A recent buying trip to Italy reintroduced some old favorites. Nobody does linens like the Italians, except maybe the French. Each piece is treated like a revered friend; lovingly washed, ironed and displayed. I first came across these wonderful kitchen towels many years ago on my first trip to Italy and packed my suitcase with as many as it would hold.

They are still in hard use in my home and have not faded or worn. We brought back a small selection for our customers to enjoy. They make great Christmas presents and are beautiful enough to display or even frame. We also brought back some wonderful antique Italian linens. More about them in another post.

We love faux painting. There are so many decorative effects that can be achieved that will give you a one-of-a-kind look. Whether its marbling, tortoiseshell, stencilling or trompe-l’Oeil, the look is so special and unique to you! Here are a few examples of fabulous faux effects.

We were recently visited by a local artist who has a very impressive portfolio of faux effects. We feel very fortunate to have this wonderful resource for our clients. If you would like to know more about decorative painting, stop by our shop. In the shop we have several reference books on decorative effects for you to browse through.

On a trip to the D&D Building in New York earlier this month we stopped into Quadrille. Their China Seas collection has been a decorating standard for years, and this year’s line is fabulous. We picked up several samples for you to look through for a clean, summery look for your porch, summer home or yacht.
China Sea

Great finds at a country auction this month. We’re having fun selecting the best of the auction’s finds for your home. Here are a few examples.

These are a pair of Japanese patinated iron garden ornaments from the 19th Century. Although only 16″ tall, these geese are guaranteed to keep any unwanted critters out of your garden.

Blue & White Pottery

Aladin’s cave gave up a few new treasures today. Here is a mixture of Portuguese and French eartherware.

Another find is a Limoges breakfast or luncheon set for eight.

August brought Irene and more treasures to our Shop. This loveseat is a perfect size for a small apartment, living room or study. We’ve upholstered it in a Khaki Twill from Stroheim and Rohmann. The simple, elegant lines make this piece easy to work into any decor. We’ve dressed it with pillows from our workshop done in antique Italian silk from Florence. These are examples of the quality work we can do in our workshops.

This stunning lamp is red “case” glass in the French Empire style with gilt mountings. It could be a very impressive addition to any elegant room. It sits on a fabulous Chinese wedding box with a glass top and mounted on a handmade red lacquer base. Probably early 19th Century.

We acquired a pair of outstanding hand-carved walnut framed Louis XVI bergeres. They are a good scale for a small living room, would add a great elegance to any interior. Presently they are covered in a black and white wool check…but we would be happy to customize them to your decor from our great selection of fabrics.

The desk is an English 19th Century copy of a Queen Anne lady’s dressing table. It is walnut with string inlay. One of the most unusual features of this piece is it’s small scale and the fact that it is completely finished on the back! So, it is perfect to stand away from the wall, perhaps as a lamp table between two chairs. You’ll also find lots of storage space…seven drawers and one cupboard…making it perfect for a small apartment.

Finally, Buster would like to show you three stools that we recently acquired. Great additional seating in any room. We have one is our powder room. The smallest is English oak with a leather top in the Tudor style. The other two are Georgian copies in mahogany. One has an interesting inlay on the Queen Anne legs.