Monday, April 8, 2013

Bringing the garden inside - rustic decor.

I love the look of refined and rustic in the same room. Each makes the other look better. The room feels more relaxed and welcoming.

I love to look out for auctions that have garden furniture and decorations for those weathered pieces that come with character.

 From Pinterest

I love this simple metal chair in the refined apartment of decorator Rose Uniacke in London.

Both from Pinterest

A worn metal table piled high with simple decorations will always look confident and full of interest.

I rarely dedicate my examples to one auction, but the Kamelot Auction April 13th is chock full of garden furniture and decorations. These late 19th century marble topped iron garden tables are so good looking, and there are two! I can think of all kinds of places I would use these - entryway, kitchen, dining consoles... These are Lot 60, and have an auction estimate of $600 to $1,200.

This console table (circa 1940) is long at 72 inches, so needs the right space. It has wonderful scroll work decoration and weathered white paint. It's wrought iron with a marble top, and is very smart looking.  This is Lot 117 and has an auction estimate of $300 - $500.

I adore these benches! These would look fabulous in a living room or an entryway. Just make some cushions for comfort. These are Regency style wood rolled arm benches. They are Lot 314, and have an auction estimate of $1,000 - $1,600. 

This classical cast iron circa 1900 garden bench has lovely decorative details. This would be wonderful in an entryway or as seating at a dining table with some nice cushions. This is Lot 43, and has an auction estimate of $700 - $900.
 These are very smart chairs. They are described at Schinkel style circa 1910. The decorative details and shape make these chairs that would be great hall chairs, or perhaps at a table in the kitchen. These are Lot 45 with an auction estimate of $800 - $1,600.

Why not use garden decoration inside as well? I love urns, and this lot of three iron urns of varying sizes make a great group. These are Lot 322 and have an auction estimate of $300 - $900. 

These neoclassical style bronze urns are particularly chic. I'd put these on top of a console table to anchor either side. These are circa 1910 (Lot 56) with an auction estimate of $800 - $1,200.

Or course you can use all of these outside as well! There's nothing like creating a room in the garden with pieces like these. But I think they are all too wonderful to be left outside. Bring them in to your rooms for character and patina in your decor.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Bookshelves with character 'at auction'

Of course, you expect bookshelves in libraries to hold books - but they can be so much more! Use them to divide a room, add architectural detail, show off your objects, and add character to any room.

My old apartment

Here we used two freestanding shelves to add architectural detail to the room, and display objects. 

Via Pinterest

Industrial bookshelves are modern and add lots of character. I love them in almost any kind of space, and mixed with antiques or modern furniture. 

Via Pinterest

Here is an example of bookshelves as room divider. They delineate a space without closing it off. I love the collection of globes at the top too! (See a related blog Obelisks on bookshelves at Obelisk Decorating)

I love Kamelot Auctions in Philadelphia for a great selection of decorative, and architectural pieces. These two bookshelves are very smart looking. The one to the left is a massive 155" wide and 94" tall Regency style wood bookcase. The X-frames give it such character. There would be lots of room to pile this high with books, and art. This sold for $800 off an auction estimate of $400 - $600.

Add brass to the X-frame for an even more chic look! This circa 1950 wood and brass Regency style bookcase sold at Kamelot for $2,200 off an auction estimate of $1,000 - $1,500. Because this is open, it would make a great room divider. 

For modern options, my go-to would be Wright Auctions in Chicago. This Edward Wormley open frame bookshelf is made of mahogany and brass. It's circa 1954, and measures 48 inches wide, and 76.5 inches tall. The design is subtle and very cool. This would look good against a wall, or between rooms. This sold for $4,375 of an auction estimate of $3,000 - $5,000.

This bookshelf was designed by Ico and Luisa Parisi (Italian, circa 1950). It's made of mahogany, walnut, and brass, and measures 44 inches wide and 49 inches tall. The design makes this a piece of art in and of itself. I would want to place this somewhere that the shapes can be seen from the side. This had an auction estimate of $7,000 to $9,000.

This bookshelf has wonderful carved shapes and details. This sold at a Copake Auction in Copake, NY for $675 off an auction estimate of $300 - $500. It measures 33 inches wide and is 63" tall. It's described as a carved 19th century folk art bookshelf. It has lots of interest.

I love this pair of corner shelves. I can think of all kinds of uses for them. Pairs are wonderful for adding an architectural element to a room. Think of these as flanking a sofa, and they don't necessarily need to be in a corner. These are described as George III style and made of mahogany. They measure 21 inches wide and 45 inches tall. These sold at a Copake Auction for $226 off an auction estimate of $150 to $250.

Think of bookshelves as an architectural element first, and then a place for books and art for added interest. Even if you're on a budget, you don't need to give up style. If you keep your eye out at auctions you will find something that adds interet, and is utilitarian at the same time.

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