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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 !

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.

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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.

EST:$300-$500

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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.

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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.

EST-$500-$700

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

EST-$500-$800

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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

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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.

EST-$300-$500

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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.

EST-$400-$600

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

EST-$300-$500

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

EST-$300-$500

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 !

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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 

http://www.kaminskiauctions.com 

you can bid live through the Internet with our online bidding program  

KaminskiLIVE or by phone or absentee bid 

 

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I was fortunate to spend a lot of time on Nantucket this summer. Nantucket is an island 30 miles out to sea,south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It is known for its beautiful beaches, grey shingle houses covered in roses, it’s historic whaling tradition and hand woven “Nantucket” baskets.

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My New Dawn roses in full bloom !

My New Dawn roses in full bloom !

There is a Historic District Commission on the island that dictates every aspect of the design and construction of the houses, and has kept any and all chain stores (with the exception of Ralph Lauren) and fast food franchises from reaching our shores.

Photo by: follow pics.net

Photo by: follow pics.net

Traditionally homes on the island were decorated in nautical or casual chic beachy style. Think white walls, sea grass carpets, and overstuffed upholstered furniture in any shade of blue or sea green or simply slipcovered in white duck.

Photo: nauticalcottageblog.com

Photo: nauticalcottageblog.com

Photo: living.msn.com

Photo: living.msn.com

More formal homes along Main Street and in the downtown area, reflected the islands whaling tradition and were decorated in 19th century antiques with mahogany furniture, gilded mirrors and oriental carpets.

Photo: bummersaheadyay.blogspot.com

Photo: bummersaheadyay.blogspot.com

Thanks to the Historic District Commission all the homes look the same on the outside, but oh how things have changed on the inside! The young families building on the island now, have embraced the 20th Century and modern design trend that is popular today and have redefined island chic.

I was fortunate to be invited to tour a fabulous new house designed by the architectural firm BPC Architecture, and decorated as a collaborative project with Jennifer Palumbo doing the soft furnishings, Joel Olson designing the bathrooms, stone, tile and lighting and built by Joe Gamberoni of Cross Rip Builders. The original house was torn down and a wonderfully traditional shingle home was built in its place.

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Apart from the grey shingles and white trim nothing is traditional about this house. The minute I entered the front door the design features in this house” wow” you. I was so impressed with the clean white linear elements of the walls and glass staircases.  As you enter the front door a fabulous curved wall creates the foyer and distinguishes the living room from the entrance.

A fantastic light fixture in the entry.  The free standing curved wall creates the divide between the living room and foyer.

A fantastic light fixture in the entry and the free standing curved wall creates the divide between the living room and foyer.

Glass, wood and chrome staircase.

The glass, wood and chrome staircase.

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The more formal living area.

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The fireplace serves as a room divide as well.

A floating fireplace serves as the divide between the kitchen, family room and more formal living area. The light fixtures are modern white spheres or wonderful glass globes with a simple bulb that complement the modern clean lines of the house design.

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The bedroom furniture is built into the walls and closets, so no need for dressers or armoires.  Platform beds with upholstered headboards and side tables that float from the walls are an integral part of the clean crisp design.

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Everything is white, glass and chrome or natural wood with just pops of color in each room. The August issue of N magazine of Nantucket featured a similarly modern new home built on Squam road, by a London couple that summers on the island.  The article titled “Starting Fresh” shows some amazing interior and exterior shots of the new pool, pool house, and glass stairways that connect the different areas of the home. The original house on the property was owned by the infamous former CEO of Tyco International.

It is hard to believe these modern design concepts have reached the shores of this old whaling island, but as you can see it has!  One can see from opening any decorating magazine that modern and 20th century design is the fashion just now.

In response to this trend Kaminski  Auctions now holds 3-4 modern auctions a year .  This weekend on Sunday September 22, 2013 Kaminski will hold its fall 20th Century and Decorative Arts sale starting at 10:00am. Curated by our new 20th century specialist Kathryn Wilkins formerly of Treadway-Toomey Galleries in Cincinnati, Ohio. If you are a modern enthusiast check out this fabulous sale at our website http://www.kaminskiauctions.com today!

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.

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

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or this 14k gold aquamarine and diamond pendant (Lot #8055 ) before you go down to dinner.
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Imagine Carson overseeing the dining room set for a formal dinner.  The long mahogany table surrounded with shield back dining chairs (Lot #9167),

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

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

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

and decanters (Lot #9319) of wine.

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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 http://www.kaminskiauctions.com 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 http://www.kaminskiauctions.com.