Brimfield 2013

May 16, 2013

The famous fields of Brimfield, I always find the best stuff to photograph, and with our new house being renovated and lots more square feet to furnish this year I could be on the hunt for not just photographs.  Well, on the research hunt.  I need tiles, appliances, light fixtures, and some windows first.  But I found lots of inspiration.

Gorgeous iron work.

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Baby Bertolli chair

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Actually we saw tones of children’s furniture.  So cute.

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More children’s goodies

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My mother in law gave me a lovely piece of amethyst (my daughter’s birthstone) like these for Christmas last year.  Love it!

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Great wall of suitcases!  Love this.BrimfieldMay2013_MedRes-47 BrimfieldMay2013_MedRes-48

Brimfiled also boasts some of the best people watching.

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And nerdy memorabilia.  Love it!

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Oh I did by one thing…this huge 9 x 12 wool leopard rug for a steal!  Erin Gates must be rubbing off on me.  She totally convinced me to get it.  Such a big rug for such a deal.  I know I will find a place for it in our new place.  Love that is has the different hide print patterns.  So excited.

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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

 

Brimfield Beauty

May 12, 2011

Yesterday I trekked out to western Massachusetts to the fields of Brimfield with my studio mate Erin and her rock star assistant Lindsey, amid some chilly temperatures and foreboding clouds.  (For those unfamiliar with Brimfield, it is an antique fair held three times a year.)

We saw some crazy beautiful items at many different price points, and spied some pieces already sold with marker tags reserving them for the likes of J. Crew and Tommy Hilfiger…you better believe I’ll be on the look out for some of these items in their fall photo shoots.  I took photos, found a few portable treasures and filed away furniture and designs for my future dream home…one day.

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Romantic, Regency and Louis XIV type furniture abounded and there were some particularly beautiful pieces.

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These inlaid pearl Moroccan chairs were in need of a little TLC, but I fell in love with them.  I mean, just look at the rams head detail.

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Everything about these chairs was amazing, especially the chinoiserie fabric.

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I always love displays and pieces that evoke a cabinet of curiosities/apothecary feel.

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Big trend movement: out with chrome, in with brass and copper.

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After reading Stacy Kunstel’s blog post about malachite, I seemed to see it everywhere.  A trend or just a heightened awareness?  Probably both

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Gorgeous set of dark amber glasses complete with champagne, white wine and red wine glasses.

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More Brimfield treasures

The mounting of this piece was exquisite.

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Perfect little children’s tractor – “blue like a Ford, green like John Deer” as my friend’s little country boy would say.

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While prices seemed a bit on the high side and the weather a bit on the chilly, I had a great time.  Given an unlimited bank account, and room in our home I probably would have scooped up half of what you see in these images, but for now I will enjoy them in photos.  A trip out there is always a long exhausting day, but always full of great inspiration.

Stuff Magazine just published an article written by Erin T. Gates on how to shop the Brimfield Antique Market like a professional.  It is a must read if you are thinking about venturing out for the September show or any antique show for that matter.  They used my photography (shot during our July visit) for the piece.  Thanks Stuff Magazine and thanks Erin.

Best advice:

“Remember, this is an antique show, not a fashion show. Resist the urge to dress in a cute “antiquing” outfit, and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. It’s not about who looks the most chic, but rather who can run the fastest to snag that faux-bamboo chair set. Sneakers, yoga pants, hats, sunglasses, and backpacks are your best friends here.”

These are some very wise words indeed…I unfortunately did not consult Erin on how to dress prior to our outing and tried to go for the “cute outfit.”  Not smart at all.

I found the people at Brimfield facinating.  From the treasure hunters like us to antique dealers and specialist.  Some were kind and friendly, dying to share stories with us about their goods.  Others, shooed us away, exclaiming No Photographs, at the sight of my camera.  The girl above looked so chic and pulled together despite the 90+ temperatures.  Had I turned the camera around…well…you would have seen a sweaty hot mess.

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This guy was the epitome of the cool antique dealer.

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The odd couple.  He with his Rex Sox cap and she with her Yankees…antiquing in peace.

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Dogs were everywhere to be seen.  Each dealer had a trusty pup by their side, just trying to find some shade.

I can’t believe we lasted as long as we did at the show, but the site of one amazing piece had you dying to explore one more row, or one more field.  I can’t wait to go back…Although next time I might demand to be pushed around in something like this, complete with built in fan…lucky dog.

Brimfield Baby!

July 20, 2010

Well, as I have been talking about for a week, I went to Brimfield!  After a rain delay one day, we then faced hot humid weather.  Yes I know I am from Georgia and I should be able to handle the heat, but the truth is, us Southerners are so use to air conditioning that we have become quite spoiled heat wise.  So with my hat, sunscreen, camera and expert Erin Gates, we tackled row after row of dealers.  What I found was a fair like atmosphere complete with unique people, dogs, carnival food and some amazing treasures (The suit cases above were used as props for the movie Around the World in 80 days…They were pristine.)  Erin posted many of my photos today over at her wildly popular and fun blog, Elements of Style, so much thanks to her for that exposure and welcome to those who have popped over to my blog for the first time.   Welcome.  (You will see many of the same photos from her post, with perhaps a few more…I have a terrible time editing.)

Treasures Galore!

I wonder, what was this eight-sided chest used for?

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More chests and beautifully colored seltzer bottles.

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Erin’s great grandparents, grandparents and parents all lived in Willimantic, CT, so I grabbed the shot, only later to find that my husband’s father’s side of the family all hail from Willimantic too!  How strange.

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Ridiculous telescope, much like the one they have on the front patio of the Chatham Bars Inn.

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Gorgeous wooden canoe.

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Perfect corner chair.

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This awesome paper holder makes me want to open a shop, just so I can use this to wrap up people’s packages.

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Beautiful elephant marionette.

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Lucite flatware!

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More flatware and and cool red and magenta chest.

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Blue glassware ready for a garden party.

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Collections: So much stuff at Brimfield.  I became mesmerized with the pattern and repetition of things

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I am seriously obsessed with this lamp.  Reclaimed architectural wood detail, repurposed for a lamp base!  The faded color!  I want a pair of them in my life.

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“Museum of Natural History” type accessories.  These dried shelf fungi were beautiful.

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Wine jugs.

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I know I have seen these types of old glass buoy as props in various catalogues about 1000 times, but I still love them.

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An eyeglass collection that would make Elton John green with envy.

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And more vintage clothing and jewelry than I could even look through!

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This lion made me think of Judy Aldridge over at Atlantis Home...she would have loved all the jewelry dealers.

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And this goat.

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I love, love, loved Brimfield.  Despite the crazy heat and sore feet the trip was fabulous fun!  P.S. I have the cards of many of the dealers and will update this post this afternoon with that info.

Little Treasures

July 19, 2010

I am busy editing my 100+ photos from Brimfiled.  As a first time visitor, the place was sensory overload.  There were so many little gems…also a lot of junk, and the challenge of distinguising between the two.  Luckily my friend and interior design maven, Erin Gates, knew her stuff.  She perused row after row of vendor like a pro.  As I soaked it all in, and snapped away.  Check out her post, part I, about the trip here.  I didn’t plan on buying anything big, but I did want to bring home a few little treasures of my own.  I was loving all the 50’s and 60’s vintage jewelry and after a little at home jewelry cleaner they really polished up.

Lucite bangle – very 60’s modern

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Faux Ivory bangle with brass clasps - Bohemian cool

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Cool multi-stone cocktail ring - such interesting design and details

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More Brimfield photos tomorrow.  Happy Monday.

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