Category Antiques

front page feature on houzz – go brass!

Everyone, everywhere is asking for unlacquered brass. Chrome? Pewter? Nickel???!? (over) It’s unlacquered brass fixtures, fittings and hardware’s moment in the design-sun. Never one to toe the trends, Shanti’s been loving and living with brass for ages (see her post here) and so through her amazing and prescient bathroom designs, has become a bit of […]

impeccable charlotte (moss)

If you see Miles Redd previewing an auction, chances are excellent that you’ve come to a good place. Like antiquing and spotting one of the Keno brothers checking joints on the linen press beside you. Charlotte Moss is to interior design what Martha is to crafting – but without Kmart and catalog tie-ins. She’s written […]

when we roam + antiquing for kids (rooms)

Better than a day antiquing upstate? Leaving the (big, tagged, draconian urban ugliness – or at least stretches of it) behind… And reaching this… Then this and here-in finding such treasures as make it all worth while. Even if I’d go for the drive alone… Bonus? Finding pieces at prices as if from another, kinder/gentler, […]

imperfect = you

Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There’s a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in. – Leonard Cohen, Anthem Leonard Cohen’s zen spin on the Japanese “wabi-sabi” – the art or embracing of the imperfect, the impermanent and incomplete. Variations exist in many faiths and cultures, though (tragically) […]

why carpets are like wine

I don’t put myself forward as an expert on rugs and am loathe to lecture as though I were one. I approach shopping for carpets, much like I do ordering wine.  I make no pretense at expertise or connoisseurship in either realm – I am no more well-versed in how deeply depressed a warp structure […]

how it might look – imagining lives at Doyle’s HOME auction

I previewed Doyle Home yesterday. It was a glorious grab-bag showing the silverware-to-needlepoint-cushions contents of 10+ estates. The fun part, one of the fun parts, of previewing auctions is the projection – fantasy. Assume identities then feather their nests. Here are two I imagined, and their attendant trappings. We’ll call the above assemblage: Bachelor’s Rusticating Refuge. Clockwise from […]

how not to buy a carpet

Early in the last decade, I worked on Human Rights issues through an international diplomatic mission in Macedonia (FYROM for Former Yuguslav Republic of Macedonia in UN-Speak) – only, in order not to offend the sensibilities of the host nation, the powers that be (in all their wisdom) adopted the nomenclature of  “Human Dimensions” to […]