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