Salvaging some hope/doors

November 6, 2013

Along with all the beautiful 130 year old hardware our 1880’s home has the most gorgeous, solid wood, 5 panel, ladder doors.  (They really don’t make them like this anymore.)  Sadly over the years, so of the original ladder doors were replaced with composite material doors found at many of the big box stores, and they look cheep and out of place among the originals.  So armed with door measurements I made my way the 70 miles south to New England Demolition and Salvage located in a huge warehouse in the old fishing town of New Bedford, MA.

Needless to say they had a few old doors.

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I sifted through every single five panel door and of the 5 I needed I found 2.  Not bad I guess considering how specific the sizes and styles were I needed.  Not I have to sand and prep them for painting and install.

They had every other type of door as well.
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Not to mention every old lock, knob, bath tub, and sink imaginable.  It was amazing to see all these old house parts in one place.  Every one came form a different home, story, life.IMG_3713lowIMG_3717lowIMG_3718lowIMG_3722low

Portland Flea-for-all

September 5, 2012

Last weekend I was up in Maine visiting my sister and she has been dying to take me to the Portland Flea-for-All.  It is a three story, flea market type space run by a darling husband wife team.  The first floor is open to vendors who have everything from vintage clothing and housewares to new, hand made arts.  Kind of like Boston’s SoWa Market but all under one roof.  The top two floors are antique and vintage furniture collected by the owners.  It was a great little antiquing fix seeing as I will not be able to make it to Brimfield this year, and the prices are still great.  (I feel like vintage/antique/Brimfield prices have really inflated in the past couple of years.)  If you find yourself in the Portland area one weekend it is a great rainy day activity.

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I use antlers in all of my decorating.

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I pity the fool that doesn’t buy these necklaces.

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Ferragamo spectators

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My sister scored this awesome, pagoda style shelf.  Here it is in the store.

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Here it is later that afternoon as we were styling it.

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I went home with the cute kitten heals from Proper Vintage.

Hope you had a great Labor Day weekend and are getting back into the work swing of things.  Good bye summer.  Until next year.

Churchill and White

June 29, 2012

For over 20 years, Charles Street in Beacon Hill has been known as antique store heaven.  Over the past few years many have relocated or gone completely on the web, but there is still something about walking into an antique store and seeing these unique items in person.  I think that is why I love Brimfield so much.

Last Saturday my aunt and I popped into one of may favorite antique stores on the street, Churchill and White, and the owner, Carol, was absolutely beside herself.  With no notice, the owner of the building sent her a letter saying she had to be out by Aug 31st.  After almost 15 years in the space and never being last on rent, Carol and her shop were out.  Apparently the owner decided to give the space to a make-up company…please dear God don’t let it be a Sephora.  Charles Street is the main street of Beacon Hill and still maintains beautiful historic charm.

Churchill and White has some of the most beautiful turn of the century English, Italian and Chinese antiques.  We are talking the real deal here.  Sadly the shop needs to be cleared and Carol is taking major markdowns on these unique pieces she has spent years curating.  I returned with my camera to snap some images of the shop and items.  If you are in Boston this summer I highly recommend visiting this store before it is gone.  The pieces are amazing and true antique gems.

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Staffordshire dogs galore.

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Silver, silver, silver.  A southern girls dream!

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I love the idea of using a silver toast rack as a mail organizer.

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And silver liquor plates.  Love!  So Mad Men.  My grandfather had these.

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Enough blue and white porcelain to “sink a battleship” as Carol said.

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This one is called a peony ginger jar.  How perfect!

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Not to sound too old fogey, but they don’t make things like this anymore.

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Possibly the worlds most perfect gold sunburst mirror.

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Her collection of tortoise shell jars is exquisite.

This is just a snipit of what she has so feel free to pop in, call or email her.

Churchill and White

122 Charles Street Boston, MA 02114

(617) 367-0917

carol@churchillandwhite.com

 

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