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If you are like me you love to see the before and after photos of a great apartment/home renovation or redecoration.

One of my favorite sites for “Before and After” makeovers is a website called “ Apartment Therapy “. I am addicted to it. I read it daily and love the apartment makeovers they profile from all over the world. Whether it’s a Victorian apartment in London or a studio in Brooklyn, I love to see the creativity, and the way people are using vintage items and auction finds to make their apartments feel more like a home.

One post in particular resonated with me as they profiled a series of basic white box apartments decorated in an up to date modern style with a bit of chrome, plexiglass and modern pieces of furniture.  But each and every one of the rooms had a vintage or antique piece in it that added character, depth and timelessness to the room.  What was interesting as well, was that each person interviewed chose the antique piece as their “favorite find” that really made the apartment decoration come together and feel like home.

Storage and organization seems to be a common theme on the Apartment Therapy blog as well.  The limited space in apartment living makes for very creative storage solutions. Forget The Container Store or that bookcase from Pottery Barn, there is no better place to find furniture for creative storage solutions than Kaminski Auctions!

For inspiration I will show you a few pieces coming up in our October 25th Estate Auction that can be  mixed in with your modern décor that will make your decorating so much more interesting or could will provide a creative storage solution.

In the October 25th sale we have three “pier tables”,  perfect as a small entry table or in a living room set up as a cocktail bar.  The mirrored back to these wonderful tables provides a reflective element in the room that will make the room  look larger…perfect for a small space !

Lot 8110-19th Century Marble Top Pier Table

Lot 8110-19th Century Marble Top Pier Table

French Pier Table

Lot#-8210-French Pier Table

Lot#-8299-19th Century Mahogany Pier Table

Lot#-8299-19th Century Mahogany Pier Table

This old fashioned french vitrine could double as a coffee table and is a great way to display a favorite collection.

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Lot#-8404- French Vitrine

Lot- #8387 is a fabulous old English Regency Sideboard that could double as a cocktail bar and a television or media center could go in the base.

Lot#-8387-English Regency Sideboard

Lot#-8387-English Regency Sideboard

Not just for the kitchen…this brass baker’s stand provides great storage for any room in the house….  A perfect bookcase or étagère.

Lot#-8385-Brass Baker's Stand

Lot#-8385-Brass Baker’s Stand

or this English Regency version

Lot#-8274-English Etagere

Lot#-8274-English Etagere

This set of nesting tables are can provide extra surface space for parties or dinners in front of the television.

Lot#-8321-Adams style Nesting Tables

Lot#-8321-Adams style Nesting Tables

This beautiful marble stand would make a perfect plant stand and bring a little greenery into the room.

Lot#8226-Marble Stand

Lot#8226-Marble Stand

A French glass cabinet would dress up any apartment kitchen or dining room filled with glassware and dishes instead of hidden away in kitchen cabinets.

Lot#-8212 French Glass Cabinet

Lot#-8212 French Glass Cabinet

And finally this very decorative whatnot stand could hold towels in the bathroom, plants in the foyer or a collection of family photographs in the corner of your living room….

Lot#-8227- Decorative Whatnotstand

Lot#-8227- Decorative Whatnotstand

As with any antique purchase the piece will surely be a reflection of you, so buy what you love and you will find a place for it ! Click on any photo to visit our website http://www.kaminskiauctions.com and sign up to bid with KaminskiLIVE from the comfort of your home or on your mobile device !

Sorry for the long hiatus on writing this blog. I seem to get bogged down with writing press releases, pre and post every auction, social media and a  million other things that have to happen each month. My New Year’s resolution is to write, write, write, at least one post every single month if not more.

I would like to welcome Amy Cavilla as our new head of social media marketing. We have lots of fun things planned to keep you up to date on our Kaminski Auctions, and keep you informed on whats happening in the auction and art world. So be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram if you don’t already.

Amy Cavilla

I have so much to learn about social media but the one thing the experts keep telling me is that I need to engage my audience. Although this blog is not quite the same thing, I realized that the posts I got the most comments on were those I made personal.

Our social media campaign this month is “Some of Our Favorite Things” that sold this past year at Kaminski Auctions . So for my final post of 2014 I thought I would share with you some of my personal auction purchases of 2014 and how I used them to decorate my homes.

My first purchase of 2014 was from the May 20th Century/Decorative Arts and Modern sale and it was this Mies Van der Rohe for Knoll, Barcelona low table, “X” form with a chromed steel base and square glass top, circa 1950s.  An iconic table I purchased for $425.

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Mies Van der Rohe for Knoll, Barcelona low table

                                      

The exact same piece is selling on the popular Design Within Reach site for $1720. I used it as a coffee table in my Boston apartment.The glass top makes the apartment seem more spacious and airy. I unfortunately don’t have a photo of it to share. But you can see it works perfectly in a traditional or modern room.

