Laptop Required Here

Vintage Desk, Chair and Lamp

What a sweet place to rest your laptop or IPad at the end of a day.  Richard had this cute vintage desk sprayed with black melamine paint for that subtle satin finish.  We’ve paired it with an antique lacquered chair for this pic but something cushiony soft with an upholstered back might be better at the end of your day.   It will keep you from plopping your laptop on your bed ( known fire hazard) so you can sleep with the one you truly love.


Console or Mahogany Chest for Christmas?

Vintage Mahogany Chest of Drawers

The rich colour tones of this 1940’s chest would bring warmth to a bedroom, bathroom, dressing room or even a front hall.  Typically we lack storage for extra shopping bags, scarves, hats and gloves.  This chest works harder than a console yet has the same proportions.  Its sculpted shallow depth allows it to fit into narrow spaces and display just the right amount of art objects.  Keys, wallets and phones can be placed in the top drawer rather than messing up your carefully planned tablescape… (but will he?)

(All I want is a) Console for Christmas

Sawhorse Console with Reclaimed Marble Top

Because consoles are long a narrow and generally don’t provide storage underneath,  they are often used for display of objects d’art, florals or a pair of tall lamps.  Great in entrance halls, behind sofas and  even as a sideboard in a dining room.   Richard picked the vintage 42″ X 18″, 1930’s piece below up at auction.  At right,   Richard demonstrates how to use the console he designed as a sideboard.

Vintage 1930's Wrought Iron Console

Crazy about Castors

Vintage Washstand Coffee Table on Castors

Castors have been catapulted to the forefront of design in recent years.  The trend to “industrial” look furniture has made all things with castors or wheels popular with good reason.  The concurrent “modern/minimalist” trend dictates that furniture should be used sparingly and only when necessary.  Another trend towards smaller open concept living spaces make gliding furniture and walls essential.  You can slide a rolling coffee table underneath a dining or console table when not in use.  Castors also allow you to reconfigure your living space without help (or a second opinion).

Vintage French & Fur

Vintage French Mahogany End Table & Fur Pillow

While “diamonds” may be a girl’s best friend, all things “vintage” and “french” might be close runners up.  This sweet mahogany end table has both of these sought after attributes.  Richard pairs this with a Canadian made “brittney” chair dressed with a mink pillow he had made from yes a “vintage” stole

“If you can’t wear it you might as well decorate with it.”

The only thing that could eclipse this end table find is finding “two” and Richard did.

“Wear” makes Area Rugs Beautiful

Vintage Persian Area Rug

Time-worn area rugs can solidify the charm of a room filled with vintage furniture..  “Worn” antique Persians can be very valuable.  Richard picked the large brown/black vintage Persian on the left up at auction.  It looks like it was passed down through generations of “old money”.

Faux vintage reproduction furniture might go unnoticed with this validation underfoot.

Small is Beautiful

This cast away was brought back to life when Richard had it’s cushions re-stuffed, covered it in a taupe polyester twill and painted the wood with a co-ordinating taupe lacquer.  Proving once again that he can “see things as they can be”. This tidy little mid-century couch for two would slip comfortably into a traditional or contemporary decor.   .

Loveseat in Taupe Twill