Monday, January 22, 2018

Shop News!

Hello, friends - I hope your new year is off to a bright and beautiful start!

Speaking of bright, we've had a couple of snowfalls that dusted our cottage in ❄❅❆ . . .
As much as I love the whiteout, I'm already wishing for an early spring. It's been unbearably frigid in the DC area, and even colder up in Maine when Tom and I visited at the beginning of this month. Daytime highs hovered around 10℉ - that's COLD! Why were we there?

I'm thrilled to announce that Tone on Tone has just joined the York Antiques Gallery in York, Maine - one of the finest antiques and decorative arts group shops in New England. The gallery has long been a favorite source for dealers, decorators, and devotees of antiques ranging from country furnishings to coastal art. There is a strong emphasis on garden ornaments in addition to pieces with patina. You'll find our inventory in one of the rooms (originally horse stalls) on the main floor of the converted 19th-century barn. If you are nearby, do make time to shop the stalls. I always leave with something special!

Here's a peek of our room at the York Antiques Gallery in southern Maine:
In Maryland, our store has been refreshed and restyled with lots of new arrivals. Here are the latest. Click on photos to enlarge.
Above is a 19th-century Swedish Gustavian painted vitrine cabinet / bookcase that would make a handsome statement in any room. The body is only 14" deep, so it would even fit in a narrow hall.

I love the look of painted furniture mixed with dark wood as shown below. The circa 1830s French Louis Philippe armoire in walnut, with a rich patina, anchors all the light furniture in this neutral space. Plus the contrast helps the individual pieces to each stand out. BTW, the armoire transports easily as it is fully collapsible.
Perhaps my favorite large-scale piece of furniture is the secretary desk, which would have held the household's important documents, books, silver, etc. And, it would have been the home's prized possession commanding a place of prominence.

This 18th-century Swedish Rococo one is quite sculptural with its arched top, shaped doors, and curvy feet. Inside is the lightest shade of robin's egg blue. There is a shallow ledge to display books, sheets, documents, etc.
From the Gustavian gray color to the classical details, this pale beauty chest is the definition of understated Swedish elegance. It measures 41.5" wide x 16.75" deep x 31.5" high.

Would you keep the vignette neutral or add color via accessories and flowers? Throughout winter, I find myself bringing home more colorful blooms for little pops of color. How about you?    
Measuring only 25.75" wide x 14" deep x 31" high, this petite French chest with three drawers has ample storage to boot. Note the faux painted marble top. Wouldn't it be charming in a small space like a foyer, bathroom, or even on a staircase landing?
Here is another small chest of drawers (28" wide x 18" deep x 32.5" high). This one has graphic lines with a wraparound reeded frieze plus fretwork base, which is quite unusual.
Perhaps you have a set of dining furniture, and are looking for a way to freshen the matchy-matchy decor? How about keeping the table and chairs but swapping out the sideboard / server / buffet? Changing that one piece will really update the room without having to replace anything else.  

Here is a 60" long Swedish Gustavian sideboard with a fabulous form. The curved sides step back in such a gracious manner, and those delicate feet give an airiness despite the size. Paired with traditional dining furniture, this gray sideboard would really break up the sea of mahogany, walnut, cherry, etc.   
Now a look at tables starting with this pair of small demi-lune consoles measuring 28" wide x 14" deep x 29" high each. These are especially graceful with their fluted slender legs. The aprons are carved with a leaf-tip motif - a Gustavian hallmark. I am a fan of symmetry, so I'd place one demi-lune on each side of a door opening, fireplace, etc.
Next is a Swedish blue-gray round table (26.75" diam x 27" high) that would be lovely nestled between two club chairs, or at the end of a sofa. Other than the reeded apron, there is an overall restraint and simplicity. 
In addition to fresh flowers, I always incorporate plants indoors as they bring life to every room. While at the garden center, this variegated club foot fern with its wispy foliage caught my eye, so I decided to purchase it as gift for a friend. Here are photos of the fern at Tone on Tone before it went out. 

The fern sits on an early Spanish desk with shapely trestle base and a top painted to resemble stone. Wouldn't this simple vignette be striking behind a sofa? I'd layer a wire basket full of favorite books underneath.
That's all for this post. Please go to our website for more info. If you have any questions, email me directly at info@tone-on-tone.com . I hope you'll visit us in Maryland and / or in Maine!
With many thanks and hugs,
Loi
PS - Look for more updates on my INSTAGRAM.

38 comments:

  1. Just such beauty as always, Loi! I especially love the image on the little botanical book on the ledge of the secretary and the blue and white floral pitcher on the round table. Perfect to have your things at York Gallery!

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    1. Cindy, wonderful to hear from you! Thanks for visiting, my friend. Miss you!

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  2. Hello Loi, Good luck with your new venture. Unfortunately, most of the pictures in this post are not showing up--it seems to be some problem with my computer; I'll have to check back later.
    --Jim

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    1. Jim, hello! Thank you for letting me know. Hopefully you can read this post, and see all of the photos now. Cheers

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  3. So excited to hear about your new adventure! MC and I wish you only the BEST.
    Your inventory in Maryland is heavenly.
    xo
    Patty

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    1. Thank you, Patty! Sending hugs to you and MC. Happy weekend, L

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  4. I'll be sure to visit the York, Maine shop!!

