At The Newsstand: June 2013

5 interiors, 5 products, 15 resources

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Welcome to my June 2013 edition of ‘At The Newsstand’, where I scrutinize the month’s shelter magazines looking for inspiring interiors, great products, and whatever else garners my attention.

From this month’s magazines I chose to highlight a few of my favorites from classical and oriental traditions.  As always with each find I provide you with three resources for your consideration in an attempt to assist you in the search for these wonderful objects.  Many of these featured accessories can certainly be found by hunting through antique shops and websites like 1st dibs and the like, but here I have looked for alternative ways as well to satisfy that desire to acquire them for your projects.

So let’s get started.

First up is a feature from Architectural Digest showcasing the work of Amelia Handegan.

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In the dining room of this 18th century plantation house in rural Virginia a grisaille scenic wallpaper by Dufour et Leroy’s, Vues d’Italie circa 1822 was original to the house in its heyday.  Though destroyed in a fire back in 1959, it had been replaced thereafter with an identical example.

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Today one can find faithful Dufour reproductions by Holly Alderman available exclusively through Charles Spada Antiques.  To locate antique documents, may I suggest looking here at Gracie Wallpaper for what might be available in the market.  If you are adventurous enough you can consider a D.I.Y. stencil kit to create a grisaille mural for yourself or a client here.

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In this month’s Elle Decor, Thom Filicia masterfully crafts a Connecticut home with traditional charm and refined urbane sophistication.

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In the indigo painted library, a luminescent white marble balustrade lamp jumped out at me.

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There are a number of new marble table lamps available through Vaughan Designs.  You will also find some perfectly suitable new versions at Fine Art Lamps.  Arteriors showroom has some very attractive marble lamps, as well as a great variety of lamps made from other materials and pottery.  Do check them all out.  It’s not always easy to find vintage ones that might suit your scheme.

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There is a sleek contemporary project by Nancy Burfiend in Interiors that has been seasoned with touches of Orientalia.

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The Japanese screen has always been a mystical and romantic appointment.  I especially like them in just this setting as a backdrop for one’s bed.  It provides a poetic vista.

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Naga Antiques located in New York City has been providing the design community and collectors some of the finest Japanese and Oriental antiques and objects – all of which are splendid.  I was able to find a number of viable sources for both antique and contemporary screens so I am going to give you a bonus and include them all.  JCollector.com, Imari Gallery, Japanesescreens.net, and Kuraya all offer a selection of stunning screens.

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British House & Garden features the Wiltshire manor house of Lady Diane Nutting.  True to the English sensibility, she has lovingly amassed a collection of many fine Georgian pieces and has incorporated a number of blue and white Chinese porcelains.

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Blue and white porcelains have always been a staple for the proper English style interior.

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Here are a few websites where one can educate oneself and purchase some.  R&G McPherson Antiques provides history and valuable information about their museum quality inventory.  This next is a shopper’s guide to help navigate and locate blue and white pieces on e-commerce sites.  Ruby Lane is a site that offers a variety of items at all price points.

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Veranda magazine and Gerald Bland bring us a treat – a rustic charmer complete with classic Italian appointments.

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Classical busts are a passion of mine and seem to imbue great historical reference to any space. Placed prominently or somewhat percariously in a room, a bust adds a special aura of being well-traveled.

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One can’t always afford the antique so there are some perfectly acceptable reproductions to select from.  The Giust Gallery has a very good selection.  Though most can’t compare to the antiques, one can still have some fun and consider these from Statues Online.  Again, leave it to the British to get it right.  This next company, It’s All Greek, offers marble busts made in the U.K. and have it hands down when it comes to the Grand Tour sensibility.

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Well there you have my picks for June.  The aesthetics are high and always befitting and tasteful in any well designed room.

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Written by Carl Lana

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