November 7, 2016

Of Shepards and Follies

Say What?!

My final days in England were fascinating, and sadly coming to an end. First up, a small villages' loss of it's shepard (really?!) but it was a celebration of sorts as there was an auction in the village's town hall with his life's holdings.

My pals Mo and Fleur suggested we go, it will be fun, he was a collector, said in chorus
WHY, as we strolled past thatched cottages, ancient stone walls and misty fields did I envision this guy, again, emerging from the fields with the others?
 In actuality, gentlemen like this strolled up, instantly transforming the day into a Thomas Hardy era/novel, set in the day, certainly not the genteel Jane Austin set. FASCINATING! Did not dare to photograph the crowd, this was serious business! Among the necessary tools of his trade were a few items of note I wanted.

 The spirit bottles on the left are more valuable as the writing is imprinted vs stamped
Authentic sleigh bells from his carriage.......the price soared, I passed
I walked away with these, horse brass, love using them as drapery tie backs, ala Ralph Lauren. Every time I go to England I am on the hunt


2.  a costly ornamental building with no practical purpose, especially a tower or mock-Gothic ruin built in a large garden or park.

 As we scouted a new garden for next years trip, this magical setting was recommended. The highlight, her folly.  Now I want a folly. As you rounded the corner, we collectively gasped. If this was not enough, the real surprise was inside.
 Thirteen years, thus far, of adding e v e r y shell, with a vast imagination & endless patience.

This space is for reading, playing bridge and sharing cocktails with girlfriends...sign me up!

 Stone mullioned windows present idyllic views, the vision and sound of a babbling brook
The rest of the property was equally enchanting, those white specks on the hill are their horses, in another field, below, are their rare breed sheep.

Actual olive jars from the ROMAN period.......inherited from her Mother, there were four, near the entrance of their home, she ran over three and decided to move the remaining into the garden
 A perfect Autumn garden
If you get the magazine English Garden, she was featured in the September issue. Join us for tea in this garden next year. With this discovery came another, nearby;  the country home of the producer of CATS. And yes, there is a very good chance we can visit his renown garden....connections work every time.

          England 2017

September 13 to September 22nd
Gardens, mostly private, some public, including Prince Charles Highgrove.
Antiquing, in quaint villages and at a large fair, and stocked warehouse
Floral Arranging course with lunch in a 15th c. barn
A visit to the Textile Barn, current British textiles at low cost. Tea & tour of grounds
High tea in a friends thatched cottage, with a fairy-tale cottage garden

***7 nights in Sherborne, a market town in the rural countryside
***Two nights in the ever popular Cotswolds town of Burford
For further details drop me a line, spaces fill very quickly! These tours are small, myself and Sylvia are the drivers
And........we are adding a new tour
London and the Decorative Arts, an interior tour.
London is the design center of Europe, we will explore the soon to open Kensington Design Center, Battersea Textile and Antique fair, a workshop with Abagail Ahern & much much more
October 2 through October 9th. Further details to follow.

On their way, from my friend Lisa. She sources the vintage French medallions and Monks prayer beads in France. My shop is a lucky recipient.

All my best,

October 16, 2016

British Antique shows

The more upmarket British antique venues are jaw dropping. Dealers come from around Europe with stunning finds. Finds like my petrified wooden wheel from the 13thc. .....yes,  13thc!! 
At markets such as these, I can find less for resale but I am "gob smacked" for inspiration and I would rather buy less than walk endlessly sorting through piles of junk...this scores!
 My favorite show anywhere, ever, is this one, in London.....The Decorative Antique and Textile Fair
 The vignettes themselves are stunning
What appears to be shields, in actuality, is Nigerian currency, 17thc
The mix.........mod and vintage, great contrasts
Swedish washboards. As a collection, smashing. Love to see organic elements in any setting but particularly in modern, a fab contrast
Hmmmmm, suddenly looks interesting doesn't it? Faced with the typical orange oak, these have been hard to sell of late, not like this! Bleached wood was everywhere
 I love the moodiness of each booth, it distinguishes each from one another, as though you are entering a private space around every bend
 Everything is 'elevated' on a stand
Dog tired........dogs are everywhere in this country, Marcel would be thrilled for the access, I would be thrilled to take him
My struggle, i wanted these, BAD!
 Just a bit too pricey.....finials from the Brighton Pavilion. Now I am regretful, ignoring my own adage, 'Buy what you love as you may never see this again'
Always have my eyes open for upholstery ideas, as some of the most imaginative have come from this show

Going on this weekend, for the first time ever. I predict this will be a roaring success, Bruton Antique Fair. As we arrived on 'trade day', sold signs were popping up like mad

 I wanted this as i fell in love; Italy, c. 1840.....£1,200.00 yes, in pounds
The entire booth displayed this creative set-up to sell canes
Marcel in one of his forwarded daily least he can go a car!

Stay tuned
Sylvia and I are finishing up the details for a 
London Interior and Antique Tour!


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