25 Oct

WHIPPET WEDNESDAY – LOVE FOR MY DEAREST DOGS

WHIPPET WEDNESDAY - LOVE FOR MY DEAREST DOGS

With the brisk air hitting my face as I stepped outside on this gorgeous sunny morning, I am happy to report that fall is in full force here in New Orleans!

On top of this wonderful news, today is also one of my favorite self-proclaimed days of the week: Whippet Wednesday. As you may know, my dear whippet children have been some of the greatest loves of my life, and I take much enjoyment in spending some time to look back on the joyous moments we’ve shared together.

Pictured is the late Jack Shaw, the first and elder of my sweet and sassy dogs, presiding over the younger Brother Lucca, Brother for short. Named after one of my absolute favorite places on earth, Lucca, Italy not only is home to breath-taking scenery showcasing gorgeous expanses of red-tiled roofs leading to lush and rolling mountains, but has routinely been the place where I have found some of my most prized antique treasures. A treasure in himself, the lively Brother Lucca has lived up to his name. Brother is a very busy pup and is always on the go, routinely accompanying me to my warehouse to provide some moral support for all of the girls at the office, or spending his time at school with his closest dog friends.

Though it may have only been in the upper 50’s when I stepped outside to face the day this morning, that’s considered downright chilly for a New Orleanian like me! I am still left wishing I could dive back under the covers with a warm dog to love on. Pictured taking some much needed rest an recovery in mine and my husband Robby’s guest bedroom, Brother Lucca and Jack Shaw look so cozy snuggled up with each other among my other great love – storied antique European furniture.

This room features pieces I am always on the lookout for on my treasure-hunting excursions, with varied histories and distinctive beauty to match. My design philosophy centers around the mixture of a vast assortment of styles of antiques, tied together with fresh and contemporary elements that give a space a current yet classic edge. Buying for my warehouse as if I were buying for myself has allowed me to put together a cheat-sheet of sorts to achieving this look for yourself! Below I’ve compiled a list of some similar pieces I currently have in my warehouse, each piece a layer in the fabric of timeless antique style:

 

18TH CENTURY EMPIRE STYLE ACAJOUR DAYBED

The use of mahogany, brass accents, and regal column details typify the distinctive Empire style, anchoring the room with an 18th century daybed.

 

 

18TH CENTURY EMPIRE CHANDELIER

Continuing in the Empire style, simple elegance makes a greater statement with a stunning 18th century chandelier.

EARLY 19TH CENTURY NEOCLASSICAL GILTWOOD CONSOLE

To the back of the room, I placed a gorgeous neoclassical console, similar to this gilded beauty in my warehouse featuring a gorgeous warm marbled top.

 

19TH CENTURY ITALIAN TRUMEAU WITH FAUN RELIEF

PAIR OF 17TH CENTURY SPANISH GILTWOOD PRICKETS

Outfitting the console is a tall detailed trumea paired with metallic patinaed candlesticks. I currently have available a subtle Italian trumeau crowned with a faun relief, as well as a pair of Spanish alter prickets. Alter prickets are distinctive in their gilding, as churches only paid to have the front of candlesticks painted, leaving the unseen back exposed only to the alter bare.

 

18TH CENTURY ITALIAN OIL CHERUB PAINTING

Though any kind of art brings interest to a space, I find that antique paintings possess a certain richness that make them an indispensable element in curating a space filled with classic European style.

19TH CENTURY FRENCH LOUIS XVI CHAISE

Stylish seating is a necessary element in any space, offering not only beauty but comfort. This 19th century toile chaise provides a space to lounge filled with historic elegance.

SWEDISH ROCOCO MARTINI TABLE

A part of my Maison custom line, the Swedish Rococo martini table provides a more contemporary element, though is still seeped in the influence of the late 18th century style. Bringing a contemporary approach to this playful Swedish look creates a piece that is classic and timeless.

ZEBRA HIDE BENCH WITH GILDED LEGS 

Contemporary lines met with classic elegance, my Maison zebra hide bench serves to round out this strongly curated space. Adding a more natural element room really softens the look while retaining the refinement of traditional furniture style through the piece’s carved and gilded legs.

With this chill in the air, I am wishing everyone some warmth and inspiration to curate their own fall looks, creating cozy spaces in which to spend time with their own family, pet children and friends. Don’t forget, our launch sale is still in full effect, so take advantage of our prices to outfit your home in history today!

-Tara

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