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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 extremely fortunate to spend part of my summers on Nantucket Island.  As I shop around the amazing design stores downtown, I am constantly inspired by the talented artisans that sell their work in these small boutique shops.

One inspiration that I see constantly, is that anything “old ” or “vintage” can look modern when displayed in a Lucite box.  From nautical signal flags and sea shells, to vintage button collections or any collection for that matter, when framed in this way immediately puts a modern spin on it.

The red, white and blue, patriotic theme is a favorite in Nantucket and I often see old vintage American flags or even fragments of old flags artfully displayed in a oversized lucite box .

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The flag immediately becomes a focal point or anchor in the room and gives the room it’s theme or thread that you can carry into other objects, decorative pillows or coordinating fabric.  In our July Nahant auction we offered a wonderful American flag and folk art  plaque that would be perfect displayed in this manner.

20th Century Folk Art Sign and Flag- Lot # 8677
Kaminski Auctions July 14th Nautical and American Sale

Antique Signal Flag as seen at Nantucket Looms, Nantucket, Massachusetts

You can customize the boxes with background lighting, coordinating wallpaper or colored background to complement your design scheme or collection.  Such as a Chinese snuff  bottle collection displayed with  rice paper as a background in lighted lucite boxes.  A collection displayed in this manner becomes the only art you need in the room .

From Houzz.com

A series of Lucite boxes displaying your vintage collection can make a huge difference within your décor and is a fantastic way to display your collection for maximium visual impact.

by La Fabrika on Houzz.com

Using framed Lucite shadow boxes is also a fantastic way to preserve  your collection. Grouping them  together in this way, gives the collection order and organization.

I cannot emphasize enough how important the ” how ” is when displaying your possessions within a room.  You need to style them just as you would your furniture or paintings.  So the next time you see some fantastic vintage find to add to your collection or as the feature of a new one you are starting, consider displaying it in a lucite box to give it a wonderful  modern spin .

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.