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An English Bed and Breakfast

The English countryside is one of my favorite places to go buying antiques. Bath is one of those exceptional towns that embodies "old English style". Remodelista recently featured the vacation home of Patrick Williams, of design-build firm Berdoulat. Williams' vacation home has been converted into a bed and breakfast and opened to the public. 

Photo: Remodelista

Photo: Remodelista

Photo: Remodelista

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Editorial Inspiration - Storage Trunks

Photo: Architectural Digest

Tom's founder, Blake Mycoskie, and his globally influenced home are featured in the latest issue of Architectural Digest. Trunks are an anchor all around his home, providing functional storage and a sturdy surface for display.

England circa 1890 green travelers trunk (BA126)

See more of Blake's house designed by Hammer and Spear in the 2015 October issue of Architectural Digest.

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Top Picks: Melinda Ritz

When Melinda Ritz saw the Italian leather sofa, she couldn't help but share her thoughts.

Italy circa 1950 large sofa in buffalo leather (BB71a)

"When I saw this Italian Buffalo covered sofa it was love at first sight! I like my Italian sofas as much as I like my Italian men.  They are both well built, handsome and stylish, and moreover, they grow more handsome over the years. This guy, I mean sofa, is getting up there at around 65 years old with the look and feel of a well worn suitcase that has travelled the world and seen it all. Yes, Italy wins the prize for the best in design as far as Im concerned.  This fabulous and timeless looking leather sofa will mix well with a home filled with antiques from Europe as well as stand on its own in a very contemporary setting. You can throw this guy into any room and it will add warmth and personality to every setting. This Italian three seater speaks very little English, gets better with age and mixes  well with old and new. Just the way I like my men..." - Melinda Ritz

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The Time Capsule

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 Consider the straight lines of a table or bookcase from the Georgian period as opposed to the heavy and carved furniture from the Queen Anne period. This was an era that political rule in England changed from the monarchy to a political party system of elected leaders. The weight and power of the monarchy was shed at the same time the heavy carvings were shed from dark furniture into more graceful and straighter lines with lighter woods of the Georgian period.

The Georgian era was prosperous and expansive. It is when the grand houses popped up in the English countryside with the tea sipping lifestyle we all picture from those Jane Austin novels. It was also an era of territorial expansion overseas. To put it in perspective, the tables and bookcases in our shipment were built… and the boxes we are unwrapping stored tea under lock and key at the same time our forefathers revolted and our country gained independence from England. How about that Boston tea party? In sharp contrast, lets skip forward 100 years to the next century and another prosperous period known as the industrial revolution. HglX3ALWt651DRWs0tpXVpw0Ms-hrDlznUH-dJ1SgLBPTRzBl07wBtUZNceMwVrKYILHEIFe-kEdYY_QxEyPFoalvb_difXeC_PEv12fD6VHMnXzwgNCWy7iplVIrnUKFaF8DBTz4SLbXXvB=s0-d-e1-ft

 

This is the time when Queen Victoria reigned in England and when we see the glorious linen factories pop up in Belgium and the north of France. It is the period from which all the chic metal industrial furniture we love today evolved. Finally, amongst our treasures are the comfy leather sofas and chairs that were enjoyed 100 years later during another prosperous and rebellious period…. the 1950s and 1960s. Picture the Beatles lounging around on a casual leather sofa while JFK makes his famous speech asking what you can do for your country.

I hope you understand why I refer to our container as a time capsule. Antiques encompass a rich vein of social history and a direct reference to a way of living from the past. They add a sense of instant character, an element of rarity and a humble sophistication to any home. The pursuit of objects from the past excites our aesthetic and indulges our historical curiosities. The mysteries of their provenance are alluring. Furthermore, they are as visually satisfying today as they were decades or centuries ago.

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Foley & Cox Top Picks

 

 

Foley & Cox Top Picks

BA100 – these sophisticated Bergere’s would add a refined, gentlemanly touch to the corner of a living room or library.  The combination of cane, leather, and mahogany make them a timeless classic that evokes an English sensibility that is both relaxed and elegant.

AR10 – this fantastic light would add just the right amount of industrial age and strength over a kitchen island.  The scale and clean lines of the fixture make it a focal point and enables the piece to be the central “character” for a transitional room.

Foley & Cox is an international design firm with incredible taste. We loved hearing what their favorite pieces are. You can learn more about them on their website - Foleyandcox.com

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