July 15, 2014

Antiquing........the goods

Twice a year I hitch up my trailer and head south. Seeing old friends plus a "treasure hunt" is unbeatable. This is a sampling, all items shown are loaded and ready to head north!
 First stop, my friend Lisa's warehouse where everything is covetable
Lisa's speciality is the South of France and repurposing objects found, into a new life. I told Lisa when I shop I will often wonder to myself "what would Lisa do with this......?" 
Never would I be able to rise to her level of imagination.
An iron bench with a heavy grade linen cushion she designed and manufactured

 Here is an example......In southern France she found these wooden/zinc edged frames. In her mind; table tops.....really?! Iron stands were made and viola, interesting side tables. Not to be found in every other home, these conversation starters, she later discovered, were from a French manufacturing plant that made shuttlecocks, these are their industrial holders.

She found this authentic wine barrel in the same region, what a great patina. It already has a home in a design clients renovation of a large space to house a bar, pizza oven, dining and leisure space.

Ephemera......a deep passion. These French letters and documents, plus others I found, feel good in my hands. Who were these addressed to? What were the circumstances? The oldest dates to 1612. 
 One of many applications to preserve this beautiful history
Then there is art, which I cannot refrain from buying. In my home I collect old Dog oils, they move me. This pooch is from Belgium, c1850

 Belgium c. 1825
France 1870
France c. 1900. Look at these colors!

 For a design clients Pub, hand painted from the English countryside. Sometimes you will find a Pub, in England, that has a sign stating FREE HOUSE, that means they are not beholden to a brewery and can offer any beer they choose, a more costly route for the owner, delightful for the customer.

 Leather, and a pair......needs a good bath but lovely lines
 Chest from 1850, NY. Mint condition excluding the top. Not an issue, will lacquer the top black

 A pair of sconces from Marseille France. Interestingly the candle sleeves are wooden
A pair of leather strap chairs by McGuire. See the same in the current issue of Veranda
 Found in my friend Marie's booth, a great wholesaler from Michigan.
She bought this chest from.......Kerry Kelly Novick who lives in Ann Arbor, Mi. This chest was in her fathers home, her father was Gene Kelly. Learning that after I bought this was quite a bonus, fell in love with the butter patina

Killer coffee table with carved wooden removable tray and brass finials


Interested? Visit the shop next week or drop me a line; debra@scentimentalgardens.com


  1. Great finds Debra, the art, that fabulous bench, did you buy the urn lamps, I am looking for one...

    The Arts by Karena

  2. Fabulous finds!! Love, love, love that coffee table - so cool! And definitely unique. Thanks for the preview, Debra. Always enjoy your selections and good eye.
    Happy July,

  3. Debra
    I am a sucker for dog portraits as well. That coffee table is a gem...well you have lots of gems!!!!

  4. Where to start.....I love everything! Especially the dog painting.

  5. LOVE that pair of dirty leather chairs!

  6. Debra,
    Wish I were shopping with you! The paintings are always a draw and like you, I love paintings of dogs and horses. But the little cottage paintings are wonderful too. What a treasure the chest that once resided in Gene Kelly's house is so pretty and it's story makes it even better.
    Enjoy your treasure hunt.

  7. What fun finds, Debra! So many fun, lovely and unique things - I wonder about their history and past lives and the homes they once graced. Glad you had such a productive trip! XO

  8. Hi Debra, what a beautiful selection of items. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  9. Debra...so many great finds...I love that chest!

  10. Very good collection of antiques. The painting of the dog is adorable.

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