Monday, May 13, 2019

Shopping at Cote Jardin Antiques


It's been four months since I closed my antiques shop in Maryland, and I really do miss everyone! Some of you have emailed, called or texted me - many thanks for staying in touch.

A few of you have asked about sourcing antiques, and where to buy the kinds of pieces that I used to sell at Tone on Tone. I'm pleased to share a favorite source of mine.

From Gustavian painted furniture to garden accessories, Cote Jardin Antiques in Georgetown, DC has it all. I've been purchasing from them for years. Do you remember the giant clock face in the breakfast room of our first home? That came from CJA.
Cote Jardin specializes in fine garden antiques - think of carved stone urns, important bronze statuary, charming faux bois furniture, etc. They also have an impressive inventory of antique French, Italian, Swedish, English, and other Continental furniture and accessories. You can peruse their online stock by clicking here.

My friend Allyson Terry is the manager at CJA. If there is anything that catches your eye, please feel free to contact her.

Cell: 202-494-1313

And if you are searching for something specific, Allyson can find it for you.

Let's take a tour of this exquisite shop on a quaint side street in the heart of Georgetown....
Shopping at Cote Jardin is quite an experience - you enter through a charming courtyard to the sound of trickling water from a wall fountain. There are benches that invite you to sit and admire the many mossy pots and striking architectural elements....all for sale!

Above is a photo shared by @Erinpointandshoot on Instagram that shows the courtyard in bloom. Speaking of Instagram, you can follow CJA @cote_jardin_antiques for updates and new arrivals. 
I immediately noticed this French cast iron bench painted in blue. It looks like the one that I used to have in the conservatory at our former home (below). This would be fabulous outside in the garden or in the home (just like the way we had it) - a great way to bring the garden indoors.
Stepping inside, I was greeted by a pair of bronze deer statues with the most amazing verdigris patina. They would be magical in a shade garden surrounded by hostas. Above them is a beautiful crystal chandelier. 
The main room of the shop is anchored by this monumental French wallpaper panel - talk about a statement piece of artwork!
Here's a very rare piece comprised of an early painted base cabinet with marble sink top surmounted by a bronze fountain urn. 
This vignette features a wall sconce in the form of a shell, terracotta fruit and flower baskets, creamware tureen with stone fruit, and plaster models.
Look at this dining table with its thick marble top - what an incredible find! That sculptural base is stunning! It would also make a handsome desk.
Shown with the table is a set of 6 French dining chairs in old white painted finish. The chairs are upholstered in antique French linen with dressmaker's tacks. BTW, Allyson told me that there are additional chairs available for a larger set.   
Over the store's fireplace mantel is collection of toleware and other treasures.
Now a look at my most favorite item: a large stone rabbit with early painted surface. The patina, slightly crusty and weathered, is just fantastic. Actually, I think he is a hare? Anyhow, Mr. Bunny needs to come to my cottage.......I WANT, I WANT 💚!!
The hare is sitting on a round table with marble top and Greek key iron base. Use it as a center, breakfast or dining table. It measures 53.5" diam x 28" high.
Here's another marble and iron table. This Directoire Period French baker's table, originally used for making pastry, would make a dramatic kitchen island or a console table flanked by chairs. The lyre front is accented with bronze. It measures 35.5" wide x 23.75" deep x 31.5" high. 
Do you have a large sunroom? Put this zinc birdcage, in the form of a chateau, in there amongst your plants. I love one oversized item in each room! 
More curated finds! A bronze Chinoiserie style chandelier most likely made by Maison Jensen dates from the 1960s. Wouldn't it be chic in a foyer, powder room, etc?

The rare clock secretary is Swedish from the late 1700s. All of the paint is original. It measures 45.5" wide x 37.5" deep (with desk top down) x 84" high. I've only seen a handful of clock secretaries over the last 20 years, and this is definitely one of the best.  
Below is another Swedish piece. I'd put a marble top on this blue table and convert it into a sink vanity for a bathroom. For storage, a large wicker basket underneath would be perfect. 
On the table is a pair of zinc bull's heads from the 1800s - most likely trade signs from a butcher shop. I have never seen a pair before!
A few more vignettes from CJA.....
The shop always stocks a superb collection of French pottery. These green glazed pieces were found in Provence. I love to use objects in green as tributes to the garden.
It's quite difficult to find original, unique lighting. Cote Jardin is known for their fabulous chandeliers, lanterns, sconces, table and floor lamps ranging from Neoclassical to Midcentury Modern styles. Many of the fixtures have been repurposed from architectural elements. And all the lighting has been rewired. Here are some of my picks from their website:
It's been so fun sharing this divine shop! Be sure to visit in person at:

Cote Jardin Antiques
3218 O Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Shop: 202-333-3067
Cell: 202-494-1313

Or shop online at:
Cote Jardin Antiques


Sunday, April 28, 2019

My Design Studio

When Tom and I first spotted our 1928 cottage, the little garage with its dramatic hip roof in multicolored slate instantly intrigued me. After touring the house, I rushed outside to check it out.

