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There is a style of decorating called “Chinoiserie” that is a French term pronounced  (shen’wäz-re’)  “which pays homage to Oriental influences but expressed in such a way that the rooms have a very European flavor. Chinoiserie became wildly popular in the late 17th century and and peaked around the middle of the 18th century before Neoclassicism became all the rage.

Europeans and the English were fascinated with the Far East and as trade opened up with China and Asia, exotic silks, porcelains and fantastic tales of the way these peoples live inspired this decorating style.  It could be seen in everything from landscape design to furniture to architecture and all through the decorative arts. It was embraced by the French as it blended so well with the Rococo style.  Thomas Chippendale incorporated fretwork into furniture and the term “Chinese Chippendale” was coined. English country estates built fanciful pagodas and French chateaus and castles had entire rooms painted in the “Chinoiserie” style.


From Harpers Bazaar

From- Chinoiserie Chic-

From- Chinoiserie Chic-

The style can be a bit formal and fussy for the way we live today, but nonetheless an elegant mix of pieces from the Far East  and the old world can give any room you are decorating incredible flair.

Very often our monthly estate auctions feature many pieces of decorative Asian porcelain, furniture, art and decorative antiques. With all the current interest by Asian collectors these pieces often sell for very high prices and are out of reach of the average persons decorating budget.  Surprisingly though, many are still very affordable, especially if they do not have a lot of antique value and were produced for the masses.

Your decorating style does not have to be  Asian themed for them to work well. Asian antiques work with most decorating styles and add a bit of the exotic to any room.

Take for example this 19th century Chinese Famille Rose Vase that was in our February 8th sale, valued at $300-$500 it sold for $150.00 to a lucky bidder. Decorated in beautiful pinks and greens, with peonies and birds in a baluster form this vase would have huge decorative impact empty, or filled with flowers on an entry table, or in any room of the house.


Imagine this lovely piece on your foyer table or in a living room with forced branches of apple blossoms, quince or pussy willows this spring.

When looking at Asian porcelain the painting should be highly detailed and precise, the colors should be harmonious with the colors you have chosen for your interior.

Our estate auctions are the perfect place to start a blue and white porcelain collection in which you can mix many types, both Asian and European.  Blue and white Canton pieces come up frequently and are very affordable and are the perfect pieces to start a collection.  I love the look of many may pieces of blue and white together in any room.

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All of these wonderful blue and white Asian pieces sold for $100 at our auctions,


with a few purchases like this you are well on your way to a fantastic collection….

Chinoiserie wallpaper is very popular and is a great way to dramatically change the look of a room.


An example of a dining room with Chinoiserie wallpaper

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And a more modern interpretation of  Chinoiserie wallpaper in a foyer .

If you don’t want to go “whole hog” with the “Chinoiserie” look in a room, Chinese artists often painted onto screens, panels and scrolls. They were prized for their detailed images and calligraphy brush strokes.  Our estate sales often feature pieces like these that can easily create a focal point for a large wall space or behind a furniture grouping .


Screens also work very well in a bedroom and make wonderful decorative headboards.

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Every month is different but you will often find Asian cabinets like these pictured, in our monthly auctions.

garden stools  …

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Beautiful Asian vases made into lamps

And decorative mirrors like this Chinoiserie mirror coming up this spring.

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I started writing this blog to showcase how to decorate with antiques in a modern decor. There are people that can look at a jumble of stuff at an estate sale and see how each and every piece can translate into a look for their home that you see everyday in the top design magazines like Elle Decor, Traditional Home,and Architectural Digest.

And their are those people who just can’t make that visual leap. This new blog post is to help you make that visual leap to create the interior you always dreamed of but at a  fraction of the price of new reproduction furniture, mirrors, chandeliers, paintings, whatever……

I will attempt to show you some of  the auction items that you will find each and most every month at Kaminski Auctions monthly estate sales that will help you achieve that designer look you want for your home.

An item like this huanghuali or peach wood altar table is so versatile.


9001 – CHINESE HUANGHUALI ALTAR TABLE Chinese altar table, Huanghuali wood, 31 1/2″ x 17 1/2″ x 79″. Provenance: CT collection

EST: $1,000 – $2,000

You can see how fabulous it will look in an off white modern decor behind a sofa

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or as the perfect foyer table

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 Something like this moroccan brass tray table adds interest to any room.

9073-Moroccan inlaid table with hammered brass top, 20″h x 30″dia. Provenance: MA collection.


