More importantly, I love the hunt.
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The challenge is taken to a whole new level when mixing these pieces with new furniture
and/or more modern interiors
We finished it off with vintage books. Another one of my Go To finds!
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I have had people ask me to be on the lookout for specific things.
Bottles are another item that are easy to transport and store and are affordable.
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It’s that time of year again: the sisters are off to Round Top to find all kinds of things, both for our retail store and for clients!
This time we are asking YOU to give us YOUR shopping list and let us search for you.
Let’s take a look at some of the awesome finds from past trips.
We always find really unique, cool, old doors. Many of which we have built into clients’ homes as fully functional doors.
We love when we stumble across any old architectural elements.
We use them in our designs all the time. Hanging on a wall, sitting on a console; we even take fragments and make them into a one-of-a-kind piece. Like these shutters, for instance:
Now look how awesome they are hung on a wall as a base for layering objects on top!
The above shutters were recently purchased from our store and graced the cover of the newest issue of At Home in Arkansas! How much fun to imagine all the places these old shutters have been before.
Maybe you are in need of a new piece of furniture for that special spot in your home?
We found this piece at Round Top and it ended up in a client’s Breakfast Room.
We find some great pieces for that small spot, like benches for extra seating.
Maybe you don’t need furniture, but you’re still in luck: we find some of the coolest accessories and wall hanging pieces!
We are packing our bags and making our list, but there is still time. Send us your shopping list and you never know what we might find! HAHA
To contact us…
Providence Design Store (ask for Zac) – 501-372-1886
or email email@example.com
Be sure to come and check out our finds on October 23rd from 5-8 at our Anniversary Party, located at our retail store…
2212 Cantrell Road
Little Rock, AR 72202
Are you Round Top Ready?
Providence Design is Mona Thompson and Talena Ray, a sister duo who are antiques dealers and interior designers. Learn more about them on their website, providenceltddesign.com.
The cultured owners of French Metro Antiques in Fayetteville are in France this week, but they took time out of their schedule before departing to reveal a new favorite design trend: Incorporating French antiques into contemporary interiors. While not all of us are blessed with their discerning eye for design, and as they reveal, it certainly doesn’t take much to bring a little bit of the past into our lives, all the while making our homes vastly more beautiful and, well, up-to-date.
Thanks to the Hunts for stopping by…and enjoy your trip to France!
In with the old, In with the new: Inviting French Antiques into a Contemporary Home
French antiques donât just belong in traditional interiors. Open any design magazine today and youâre sure to see a modern bathroom lit by a Baccarat crystal chandelier, a contemporary sectional placed next to an Empire buffet, or a clean, all-white room reflected in a Louis XVI gilded mirror. In more modern settings, antiques can help to warm up an otherwise stark space, making it more approachable and inviting.
Here are some tips on how to incorporate antique pieces into your modern interior.
1. Straight as an Arrow
Choose a style of furniture that is straight lined and simple over more ornate or carved furnishings. Louis-Philippe and Empire period pieces from the early 1800s are a perfect option. Their simple design with scant embellishments blends effortlessly with a modern backdrop and allows the grain of the wood to make the statement.
These homeowners appreciate clean lines, but they werenât afraid to add a touch of Louis-Philippe with this secretary in their living room.
This empire period armoire is a nice complement to its more contemporary surroundings.
This Empire period chest (c. 1800) dates from the time of Napoleon Bonaparte and shows off some flashy bronze hardware against burled walnut drawers.
2. Keep it Simple
Sparsely displayed antique accessories add interest and personality to what can come across as an icy interior in a contemporary home. Try introducing architectural elements such as a hand carved stone fragment or a centuries-old church frieze into your space. Other objets dâart that work well are Napoleon III inlaid boxes, gold leafed bronze mantle clocks and antique leather books. Just remember one rule of thumb: âless is more.â One large-scale item on a desk or cocktail table will be more adventuresome and dramatic than multiple smaller items.
3. Over the Top
If youâre feeling really daring, try juxtaposing your Ã¼ber-modern space with some sparkle or bling. Integrating one single ornately carved chair, a glitzy crystal chandelier or a gilded frame will serve as a counterpoint to its minimalist arena. The lone presence of an antique piece will resonate against its austere surroundings. Just remember to use lavish pieces sparingly so as not to detract from the sleek look youâre trying to achieve.
This whimsical teenagerâs room with fresh colors showcases a Louis XIII period chair from the mid 1600s amongst the hip window treatments and bedding.
A turn-of-the-century bronze and crystal chandelier adds some sparkle and interest to this sleek bathroom]
However you choose to feature your French antique pieces, remember that introducing an element of antiquity can help add personality and individuality to your space without compromising its contemporary look.
