Roman Watercolors

A light and somber collection of water colors by artist J.A. Knip are currently on exhibition at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum from June 5th – September 21st.


The Airelian Wall in Rome, Josephus Augustus Knip, c. 1809-1812 Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Words by Rijksmuseum

“Knip showed a fondness for the ruins of ancient Roman architecture, to which he responded in a very personal way, without idealization, but rather as a sober observer. Knip’s watercolours were collected by a select group of leading collectors in France and the Netherlands, against the prevailing taste of the time. ”


Basilica and Monastery of SS. Giovanni e Paolo in Rome, circa 1809–12.  Rijksmuseum

To learn more about the exhibit visit Rijksmuseum website.

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Hidden Treasures

Screen Shot 2015-06-21 at 10.42.32 AMHumbled to be featured on this week’s Wall Street Journal’s Homes and Estates supplement. Thank you Coldwell Banker.

Screen Shot 2015-06-21 at 10.43.15 AM“Good style transcends time, and good antiques transcend style,” Lee proclaims. “Antiques provide a sense of depth, substance, character and soul to what can otherwise be a shallow environment.”

Screen Shot 2015-06-21 at 10.43.06 AMRead the entire article in this week’s Wall Street Journal or online here.

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Foley & Cox Top Picks

Foley & Cox Top Picks


BA100 – these sophisticated Bergere’s would add a refined, gentlemanly touch to the corner of a living room or library.  The combination of cane, leather, and mahogany make them a timeless classic that evokes an English sensibility that is both relaxed and elegant.


AR10 – this fantastic light would add just the right amount of industrial age and strength over a kitchen island.  The scale and clean lines of the fixture make it a focal point and enables the piece to be the central “character” for a transitional room.


Foley & Cox is an international design firm with incredible taste. We loved hearing what their favorite pieces are. You can learn more about them on their website –

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Cliff’s Top Picks

BA173 AY239

France circa 1950 metal desk lamp (BA173), England circa 1880 winged 2 seater sofa (AY239)


Cliff Fong’s love for mixing antiques into his interiors has drawn his eye to a few of our items. He describes how he loves the period two seater sofa from England and the metal desk lamp from France.

Visit Cliff Fong’s website Matt Black Inc

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Schuyler’s Top Pick


One of Schuyler Samperton’s favorite pieces is our Vintage Wallpaper. As she describes “I adore the colors in this chinoiserie-inspired print  – so modern and unexpected. It has a bit of a louche elegance that reminds me of something that Anita Pallenberg would have in her dressing room.”schuyler-samperton-about

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Global Industrialization



A collection of globes from the late 19th century (Globes)

BA135BA182France circa 1930 metal Tolix cabinet (BA135), France circa 1940 metal bookcase (BA182)

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Game of Skittles


France circa 1860 raw wooden game of skittle with ball on rope (BA46), England circa 1900 painted game of skittles (BA47)

BA60BA100England circa 1760 cricket side table in Elm (BA60), Pair of bergere chairs with tufted leather cushions (BA100)

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Featured Items

In case you missed us this week you can check out some of our new and feature items on the blog today.

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And the winners are…

This year’s LEGENDS windows – created by 61 designers on the theme of “Where Muses Dwell” – brought to life the people, places, eras, and objects that inspire the participating designers.

LCDQ hosted a contest sponsored by Benjamin Moore and asked the public, the magazine editors attending LEGENDS 2015, and LEGENDS ambassadors to vote for their favorite window design.


The Editors’ Choice award went to Ken Fulk for his window at Therien. His 3D window design was inspired by his muse, The Movie Inside My Mind. “If you could peer into the brain of an artist, it would be a maelstrom of ideas, images, colors, and quotes,” says Fulk. “I have been inspired by movies my entire life – I seem to have an imaginary reel going on in my head and whenever I start a new project, I can see the ‘movie’ of it in my head before anything else comes together. This swirling tornado represents that creative process; it features clips from some of my favorite directors along with equally dramatic vintage objects.”


In the Bloggers’ Choice category, Sam Allen’s window at Hollyhock was the winner. His muse, Bali, came to life with bright splashes of orange and blue, varied patterns, and Christopher Spitzmiller accents. Remarks Allen, “When I think of Bali, I mostly think of the color blue and all the incredible shades that the sky and water reflects. Like most islands, Bali’s colors are rich and intense, and the patterns are bold and graphic. It somehow feels a little bigger and brighter than life…”


Designer Jeff Andrews’ window for Fuller + Roberts Co. won the People’s Choice award for favorite window design. His muse is Proportion, and his window featured a symmetrical design of tape measures and hanging chairs with the caption, “The tape measure doesn’t lie.” In Andrews’ own words, “Proportion is the heart of beauty. It relates one entity to another while holding so much possibility for interest, harmony, originality, and perfection.”

For more information about Fuller + Roberts Co., Hollyhock, and Therien, please visit our showroom directory.

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What Is Your Muse?

GaryGibson Legends has arrived and with it some tastefully creative window displays. Here is a sneak peek at Gary Gibson’s window.