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 🐶🐱

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 info@tone-on-tone.com or stop by the shop. And, don't forget to follow along on Instagram: @Loithai

Thanks so much
😘
Loi  

58 comments:

  1. Beautiful pieces. Welcome back !!!

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  2. Was thinking how much I missed your blog earlier! Shipment looks lovely and can't wait to see the house progress! I'd also love to know all about your Thanksgiving! You can set me up with one of your cousins as I've always thought I might be Chinese in some way!

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    1. Yes, LOVE that idea :) Then you can cook for the family!! Thanks, Stephen!!

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  3. We've all been missing your blog! So glad to see you back here. Everything you have shown is just perfect: love the knee-hole desk the best maybe? The youngest of 12??? That is quite an accomplishment! Someday I will get to your shop and see you and all these lovelies in person. Hope you find time to enjoy the holiday season...

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    1. Thanks, Libby. I'm delighted to be back. Cheers

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  4. All that gorgeousness!! You were missed! Glad you are back and had a wonderful Thanksgiving friend!

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    1. Thanks so much, Collette. Hope you are well. xo

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  5. Oh, Loi! This makes me so happy! Just to be reading your posts and getting back into the swing of things is so much fun! Your shipment is beautiful and makes me miss that part of my business so much! Love hearing about your Thanksgiving holiday! I remember you sharing some of these same memories several years ago and I was enthralled! Love the mixing of all cultures and how fun and "tasty" that must be!

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    1. Thanks for your note, friend! I need to catch up with you soon. xoxo

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  6. Hello Loi, Your post made me think of using that type of look in Taiwan. The problem here is dust, which is not light and fluffy like dust in America, but black and oily. Anything white would get ruined in short order, unless one used air conditioning or filtered air all the time.

    Of the pieces here, I like that sideboard best. I know just where I would put it here, but a piece like that I could make room for wherever I lived.
    --Jim

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    1. Thank you, Jim! BTW, my sisters visited Taiwan earlier this year - they had a lovely time, and the best Chinese noodle soup.

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  7. So good to get a blog! The shipment looks beautiful as ever and swedish blue furniture is sublime and seems to fit every setting. I think you were missing Korean food there :) - don't you have a Korean in law I think you mentioned? Hope you have a great December too x

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    1. One of my favorite comfort food is Korean tofu soup: Soon Du Bu Jigae. YUM!!

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  8. Sounds like a fun-filled Thanksgiving! What beautiful furniture pieces you find. I think the blue cabinet is best displayed closed for maximum impact -- that's my two cents! Glad to have you back on the blog and looking forward to your exciting news.
    Claudia

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    1. Hi Claudia - It's good to be back. I will pop over to catch up with you very soon. xo

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  9. Hi Loi, I was so excited to find this post waiting for me in my inbox this morning. You guys have been so busy and I've been missing your posts. This new shipment is spectacular!! I love the 18th c. pieces. Sending love, as always. Mary

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    1. Thank you, Mary. I hope you are well. Happy Holidays ahead.

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  10. Hi Loi,
    What beautiful pieces you've found this time. I love the petite Swedish desk! The blue is perfect.
    I can't wait to have a tour of the Tudor and you've intrigued me (all of us, I'm sure) with your teaser of exciting news.
    Enjoy the season!
    xo,
    Karen

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  11. Welcome back! It's fun to see all these beautiful finds. Love the blue! Glad you had a fabulous Thanksgiving with family. Those celebrations are the best for making memories. Happy Holidays ahead!

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  12. Hi Loi,

    Simply gorgeous! Any idea what the script says inside the Danish rococo cabinet door?

    Lisa D.

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    1. Thanks for asking. Those are initials.....TOL or TOS ??

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  13. Beautiful pieces, welcome back. Looking forward to more of your posts soon!

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  14. Always happy to see your post land in my email!! Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. Love that the menu was International. When you show your exquisite collection of antiques, It must come with a warning. Warning ~ If you suffer from a rapid heart rate, look away...as seeing your amazing collection will make your heart go pitter patter!!! Oh be still my heart!! Can't wait to see the progress on your new home!!

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  15. YOU have been missed. I no longer blog myself, but I still visit dear friends and favorite blogs because this connection means so much to me. Your style and mastery of light and perfect styling always capture my heart, Loi. And I am anxious to see what you've done with your TUDOR! I will keep a keen eye on it! Hugs to you and Tom and enjoy a lovely countdown to Christmas!

