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 🌼
Loi
BELOW: Selecting a pitcher from my collection of saltglaze pottery at home...

44 comments:

  1. Hello Loi, As you know, I mostly collect smalls, partly because the possibility of a future permanent house is so uncertain. My clear favorite here is the Aesthetic stool. Not only do I love that period, but you example has its own special personality.
    --Jim

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    1. Jim, the stool is really fabulous with its original paint and carvings! And, yes, I do know you have many interesting collections of smalls. Cheers!

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  2. Dear Loi,
    Small accessories tell wonderful stories and add so much to a room. No one does it better than you!
    Love all your examples and I'm going through my cabinets taking out objects I haven't displayed in years. They are all "new" again.
    Thank you for all the inspirations.
    xo
    Patty

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    1. Isn't it fun to play with our smalls? :) I always get excited to unpack them (after each of our house moves). Thanks so much, Patty. Hugs to you and MC.

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  3. Loi, your posts are always a breath of fresh air. The pop of yellow from the tullips, the gold from your lamb atop your vintage books the beautiful green from your topiary and the cobalt blue, a feast for the eyes and the senses. I love the small vignettes. I hope that you are having a fabulous week. Happy Spring Loi!

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    1. Elizabeth, I hope you are staying warm and cozy. Wasn't that a crazy snow storm on the first day of spring??!! Thanks, my friend! Cheers

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  4. The hyacinths in the pink bulb vases reminded me that spring is around the corner and I love that charming little mirror!

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    1. Speaking of hyacinths, I am looking forward to mine in the garden. They always bloom right around Easter. I like to cut a few to bring indoors. Happy spring :)

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  5. So many beautiful vignettes, Loi; feeling very inspired to do some spring refreshing! xo

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    1. Thanks so much, Phyllis! I am always in the mood to refresh and restyle this time of year.

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  6. Dearest Loi, your little treasures are must-haves. I need to run off to school but I can already see some things I have questions about. How pleasurable it must be to peruse your shoppe; I can imagine that when someone buys something from you, that you and your assistants must wrap each item so beautifully, like they do in France! Good to see you dear Loi!

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    1. Hello Anita! Thank YOU friend. Speaking of school, it must be close to spring break. Hope you have fun plans. Can't wait to see your Instagram pics!

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  7. Love love love that sweet wooden plate with the tulip. So very charming. Can't believe it's wooden! And the oval frame mirror is just lovely. Thank you for posting such wonderful, beautiful treasures.

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    1. Libby, thanks so much! It's been such a long winter...cannot wait to garden again. I know you feel the same way. Cheers

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  8. Just exquisite! Oh, how I would love to see your shop in person! Happy Spring!

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    1. Carol, I'd love for you to visit. First thing I'd do is give you a big hug ;-) xoxo

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  9. I think you are a Pitcher Addict....with very fine taste! :)

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    1. I def am!!! :) One day I'm gonna take inventory and do a count. xoxo

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  10. All of it delightful and uplifting, Loi. My favorite "little?" That cheese board! It is the most adorable thing EVER. Am I going to begin producing replica mini cheeseboards? *shakes magic 8-ball, then sips* Signs point to YES. :) Happy Spring, young man.

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    1. Thanks so much, Michele! I'd love to see your cheese board creations. I can picture a whole collection on your kitchen counter. Cheers

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  11. Hi Loi,

    I'm partial to vignettes, yours especially! These are lovely and you excel at creating appealing details.

    Happy spring!
    xo,
    Karen

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    1. Karen, thank you! Having a shop allows me to experiment and play....see what works. Hope you are well and enjoying spring. xo

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  12. LOVELY EVERYTHING!
    If I lived closer I would be in HAUNTING YOU!
    Love the MAP in the round FRAME!
    Is that DC?

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    1. The day you walk into my shop, I'd give you a big hug :) Thanks, Elizabeth!!

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  13. What a way to start off my day by taking a stroll through your most breathtaking shop. I loved each and every beautiful image..but must say that the last one with you sending us a bouquet of daffodils stopped me in my tracks!....You are the best! Happy Spring Loi!!!

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    1. Shirley, I'm looking forward to having you back in the shop - hopefully soon! Thank you my friend. Miss ya

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  14. Hi Loi!
    I've thoroughly enjoyed visiting you again!

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  15. Maravilhoso!
    Prazer em conhecer seu blog.
    janicce.

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  16. Such pretty things! The green plates are wonderful. I gravitate toward things in that shade of green. So lively.
    Claudia

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  17. Loi, everything so beautiful here as always. I'm washing 'smalls' today - all the dusty china from the dining room Welsh dresser. Excuses for putting off this rather time consuming job have ranged from pollen to chimney sweeping - now I must get moving!

    Will you be in Maine any time in June? We will be passing through on the way to Canada. Just wondering!!!!

    Hugs - Mary & Bob

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