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It adds texture and interest as a coffee table in a living room
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And adds a bit of the exotic to any living room

                                               It can be used inside or out as well.

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We always have a fantastic selection of traditional furniture like this dining table and round mahogany foyer table that work perfectly as a dining table or a center table in a large square or rectangle foyer.  They especially look great in an all white modern room with unmatched side chairs and carving chairs at the head.


Early 20th century dining table on brass castors with two leaves, mahogany, hand crank mechanism for opening and closing table, 31″h x 78″w x 50″d, 18″w (leaves). Provenance: MA estate.



Late 19th or early 20th century round dining table, mahogany, 31 1/2″ h x 65 1/2″ dia.


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Here are some fabulous foyer looks..

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Or you can paint it white !

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If mid century modern is your look . This fabulous chair is also featured in our July 13th sale


9214 Eric Kirkegaard Danish Modern chair, teak and leather, with original metal label “Made in Norway for International Designer’s Group,” 30″ h x 22″ w x 19″ d. Provenance: From a Winchester, MA collection.


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If Midcentury modern is your style don’t miss our 20th Century/Modern sale

Sunday, September 28th

for more vintage looks like this .

Imagine redoing a room with various pieces of the Chinese porcelain that we have at every auction .  Grouping it together gives your room a theme and the blue and white looks fabulous together in a contemporary space.

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And our pieces are the real thing that will hold their value.

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#9081 -Pair of Chinese blue and white vases, 11 1/2″. Provenance: MA estate.



9396-Chinese fish tank, blue and white porcelain, 12″ x 13 3/4″. Provenance: CT collection.



9326 -Chinese blue and white vase, porcelain, dragon-shaped holder, marked on base, 10 1/2″. Provenance: CT collection.


You  can start a blue and white porcelain collection with just one auction.

Also take a look at Lots- 9328,9326,9401,and 9359

Pair them with this fabulous Chinese chest !


9070-Chinese red door lacquer cabinet, 29″ x 20″ x 13 3/4″. Provenance: CA collector.

EST $350-$550

Don’t miss our July 13th Estate sale at 

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2013 was a banner year for Kaminski Auctions. We are very proud to have been the auctioneers of the Oprah Winfrey Collection in Santa Barbara, California on November 2nd 2013.

The idea of an auction of the Oprah Winfrey collection started in March 2013 when Oprah revealed she was planning a top to bottom remodel of her homes in Chicago, Maui, Santa Barbara, and Indiana. Previously decorated by the late Anthony P. Brown, Oprah had employed the services of Rose Tarlow of Melrose House in Los Angeles, California to redcorate her homes more in keeping with the way she lives today.

Oprah's decision to redo her homes is the catalyst for a huge auction of her belongings !

Oprah’s decision to redo her homes is the catalyst for a huge auction of her belongings !

The grand staircase in the Montecito foyer.

The grand staircase in the Montecito foyer.

The famous green plaid sofa !

The famous green plaid sofa !

The lovely library.

The lovely library.

With our Santa Barbara representative and offices in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, Kaminski Auctions was selected to organize “The mother of all yard sales “as Oprah liked to call it.  And as always, it would all be for a good cause.  All proceeds would benefit the Oprah Winfrey Leadership College Fund providing scholarships for graduates to continue their education at some of the finest universities in the United States.

Oprah with the girls from The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls- South Africa.

Oprah with the girls from The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls- South Africa.

We had prepared for this tweet by backing up our servers, as our website saw over 36,000 views that first day alone.

Working closely with Oprah’s  team at Own-TV and Hearst Publications it was also decided to shoot the cover of the March issue of O Magazine at the auction and to feature the auction in the publication.


Our staff at Kaminski immediately started planning for this fantastic event.  We sent a team of catalogers and photographers out to Santa Barbara to start organizing the items that were stored in a nearby warehouse.  Most were  hand selected by Oprah and many were signed pieces of memorabilia that would be auctioned off.

We designed a wonderful color catalog, tickets to the event, and an  Oprah website.  It was decided to hold the event outside under tents at the Santa Barbara Polo Club close to Oprah’s Montecito home.  We also organized organized a fantastic VIP party for the night before the auction.

The Oprah Winfrey Collection catalog cover.

The Oprah Winfrey Collection catalog cover.

The VIP invitation and ticket

The VIP invitation and ticket

We had endless meetings planning for every detail of the auction, publicity, customer registration, security, tents, catering, catalog sales, parking, and on and on….