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    1. Please return to your beautiful blog, Anita. We all miss you and your lovely work!

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  16. You Sure Have been Missed Dear Loi <3 Can NOT wait to see how you have restored the Tudor and I am swooning over the Blue Corner cabinet !!! xoxo Betsy

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    1. Thanks so much, Betsy. Happy Holidays ahead. xo

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  17. AND HERE YOU ARE IN MY INBOX AFTER what two years of NOT SHOWING UP!!!!!!!!!
    CYBERSPACE!
    WHAT does it say inside the print with the URN..........DO WE KNOW???

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    1. Oh, gosh, two years??!! I hope others are not having this issue. Thanks for letting me know. Off to investigate....

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  18. Great to see you back and love seeing the updates to your Tudor on Instagram!

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    1. Thanks so much!! Can't wait to share soon. Cheers

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  19. Stunning! I really need to take a trip to your store!

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    1. Thanks so much, Karolyn!! Would love to have you.

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  20. What beautiful selections, Loi. I am crazy for the corner cabinet - I love the unusual stand and the date inscribed on the inside of the door. I wonder what it commemorated? Wishing you and Tom all the best this holiday season!
    xo, Phyllis

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    1. I'm thinking a marriage or birthday. Thanks, Phyllis. xo

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  21. YOU my friend have such an exquisite eye! the danish rococo piece is divine

    just last week i was thinking of you and wondering where you were and how you are, your voice and vision is my highlight of the blogging world. looking forward to much more loi. (youngest of 12, oh my!)
    fondly
    debra

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    1. Thank YOU, my friend! I will catch up with you soon, Debra. xoxo

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  22. Stunning pieces! Wish Santa would drop at least a few of them off at our house! ;) Excited to see your new tudor and the special touches you have made to it thus far.

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    1. Thanks, Julie. I can't wait to share our new home. xo

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  23. So great to see your blog again, Loi, although I am a much tardier blogger. (That would be a good name "the tardier blogger".) Anyway, loved seeing your new offerings and the way you display them. Am looking forward to your "exciting news".

    I never knew you were the youngest of twelve children - what a gift you must have been to your family!
    Be well,
    b

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    1. Thank you, my friend! I've mentioned this before: it was so lovely to finally meet at our home in Castine this past summer. That was such a highlight. Thank you, again. xoxo

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  24. Hi Loi, I am new to your blog. I love all the pieces shown and the arm chair is amazing. Have a GREAT weekend!!!

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    1. A very warm welcome! So glad you found me, Lory :) Cheers, L

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  25. ooh la la. i usually like to devour your shipment posts as if i have stacks of cash to burn through and pick my favorites. but no can do. i love it all. oh my. the sculptural piece. the midcentury. the handpainted date inside the door. thank you for sharing these treasures with us, loi. i could view your photos all day and never tire of the ethereal timelessness. peace to you right where you are.

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    1. Thank you, Michele. And welcome to Instagram. Love connecting with you there as well :)

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  26. Well, dang, my comment didn't show up. But, I've missed you dear friend! Gorgeous as always! Can't wait to see your Tudor and hear your exciting news! xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Laurel. I hope you will like our new place ;-)

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  27. Wow!! its really awesome post. I am new but after seen this post i am planning to visit every weekend. i am planning to remodel my home with "IPC Restoration and Renovation Contractors" and also add some of this beautiful furniture. thanks

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  28. I've missed you too dear friend but happy to know all is well and that we will soon be seeing the fruits of your labor at the new home - can't wait! Everything you carefully (I'm sure) removed from that container and gave much TLC and hard work to turn into exquisite pieces, and all will be on my Christmas list, haha!
    Off to Europe for Christmas - see my post today - and will be home with remaining family and longtime friends enjoying a week in my hometown over the holidays. May you and Tom have a wonderful holiday season - and all the best for you and yours in the coming year Loi.
    Love, Mary & Bob

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    1. Have a wonderful trip!! I can't wait to see your gorgeous photos, Mary. Give Bob a big hug from me :)

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  29. Loi,
    Wow so many things in this tour that warmed my heart. Mocha is precious, I bet she is a sweet charmer that has you and Tom wrapped around her paw. The woodland Charlie Brown Fir is perfection and what I look to enjoy every season and rarely find anything half as perfect. Wondering if you mist your cedar garland? Your place settings are stunning and the touch of gold very festive. Enjoy your Tudor Christma, best to you and Tom and sweet Mocha.
    xo,
    Vera

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