Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Artist Spotlight: Christy Kinard

Atlanta artist Christy Kinard is a Southern girl. She's inspired by the fresh bouquets of flowers from the table of her childhood home. Her paintings are pieced together like the kaleidoscope quilts her great aunts used to make. And the boldness of her work is like the character of Southern woman. Christy says, "Beyond the well-kept exterior and femininity, like my work, the women of the South can be strong, creative and playful."

"Peacock Rose"

"Summer Love"

"Love is a Rose II"

"White Hydrangea"

Sunday, January 15, 2012

An Art Deco Mirror

Fashion editors are saying one of spring's biggest trends is Art Deco. Designers showed elements from the roaring 20s on the runways at Gucci, Tory Burch and Ralph Lauren. 

LA Times

Art Deco style originated in Paris in the 1920s, and is known for it's bold geometric designs and linear symmetry. It's easy to spot in architecture...

The Chrysler Building in New York City

In jewelry...

Estate diamond ring 

And in these French Art Deco club chairs. 

1st Dibs

I just found my own Art Deco treasure for the shop, this fabulous period-inspired mirror. It's new, but the glass is really antiqued (which means it's super "smokey" looking), and it's encased in a simple painted frame. Here it hangs above a chest as one large piece. But it's so versatile. The mirror is actually three panels connected by hinges, so it can also be displayed as a screen, or separated and hung as three individual, smaller mirrors. 

Here's a close-up of the cut pattern of the glass. Definitely Art Deco... but subtle enough for my traditional girl taste! 

Shipping is available through:
Lindley Arthur Antiques at Antique Row
5013 West Lovers Lane
Dallas Texas 75209

Monday, January 2, 2012

Antiques for Kids

One of my pet peeves is Rooms To Go. If you've never had the chance to visit one of these establishments, I know you've seen the commercials. They're always running specials where you can walk out with an entire room - the couch, chairs, coffee table - and they EVEN throw in a flat screen television. There's no picking out styles, no fabric swatches to shuffle through. It's easy. And in my opinion, boring and a little bit lazy. 

Being a mom, I have bought my fair share from Pottery Barn Kids. But furnishing an entire room from there isn't much different than Rooms To Go. The things are cute. But all together, they don't have a ton of personality. See what I mean? 

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know I'm all about antiques. Even for kids. It's obviously not smart to buy a super expensive, museum quality piece. It will no doubt be rammed with remote control cars and at some point, covered with scratch n' sniff stickers. I personally think an antique chest is a good workhorse for a child - it can store toys, clothing, and even can be something nostalgic to use when the child grows up and moves into their first home of their own. 

Collins Interiors

Chambers Interiors

Cote de Texas

I don't think many kids will have their Pottery Barn Thomas Dresser in their adult homes. But an antique American pine chest? You can almost count on it!