We planned for the cover shoot on Tuesday, a three-day preview starting on Wednesday, a VIP preview party on Friday night and the auction starting at 10:00am PT on Saturday, November 2nd.

Setting up the many tents at the Santa Barbara Polo Club

Setting up the many tents at the Santa Barbara Polo Club

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The grounds looked beautiful !

The grounds looked beautiful !

And so did the inside of the tents!

And so did the inside of the tents!


Oprah’ star power certainly attracts the crowds.  Each preview day was incredibly well attended, over 300 people bought tickets for the VIP preview party and over 7,500 people signed up to bid online from every state and over 150 countries……

One of the many interviews Oprah did at the event.

One of the many interviews Oprah did at the event.

Fans lining up the day of the auction.

Fans lining up the day of the auction.

Preview days included interviews with the local affiliates of CBS and NBC/Fox in addition to numerous local and Los Angeles area media.

Oprah smiling for the cameras.

Oprah smiling for the cameras.

An elegant VIP party for over 300 guests was held on Friday night prior to the auction with food by Tammy Kronen, music by Peter Clark and his orchestra and a performance by a talented group of young aspiring singers from the Janet Adderley School for the Performing Arts who sang an amazing rendition of songs from the musical “The Color Purple”especially written to entertain Oprah.

Oprah with The Janice Adderley School for the Performing Arts Singers.

Oprah with The Janice Adderley School for the Performing Arts Singers.

Peter Clark and his orchestra provided the music for the VIP party.

Peter Clark and his orchestra provided the music for the VIP party.

To our surprise Oprah made an appearance each day as well, giving interviews, signing autographs, delighting in the children’s’ performance at the VIP party and even kicking off the day by auctioning off the first 10 items of the sale.

Oprah kicking off the bidding on the first few lots.

Oprah kicking off the bidding on the first few lots.

She really seemed to enjoy it.

She really seemed to enjoy it.

Oprah signed many of the pieces she auctioned to the delight of the crowd.

Oprah signed many of the pieces she auctioned to the delight of the crowd.

Gayle King from CBS Good Morning America got into the spirit as well.

Gayle King from CBS Good Morning America got into the spirit as well.

The hardworking crew from UCSB.

The hardworking crew from UCSB.

All that planning paid off and the culmination of all our hard work is evident in this months issue of “O Magazine.





We were delighted and honored to be a part of this important event for an incredibly good cause.  We hope you enjoy seeing this  issue of O Magazine,  for a complete recap on the auction visit and look for tips for “De-Cluttering Your Life in 2014 in the March issue of Oprah Magazine!

The new Restoration Hardware store on Newbury street opened in the month of March with great fanfare. It was accompanied with what seemed like the largest catalog mailing in history, that left us wondering “how did they afford to mail that”. Four books arrived to most Massachusetts zip codes, shrink wrapped in plastic, titled RH Interiors, RH Outdoor and Garden, RH Objects of Curiosity, and RH Tableware.

RH, as they now wish to be known, opened in the 40,000 square foot landmark Back Bay building that was once the home of Louis Boston, the high-end men’s retailer. The building itself was designed by architect William Preston in 1862, and was only the second building erected in Back Bay. At one time it housed the New England Museum of Natural History.

Restoration Hardware has completely renovated and restored the building to its former glory, with a spectacular glass elevator and a welcoming glass atrium outside on Newbury Street.

RH Boston Photo Courtesy of

RH Boston
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The company is trying to reinvent itself from the original success story that started in 1980 as a niche business selling door knobs, hooks and hard to find hardware, to an up scale home furniture store selling an eclectic line of luxury home furnishings.

A visit to the new Boston store for RH is definitely worth the trip. It is truly an “eye candy” experience for anyone interested in design or decorating. The showrooms dazzle with multiple crystal chandeliers, and everything is monochromatic with oversized furniture in leather, linen, natural wood,and chrome.

RH Boston Interior

RH Boston Interior

The store is truly beautiful and the merchandising excites and enthralls the visitor. Smartly dressed sales consultants walk around with IPads looking up your every question, as to dimensions, what other fabrics the furniture comes in and when it is available to ship.

Plush towels are stacked by graduating color hues in faux french armoires and there are home accessories everywhere,  but everything is by mail order, nothing is available to purchase and walk out of the store with. For those of us who like instant gratification, this is not the shopping experience for you…..or me.

