Friday, November 28, 2008

Cut & Paste

Tis the Season to be thinking about some New Ornaments for the Christmas Tree . . . . with a Child-like Theme.
I start with Cutting & Pasting my hand-painted papers. . . . trying out some ideas. . . . Musical Dolls-?. . . .Musical Birds-?
A little Russian Doll - like an Angel emerges - with some friendly Woodpeckers balanced on her arms. . . . then a Christmas Tree. . . . Mittens. . . . and Stockings. . . .now its time to Embellish them with Vintage Buttons, Trims, and Custom Names.
I decide to give the little Russian Doll a Halo-!

Monday, November 10, 2008

The New 18th Century Style

"The Magic of Remembering" Antique Painted Chairs with Wheat Motif Backs - A Beautiful Venetian Lantern illuminates the Table. A Zinc oeil-de-boeuf (bulls eye) Mirror over a Curved Sofa.

A most beautiful an fascinating book on Decor-! It's a "life style" book, actually, featuring the homes of Artists, Antique Dealers, and Designers - mostly French, and living in the Cities and Countrysides of France.
They All have their unique stories of how and when they found the home of their dreams - (many are delightfully fairytale-like-!).

The Interiors presented, all exude the exquisite scent of the 18th Century, yet suffice with just a few pieces of furniture - some random antique objects carefully placed - and paintings & mirrors- which are arranged in a stylistic manner.

The Colors used in all the rooms are nearly always neutrals (beige, grays, off white, black, and earth colors) with an occasional touch of Red or Blue found in the Fabrics.
A great emphasis is place upon found sculpture, textured surfaces , and weatherd Gold leaf.

This New Style is like an ultimate puzzle composed with many odd pieces that have been abandoned, and forgotten over the centuries - that are now part of a secret alchemy - a new harmony. The interiors throughout the book are all different but each with a shared soul - the Past blended into the Present.

"The Past as a Point of Reference" An unusual white-painted staircase - Makes an interesting feature in this dining room. Around a refectory table are reproduction of Louis XV chairs.

"A Curio Cabinet" An Arrangement of a Mythological Plaster Bust & A Cache of Dove Feathers.

THE BOOK: "The New Eighteenth-Century Style" Rediscovering a French Decor - By Michelle La Lande - Photos By Gilles Trillard - Abrams - 2006 - It's Great-! Buy it-!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Something About Those Bentwood Chairs

The Bentwoods pictured on our Deck

Robert recently found six of these Bentwood Chairs, pictured above. After he reglued, sanded, and Teak-oiled them, We placed them at our round pedestal table. Because all of their design elements are based on graceful curves, they seemed to just "flow" around the table so beautifully. They put me in mind of Bistro Chairs, a nice "look" in the kitchen area. They felt sturdy to sit upon, yet were so light to move back & forth, or place to place.

Vintage Bentwoods are so Classic ( iconic, actually, being the first chair produced for the main stream.) They are still pretty available, (some quite fanciful) and remain a good choice, especially if one's thinking Green.

THONET Bentwood Chairs are considered to be the most desirable of all the early bentwood chairs because the "bentwood process" was invented by Michel Thonet in 1836. By 1870, his company, The Thonet Brothers, was the largest furniture maker in the World, making an astonding variety of furniture of bentwood. "Original" Sets of Thonet Bentwood Chairs can be found on "1st Dibs" (on line) for 1,000-4,000 dollars. More contemporary reproductions and updated versions cost between 150-495 dollars.