Tuesday, May 19, 2009

an antiques booth done right

If you follow me, you know I love to go antique shopping. Good booth dealers, regardless of their style, create vignettes with their wares. Pictured above is probably my favorite dealer's booth. While I probably would not style my whole house this way, I find so much inspiration from her and love her eye. I constantly poach her ideas.

And how about those lamps? They cost $550 and I'm thinking about going back for them. Wouldn't they look amazing with new black silk shades?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

painted porcelain

I ran across these beauties at one booth in one of my favorite antique malls today. I simply adore hand painted porcelain. Old Paris is, of course, a favorite. But I also love anything with sweet florals. It's so southern to me. The nice thing about them is that you can endlessly mix and match Old Paris and floral patterns. As long as the colorways go, use it all together.

Along with the patterns, these are also some of my favorite shapes... an oval serving tray (perfect for finger sandwiches, which I frequently serve to girlfriends to come over for a meeting), a tureen (for a chilled summer soup or without the lid with flowers) and a compote (which is great for sweets - perhaps petit fours - served on the matching plates).