Sunday, November 25, 2018

Shop Closing - UPDATE!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

So many of you came to shop our closing sale, to say goodbye, and to wish us well - WOW! The sale has been a tremendous success, and Tom and I couldn't be more grateful.

Of course we loved seeing each of you, and enjoyed catching up. Like proud parents, it touched us to hear that you still cherish your Tone on Tone pieces. Many, many thanks.

Tom and I were saying how much we'll (me, especially 😢) miss your visits. To stay connected after the shop closes, I'm thinking of offering an open design day, once a week, in my home studio where clients can stop by to select paint colors from my favorite palette, peruse my fabric library, and chat decorating projects, big or small, from renovations to pillows. Please stay tuned.

Here is an update on our closing:

- The shop's last day will be Saturday, December 15, 2018.

- Starting Saturday, December 1st, we will have a mini estate sale here at the shop. There will be new (never used) accessories that I picked up as display props. These include Swedish linens, designer fabric remnants, glassware (vases / vessels), baskets, wooden trays, moss / lichen balls, etc. There will also be lots of miscellaneous items. And, we'll be selling quilted moving blankets, dollies, as well as small tools. Everything priced to move! This will be fun - please come.

- Remaining antique inventory after December 15th will be available on our website: WWW.TONE-ON-TONE.COM.
I will be updating the site often. 

- Starting in January 2019, select inventory will be for sale at our booth in the York Antiques Gallery (a group shop located in York, Maine).

- Our email will remain the same:

- Our new phone line is: 202-262-5732.

Now a look at some of the items currently available:    
A handsome 1780s French walnut secretary desk with exceptional parquetry of boxwood, from Alsace. It measures 41" wide x 29.5" deep (desktop down) x 38" high.

Shown on top of the secretary are two striking 19th-century French seaweed prints. 
This Danish Neoclasscial style clock, dated 1869, is quintessentially Nordic with its chalky gray surface and elegant simplicity. We had it for many years at home - see photo below.
The small Swedish painted bench, French trumeau mirror, and Swedish cartel wall clock are all available. Please email for more information.
Curves in the all the right places! I love the undulating lines of this 1760s Swedish Rococo table - so sculptural! It measures 36.5" wide x 26" deep x 29.25" high.
Beautifully painted with classical urns and figures, this early Italian chest is one of my favorites. The top is faux painted to mimic stone. The legs are slender and airy.
Gustavian grace - an early Swedish stool that's been hand scraped to the original painted surface. Iron brackets were custom made to reinforce the curule legs during the 19th century. Upholstery is Claremont's silk damask with trim by Samuel & Sons.  
A pair of Swedish Gustavian armchairs that is good looking AND comfy! Plus, such sweeping lines and exquisite carvings. Instead of the ubiquitous nailhead trim, I opted for small iron tacks on the new linen upholstery. Each chair measures 24" wide x 27.25" deep x 37.5" high.
The patina of this French Classical style giltwood chandelier (approx 28" diam) is really stunning; as are the carvings. It has been rewired. 
Here is a Louis XVI style giltwood mirror (20" wide x 35.5" overall height) crested with a laurel wreath. Two sweethearts give a hint to its origin - perhaps a courting mirror or marriage gift?  
Another romantic mirror (26" x 35.5") but in a very different style. This one is vintage Venetian with an eglomise glass border that's been painted on the backside.
Next is a Mid Century Modern brass bar cart (26" x 16.75" x 25.5" high) from France. The smoked glass gives it a tres chic look. 
There are also lots of accessories including this fabulous pair of Continental creamware candlesticks in perfect condition.

And loads of custom pillows in fabrics by Quadrille, Michael Smith, Lee Jofa, Peter Fasano, Cowtan & Tout, etc. Below is just a sampling.
That's it for this post, but there is much more still in the shop.
Don't forget that our last day is Saturday, December 15th.
Hope to see you!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Tone on Tone Shop CLOSING!

Hello, friends -

It's been a long time! It wasn't my intention to take such a lengthy blog break. Life just got busy. Since my last post in the spring, I have much to share.

Tom and I were in Maine most of this past summer and, after returning to Maryland, we've been focused on our cottage here. We had a stone wall built, had parts of the garden re-landscaped, had a topiary greenhouse / potting shed constructed, and had the garage converted to a design studio for my interior and garden design business.

Speaking of design work, I've been spending more and more time helping clients with their interiors and landscaping. (I'll share a few projects soon.) But, honestly, finding enough time to do that plus run the shop these last few years has been challenging. Because I am personally involved with every detail at Tone on Tone - from buying each item to styling each vignette - the store really limits my availability to focus on other work. Therefore, I have decided, with a heavy heart, to close Tone on Tone in Bethesda.

The shop has always been like another home; except everything has a price tag :) It's been a treat welcoming each of you through the front doors, and chatting antiques, decorating, topiaries, travels, etc., etc. So many of you have become dear friends, too! I'm grateful for (nearly) 15 years of doing what I love!! I look forward to recapping, in a future blog post, all the fabulous finds plus fun adventures.

Please stop in to say goodbye and have a browse around - the store will close in mid December. If anything catches your eye, let me know now so that I can tempt you with an IRRESISTIBLE deal.

Here's just a sampling of the current inventory:
An early French armoire with sumptuous craftsmanship and carvings - look at the charming birds in their cozy nest 💙
Also shown is a pair of Swedish demi-lune consoles surmounted by botanical prints, a French round side table, and a French blue-gray painted bergere, which has been completely reupholstered with new Belgian linen in a greige color.
There are a few Swedish painted armchairs and settees in stock; all have been reupholstered in linen.
Here is a French silver plated Jansen style coffee table, 34" x 17.25" x 16.5" high - simple, elegant and tres chic!
Several secretary desks are available. This Swedish Gustavian one, with a fall-front writing surface, has ample storage with its four long drawers. I would use it in a living room, study or bedroom - such a versatile piece.

The sculptural beechwood chair, one of a pair, is French from the 1820-30s.  
Below is a view of the shop today - see anything you like?
A closer look at a vignette featuring a French giltwood mirror over a Swedish Gustavian tall chest. The mirror has a fabulous 'rope' frame and original mercury glass.

Lots of other mirrors available in various sizes. 
I really like the tailored lines of this French bench with new Belgian linen upholstery. It would be so smart at the end of a bed.
There are unpainted furniture in pine, walnut, mahogany and cherry wood, as well. Below is a French fruitwood sideboard (80.75" long) that would be great under a TV in a family room.
In addition to the antique furniture and accessories, I'm selling many of the pillows that I had custom made to dress the shop.
Also for sale is my collection of antique books, which I personally brought back from Europe as props. These books are decorative in a soulful way. And some of the vellum ones are quite rare!
If you love smalls and accessories, come in to check out the china, artwork, candlesticks, garden items, etc.

There is so much more! Please come in to see everything.

Thank YOU all for your support and friendship!!