Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Christmas at our Home

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....everywhere you go! From Maine to Maryland, we love this festive time of year.

Tom and I are back from Maine, and we're thrilled to be spending the holidays in our Tudor. And we just finished adding seasonal decor to our home, so please come in!

In keeping with tradition, I have gathered from nature plus gleaned from our collection of ornaments, items and keepsakes that have special sentiments. This year it's all about simple, scaled down and a little sparkle since our 1928 Tudor is on the small side; anything over the top or grand would be out of place.

The holidays are about sharing, and I'm excited to join the Deck the Halls Christmas Home Tour co-hosted by Jennifer of Decor Gold Designs and Randi of Randi Garrett Design - two talented ladies whose holiday homes shimmer and dazzle. In addition there are many others participating - the full lineup is at the end of this post. For those visiting via the fabulous Nicole of Eye for Pretty, welcome! 
Let's start the tour in our entry foyer which smells incredibly fragrant thanks to the fresh cedar garland. When it comes to greenery nothing beats the real deal from Mother Nature. Add timeless white satin ribbons and voila!
Hi, Mocha ๐Ÿ˜‰ She is ready to greet guests. Just come prepared with treats - the good kind! 
Speaking of nature, do you like the woodland fir tree that Tom, Mocha and I brought back from Maine? It's a bit of a Charlie Brown tree. Being so sparse, it really shows off our collection of vintage ornaments from the early 1900s. I decided to place the tree in an antique iron urn on top of a Swedish chest set in front of the living room bay window. Since there isn't a family room, this is where we spend much of our time relaxing, reading as well as watching TV (housed in an armoire across from the sofa), so we really get to enjoy the tree.

Since this is primarily our winter home, I went with mostly brass light fixtures and hardware for warmth. The Basil ceiling light is from Circa Lighting. The lacquered gold tray, from Pier 1, adds a touch of needed glam because we can all use some of that, haha.
A closer look at our collection of vintage ornaments all in shades of silver and white. These small, light weight ornaments are perfect for the delicate branches of our Maine woodland tree. Can you find the lyre? French horns? Baskets of flowers? Below is my favorite one: a hummingbird with stiff strands of plastic for wings.
Now please come into our dining room, which is also the library. Downsizing means having multipurpose rooms. I designed the wall of built-ins to hold my art books plus creamware china. Notice the unlacquered brass lighting here as well.

Normally there is a footbath on the 19th-century French farm table - see above photo. For Christmas I decided to switch that out for an iron urn to complement the one in the living room. Gold mercury ornaments tucked with sprigs of white pine in the urn make a simple, seasonal centerpiece. 
Going for gold! The farm table, set in a casual yet festive style, is ready for guests with cream-colored linens heightened with gold flatware and napkin holders.
An 1800s Georgian pine transom, stone lamb, brass candlesticks with beeswax candles along with bleached pine cones dress the mantel for these special days . . . .
. . . . and nights when the pinecones are illuminated with mini copper twine lights.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing our new home. Pleas stay tuned for exciting news next time.

Once again, many thanks for your visits here and at our shop in Bethesda, Maryland. This summer I also had the opportunity to meet a few blog readers who visited Castine, Maine for the house and garden tour - that was such a treat. 

Now before we say goodbye, I'd like you to visit my friend Erin over at The Sunny Side Up - her home is delightfully bright and beautiful. And check out the rest of the blogs below for more inspiration.

Merry Christmas!
PS - Don't forget to follow along on my INSTAGRAM page.
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Loi - Tone on Tone
Lindsay Hill
The Leslie Style
Eye for Pretty

Monday, November 28, 2016

Hello and New Shipment Preview

It's been toooo long! Lots to catch up on.

First, I hope you had a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving. Tom and I celebrated with my large family, feasting on turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, ham, pecan pie as well as Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese food - very international, very yummy! For those that do not know, I am the youngest of 12 so when I say large family that is an understatement considering spouses, significant others, nieces, nephews, and pets ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿฑ

Thanks very much for your emails while I was "away" from the blog. I'm truly grateful for your support and friendship.  

The past few months have been incredibly busy - please pardon my absence. I miss writing about everything: home, garden, design, etc. In my next post, I'm finally ready to show the work that we've done at our Tudor, and take you on a tour as part of the exciting news that Tom and I will be sharing. 

In the meantime, enjoy this preview of the new shipment that arrived at Tone on Tone in mid-November. Seems like we spent weeks unpacking the 40-foot container, cataloging the new arrivals, setting up the shop.... The focus of this shipment is on Scandinavian painted antique furniture, a personal passion of mine. It's a classic collection full of pieces with charm, clean lines, and cool tones. Here's a peek:
This early 20th-century Swedish knee-hole desk (48.5" w x 26.25" d x 30.25" h) is such a versatile piece - can go traditional or transitional. It's perfect for working on the laptop, but also fabulous as a vanity or dressing table.
Here is another desk: an early 1800s Swedish petite (only 29.75" wide!) secretary in a charming blue color. It's sweet but simple. 
I have a thing for BLUE!  Here is a Danish Rococo bonnet top corner cabinet on a quirky stand. I can't decide if I should show it closed or opened - what say you? 
Doesn't the shop's collection of antique ironstone look even more beautiful displayed in such a stunning cabinet? By the way, those slots in the top shelf would have held the household's finest silver spoons.

Though 1827 is written inside one of the doors (most likely to mark a special year), the piece actually dates to the mid-1700s.
Also Rococo (in style) is this sideboard or buffet with an undulating serpentine front. While most of my Swedish pieces tend to be linear, I couldn't resist this sideboard's sculptural form. Note the reeded oval medallions on the doors.

Over the sideboard is an 18th-century Swedish oil on canvas of a Roman ruins landscape painted in a Grisaille manner. This large painting (40.5" w x 61" h), with its original wooden frame, most likely came out of a paneled Neoclassical room which would have been stylistically influenced by the recent excavations at Pompeii during the 1750s.
Speaking of sideboards, this elongated Mid-Century one is so stylish with its fretwork doors and slender legs. At 39.5" high, it's ideal as a buffet server or console under a TV.
Next to the sideboard is an antique Swedish Mora clock from Fryksdalen, Varmland (near Norway). It has that signature hourglass shape with lovely proportions.
Here are two of my favorite new chests. The one shown above is Italian from the late 1700s. The painted finish with Classical figures, urns and a faux marble top has been beautifully refreshed. The tall slender legs with fluting give it an airiness.

Below is a Swedish Gustavian chest with a laurel leaf band that wraps around the canted corners and sides. In addition to the bedroom, this chest (40" w x 19" d x 32.5" h) would make a handsome statement in a foyer, living room, etc.    
I love demi lune consoles for their form and function. This elegant pair from Sweden is unusually small (28.5" w x 15.25" d x 29.5" h) - perfect for those narrow walls. The two can be placed back-to-back to form a single table. 

The armchair is a French Directoire bergere that's been reupholstered in Belgian linen; the webbing and cushion fill (partially down) are all new. This is a small but comfy chair! 
For more info, please visit the shop's website, send me a personal email at or stop by the shop. And, don't forget to follow along on Instagram: @Loithai

Thanks so much