Tuesday, November 17, 2015

November Greetings

Well, it's been a while! Great to be back on the blog. All good here, just lots going on.

To start, we recently received a packed 40-foot container at the shop. That's twice the amount of antique goodies we normally bring over from Europe. And, that's twice the amount of dusting! Tom and I have been busier than Santa's elves. Here's a sneak peek:
An early Scandinavian Neoclassical chest-on-chest with a graphic Greek key frieze and four wrought iron handles. This is a large piece that makes a statement, so give it a place of prominence. A pair of Italian giltwood candelabras with wrought iron arms play up those big iron handles on the chest. For more drama, I've hung an Italian sunburst mirror with an unusual form resembling a flower.

The early Mora clock next to the chest is Swedish Rococo from the 18th century.
The Neoclassical bookcase is sold, so please focus on the pair of barrel back chairs. Sculptural and comfortable, the barrel back chair is a coveted Swedish chair model. These have sweeping sabre legs to boot. Newly upholstered in our signature greige linen, they are ready for holiday guests.
A tone-on-tone palette! This pair of Swedish Gustavian console tables are from the last shipment, but I'm featuring them again because they fit the Neoclassical theme in this post.
A collection of cast plaster architectural plaques from an atelier in Paris. Speaking of Paris, our thoughts and prayers are with friends, colleagues and everyone there, and throughout France.
#PrayersForParis
L E T   T H E R E   B E   L I G H T !
During these months when daylight is shortest, I understand why the Swedes rely on their palette of wintery whites and dove grays to brighten interiors.

A pair of Swedish Gustavian chairs pulled up to a pedestal table. The Danish Royal Copenhagen bisqueware plaque is a copy of Day by Bertel Thorvaldsen.
 An 18th century Swedish stepback vitrine cabinet with geometric lines. Inside is a collection of antique Creil creamware from France - notice how their octagonal form echos the angles of the vitrine. 
Much, much more in the new shipment - please stop in to see it all.
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At this time of year, I normally bring out my collection of antique brown-and-white transferware. But, I'm thrilled to say the collection has found a new home. Yes, I'm paring down, becoming a minimalist. Just kidding! I am running out of room at home, as the other collections (creamware, ironstone, salt glaze, mercury glass, etc) have grown considerably.

Remember my friend and client, Ceane, with the smart kitchen makeover?? She adopted the collection, and is keeping it intact - THANK YOU, Ceane! (I did hold back a few pieces but, shhhh, don't tell Tom.) 
Just in time for Thanksgiving. Ceane and I decided the transferware should go in the built-ins of her beautiful dining room. There's still room to layer in more pieces, so it will be exciting to grow the collection. We are now working on wall art.
This little guy approves :)

By the way, are you on Instagram (IG)? I am: @LoiThai 
Look for daily posts + a MAJOR announcement coming soon.

Here are a couple of recent shares on IG:
 Fall inside and outside our 99-year old home.
I've also teamed up with three friends (Erin, Kelly, and Shannon) for a #RestyleAndRefresh Instagram challenge to showcase decor changes in our homes. These can be new vignettes, holiday accents and / or refreshes of any kind.

If you are on IG, follow the four of us and post your photos with #RestyleAndRefresh for a chance to be featured on our IG accounts and blogs.

Now meet my co-hosts:

 Erin of The Sunny Side Up
First up is Erin who recently built a gorgeous new home - lots of inspiration and ideas on her blog! Above is her stunning dream kitchen. Feel free to also share Instagram photos of updates in your kitchen, etc.
 Shannon of Fox Hollow Cottage
Shannon fills her cottage with charm and collected pieces - she's a styling genius! Her vignettes are creative and approachable. I love Shannon's fall mantelscape with its patina and texture. Go ahead and share your fall Instagram vignettes with us.
  Kelly of Eclectically Vintage
Kelly's 100-year old home is cool and eclectic, just like she! If you want fun, fabulous home projects, pop over to Kelly's blog and, while there, check out her holiday decor such as the above Christmas mantel with festive mercury glass. Kelly and the rest of us want to see your Christmas photos on Instagram.

 Here are two recent #RestyleAndRefresh photos we selected:
ABOVE: A cheerful Christmas corner in Alma's home, which is bright and beautiful. Check out her IG site.

BELOW: Bec's awesome living room styled and layered effortlessly for Christmas. Here's her IG site.
Whew! This post is long enough, so more next time.
xo
Loi