Alice has recently acquired a pretty house in a quiet, leafy neighborhood where she is starting over, so to speak, in the first house she is doing entirely on her own. She envisions a mostly neutral palette, along the lines of my former house which she saw in New England Home magazine, and hopes to achieve the feeling of a retreat with comfortable upholstery but one that inspires the imagination. How better to create that atmosphere than mixing in some well-chosen antiques?
|A few of the items on my personal wish list: A pair of Louis XVI Style Painted Armchairs, a set of Pressed French Botanicals, and a Swedish Gustavian Sideboard|
So for Alice's new place we are beginning with a living room/study where she can work, have a glass of wine with a friend or stretch out and watch a movie. The three distinct areas in the long room will be defined by sisal rugs from Pottery Barn.
The pieces we are sourcing from The HighBoy will be the desk and side chairs and the pair of end tables next to the loveseats flanking the fireplace. Upholstered furniture will come from my long-time source, The Charles Stewart Company. Alice's taste leans toward the romantic; she likes a mix of French and English styles and has decided on pieces similar to the following:
|In the living room/study: a French Carved Fruitwood Open Arm Fauteuil, a French Provincial Bureau Plat Writing Table, and a pair of Georgian Style Mahogany Pembroke Tables.|
|A few of the items on Alice's wish list: A set of six French Bleached Oak Os Du Mouton Dining Chairs, a Country French Walnut Side Table and a 19th Century French Iron Fireback|
Additionally, The HighBoy publishes an excellent online magazine, The Weekly, which features articles on the history of different periods and styles in design combined with beautiful imagery. It is an excellent source of information and inspiration.
Spring, as it does in northern New England, has arrived all at once and we have had a stretch of beautiful days, warm enough to leave the windows open. It is the kind of weather that gives one a sense of well being. I hope you have same wherever you are and wish you a wonderful week ahead.