Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Spring News


I hope you are well and enjoying spring's first blooms. Our daffodils, forsythias, and cherry blossoms are gorgeous and especially cheerful this season. Early spring can go from glorious to gloomy in a minute, so having these flowers in the garden, in the house, and in the shop makes me happy whatever the weather may be.

Speaking of happy, I'm thrilled to share exciting news.

I have been invited by Down East magazine (one of my very favs!) to be a judge for their inaugural Maine Homes Design Awards competition. As many of you know, I am passionate about Maine as well as design, so I gladly accepted! There is a total of five judges, including Martha!
This is a judged competition to select the best Maine design in five categories: kitchen, bathroom, living/dining space, exterior curb appeal, and landscape. The competition is open to both the trade and general public. Anyone can enter their Maine work, and I invite you to do so. For further info please visit Maine Homes. Also, follow along on their Instagram.

Here is more news: our former home is featured in the May/June 2018 issue of Southern Home magazine. There are 12 pages of our home and garden with some never-before-seen photos. Please pick up an issue. A little sneak peek below.
Now for Tone on Tone news: I recently updated our shop's website with lots of fresh inventory. It's been a while since I last updated the site - apologies! There are new seating, case goods and tables, including the below items. 
A classically inspired Swedish gueridon table (1900-20) with oval top, guilloche band, recessed apron, fluted columnar pedestal, and quadripartite base, 40" x 25.75" x 29.5" high. This would be handsome standing in a bay window, between two lounge chairs, or as a center table.
Are you looking for a small table that's not deep? This 19th-century Gustavian console is only 33.5" wide x 13.5" deep x 30" high. There is even a drawer for storage. Place a basket underneath for additional storage, and use it in a narrow entry, hall, etc. Note the shaped apron corners.
Freshen brown wood with simple upholstery, and pair it with painted furniture for an updated look. This very traditional ball-and-claw stool got a makeover with a casual but tailored slipcover in an organic cotton ticking of the palest tone-on-tone colorway. It's tucked under a Swedish table (35.25" x 18.75" x 29.75" high) that is understated yet elegant - note the beaded apron. The different styles allow each piece to stand out, rather than match each other.
I've been bringing fresh flowers from our garden to the shop. These sunny daffies, with egg-yolk colored centers, look so sweet in a humble ironstone pitcher. Arrangements of cut flowers from the garden are one of the season's loveliest pleasures! Makes me happy to tell others that I grew these beauties.
Here is an early 1800s Gustavian nighstand with signature reeding that is quintessentially Swedish! It has a raised gallery, pair of doors plus a blind drawer at the bottom. At 17.75" wide x 13.25" deep x 29.5" high, it's a smart choice for a small space in a bedroom, bath, master closet, etc.
Do you recognize these six Swedish dining chairs (1920s)? We had them in both our former and current homes. Below are photos showing them around a fruitwood table at our former Tudor. The chairs now have all new seat padding plus linen upholstery, and they are available at the shop. A wheat sheaf along with bell flowers grace each arched backrest. BTW, this is one of the most popular chair models from the Gustavian period.
I've had many demi-lune tables but not chests, making this one (1880s) even more special. It deserves a noteworthy spot with a period gilt mirror or modern abstract painting above - such a versatile piece that can go traditional or transitional. There are three center drawers, paneled sides, and tapered legs. The dimensions are 42" wide x 18"deep x 30" high.
My favorite part about this next Swedish chest from the 1850s is the unusual scalloped trim. The chest also features outset corners, canted front, lion masks, fluting, and paneled drawers - lots of details! It does sit lower (35.5" wide x 17.5" deep x 27.25" high), making it ideal next to a sofa or bed.
Time for cherry blossoms in DC! After a chilly delay, all the cherry trees are finally putting on their spring show. It's a resplendent sea of pinks and whites!

Shown here is a late 19th-century Swedish painted chest flanked by a pair of French limed chairs from the 1940s. The chairs, just upholstered in white linen, are from a set of four.
This is a classic Gustavian chest with carved leaf tip frieze, fluted corners, three drawers, and pale gray color. It measures 36.25" wide x 18" deep x 31" high.

