Tuesday, October 31, 2017

New Shipment at Tone on Tone!

Greetings from Tone on Tone!

I'm thrilled to share a preview of our newest shipment which arrived last week. For this collection, Tom and I traveled to Scandinavia to source a curated selection of case goods - sideboards, chests of drawers, cabinets and vitrines (cupboards with glass doors). There are also tables and seating. I'll be posting more on our shop's website and on my Instagram

In the meantime, let's check out the following new arrivals:
First up is this late 1700s / early 1800s Swedish secretary with a pretty form. The top part features an arched cornice and a pair of glass doors with divided muntins. I've styled it with ceramics, silver, books and a small watercolor painting. At a beach house, I'd display shells, coral and driftwood. It's such a versatile and neutral piece, most anything would look amazing and important in it. Putting something behind glass seems to elevate its status!    
Here is another cabinet with glass doors. With full length glazed doors, this Swedish vitrine (45" w x 16" d x 90.5" h) shows books, china and other collections elegantly. The panes of wavy glass give it luminous depth.
In the shipment is a selection of sideboards. At 64.25" long, this Swedish Gustavian style sideboard holds quite a bit. It would be fabulous as a focal point on a dining room wall, or in a family room under a flat screen TV. Both ends step back from the center slightly, visually breaking up the expansive surface.
The holidays are coming - is your buffet ready for gatherings? Time to bring out those gleaming white ironstone serving pieces. I've stocked the shop full of this favorite antique china of mine. With ironstone, more is definitely better. I love them en masse! To read about ironstone, click on my post here.
Next is a Neoclassical sideboard / cabinet with fabulous architectural lines. Check out the Greek key frieze that wraps around the top drawers and sides - isn't that cool? The doors have raised panels with rosettes. Note the wrought iron handles on each side.
We currently have many chests of drawers in various sizes. Here is a pair that's ideal as bedside chests. Each measures: 32.25" x 16.5" x 29" high.
Speaking of chests, this handsome one from circa 1790s really makes a statement in form and color. It's larger than the average chest, and that deep blue is definitely not neutral!  
From Stockholm master clockmaker Peter Henric Beurling's (1763-1806) atelier comes this Neoclassical cartel clock with original gilt and polychrome surface. A crest of grape vines, foliage and berries adorns an enamel dial supported by a plinth and flanked by mythical winged horses sitting over a spread eagle. All in all, a very finely crafted wall clock.
A cluster of grapes is suspended from the eagle's beak. Perhaps this was commissioned by a wine connoisseur or vintner?
Here is a very different kind of clock. Painted in a chalky pale gray with lovely details, it's an elegant example of a Swedish Mora clock. The round hood and curvilinear waist both have beaded trim resembling strings of pearls. The footed plinth is carved with a crisscrossed latticework.
I've shown this petite table next to the Mora clock for scale. At 10" x 16" x 30" high, it's small and scarce. I'd place it in a powder room, foyer or anyplace where a little table would be handy.
Let's look at some unpainted items. Do you recognize this antique wall rack? Tom and I came across it in France, and bought it for our former home, where it anchored a wall in the mudroom. We originally wanted built-ins, but decided against that after finding this one-of-a-kind piece which reminded us of a baker's rack. In all of our homes, we always incorporate found objects with unique character.
With three graduated shelves there is plenty of surface to display. For storage, wicker baskets (very complementary to the pine's mellow patina) on the shelves would work well.
When it comes to accessories, I cannot resist the quirky ones like this early oak hat / scarf tree with turned spindles and stripped surface. In addition to the foyer, use it in a bathroom for towels, child's bedroom, master closet, etc.
The Empire strikes back! A tiny Empire period mahogany chair that would've been a chairmaker's sample. Compare it to the life-sized Danish armchair with very similar lines. Both chairs are from circa 1840s. As is the giltwood lyre architectural fragment.
A silver plated mirror from Strasburg, Germany hangs over a Swedish oval side table. This time of year, I really appreciate the light reflected by mirrors. BTW, I'm not looking forward to the shorter days.....  
Now for something charming: a pair of carved birds perched on twigs. Not all birds fly south for the winter - these are in the shop ready to greet customers.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing some of our new arrivals. There's a lot more! Thanks for touring the shop :) Feel free to email me at info@tone-on-tone.com if you have any questions.
xo
Loi

Monday, October 16, 2017

Autumn in Maine

Fall is such a brilliant time of the year! It's as if Mother Nature took a brush and painted everything in the most fiery shades of the spectrum. Though I'm a devotee of all things pale, I simply cannot resist fall's vibrancy.

Recently Tom and I traveled to Maine to check on the progress of our landscaping work. (I've designed a new garden for us in Castine, and can't wait to share the results next summer.) We timed our trip up north hoping for seasonal color. Well, we were treated to a stunning foliage show - W🍁W!

Have a look . . .
We started in southern Maine where most of the trees were still green. The homes however looked so festive. Love this circa 1810 Colonial in Kennebunk - talk about fall curb appeal!    
Above is another historic home in Kennebunk. This Greek Revival, with a row of pumpkins and squash over the entry plus frightful spiders, is all ready for Halloween.

Further north and higher up, Baxter State Park in Millinocket was ablaze in a sea of gold, orange and red. I took the following two photos near the park's entrance.  
In Bucksport (below three photos) located thirty minutes from our town of Castine, the yellow elms looked dazzling against the crisp clapboard homes. Many stately elms still grace the streets of Maine.  
The next home is in the artsy town of Belfast, where we like to go for lunch at Young's Lobster Pound, Chase's Daily, and Darbys. Also, the local shops and galleries are charming - don't miss Brambles, Sail Locker, and others if you visit.  
On the road home, we passed this red barn sitting behind a row of red oaks in Penobscot. Perhaps our next place will be a converted barn?

Here's another red barn. This one in Castine was tucked behind a grove of golden maples.   
Back at our cottage, I brought autumn inside with a few branches of maples. In the bottom of the vase, I placed granite rocks to help secure the top heavy branches in place.
We closed out the season with a dinner at our place - a fun night with friends! I almost went colorful with the tablescape, but decided on a blue-and-white coastal setting with just a hint of fall courtesy of the Lumina pumpkins.
And here is our circa 1863 cottage before renovation. I remember walking the dogs around the yard covered in crunchy leaves.

Cheers,
Loi
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