Inspired by antiques: Art deco candlsticks

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This week a striking pair of candlesticks that sold last week at Skinner auctions in Boston caught my eye. Here the brilliant amethyst glass has been molded into an art deco rock formation, reminding me of the current vogue for facets in furniture and design.  The natural formation of rock crystal, both angular and irregular, has found translation in everything …

Inspired by antiques: Roycroft arts and crafts andirons

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 As a decorator I can tell you that fireplace accessories are usually a bit of an afterthought, but the exceptional andirons at right could serve as inspiration for an entire room.  Made at the turn of the last century by Roycroft, the arts and crafts workshop founded by Elbert Hubbard in East Aurora, New York, this pair comes up for …

Inspired by antiques: An American moon and stars quilt

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This week I’m taking inspiration from a remarkable quilt that will be up for auction at Skinner’s American furniture and decorative arts sale this weekend (June 7).  Dating from the turn of the 20th century, the design of this pieced wool quilt is comprised of four-point stars set between thirty-five full circles and ten half circles—known as a “moon and …

Inspired by antiques: Homeric style tea service by Elkington

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As an interior decorator and style blogger, I’ve been asked to write a column that takes inspiration from antiques and makes connections to current trends—as we all know, styles in furniture and the decorative arts tend to repeat themselves! Today, the elements of design found in the most exquisite antiques take form in new and often unexpected ways—from designer pieces …