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    1. Doreen, I hope you'll enjoy the gallery and find something special. Thanks so much
      Loi

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  5. Nothing beats the authentic patina that shows up on all your finds, Loi! That rich gray with just the right amount of real age, OH MY, how I love that. And we are buried in over a foot of snow too!

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    1. Happy weekend, Anita! It is an absolutely gorgeous sunny warm Saturday here in DC. But more snow coming next week. Uggggh! Thanks, my friend. xo

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  6. Dear Loi, blowing me away again as always! Beautiful furniture pieces - lovely you have a sale location in Maine now, and it's stunning - but your fairytale cottage, oh my, even more spectacular dressed in newly fallen snow. Yes, Maine is cold in winter, but perfect in summertime! It seems just about everywhere has been hit hard this year, ongoing cold and a lot of snow - we had 7" here last week but it's gone now and the sun is brilliant with a stiff breeze today, perfect winter day for me!

    Hope all is well with you both, and the doggies - perhaps this will be the year we can meet up again which would be fun.
    Hugs for the new year.
    Mary -

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    1. Thank you, thank you!! I'd LOVE to see you and Bob again! Perhaps you can visit us in Maine? Have a wonderful weekend, L

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  7. Hello,
    Linda casa, amei essa casa na neve. Um dia quero conhecer neve, aqui nunca neva.
    Feliz 2018.
    Abraços

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    1. Hello my friend! So lovely to hear from you, Anaja. Happy New Year!!

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  8. I just knew I would receive a post from you today Loi...desperately needed in this frigid weather Loved the ladder in your "new room" and I know of a perfect place for it. Thank you for the lift - and now looking at what you have suggested - how to keep some wood furniture (cherry - could be difficult) and switch out some to create a wow and restful space. It would also "lighten" up a heavily wooded room. Quite excited about that - but would have to be one of your excellent pieces. Nothng else would do!

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    1. Maggie, hello there! I'm happy you enjoyed this post. Thank you. I'd love to see photos of your home....let me know if I can help :) Cheers

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  9. I love the new items in the shop. There is a piece that would be perfect in my foyer, but I'm sure the shipping combined with price is out of my budget. Thanks for inspiring us, always.
    xo,
    Karen

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    1. Karen, hello - Many thanks and hugs, my friend! I'm just happy you love my pieces. Cheers :)

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  10. Truly gorgeous pieces Loi! I need to come down to your shop! We have the same walnut armoire. We stumbled across it in a vintage store in Purceville when we moved to Vienna about 25 years ago. The store owner had it full of quilts and I asked the sales associate if perhaps the armoire was for sale. I held my breath while she called the owner and asked. To my delight, she said yes! It's remains my favorite piece in our home today.

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    1. Hi Julie,
      Thanks for sharing your armoire story - happy it found a loving, beautiful home!!
      Come visit anytime.
      xo
      L

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  11. Let me know when you plan to be in Maine this summer - York is a short drive for me! xoxo

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    1. We definitely need to meet and catch up Phyllis. Perhaps we can have lunch at Stonewall Kitchen in York? I'll email you. xo

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  12. Wow, what a gorgeous space! Hubby and I were in New England fall of 2016. Wish I had known about this place. Best of luck with your sales!
    Jann

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    1. Thanks very much, Jann. The next time you are in the area, please stop in. The gallery has a fabulous collection of antiques, art, accessories, etc

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  13. LUCKY YOU!
    Love the idea of HORSE STABLES.............
    YES< I AGREE A POP of COLOR is IMPORTANT!
    Beautiful pieces as per the NORM with YOU!
    XX

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    1. Yes, indeed! My fav accent colors are green, blue, pink and yellow! Flowers, pillows, throws, etc etc.

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  14. No words express how moving these pieces are to me. You introduce just the right amount of colour.
    Your cottage covered in a blanket of snow.... Breathtaking.
    Xx
    Dore

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    1. Hi Dore! Thank you, dear friend. Means so much coming from you. Talk soon, L

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  15. Loi, Congrats on your new sales room in southern Maine. I love all the pieces you've showed us here, especially that large secretary! Although our winter here in southern Illinois hasn't been too bad, I'm already dreaming of spring too. ~Miranda

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    1. Miranda, thanks very much! I always love to hear from you. Have a wonderful week. Cheers Loi

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  16. Hi Loi, Your spaces are glorious. The serpentine side board is my favorite piece...I could definitely take it home and I have just the spot.
    Blessings for the New Year. And stay warm........xoxo Mary

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    1. Hi Mary :) Thank you, thank you!! Yes, that serpentine front sideboard is one of my favs, too. The form is just fabulous. Cheers

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  17. How utterly lovely!! You have the midas Decorating touch and everything you do looks flawless!!

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  18. I am so behind on my blog reading I missed this post. I am thrilled you have joined the York Antiques Gallery. That used to be one of my favorite haunts when we traveled to Maine. WE are hoping to get to New England next year. That Spanish table with the stone top is so unusual. Love it! Have a great weekend!

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