This post from a Little Rock blogger keys in on the trend for sprucing up aÂ space with color and texture–a mini makeover rather than a full on reno.Â She went for yellow and blue/green too, which are top picks for 2010.
highlights a designer whose old world style has fresh appeal–quality,Â personality and a mix of antiques/new are all top trends.
Lots of ideas for combining high tech with good looks in this post from Things that Inspire.
A big trend is to add little personalized details and, if you like glamour, what better way to do that than with full-on silver leafed furniture? Since mirrored pieces tend to be more expensive, this DIY blog post fits the bill.
Check out this interview (scroll down and click play) with Academy Award-nominated Beth Rubino, who designed the beautiful homes in “Something’s Gotta Give” and, more recently, “It’s Complicated.” Her designs represent fresh takes on traditional decor. Very uplifting and light-filled too, both trends.
When we featured her blog, My Sweet Savannah, in our April Cottage issue, Melaine Thompson was as thrilled as can be. And as we’ve gotten to know her a little bit more, we’ve decided that she might be one of the sweetest and most enthusiastic bloggers out there! As a wife and mom, Melaine also manages to maintain a thriving blog that’s as lighthearted as she is. Hop on over to My Sweet Savannah and you’ll see right away why Miss Melaine has thousands of online followers.
I love to mix vintage and new in my home, which you can see in just about every room! Here are some of my favorites, along with images and tips to help At Home’s readers freshen up your homes this spring.
In my kitchen I used old wood numbers I found at a flea market to add a little whimsy above my kitchen window. These numbers are our address, but you could do a anniversary date, birth date, or any other memorable date for you!
In the guest bath I have hung fluffy white towels from a piece of vintage molding and wood turned into a coat rack.
Garage sale chairs get a coat of clean white paint. I made a simple slip for the seats out of old cotton feed and grain sacks acquired over time at garage sales, flea markets, and thrift stores.
Again, repurposing feed sacks into pillows.
I made these chunky wood frames out of vintage wood. The bottom 2 frames here I made out of new wood, painted and distressed to look old.
I love to decorate shelves with old books. Look for interesting colors with a great patina in a color that will go with the scheme in your home.
Craigslist is a great place to find vintage items for not much money. I picked up this hutch recently and it has the most perfectly imperfect chippy paint. I used old glass bottles to hold blooms out of our garden, and topped it off with another frame made out of vintage wood. Mix old and new dishes for an eclectic farmhouse look!
(All the photos were taken by me with the exception of the first 2. Those are by Kimberly Taylor of Mimi Charmante.)
Whether you gravitate to symmetry or not, there is something to the organized aspect of it all that does create a sense of comfort.
When designer Scott Paterek of Massimo in Little Rock showed me this dining room, I immediately fell in love. For one, it’s unexpected–it’s in a lake house that Pine Bluff residents Junie and Becky Simpson recently built in Hot Springs. Because they use it year-round, it’s not just your typical, seasonal getaway.
The contrasts are what caught my eye: a rough hewn floor, an elegant rug; a sleek marble table, rough seashells; formal symmetry, with a view of the rippling waters of the lake out the window.
(photos by Nancy Nolan)
Looking for a little more lakefront inspiration?
You can see the rest of the Simpson’s home here: Â Villa with a View
A few other favorites with water-side style:
Here’s your chance to let your opinion be heard! Our November issue goes to press tomorrow, and we have a lovely dilemma to deal with–two covers that are so equally appealing, we’re having a difficult time selecting our favorite.
So which one is your favorite?
Georgiana Gunn’s stunning collection of blue and white china lends itself well to the runway, don’t you think? Roberto Cavalli’s porcelain-inspired design debuted in 2005 on model Daria Werbowy, and can now be found in Cavalli’s 40th Anniversary Book.
(View more pictures and read more about Georgiana’s world-wide adventures in collecting blue and white china here!)
Photo by Nancy Nolan
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What room would I most like to spend time in today? Reggie Marshall’s guesthouse in Little Rock, tucked away in his European-style garden, tops my list. (Reggie is the co-owner of the Little Rock antique shop Marshall-Clements, and a day spent wandering the shop is a wonderful day too).
I’d take a dreamy nap in this comfy bed, soothed by the blue-gray walls and bed draperies.
(photo by Rett Peek)
Spend some time writing, on beautiful, thick papers, at this 17th century Italian desk.
And then enjoy some tea and cakes on the balcony, with views to the garden. A dreamy day for sure, and you can read more about this cozy space here and here. For other inspiring garden spaces, take a peek at our March issue.
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I fell in love with this photo the minute I saw it. And as much as I loved the room and the elegant furnishings, what caught my eye was the dog.
On countless shoots, I’ve seen dogs and cats find just the right place to be to make it into a photo. (The trick is that pets go toward the light, just like photographers do!) This bulldog had it all figured out.