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The furniture on display is so over scale, you have to wonder who can fit these pieces in their apartments or homes. Along with the over scale size comes a huge price tag.

Each week I see  the original antique furniture that have inspired these RH designs at our auctions, only more authentic, more interesting and with the wonderful patina that only comes with age.   Like purchasing a new car, the minute these pieces leave the showroom, they are worth a fraction of their original price.

With a bit of research in the past/sold items at Kaminski Auctions I want to share with you the Kaminski original and what it sold for and the RH reproduction, and you can decide for yourself.

The RH Interiors tome that arrived shows The RH Kensington leather sofa starting at $3795.

98" Kensington Leather Sofa  $3795 - $4615

98″ Kensington Leather Sofa
$3795 – $4615

This a wonderful old Chesterfield leather  sofa that sold at Kaminski Auctions DéCoR sale for        $1500.same beautiful shape, with the real patina of an old sofa.

Vintage Leather Chesterfield Sofa

Vintage Leather Chesterfield Sofa

84" RH Lancaster  Leather Sofa $3495 - $4285

84″ RH Lancaster Leather Sofa
$3495 – $4285

Brown leather 3 seater sofa $1300

Kaminski leather 3 seater sofa $1300

The same hold true for this wonderful old club chair .  The RH Lowell chair ..

RH Lowell Club Chair $1595-$1865

RH Lowell Club Chair $1595-$1865

and the comparison piece at Kaminski Auctions that sold for a fraction of the RH price.

English Style Leather Club Chair

English Style Leather Club Chair $850

The RH vintage french side chair.  just a copy of the french style side chairs at Kaminski    Auctions.

RH Vintage French Side Chair - $299.00

RH Vintage French Side Chair – $299.00

Recovered in a natural linen these chairs will give you the same look.

Mid 18th Century French Side Chairs

Mid 18th Century French Side Chairs $400

The RH French style bergère…

The RH Lorraine Chair $595-$710

The RH Lorraine Chair $595-$710

And again, a French bergère at auction covered in natural linen will give you the same look.

19th century, French Bergere armchair

19th century, French Bergere armchair $300

The Rh catalog states “Our Chandelier mixes the opulent sparkle of crystal with the rustic    restraint of a bronze finished frame.”

RH Florian Chandelier $1695.00

RH Florian Chandelier $1695.00

The chandeliers at Kaminski Auctions have the same opulent sparkle at a fraction of  the price.

French Style Iron and Crystal Chandelier

French Style Iron and Crystal Chandelier $300

RH Rococo Chandelier $1495-$2795

RH Rococo Chandelier $1495-$2795

French StyleCrystal Chandelier

Kaminski French Style Crystal Chandelier $500

French Empire Chandelier

RH French Empire Chandelier $1875

French Empire Crystal Chandelier $425

Kaminski French Empire Crystal Chandelier $425

If modern furniture is your thing.  We have that as well at our 20th Century Modern sales ! You will always find great modern design pieces from famous names like Mies van der Rohe, Nakashima, Sven Eriksson, Hans Wegner and many more.

Cantilevered Armchair $625

RH Cantilevered Armchair $625

Modern Sofa

Modern sofa

A CB2  leather Sofa from  our 20th Century Modern sale !

Mayfair Trunk $1595-$1895

RH Mayfair Trunk

The real thing from E. Goyard, Paris !

Antique Labeled French Trunk E.Goyard, Paris

Antique Labeled French Trunk E.Goyard, Paris $2,200

From their RH Objects of curiosity Catalog..

"A Meticulous Reproduction"

RH Vintage Paris Map $1695-$2495

Bowen Early Map of World

Bowen Early Map of World $225

Trophy Urn $449

RH Trophy Urn $449

Art Nouveau Silver-Plated Trophy                                                Art Nouveau Silver Plated Urn Estimate – $200-$300

I could go on and on with the comparisons, but you get the idea.  I do wonder who is buying this furniture.  Is it people who have no imagination, or just those to whom money is no object.  The experience left me very uninspired and I thought,  give me the thrill and excitement of  a good auction any day !

I bought a home on the North Shore of Boston twenty years ago this spring.  Everyone, including my husband, thought I was CRAZY !!!  It was an old turn-of-the-century Mediterranean style stucco villa, with a spectacular loggia and an old world style ballroom.  The house had been abandoned for years and gone into foreclosure.

