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.

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