A beautifully furnished traditional living room with a Mies Vander Rohe Barcelona table

A beautifully furnished traditional living room with a Mies Van der Rohe Barcelona table- Elle Decor photo

And a more modern apartment with the same table     Elle Decor phot

And a more modern apartment with the same table- Elle Decor photo

Another purchase which I absolutely love is this Mid Century root table.  It is really made  of grape vines from the vineyards in California but I thought it looked a lot like drift wood, and would work in my Nantucket home as a fabulous end table.

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It was described as a Northern California tree root table with glass top and I purchased it for $120.00.  I changed the black glass it was shown with to clear for a lighter more airy look as well. With the clear glass top you can see the beautiful roots below. Everyone who visited this summer loved this table.

A not so great auction purchase was this pair of carved continental style gilt wood planters that I paid $360.00 for.  They were an impulse purchase I made with a friend thinking they were” too over the top together” and we would each take one.

medium-9111.0_1They were also too garish all gilt. The plan was to wash them with a white paint and rub it off for a french washed wood effect or to paint different parts of them black for contrast and the French Empire look.  Needless to say neither one of us has had the time to do anything with them, so they were reconsigned to auction.  The beauty of a making a mistake purchase at auction is you can usually resell them at a future sale.

My two favorite purchases of 2014 were my last two. A beautiful console table constructed from a staircase segment.  It has  great provenance, as it was originally from the Newport, Rhode Island  home of Cornelius Vanderbilt.

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It is wrought iron with a sandstone top. A very mediterranean look.  I thought initially I would use it outside as a serving table on my loggia but found it was the perfect size and visually interesting enough to finish off my upstairs foyer.

Upstairs Foyer with New Console Table

Upstairs Foyer with New Console Table

Above the console table hangs an unusual Venetian mirror which is faux tortoiseshell. I purchased it some years ago at a Christie’s Interiors auction. Flanking the mirror on both sides are very large sepia photographs by Michael Kahn featuring exquisite details of two italian sculptures that stand in front of the Uffizi Gallery Museum in Florence, Italy.

At the Annual Thanksgiving auction I purchased this beautiful 19th century highly decorative Venetian mirror.  The glass surround has detailed images of gondolas and scenes of Venice.

medium-17008.0_1 It was the perfect thing to finish off my Venetian inspired bathroom with it’s very pink, very dramatic Designer Guild “gilded” wallpaper.  I carried the pink theme into the bathroom as it is just off the Venetian inspired dining room (from a previous post Updating a Traditional Dining Room, March 22, 2013).

My over the top Designers Guild wallpaper with my new Venetian mirror auction purchase.

My new Venetian mirror auction purchase.

The pièce de resistance of 2014 has to be my auction purchase from the “Oprah Winfrey Collection sale last November 2013.  Although from the previous year, I have to count it in this years purchases, as it arrived it the dead of winter in 2014 with four feet of snow on the ground.  After many months of searching for the perfect cistern and figuring out how the water would be pumped thorough the dolphins mouths and the center shell,here it is in it’s full glory.  The focal point of my loggia!

IMG_1388                     Happy Holidays to all and I wish you a great auction and decorating year in 2015 !

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 http://www.kaminskiauctions.com  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 am always looking for new and exciting ways to use furniture. Often, I fall in love with a particular piece, but don’t have the space or the need for it. Pinterest is a wonderful place to get inspiration (and first-timers beware…it is highly addictive!), and I stumbled upon the fabulous idea of converting beds, chairs, sideboards and dressers into benches.

These ideas are so incredible, and something I certainly never would have thought to do. Depending on your level of competency with power tools, you may need to enlist outside help for some of these ideas. Still, these are easy projects that are sure to transform your space and add a point of interest to your décor.

This is the first one that caught my eye. This person took the headboard and footboard of an antique bed, and cut the footboard in half to make a bench:

To check out this blogger’s step-by-step instructions visit: http://www.addicted2decorating.com/d-i-y-project-turning-a-headboard-and-footboard-into-a-bench.html.

This conversion will create a substantial-sized bench. Imagine it as additional seating in a breakfast nook. Paint it an eye-catching color, add a cushion and some bold throw pillows and place it in your entryway. Or wouldn’t it be the perfect seating for a mudroom? Place and label a storage bin for each member of your family underneath to conceal snow boots in the winter and sandals in the summer. Why not also try using weather-proof paint or top-coat and putting in your backyard or on your porch.

Another fun idea is taking the frame of antique chairs and converting it into a bench.

As you can see, this is a smaller scale final product and would look great as a piece of accent furniture in any room of your house. I love the idea of putting a bench at the foot of the bed, like this:

This is another twist on the same idea. You could paint every chair the same color to keep some uniformity, but don’t be afraid to mix and match!

I saved the project with the least amount of labor for last! This is a great way to gain both seating and storage in one piece of furniture:

This is a converted sideboard, but it would also work with a small dresser. The only updates you would need to make would be removing the legs, painting it your desired color or restoring the wood, and adding a cushion and pillows. Adding more decorative hardware would certainly brighten up the piece even more.

You can find the beds, chairs, sideboards, or dressers to create any of the above pieces at our monthly estate auctions. We always offer beautiful antiques and they often sell for reasonable prices. Last Saturday we held an on-site auction at the beautiful Devereaux Estate in Nahant, Massachusetts. The 700 lot sale was full of items such as this, just waiting to be updated and given a creative touch.

