• Transforming an Early 19th Century Antique Sofa for your 21st Century Home

    Have you ever wondered how you can incorporate an interesting piece of antique furniture for use in your own home? Take this lovely early 19th century Salem federal mahogany upholstered sofa (32.5″ h x 83″ l x 29″d) that recently arrived in our gallery as an example. This particular piece will be up for

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  • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

    With all the Snow White movies hitting the nation’s cinemas, it reminded me of what an important role mirrors play in our home decor. Mirrors can make a small room appear larger, reflect and spread light, highlight the view, and add a lovely decorative touch to any living space. We always have a large

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  • Colorful and Converted Chairs

    I saw this wonderful chair at the North Shore Design Show and it gave me the idea to research how to use beautiful, old mahogany furniture in a modern home: This is a great updated look for an antique shield back mahogany chair with a wonderful plaid upholstered seat cover ! (source : Eric

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  • Nautical Novelties…

    Decorating a seaside home this year ….be sure to check out our yearly Nautical sale which takes place every summer in July. It features wonderful, and affordable decorative objects and paintings with a nautical theme…the perfect time to acquire a marine painting . A wonderful antique nautical painting of a sailboat or a schooner

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  • New Life For An Old Chandelier

    Who doesn’t love a fabulous chandelier? I recently found this post from a fellow blogger that introduces an interesting new way to incorporate ornate light fixtures into your décor: Painted Chandeliers! It’s a little adventurous but why not try it? Beautiful and elegant chandeliers are always featured in our monthly estate auctions, and at

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  • Terrific Trunks !

    Antique Steamer trunks evoke the images of long transatlantic voyages or the British and European nobility embarking on the “Grand Tour”. Though out of fashion as a form of luggage, they are fabulous and versatile as pieces of decorative furniture in today’s décor. We recently sold this Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk with Tray in

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  • Gracious Grandfather Clocks

    I often walk through our 1850’s barn or auction gallery to get inspiration for a new blog post. Sadly I noticed several beautiful old grandfather clocks lined up like forgotten soldiers against the back wall of the barn. These amazing pieces are elaborately carved of mahogany or other wood, some with intricately handpainted dials

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  • Anything “Old” Looks “New” in a Lucite Box

    I am extremely fortunate to spend part of my summers on Nantucket Island. As I shop around the amazing design stores downtown, I am constantly inspired by the talented artisans that sell their work in these small boutique shops. One inspiration that I see constantly, is that anything “old ” or “vintage” can look

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  • Born Again Benches

    I am always looking for new and exciting ways to use furniture. Often, I fall in love with a particular piece, but don’t have the space or the need for it. Pinterest is a wonderful place to get inspiration (and first-timers beware…it is highly addictive!), and I stumbled upon the fabulous idea of converting

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  • Mahogany Tables Still Work in a Modern Decor

    Your classic mahogany dining table, whether it be Regency or Sheraton style, is out of fashion… just now. There was a time 15-20 years ago when these superbly crafted tables, many with intricate banded inlay around the edge or beautifully swirled inlay patterns in the wood, sold for $1000.00 or upwards a foot. That

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