Sunday, November 27, 2011


The New Eighteenth Century Style

I don’t know about you but after our Thanksgiving holiday I’ve been walking around in a turkey stupor. The last guest is gone and after all the cooking and cleaning I’ve done I’m ready to laze about doing nothing except read a book. What better piece of furniture to turn to then a daybed.

Eleanor Cummings, Veranda

Daybed, the very word allows us to sleep when the sun is out…it’s even a spot for some serious slumbering when the moon’s high. What other piece of furniture dictates a particular use at a given time?

Elle Decor 2011


As seating, the daybed serves as a settee or little sofa.

Lisa Luby Ryan

In a small room it can replace a sofa entirely freeing up additional floor space.

Sue's living room from The Zhush

If the room is large, a daybed can anchor a secondary seating group that complements the main pieces.


Daybeds work well in any room or as here an outside room. This is one versatile piece that doesn’t state what room to place it.

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There are no rules of placement either and using one out in the room lends itself nicely so that people can sit from both directions.

Pottery Barn

This setting just says, “Dive right in and enjoy!”


Because of the daybeds sculptural nature it can easily stand alone.


Traditional Home, July


I bet you thought I was going to show you a picture of my daybed huh? Unfortunately I don’t have one and as much as I would like a daybed I don’t really have anywhere to put one. So how about you, anyone out there with a daybed?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Wishing all of you a safe, happy and joyous Thanksgiving!

Hugs to you all!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Like a moth to a flame.....

Veranda, 2004

There’s nothing more mysterious then the light from the glow of a candle enhanced only by that which holds it and nothing sets off a candle more then an antique gilded candlestick.

Whether it’s a single candlestick….

Chateau de Moissac

Or several dozen can we ever really have enough candlesticks?

Mona over at providence ltd design likes to design with them but used a unique sconce made from an antique candlestick.

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I love groups of candles in front of a mirror since the mirror enhances the amount of light put off into a room.

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Or how about some ambiance in the kitchen?

Joan over at for the love of a house has her candlesticks set off by an antique painting.

While Andie at Divine Theatre gives her fireplace some added flare with two tall candlesticks.
I'm in love with the whole setting of this fireplace!

Southern Accents, 2004

Candlesticks can come in any shape or size as seen here, there’s a very tall gold gilt by the doors and a very unique candle sconce being held by an arm.

Southern Accents, 2004

Candlesticks can even frame out accessories drawing the eye in.

Traditional Home, 2009

Or be enhanced by the accessories around them.

French Country Magazine, 2011

my candlesticks and sconces

A few of my own antique candlesticks and sconces in my studio, two large silver leaf, a pair of refurbished sconces (I know burn the wicks) and several pairs of 18th century blue church candlesticks.

I plan on bring my candlesticks out for the holidays, how about you?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

A picture is worth a thousand words?

Mood Indigo by Vinny Lee

Have you ever seen something that makes you stop and think...

The New Eighteenth Century Style

Something so profoundly simple but elegant....

Linda Chase Associates

Used in ways you've never dreamed.....

Vogue Living Australia, 2010

Just because you love their beauty....

Veranda 2004

I love frames, even better empty frames in their purest form.

Michael Trapp's Home

The way they can lead your eye in.....

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Making you take notice of them rather then what they frame.

Cote Sud Magazine, 2004

The frame has had a long and noble history, often being commissioned before determining what to put in it. Now the frame takes center stage rather then a supporting role.

Monique Meij-Beekman, Elle Decoration UK 2009

Designs evoke a time when craftsmanship was an art unto itself. Instead of being diminished or destroyed by the passage of time, frames, like fine wine, are enhanced by age.

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So is it any wonder that people now collect frames for their stand-alone beauty.

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my frames & image

A few of my antique frames, an 18th century Spanish frame with a carved niche for holding a reliquary framing out two 17th century Italian frames and 16th century angel bust.

Frames no longer need a job and have come to be admired for themselves. So how about you, do you have a frame or two without a piece of artwork? Would you ever want just a frame without a picture?

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