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I have spent years redoing each and every room in the house, and have collected  antiques at auction and from local dealers to furnish it. It has been forever, a work in progress.

I had no shortage of ideas for every room in the house except the formal dining room. It is an odd-shaped room with three low squat windows, totally out of proportion to the room and four doors, one being a double sliding pocket door, so there is very little wall space.

Initially, I had the walls faux painted (at great expense) a very boring beige.   Everything neutral was the fashion at the time, so beige walls, beige Stark carpet, brown furniture–when I look at it now it was just as boring as could be.  Even with all the silver pieces on the side board and crystal in the room, nothing stood out.

Original Boring Beige Dining Room

Original Boring Beige Dining Room

Beige Stark Carpet

Beige Stark Carpet

I had the feeling I wanted an italian theme to  the room, as I had purchased a lovely 18th century Italian corner cabinet that was hand painted in a Venetian style. With the  house being a Mediterranean style villa, it just seemed to go with the house.

We purchased two oversize sepia photographs by the photographer Michael Kahn, which depicted details of sculptures outside the Uffizi palace in Florence.  The subject matter kept the Italian theme alive, but the sepia coloration just meant more boring beige in the room.  Continuing with the Venetian theme, I bought a huge Murano chandelier at auction which arrived in a million pieces and had to be assembled before it was installed. Miraculously, we figured out how it went together and hung it up successfully.

Murano Chandelier

Murano Chandelier

The room looked better, but still boring. I went on to other decorating projects, as I still did not have a clear sense of how I wanted the room to look.  I had no shortage of ideas for the kitchen and other rooms in the house but the dining room was another story.

Two years ago I  designed and installed  a spectacular Poggenpohl work area and created an open plan eat-in kitchen that could seat 10 comfortably for dinner.

Poggenpohl Brushed Aluminum Work Area with Marble Counter Top

Poggenpohl Brushed Aluminum Work Area with Marble Counter Top

We live in that kitchen and adjoining family room and our old formal dining room is used only for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and a sometimes a formal New Year’s Eve sit down dinner. In other words, it was the  forgotten room.

New Eat-In Kitcen

New Eat-In Kitchen

We moved to  London for several years and I was inspired with how the English were decorating old stately houses with modern furniture, fabrics, and wallpapers.  When I came back from London, there was so much to do to freshen other rooms in the house the dining room remained the same for several more years.

In London designers would pair traditional mahogany dining chairs with a modern glass and chrome table.   I have a beautiful triple pedestal mahogany dining room table in the room and mahogany ribbon back chairs. I wanted a fresh modern looking room, but I was married to my traditional mahogany furniture.

It wasn’t until I recently found a beautiful raspberry fabric with a gold fleur-de-lis pattern that gave me the inspiration to change the room. The fabric has a decidedly Venetian flavor to it, and the huge scale of design I need for a room this large .  It reminded me of Fortuny design fabric from Venice and I knew it would work perfectly with the Murano chandelier.


I started by painting the room a raspberry color to match the background of the Venetian style fabric.  Every stock paint color I tried was either too red or too pink.  I finally had a custom color mixed that worked perfectly!

Paint swatches to choose the color!

Paint swatches to choose the color!

Everything raspberry!
Everything raspberry!

As you can see everything pops against the new bright raspberry color, even the traditional mahogany side board looks great !

George III Mahogany sideboard stands out against the fresh, new color!

George III Mahogany sideboard stands out against the fresh, new color!

There is much more to come as I have the curtains made out of that fabulous Venetian style fabric and chairs covered in a modern pink and green animal print to really give some new life to the old dining room but I will save that for another post !

Animal print fabric in raspberry and lime green for  chair seats !

Animal print fabric in raspberry and lime green for chair seats !

To be continued!!!!!!! Read the rest of this entry »

Sorry forgot all my links so I am reposting! Diane


Our Sunday night obsession is back and I, for one, could not be happier.  Written by Julian Fellows of Gosford Park fame, the award winning “Downton Abbey” series is addictive.  The compelling tale centers upon a British aristocratic family living in a spectacular manor house refrered to only as “Downton.”  The story begins in the Edwardian years 0f 1901-1910 before the first World War and follows the family and their staff through harrowing years of the war and beyond.