From the 18th century is this fine French Louis XVI brass mounted mahogany console with bottom shelf. Period French furniture can sometimes be fussy and, therefore, rarely interests me. This console, however, has beautiful clean lines with a sense of restraint. Measuring 32" wide x 16" deep x 31" high, it can work nearly in any room. 
That's it for this post. I'll be adding more inventory on our website so please check back soon. Please email me if you have any questions: info@tone-on-tone.com

Enjoy these photos of more daffodils from our garden - they make every room of our home so cheerful!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Little Treasures Part 2

Three years ago, I featured in this post a few favorite little treasures from the shop. I've often thought of following up with a part II. Well, here it is, finally!

As mentioned, I love to create vignettes and tablescapes with objects arranged thoughtfully. Whether it's keepsakes from trips, recent photos, or items collected over time, layering accessories into the decor makes a home interesting, beautiful, and more personal. Because they are in fact smalls, these pieces are less of a commitment than large furnishings. Treat them like seasonal accessories that can be changed frequently. With spring around the corner, now is the time to freshen indoors and out.

Enjoy these latest little treasures available at Tone on Tone.
Speaking of changing with the seasons, I have been styling the shop for spring. New pillows, garden objects, plants as well as mini arrangements of early flowers have arrived. 

Above is a gardeny vignette featuring a marble table with iron base, pair of chairs, and watering can with an unusual form - all antiques from France. On the table are three chippy white painted American finds: 15" high finial, 8" high finial, and architectural wooden base with glass dome (overall 11.5" high x 9" diam). Don't they make a fabulous grouping?    
The days are longer, sun is higher, and temps are warmer, which means lots of new growth on my myrtle topiaries. I've been clipping the one above to grow in an elongated / elliptical form. All the other topes are shaped like spheres or mushroom caps. What do you think?

Next to the topiary is a 19th-century English round mahogany frame (7" diam) with convex glass. Inside is a vintage map of London. Such a wonderfully carved piece with handsome patina.
Fresh from my own collection is this finely carved wooden lamb (7" long x 3.5" wide x 5" high) with original gilded surface. It's early 1700s Italian - truly a little treasure that's museum quality!
Here are two miniature Majolica plates (4" diam) with a luminous emerald glaze. They remind me of the garden. 
I've had many bread / cheese boards over the years, but this charming one is the most diminutive at 8.25" x 4.25". It has a great form along with a mellow patina.

Shown near the board is an English composition stone dove - a bit naive but fun.
Let's check out some creamware and ironstone china on an American corner etagere or whatnot. The contrast of white on black is striking.

From the old painted surface to the quirky turned bobbins, this small whatnot is oozing with character. Every shelf is topped with a lovely scalloped gallery. This whatnot would be fabulous in a bath or powder room.  
I am trying my best to conjure up spring inside. Four blown glass hyacinth vases in cobalt blue plus a folk art plate painted with tulips bring a bit of garden style to the shop.
All four vases, late 1800s, were made for forcing hyacinths to bloom. Coaxing bulbs to flower out of season was quite fashionable in Victorian households. See the below photo (from Kevin Lee Jacobs) of hyacinths flowering in their vases.

A closer look at the antique Swedish wooden plate (7" diam) reveals a prized pink tulip encircled by a wreath of two tulip stems.
Here is a 19th-century French carved frame (6.75" x 8.25") with a glazed oval opening under a tulip. I am having a tulipmania moment 🌷🌿🌷
Mirror, mirror on the wall, you are the prettiest of them all! With a floral etched oval frame, beaded trim, and piecrust edge, this French Louis Philippe mirror (15.75" x 17.5") makes a beautiful statement in a gallery wall, over a bed, etc.
You can get a sense of the scale of this petite mirror next to the door.
Please come in closer and have a seat on the small settee or pouf - both French from Ca. 1880s. 

This Aesthetic Movement pouf or stool (19.5" diam x 16.5" high) retains its exquisite painted surface. My favorite part is the spiked ball resembling that of a morning star. Talk about personality!   
Four precocious Tete-a-Tete daffodils in late February - way too early! In they came.
While not at all little, I just had to share these English Hepplewhite style dining chairs that recently came back from my upholsterer. Dating from the early 20th century, each one has a shield back with splendid carvings of ostrich plumes (similar to the Prince of Wales crest), ribbons, and demi-lune fan. The seat front is slightly serpentine. There are a total of 12 chairs (10 sides and 2 arms) being offered as a full or partial set - please inquire.
That's it for this post. If you have questions about anything, please email me at info@tone-on-tone.com
Thanks very much! 
Happy Spring 🌼
BELOW: Selecting a pitcher from my collection of saltglaze pottery at home...