Friday, January 27, 2012

Updated Traditional 'at auction'

I'm a big believer in mixing styles - antique and new, high (investment piece) and low (IKEA)... Another twist might be to take a traditional design style and make it out of modern materials, like metal. An obvious example is a four poster bed. What could be more traditional than that? But we see it in metal, and it looks fresh and modern.

House Beautiful - Designer: Vicente Wolf

This bedroom designed by Vicente Wolf (one of my favorite 'mixers') uses cool blue-grey tones, a touch of Asian with the small tables, and a metal four poster that gives the room a traditional element, but with a twist. 

Hudson Valley House (mine!)

In my own home, I have tried to follow similar rules. I have a metal four poster hung with a piece of African kuba cloth, along with a 17th century leather embossed screen (to the right), and a large metal candelabra for some drama. I have a Chinese table for that touch of Asian in front of the leather and metal sofa. Many items were purchased at auction, of course!

Doyle New York  has an auction coming up February 8th, titled 'Belle Epoque".  This pair of console tables caught my eye. They are described as Louis XVI style in silvered metal. I think these would be very smart in an entryway, or maybe one in the entry and the other in the dining or living room. Wouldn't one of these make a great bar set up area. They are Lot 130, measure 32 inches tall, 48 inches wide and 16 inches deep. They have an auction estimate of $1,000 - $1,500. They are very modern traditional!

The same auction includes this Italian silver plated tray on a chrome folding stand. This is a classic style, and very functional. This would also be a wonderful bar set up in a living room. This is Lot 248, and has an auction estimate of $500 - $800. It's very sleek. 

Kamelot Auctions in Philadelphia often has intriguing pieces. I like this modern console table and mirror in steel with brass decoration included in their next auction February 18th. These are in two separate Lots (205 and 209), but they really go together! They each have an auction estimate of $300 - $500. I think this set would make the perfect instant entryway with a classic but modern feel. Add some frilly sconces on either side of the mirror for a chic first impression.

By the way, Kamelot also has an identical pair of console tables as the ones in the Doyle auction with the same auction estimate. 

At the next Christie's Interiors auction in New York February 7th and 8th, this pair of side table and lamps are offered in Lot 657. They are made of chromes metal, and the tables have glass tops. These are not quite modern twists on traditional, but they are sleek, and would fit in to modern or classic designs. They have an auction estimate of $1,000 - $1,500. 

Add some chrome in a classic style and you have a piece that will jazz up your room some modern elements without going too wild!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Decorate with Louis Vuitton luggage 'at auction'

You see designers incorporating Louis Vuitton luggage in their designs over and over. There is something very chic about vintage LV, and they make wonderful tables when stacked.

Metropolitan Home

Instead of a sofa table in this modern Georgetown living room, the owners stacked up two vintage LV pieces - a trunk and a suitcase. Very smart looking, and a reference to their traveling life style. 

House Beautiful - Designer: Ken Fulk

Here is the perfect way to use two suitcases! They make quite the chic bedside table. Lots of room for your lamp, some flowers, and a stack of reading material. 

I was happy to run across some wonderful LV luggage at the Doyle New York auction preview for their Doyle @Home sale January 11th. This group of 4 suitcases are Lot 202, and have an auction estimate of $800 - $1,200.

Bonhams  in New York has a sale coming up January 19th. There are a number of lots of LV luggage. This hard sided suitcase is Lot 1391, and has an auction estimate of $1,500 - $2,000.

This vintage LV trunk has a well worn look. This probably saw many sea passages, and the stories it could tell! This is Lot 1395 in the Bonhams sale and has an auction estimate of $1,000 - $1,500. 

I like the idea of stacking luggage, and this group of three suitcases would make a great side table. These are Lot 1396 in the Bonhams sale, and have an auction estimate of $1,500 - $2,000.

Louis Vuitton trunks and suitcases comes up at auction fairly regularly. It's more fun to have the well worn pieces which have seen some of the world! They make very chic pieces of furniture when brought in to your decor.
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