I covet this antique (French?) wallpaper screen, and beautiful 5 legged Queen Anne bench. Something in me sings over benches and this is one of the prettiest I have ever seen. Mrs. L. did not know the provenance on the piece so I did my usual amateur sleuthing down the internet rabbit hole.
I know repairs lower the value of furniture, as far as collectors and museums are concerned. What I see is loving preservation. You know the book Blink? It is about rapid cognition. I am not an academic, but with good furniture, I know it when I see it. I've shopped the planet for so many years, my senses tingle when I am in the presence of the authentic and beautiful. Every thing in this house is authentic and beautiful, but it is not unapproachable.
I am neither a minimalist nor a clutters, and Mrs. L.'s table tops are interesting without being jumbled. In Winston Salem were still smoking! On this table is an ashtray, snuffer, cigarette and match/lighter accessories.
I just wanted you to see the entirely perfect, small antique chandelier with complementary candlearbras.
|A little glass house for a Staffordshire boy and his goat|
|I love this pretty powder room with reverse painted antique mirror and lantern sconces|
Jewel tones strike a more masculine counterpoint for this office/den, but it is completely out of the man cave category.
This is one of the most handsome burl chests I have ever laid eyes on. The erratic graining in this piece almost resembles tortoise shell. Burl is difficult to work with due of the uneven nature of the grain. It splits easily and is very expensive and rare, requiring a master carpenter.
On our way out, this tidy and entirely simple courtyard is holding up brilliantly. It is blazing hot and I have never seen Rose of Sharon done as an espalier. It is a wonderful plant, and reseeds at an alarming rate, but its blooms through August and September are welcome after our hydrangeas burn up.
Last but not least, this is a close up of a painting Mrs. L. has by a mutual friend. She has put down her paint brushes and I wish she would start up again!