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The series has a” downstairs upstairs” aspect to it as well.  While we watch the family interact at formal dinners served by liveried footmen in white tie, we also follow the conversation of the loyal staff as they take their meals around the kitchen table downstairs.  All of them are proud to be in service to the Lord and Lady Grantham and their three daughters, Lady Mary, Lady Edith…

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Our Sunday night obsession is back and I, for one, could not be happier.  Written by Julian Fellows of Gosford Park fame, the award winning “Downton Abbey” series is addictive.  The compelling tale centers upon a British aristocratic family living in a spectacular manor house refrered to only as “Downton.”  The story begins in the Edwardian years 0f 1901-1910 before the first World War and follows the family and their staff through harrowing years of the war and beyond.

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The series has a” downstairs upstairs” aspect to it as well.  While we watch the family interact at formal dinners served by liveried footmen in white tie, we also follow the conversation of the loyal staff as they take their meals around the kitchen table downstairs.  All of them are proud to be in service to the Lord and Lady Grantham and their three daughters, Lady Mary, Lady Edith, and Lady Sybil.

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The real life Downton Abbey is Highclere Castle in Berkshire, and the elegant interior and exterior shots of the manor house and parkland setting are enough to keep you coming back for more.  Throw in the handsome Matthew Crawley, the fantastic fashion costumes worn by Lady Grantham and her three daughters, and the amazing Dame Maggie Smith as Violet, the Dowager Countess, and you have all the ingredients for the most successful British period drama of all time.

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The aristocratic style of Downton Abbey has apparently influenced everything from spending habits, to fashion, home furnishings and interior design. The Today Show,reported that sales of World War I history books and etiquette books are way up due to the shows popularity. In the world of fashion you see the “Downton” influence in the emergence of empire waistlines, ladylike lingerie (all the women in the series take breakfast in bed wearing amazing lingerie), elbow length gloves, maxi dresses, fur stoles, and elaborate “Edwardian” style jewelry with filigree and faceted stones.

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The  runway trends inspired by  “Downton” this year were influenced by equestrian and British hunting party chic.  The classic formal fox hunting attire that showed up on the runway included impeccably tailored hunting coats and starched white stock ties, as well as proper tweed shooting ensembles influenced by the formal English pheasant shooting scenes.

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The Edwardian period started a new century: there was a new king, and along with him, a new style.  The heavy furniture and cluttered rooms of the Victorian years gave way to a lighter and more cheerful interior.  Furniture styles were influenced by Sheraton, Chippendale, and Queen Anne.  There were Baroque, Rococo, and Empire influences as well.

Think wing chairs covered in chintz or pale colored damasks, feminine flowery patterns, and colors like light blue, greens and yellows.  White or cream walls and pale covered furniture were accented with formal flower arrangements in every room.  Dinner tables were set formally with all of the the family’s fine china, crystal and silver.  It was a time to show off your finery and your wealth.

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Downton showcases “A romantic time of gracious living” and like everything we are exposed to in pop culture and on television, it influences our style, tastes, and spending choices.  For over 25 years Kaminski Auctions has provided our customers with wonderful estate silver, china, porcelain, furniture, and decorative pieces that epitomize “Downton” style and gracious living.

At our monthly estate and DéCoR auctions you will find everything you need to create your own “Downton Style.”  Imagine yourself as Lady Grantham sitting at this wonderful Edwardian fancy ladies dressing table with mirror (Lot #8074)  in our February Estate sale.


Or putting on this beautiful gold, pearl and ruby necklace (Lot# 9161),


or this 14k gold aquamarine and diamond pendant (Lot #8055 ) before you go down to dinner.

Imagine Carson overseeing the dining room set for a formal dinner.  The long mahogany table surrounded with shield back dining chairs (Lot #9167),


and the table gleaming with silver candlesticks and other table accessories, (Lot #8232) and (Lot#8156).

8232_18156_1A Wedgewood dinner service ( Lot #8023),


and lovely Stuben crystal stemware,  (Lot#9070), complete the picture perfect dinner table.


The sideboard (Lot#9171)  is brimming with silver trays of  Mrs. Patmore’s food

and decanters (Lot #9319) of wine.



We here at Kaminski Auctions embrace this return to  gracious living and our offerings each month can help you bring a little bit of “Downton style” into your modern decor. Sign up for our monthly emails and Décor blog at so you don’t miss a sale and tune in every Sunday evening to Masterpiece Classics’ Downton Abbey. (All lots shown available in our February Estate Sale, Sunday, February 10th starting at 10:00 am. For more information go

Your foyer is the entry into your home and your world. A well decorated foyer can speak volumes about who you are, and what you are interested in. It is a reflection of your home, your style,and the welcoming point for friends and guests. It is the first impression you make on anyone, so make a great first impression and decorate your foyer as you would any room in your home. It’s fun to make an impact! Be sure to consider scale, paint color, furniture and decorative objects to style your foyer.

