Monday, February 8, 2010

Two auctions this week to decorate your home (week of Feb. 8th)

Last week I highlighted a few auctions coming up in February. I attended two sale previews today with my husband. We just got back from a long trip last night, and I didn't think I had the energy to attend any sale previews, but I am very glad that I did. They both had lots to inspire one for furnishing and decorating a home.

Both Doyles and Christie's are having sales this week focused on decorating rather than collecting: Doyles @Home, and Christie's Interiors. We're not really in the market to furnish a room, let alone a whole house at this stage, but if we were these would provide lots to think about.

The Doyle's preview had a number of interesting pieces of furniture, mirrors and paintings (among other things), but somehow we weren't tempted. Here's a link to the catalog:

We were somewhat interested in Lot 40 for this painting of a woman which also has a very interesting frame, but it's in a lot that includes another painting of no interest. This sometimes happens and you need to make a decision on whether it's worth it.

Doyles @ Home - Lot 40 $800 - $1,200

The Christie's offering is huge. We had never been to Christie's in New York before so this was a first for us. The items are spread over three floors and range in styles from very traditional to mid-century. They have the advantage of space so they can arrange things in many cases in room groupings. Here's the catalog link:

Here are a few photos from the Christie's sale of room ideas.

Christie's Interiors sale 9 & 10 February - Deco 'room'
In the past few years we have developed more of an interest Deco and mid-century styles. We could see several pieces in this grouping in our home. 

    Christie's Interiors sale 9 & 10 February - 'Bedroom'

This room could be a lovely traditionally furnished bedroom: dressers, paintings, mirrors and all!

Christie's Interior sale 9 & 10 February - 'Living room'
This could furnish a lovely traditional living room. I even like the red fabric on the sofa and chairs.

We did find that some things we were interested in from reviewing the catalog pictures didn't look as good in person. It reminded us that buying without seeing in person has it's dangers. We've done it, but there are mistakes to be made.

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