4 - 12 - 2010
Accessorizing your home is fun – and for many of us a life-long hobby – layers of details are often what separate a home that looks like it was staged by a “decorator” and the home that evokes your passion and personality.
It’s always so much easier to design a beautiful and interesting interior if you have wonderful accessories to work with. I put a small table in the entry of this home to help anchor this space and create interest as you walk into the front door of the home. Pairing the beautiful old wooden candlesticks with the antique mercury glass jars is a nice mix of texture – especially when you add the fresh flowers to the jars. Adding the white coral for one more texture and shape completed the look.
In the same home I needed something large to anchor my client’s over-sized and fabulous coffee table. We found this antique bell jar at an antique fair with an old round mirror under it – I just filled it with different colors and shapes of coral and sea shells. The addition of the antique marble grapes (which you can never have too many of) and the silver tray with a few more items completes this setting. Did I mention how much fun it is to throw in the Chinese calligraphy brushes?
This French sideboard was refinished with a great neutral from the Farrow & Ball color deck – Savage Ground, I also added French Gray and plenty of antiqued silver leaf – then added a new top out of Carerra marble. The sconces are special and from the early 18th century – French of course. The large silver tray in the middle of the setting houses several silver candlesticks, jars and fresh flowers.
This was an old (beat up a little) but nice end table from Bausman – it was crying out for a little more personality so I refinished it in one of my “go-to” Farrow & Ball colors – Light Gray – and finished it off with some antiqued gold leaf and lots of distressing. After this was done the table was ready for a special antique Swedish toy horse and a lovely antique Swedish lamp. A shell box, antique marble grapes and a fresh Ivy topiary add extra life to the setting. I often hang a piece of art lower than one might expect when I can place it behind a lamp and over a table.
This coffee table came to life when I added this antique Swedish wooden crown to the setting. My clients collect these incredible statues carved from bronze and ivory. They are sculpted by D.H. Chiparus 1886-1947 – and are called “Cherries” and “The Rose” they are some of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in such a small package. I can’t tell if they are smiling at each other or that cool crown.
Whenever I see old wooden cherubs or religious figures I try and pick them up if they aren’t too expensive (which they have become). I paired an old one with a newer reproduction below both under an incredible 18th century French candle bracket – I like this look.
Coffee tables are fun to accessorize – in this setting I put a very large bowl from Fortunata and just filled it with the Scandinavian magazines and several Chinese calligraphy brushes. The really large piece of coral sits on two coffee table books about Monet – one of the books is Swedish. Never forget the importance of fresh flowers in your home. As small as this silver mint julep cup is – once filled with a simple bouquet of flowers it brings the whole setting to life – it adds a special sparkle that only fresh flowers can deliver.
Sometimes I will use unexpected things in unexpected places. This old French sideboard was given a new personality when it was refinished with Castle Gray – a favorite color from Farrow & Ball. This particular piece got an extra dose of antiqued silver leaf to give it a little extra pizzazz. I used two Antique Majolica Cheese Domes and a gray wooden tray with 3 white amaryllis in clay pots. Look at the colors in the Majolica and in the painting – I think I got lucky here….amazing.
Believe it or not this beautiful drop leaf chest is from the Black Forest. In its’ former life, it was dark – nearly black and very serious - a little stuffy. Of course I just flipped through my favorite paint deck from Farrow & Ball, and knowing how beautiful the color Pigeon turns out with our special layers – I just went for it….lots of antiqued silver leaf – this is the outcome. Now it can handle the whimsy of the oversized wooden rabbit and green jars.
When in doubt you can never go wrong with fresh flowers or fruit. Sometimes when you are working with a really special and unique piece – less is more. In this setting the hero is the antique Swedish Apothecary chest this is juxtaposed with a flat screen TV above it. I just used a beautiful white dish from Jan Barboglio, and filled it with fresh oranges.
What does your home say about you? Do you have some great accessorizing ideas you use in your home? Please send them in! We would love to see them and share them with our readers.
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