These would have been the perfect items to create benches, and they were all included in our last sale:

Lot #8201: Pair of early American maple twin rope beds

Lot #8202: 18th/19th century American maple rope bed

Lot #8342: 19th Century mahogany side chairs

Lot #8455: Three miscellaneous mahogany chairs.

Lot #8509: Pair of 20th Century chinoiserie decorated chairs

Lot #8549: Early 20th Century Hepplewhite-style mahogany sideboard

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 Houzz.com-by 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 !

Antique Steamer trunks evoke the images of long transatlantic voyages or the British and European nobility embarking on the “Grand Tour”.   Though out of fashion as a form of luggage, they are fabulous and versatile as pieces of decorative furniture in today’s décor.

We recently sold this Louis Vuitton Steamer  Trunk with Tray in our June Estate sale for $6500.00 !  It would serve as a fabulous coffee table with a piece of glass on top and a wonderful conversation piece!

Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk with Tray

And this other E. Goyard steamer trunk from our June Auction, sold for  $850.00 ! It is the perfect shape for a fabulous end table.

Used primarily in place of the traditional coffee table by decorators today, a fabulous trunk can  also serve as an ottoman at the foot of the bed providing wonderful storage for duvets, pillows and  off season storage of heavier blankets and quilts.

Or stacked in a corner for storage of heavy winter sweaters and coats and switched to summer clothes and lightweight linens as the seasons change!
In a more modern decor they can serve as an interesting platform for your flat screen television with one or two trunks stacked to the appropriate height.

From gallery.apartmenttherapy.com

From houzz.com

Two vintage suitcases stacked in a corner to the perfect height next to a bed make a wonderful and interesting nightstand and you could always spray a trunk white to update it’s look or match your color scheme !

From acozycanvas.blogspot.com

An 18th or 19th  century steamer trunk can have a surprisingly modern feel used in this way! Check out our monthly estate sales on our website for Louis Vuitton trunks, suitcases and much, much more for a truly inspired decor!

Decorating a seaside home this year ….be sure to check out our yearly Nautical sale which takes place every summer in July.  It features wonderful, and affordable decorative objects and paintings with a nautical theme…the perfect time to acquire a marine painting . A wonderful antique nautical painting of a sailboat or a schooner in a gilt framed over the mantel can set the tone of the entire room.

From blog, “for the love of the house” (http://fortheloveofahouse.blogspot.com/2011/04/dining-room.html)

I love an all white interior in a beach house  with the fresh clean look of  navy blue or marine blue as the primary accent color.   Add other nautical touches like an antique brass telescope or a ship model and you can almost feel the ocean breeze off the water….

A modern way to include these old paintings in todays decor is to use them in a non traditional way, such as an accents over twin beds, a nautical chart as wallpaper for a childs room or a study, or as the focal point of a modern wall display. It is always so much more interesting to mix an antique piece with other modern wall objects to create the juxtaposition of old and new in a your decor.

I love how this designer has placed this painting over the kitchen sink, again using it in a non traditional context.

And see how this ship model under glass becomes the focal point of a very minimally decorated modern dining room.  Always consider scale when trying to make a statement in a room.  This oversize ship model is the only decorative object you need for this dining room to shout “nautical” .

The following lots are just a few of the amazing nautical items on offer at our next auction taking place July 14th at the beautiful Devereaux Family Estate at 291 Nahant Road starting at 10:00 Am.   Preview for this exciting sale is Thursday and Friday, July 12th from 10:00 am- 5:00pm and July 13th from 10:00am -7:00pm and day of sale beginning at 8:00am.   Be sure to stay tuned to http://www.kaminskiauctions.com in the next few days  when we post our July 14th  On-Site Auction in Nahant. There, you can preview lots for the sale–and you are sure to find some amazing nautical antiques to include in your own décor.

With all the Snow White movies hitting the nation’s cinemas, it reminded me of what an important role mirrors play in our home decor. Mirrors can make a small room appear larger, reflect and spread light, highlight the view, and add a lovely decorative touch to any living space.

We always have a large selection of mirrors available in our monthly Estate Auctions. From neoclassical to French trumeau to modern, and everything in between. We usually have a large selection and they go for very reasonable prices.

Imagine some of these objects in your own home. Perhaps above a small table in your entryway, above a mantel, or in a dining room:

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Lot #6118: 18th Century Italian Baroque Hand Painted Mirror (98.5″h x 48.5″w)

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Lot #6127: Late 19th Century Giltwood over mantle mirror (26″ x 62″)

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Lot #6177: 19th Century Italian Carved Giltwood Mirror (35″ x 27″)

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Lot #6228: Black and Gold Painted Mirror with Garland Element (40″h x 31″w)

Think outside the box of all the ways mirrors can be used to complete or update a room. All of the above mirrors will be up for sale in our June 16th Estate Auction. We invite you to join us at this, or any one of our sales, to discover an inspiring mirror to incorporate into your interior decor.

I love the idea of putting an oversized mirror behind a bath tub: