please, don't use "initials" for things like paint! (I know BM is Benjamin Moore); but many "lay people" read your blog! Please just say "Farrow and Ball"! for example!!)

    We can now "dictate"; (with a 'mac' which will make it easier!)

    I love everything you have brought "home"!
    Will we see it "in situ" in the shop??

    I wish I could send you the sound of the frogs outside.......and I did send the sight of the "baby ducklings" 42 days in!

    YIKES!!!!!

    Penelope

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  85. When [not if] I win the lottery.....I am coming up to shop in your store and then flying you to Atlanta [while I go on a cruise to someplace fabulous] to totally decorate my house and gardens.....then I will take you and Tom on a sweet vacation someplace fabulous. I will keep you posted on this process......

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Many thanks for your visit! If you have a question, please leave a comment and I will do my best to answer. Loi