Boston Source: Darby Road Antiques

Last weekend I drove out to Waltham, MA in search of a little antique shop called Darby Road I saw an ad for somewhere.  I wasn’t expecting much, to be honest, but I am always in search of new antique sources. Boy was I wrong, this place rocks! Not only is the main shop chock full of interesting vintage finds and custom upholstery but they also have a HUUUUUUUGE warehouse with awesome pieces at big discounts! So worth a trip out if you are in search of furniture and accessories with a little patina.

Some of my favorite finds of the day:

A pair of GORGEOUS lockers, perfect for a boys room and a large scale abstract work in bold colors.

An amazingly long Asian piece topped with a slew of beautiful objects…

I want this horse head SO BAD, it’s almost life size.  I was also charmed by this oil painting of a woman in a blue dress in the entry.

Fell for this pair of butterfly prints too…

FREAKED over this antique sink. Can you even IMAGINE it in a little beach house surrounded by modern open shelving and tile?

Gorgeous iron coat rack and French armoire.

I couldn’t help but think of Ms. Katie Armour when I saw this pug boot scraper. I mean, WHAT? I’d love it on a bookshelf too! (P.S. tons of dog stuff in here. TONS. It’s awesome for us dog freaks)

How incredible is this tufted old upholstered mirror? the fabric is canvas with chippy paint and I WANTED IT SO BAD (you can stop oogling Andrew’s butt now). Another cool equestrian themed mirror I also would not mind owning.

A little vintage bench (this one’s for you Mom)…

These would be so, so beautiful hung on a wall.

Tempted to go now?? :)



Design Crush: Harriet Anstruther

I am way loving the mix of modern and super traditional that designer Harriet Anstruther manages to do so effortlessly and without pretense. Not many people can make a home out of such diverse styles seem so cohesive!

Can we go back to that first image and the awesome Harland Miller print? OBSESSED MUCH? Much too much.

NEED.

WANT.

Gone to the Dogs.

As I mention, last week I was in the Hamptons perusing the antique and home shops with a client.  One afternoon we popped into this fabulous shop Lennegan & Marantz and I nearly keeled over when I saw this.  A linen upholstered, nail head trimmed dog bed! I was all “I need two IMMEDIATELY!” until I saw the price tag ($900….each). I need new nail head trimmed sofas for myself, so the doggies will have to wait (decades) for these…

The next day I was walking through the Hamptons Designer Showhouse and lo and behold, in one bedroom was an ottoman/ dog bed with nail head trim! GENIUS! A pair of these at the foot of a bed for pups to sleep in (although mine would still sleep in bed with me no doubt) would be adorable!

It got me thinking about designer dog beds- and not the creepy kind that look like upholstered headboards complete with duvet and pillows, but rather some that would look amazing in a home. Cue 1st Dibs! Who knew? Granted, they are all exorbitantly expensive, but I still think they are fabulously entertaining! Click the images for links and prepare for your jaw to hit the floor with the prices.

I am DYYYYYYIIING over this lucite and zebra one! The only place my pups lie on a dog bed is at the office and this would be amazing.

For the more country styled home, this iron frame is darling…and horrifically expensive. Do people really buy these?

This bold frame could be refitted with a cushion in no time…. I j’adore it!

I mean, really. Antique gilt wood frame? Circa 1870??? Baxter would feel home here. It’s regal enough for his diva attitude (we’ve likened him to Naomi Campbell and Oliver to Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused).

So very shabby chic. Perfect for a dog’s beach house. :)

More nailheads…except these are from the 19th freakin’ century. Glad to know it’s historically accurate to spoil your dogs rotten like I do.

Bust A Move

I am currently obsessed with finding an old marble bust for my home.   it’s one of those things that gets in my head and will not let go.  I found the most perfect one at Brimfield in May….alas it was $1,500. Meh. I want one for like $150. Just look how chic they can make a room or a bookshelf!

A few I found online (still out of my price range though). Click images for links!

Don’t forget to check out my Joss & Main sale today at 11 a.m.!!!!!

Design Crush: Lawson Fenning

I have been designing some custom furniture for clients over the last two years and have found a new love for the process. It’s scary and wonderful at the same time to make something of your own design.  I have such respect for those that do it well, such as the guys at Lawson Fenning.  Their line of furniture is simple, classic yet clearly influenced in subtle ways my the mid-century style but also many others as well.  I am mad for s many of their pieces- just take a look:

This sofa has tufting (like crack to me) but also the sweetest, slightly Asian influenced woodwork at the foot:

We saw this amazing chaise in Jordana Brewster’s home in pink. Still LOVE it to death. (Again, with the tufting. I may have to find a 12 step program.)

This tufted wingback is such a fave of mine, as is the nursery rocker version they designed for Nurseryworks!

Check out their wares on 1st Dibs– a mix of their own designs and great vintage finds.