Monday, February 28, 2011

Little Picassos

My sweet friend Meredith has fabulous art in her home. Some she's collected over the years and some she's actually painted herself. But her favorite (and mine too!) is the abstract that sits in her entry. 

I loved it even more when Meredith told me that the artists were none other than her three-year-old daughter Stella and two-year-old son Yates. The pair did all the work by themselves, with no help from Mom. Then it was framed and placed somewhere where it would always be seen - right by the front door. 

She did the same thing with these two paintings hanging in the upstairs hallway. Both kiddos were armed with the exact same paint and brushes, and these are their creations. 

Yates' sits on the left, Stella's on the right. 

Meredith also marked each child's first birthday by framing their very first drawings in her laundry room. 

The work of some "real" artists will appreciate over time. But nothing will gain value more than these sweet paintings. I know they make Meredith smile every time she sees them now, but can you imagine how treasured they will be in 15 years? 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Modern Mix II - Antique Furniture for Contemporary Collectors

A couple weeks ago, I shared my favorite antique accessories for modern homes. I had to follow up with a blog about furniture. I think every room needs at least one antique. It anchors the room, gives it a sense of history and character. There are so many periods that mix with modern, but here are three that definitely make the cut:

1. Directoire style (1793-1804) started after the French revolution, and is known for its simplicity and smaller size.

Because of the war's effect on the French economy, the pieces were made from less expensive wood and with bronze instead of gilt.I love Directoire chairs with a modern dining room table, and the side tables work just about anywhere.

Directoire chairs, Canadian House & Home

Directoire day bed, House Beautiful

2. Biedermeier style (1815-1848) originated German speaking countries after the French Revolution. People wanted to return to normal, so they created unpretentious, practical furniture for the middle class. The history explains its weird name - "Bieder" means middle class and "meier" was a common last name in Germany.

Look for light woods expertly cut to show the beauty of the grain, and not much detail other than the occasional black ebony inlay. Designers in New York have gone crazy for this style, so of course, the real deals are pricey and hard to find.

Biedermeier armoire, House Beautiful

Biedermeier chairs, Traditional Home

Biedermeier chest, House Beautiful

3. And finally, I couldn't write a blog without mentioning Louis Philippe (1830-1848), could I? I hope you're not tired of hearing about it, but I really believe this is the easiest and probably most affordable antique to mix with modern.

Obviously I love the mirrors. And the commodes. I've even done a whole post dedicated to Louis Philippe here. So I won't bore you with more information. But I can't resist sharing a few more pretty pictures!

Louis Philippe mirror, House Beautiful

Louis Philippe dining table, House Beautiful

Louis Philippe commode, Canadian House and Home

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Neck Candy

My son Leighton has a thing for candy jewelry. He could care less about wearing it, of course, but he loves to bite off those chalky pastel pieces. 

My taste in jewelry is a little different. One day, I'm going to treat myself to a necklace from Elva Fields. Designer Emily Maynard (who named the line after her great-grandmother) scours flea markets for vintage brooches, pins and shoe buckles, then repurposes them into these gorgeous, statement making pieces.

Everything is either limited edition or one-of-a-kind, so if you see something you like, you better bite fast! 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Be Mine

I've got a crush on vintage Valentines. Aren't they the sweetest way to decorate for the holiday?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Modern Silhouette

Lonny Magazine

There's something so charming about these simple black-and-white paper-cut profiles, which originated in the 1600s as an alternative to pricey oil portraits. Depending on the age and condition, antique silhouettes cost between $50 and $1,000. I've seen several designers collect originals and display them together like this:

Country Living

In the past, silhouettes were cut at social gatherings for guests to take home as souvenirs. Today, artists are printing profiles on everything from wallpaper to jewelry. Here are a few of my favs: 

Perfect in a tiny powder bath - Osborne & Little "Clarendon" wallpaper

 Wouldn't this be the sweetest Valentine's Day present? From lepapierstudio on Etsy

Custom silhouette pillow from Uncommon Goods

Cute notecards from Little Cupcakes Company

I love jewelry designer  Barry Kronen. He etches profile charms using photos of your little one, and then puts them on this fabulous toggle necklace. 

Dallas silhouette artist Virginia Rose cut these profiles of Leighton and Benton. I even had one made of our dog, Trooper! 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Introducing EMYO

Look what arrived on my doorstep Monday to brighten up this cold, dreary week:

Three beautiful canvases from Emily Ozier (also known as EMYO)! 

Emily is a mom of four kiddos (with another on the way) who lives in Memphis with her husband John. She's an Auburn graduate and primarily self-taught when it comes to her painting. Her work is sold at a handful of galleries in the southeast, and it goes fast - most shops have a wait list for her paintings. I can see why - she does a beautiful job building up the canvas by layering colors of paint. 

This is the first time EMYO paintings have traveled to Texas, and I'm excited to announce that I will be showing her work at my booth starting next week! Stop by and take a look! 

Lindley Arthur Antiques
Antique Row
5013 West Lovers Lane
Dallas, Texas 75209