House Beautiful Magazine Fantastic Designer Foyers by Jonathan Berger

Traditionally a foyer holds your coat closet, and maybe a place to hang a hat or an umbrella stand. It is a often a furnished with a small table, and mirror for a last minute look as you rush out the door, and or a bench to sit and put on shoes. You can also incorporate wonderful old antiques for storage or just interest in your foyer.

Fantastic Designer Foyers House Beautiful by Jonathan Adler

Having a theme for your foyer can be a reflection of your personal tastes and interests.  A nautical theme reflects a families interest in sailing or boating, equestrian prints say “we are into horses”, contemporary art shows your interest in modern artwork… etc. Whatever your interest its fun to decorate the foyer as a window into your home and your life .

The foyer is also a great place to showcase a collection . Such as these wonderful black and white photographs artfully displayed with stacks of photography themed books.

Marilyn Hutchings via Luann Lang from Entryways on Pinterest

There is always a great selection of mirrors and side tables at our monthly estate auctions, but its those one of a kind pieces, that really add the decorating sparkle.  Our auctions are all about finding those wonderful pieces, and buying at auction is such a fun way to acquire them.

From Pinterst via House Beautiful Magazine

Be to sure to shop our website monthly at  to find wonderful blue and white chinese ginger jars, like those pictured here or wonderful original contemporary artwork ,like these Dennis Akervik Coehlo’s featured in our October 20th Century Decorative Arts Sale.

Dennis Akervik Coehlo (American, b. 1968), “Sunset over Provincetown”, oil on canvas

If sailing is your thing, or you live by the ocean, be sure to check out our Ocean Liner Memorabilia and Nautical sale on October 21st for amazing nautical themed finds!!

Raffaele Corsini (Turkish), “Southerner of Greenock, Captain James Grant Entering Smyrna 1864”, oil on board

Model of Nantucket Lightship

Decorate your foyer to set just the right tone for the rest of your home at Kaminski Auctions!

I often walk through our 1850’s barn or auction gallery to get inspiration for a new blog post.  Sadly I noticed  several beautiful old grandfather clocks lined up like forgotten soldiers against the back wall of the barn.  These amazing pieces are elaborately carved of mahogany or other wood, some with intricately handpainted dials or faces and all with wonderful brass pendulum movements.

Though seemingly out of style in todays modern decor, I decided to research the long case clocks or grandfather clocks as they came to be known, to see how they can be used in the way we live today .

Developed around 1670 by an  English clockmaker named William Clement and originally called a long case clock. It is a freestanding clock with a weight driven movement.  Most grandfather clocks sound the time on each hour,  or fraction of an hour  and are known as striking clocks.  The grandfather clock is supposedly named after “My Grandfather’s Clock”, a song written in 1876 by  Henry Clay Work.

From Witt Construction
Saratoga Springs, NY

Today most people use their cell phones to tell the time but these wonderful old timepieces can still serve as the focal point of a highly trafficked hallway or foyer.  It is the perfect spot for an antique grandfather clock, as a hallway or foyer  serves as the welcoming point for guests to the rest of the house.  It also sets the tone of the house, and  is the perfect place to display a family heirloom or heirloom you just purchased at auction .

It is also the perfect piece to emphasize a wonderful arched nook or wall recess or just the thing to give a low ceilinged room some height.  It is also just the thing to add architectural interest to a room that has little or  no moldings or architectural features, while at the same time, adding some old world charm to the decor.

Treat a hallway as you would any other room in the house and develop a theme and decorate to that theme. Such as this wonderfully decorated Spanish Colonial entrance way featuring an 1920’s long case clock from Barker Brothers in Los Angeles gracing the Adamson House in Malibu, California.

Late 18th/early 19th century American tall clock, flame maple, broken arch pediment. Lot-#8113 July 14th, 2012

20th Century Peary United States Marine Corps tall clock with mahogany case- Lot# 8184 July14th, 2012

English Stonehouse, Leeds tall clock, mixed woods, mahogany and oak –
Lot #8283- July 14th, 2012

Perhaps one of these forgotten soldiers will find it’s way into your foyer or hallway !