What a disappointment! The garage's interior was dark, dreary, dingy and damp. It needed a lot of work, but deep down I saw potential. One day we'll fix it up, make it usable. BTW, the door opening was so tight, maneuvering a vehicle in or out meant risking scratches or dents.

Last year when we decided to close our shop (where I had been meeting with design clients), we decided to convert the garage into an office for me. Being detached from our home, it was perfect as a place where I could professionally meet with clients. I didn't want to have an office in a basement, spare bedroom or attic in the house and have people pass through our personal spaces. The square footage was also roomy enough to hold my library of decor and garden books, fabrics, paint boards, files, etc. It would be a fabulous studio.

I'm pleased to share the renovation!
Above is the architect's 1928 sketch of our cottage, which gives a good birds-eye view of our property - house, garage and courtyard. We recently built a new 11' x 18' potting shed (shown below) at the end of the courtyard, centered on the entry gate. Read more about the potting shed in this post.

Here is the exterior of the studio today. We are in the process of planting the pots in the courtyard. Be sure to follow along on my INSTAGRAM to see photos of the garden.

Let's check out the garage before renovation. It was an unfinished and unconditioned space full of unwanted squatters. We discovered a family of raccoons living in the storage loft - they were quite reluctant to be evicted!

The first thing we did was remove the loft, aka raccoon den. Then we replaced the rotted rafter beams, updated the electrical power, and insulated. The double carriage doors, originally hung just inside the garage's entry niche, were rehung further out - this created an interior sitting nook. We did change out the side door plus two windows.
Radiant heating was installed at the same time the concrete floor was leveled (there was a 12" slope from front to back). For supplemental heating, a mini split unit (heat plus AC) was added. Over the newly leveled floor, we laid flagstone pavers. Next drywall was brought in, and finally all the surfaces painted.

Here is the completed space - welcome!
I now have a bright, airy design office fitted with custom built-in desk, cabinets and shelves to suit my needs. Vintage finds and lots of wicker add period charm that's in keeping with our cottage's character. Industrial style lighting and accessories give the space a utilitarian vibe, and hint to the studio's origin as a garage.  
Speaking of lights, I LOVE my Barn Light Electric fixtures! They have that warehouse look and industrial spirit that I wanted. As a bonus, they were all customizable (colors, sizes, shades, cords, glass guards), which allowed me to put together the perfect lighting to complement the studio's design. Click on these links for more info on the fixtures:

Rochester Vintage Industrial Cord Hung Pendants
Houston Street SoHo Sconces
Atomic Topless Double Industrial Guard Sconce

It was really fun selecting all of the options such as the vintage inspired black and white cord (below) and ribbed glass guard. 

My collection of antique salt glazed pottery found a new home here. I always try to incorporate personal objects wherever I can. Plus I didn't want to keep books on the top shelves as they would be too difficult to access.

To stay organized, I used galvanized metal cups and trays of various sizes. BTW, the black computer cord has been changed to a white cord 😉

An old 10' long farm table allows me to spread out oversized architectural renderings / floorplans. I also lay out fabric selections on it. The table's wood patina adds such warmth.
I have a sizable fabric library, and store the memos, by color, in baskets within baskets. Those oversized baskets got to be quite heavy, so Tom installed wheels for me to slide them back and forth effortlessly. Isn't Tom the best?

Flanking the vintage wicker settee are more shelves for books. Most of my art, decor and garden books are kept here now. When we downsized, I donated many of them to our local library. 

Over the settee is the Atomic Topless Double Industrial Guard Sconce from Barn Light Electric. It can be mounted on the wall or ceiling. 
The seat fabric on the wicker settee and chairs is Nitik II by Quadrille. I've used this fabulous print on pillows as well. It's a favorite of mine! Check out all of the beautiful fabrics at Quadrille.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my new design studio. If you have a question, do leave a comment at the end of this post. If you need help with your interiors and / or gardens, please feel free to email me at .


Source List
Paint color (walls and trim): Benjamin Moore Simply White
Lighting: Barn Light Electric
Wicker furniture: Vintage
Wicker seat fabric: Quadrille
Velvet pillows: Room and Board
Blanket chest: Antique
Farm table: Antique
Artwork: Antique 
Area rug: Rejuvenation
Oversized baskets: Waterworks