The group pondered questions ranging from getting antiques restored or not, to creating a mix of old and new pieces to provide a sense of history. When mixing periods and styles, the panelists all agreed, it is about the scale, line and proportions of the pieces you are combining. For it to all work together, the diversity in pieces must balance their placement in a room. If one is working with an inherited piece or collection they cannot part with, either make it the focal point or diminish its importance in placement.
So what is this group looking towards-- what style is inspiring them now?
In case you missed the show, I picked out some special pieces to show you. Fine estate jewelry from Camilla Dietz Bergeron, botanical paintings from Dinan and Chighine, antique silver from London's N. and I. Frankin, period pieces from Yew Tree House Antiques, and mid-century modern selects from Mantiques Modern were just some of the special vendors there. Here are some standouts:
Photographer and global get about Miguel Flores Vianna introduced me to Douglas and Rebecca of London-based French Country Living UK Ltd. Their selection of period 18th and 19th Century Swedish, Italian and French pieces with original painted finishes are quite something.
The knockout: A French tree of life screen depicting Theseus and Ariadne circa 1750 in the most beautiful colors.
A zinc planter sits on a farm table with parchment covered antique books
For something from a more current century, this piece from Gary Rubenstein Antiques stole my heart. A Rare Multifaceted Mahogany Bar Cabinet attributed Ico Parisi from Italy made in the 1950's is one of three created. Bill Blass had one, why shouldn't you? His was sold along with his impeccably edited collection at Sotheby's. This one is still available...
Three hinged doors reveal space for glasses in a circular layout.
Il Segno del Tempo from Milan displayed utilitarian goods in the "rough luxe" vein. Functional and fantastic, the pieces are industrial and aged.
Scientific instruments sit amongst canes, miniatures, industrial light fixtures and globes.
Connecticut's Dawn Hill Antiques displayed Gustavian and Swedish painted pieces.
The cool calm of light woods and white finishes make Gustavian a very livable choice.