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Your classic mahogany dining table, whether it be Regency or Sheraton style, is out of fashion… just now.  There was a time 15-20 years ago when these superbly crafted tables, many with intricate banded inlay around the edge or beautifully swirled inlay patterns in the wood, sold for $1000.00 or upwards a foot.  That is a ten foot mahogany table sells for a minimum of $10,000, a twelve foot started at $12,000 and so on.  Nowadays as mid century modern and just plain modern is the fashion, these wonderful old tables are a fantastic value at Kaminski Auctions.

Mahogany itself is a beautiful hardwood often used indoors and outside as well. It has amazing grain, gleaming color and adds warmth to any room it is used in.  Its natural color deepens as it ages and brings richness to your decor.  A saber legged mahogany table in any room, reads gracious dining takes place here.

Think out of the box and follow the trend of many well known decorators today that mix laid back with formal.  In your new all white modern kitchen, use a classic formal mahogany dining table and the contrast of old and new makes the new “white kitchen” so much more interesting.  For a more traditional look, pair it with a crystal chandelier or use a stark modern light fixture to really mix it up.

Adding white modern upholstered chairs to pair with the traditional dark wood tables creates some real glamor in the room!

William Hefner Architecture Interiors & Landscape http://www.houzz.com/photos/119584/William-Hefner-Architecture-Interiors—Landscape-traditional-dining-room-los-angeles

One of the best uses of these gorgeous mahogany tables is this… A good friend of mine had her dining room table mirrored by a professional. This is such an inspirational idea and I love how she has updated the piece to fit inside her room. It is a twist on the traditional. The mirror adds an element of interest to the space (not to mention an instant conversation starter), illuminating and opening up the room just as it would if it were hanging on the wall. Everything on the table from the floral centerpiece, to the stemware, to the china, is reflected in this beautiful mirrored surface, making it so much more dramatic.

Because mahogany tables are such a classic piece, they can be easily incorporated into your existing décor–dressed up or down as you see fit–and you have the exciting opportunity to get creative with how you incorporate them into your home. Kaminski Auctions will offer several mahogany tables at an on-site auction in Gloucester, Massachusetts, September 22nd. Here are some examples of tables we offered in our July onsite auction in Nahant:

Lot 8440

Lot 8464

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 saw this wonderful chair at the North Shore Design Show and it gave me the idea to research how to use beautiful, old mahogany furniture in a modern home:

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This is a great updated look for an antique shield back mahogany chair with a wonderful plaid upholstered seat cover !

(source : Eric M. Haydel Design, INC- seen at the North Shore Design Show, 2012)

An easy change is adding a modern fabric to the chair. But now, people are going so far as to strip the chairs and paint the wood. Although it is surprising, the brown furniture market is very depressed right now due to the strength of the mid-century modern aesthetic.

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I love this look I found online of a refurbished Hepplewhite chair with a wonderful Jonathan Adler type fabric …such a clean, fresh way to update this centennial chair.

(source: Your Modern Couple Blog, http://www.yourmoderncouple.com/blog/2011/05/04/15-steps-no-5-give-something-a-fresh-coat-of-paint/)

Painted mahogany chairs with a country pine table, a sideboard painted a different color with a fabulous antique chandelier that dresses up the whole room…what an inspired décor !

(source: Morgan Harrison Home, from http://www.decorpad.com/photo.htm?photoId=12179&currentPage=0&index=5&relatedPhotoId=83482)

At Kaminski Auctions, we always have an incredible selection of chairs and dining room sets that you can purchase for reasonable prices.

Lot # 7118- Eight oak Chippendale style chairs -June 16th Estate Auction

Lot #7126: 6 Mid 18th Century French Chairs- June 16th Estate Auction

Why not bid on a timeless set of antique mahogany chairs and personalize them for your own home’s décor? I love the idea of painting chairs for your dining room, but you could also do the same for accent furniture in any other room of your home.

Lot # 7234: 3 Mahogany Chairs- June 16th Estate Auction

There was a time many years ago when mahogany chairs would sell for several hundreds of dollars per chair …today with the interest in modern design, you can purchase a complete set of chairs for the same price!

Have you ever wondered how you can incorporate an interesting piece of antique furniture for use in your own home?

Take this lovely early 19th century Salem federal mahogany upholstered sofa (32.5″ h x 83″ l x 29″d) that recently arrived in our gallery as an example. This particular piece will be up for sale at our June Estate Auction on the 16th (lot #6024).

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With just a few easy updates, you can personalize this antique to match your unique decorating taste. Try adding a simple slip cover in a soft color, then use accent pillows to personalize. Mix and match solids and patterns, and have fun with different textures and fabrics!

On a recent trip to the North Shore Design Show, Diane was inspired by this look:

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We love the use of a slip cover with ties, as it allows you to highlight the beautiful antique mahogany while also giving you the opportunity to modernize the sofa–better yet, you can easily remove and wash it!