The Art of the Tuft


The chesterfield, an iconic staple of British furniture, epitomizes the sophistication and charm of English lifestyle. It was the 4th Earl of Chesterfield that requested a sofa that would allow a gentleman to sit upright in the utmost of comfort without wrinkling the garment. Ever since the creation of the chesterfield in the mid 18th century the style has continued to live on. The details revealing themselves in different furniture styles and eras, from the traditional wingback armchairs seen in libraries to midcentury designs in Paris.


The style of the tufting varies according to the furniture’s designer. For example, these chesterfield chairs from Sweden have a very shallow tuft yet the stitching is iconic chesterfield. The ebonized carving of the wood legs in the style of chinoiserie design make this pair of chairs quite unique.


The English furniture style, while sometimes overly traditional, lives on through new mediums and eras. The iconic Barcelona chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich draws tufting inspiration from the chesterfield while being applied to an architecturally new body shape just as this Danish egg chair does by designer H.W. Klein.


As trends continue to evolve so will designer’s inspiration. However, one thing remains constant, traditional English furniture will always be an inspiration and will never go out of style.


The Game Room

1st dibs, the prolific website that brings dealers and buyers together from all over the world, highlights some of the most entertaining game rooms. From classic revival game rooms with British flare to modern and contemporary pool halls. While themes and eras change, the games still remain consistent. I mean you still need a billiards table to play pool.

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Photo: Gianni Franchellucci for Elle Decor

At Churburg Castle, a 13th-century building in northern Italy, an Austrian billiard table is surrounded by a hand-painted mural from 1820.


A collection of dining and hall chairs accompanied by an Italian 1860’s billiards table from the Piedmont region.

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Photo: Jason Schmidt for Architectural Digest

At a Litchfield County, Connecticut residence, interior designer India Mahdavi used colorful, hard-edge works by Sol LeWitt as a backdrop for the home’s games room.

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Photo: Bjorn Wallander for Architectural Digest

At the Bedford, New York home of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, layered floor coverings and a Victorian-style billiards table help create a lived-in, luxurious leisure space.


The only thing that can upstage the billiards table is the leather club chair for the players to relax in.

To view more game rooms check out 1st Dibs blog “The Study”

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Cheers To The New Year


As I reflect into the past year, I am grateful for all my creative friends and colleagues who give me encouragement, inspiration and support to curate a collection of beautiful objects from the past in their interiors and in their projects. I am also grateful for the lifestyle that is associated with my career from the buying trips abroad and the beautiful things I find on these trips to the relationships that have evolved from my lifestyle. I am also grateful for the success of the Legends event and the people that help make it such pivotal event in our industry.

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Age Is Beauty



There is no argument that antiques bring a level of experience, knowledge and sophistication into our lives as they surround us in our homes.  They take us to a place and bring culture into our homes that we may have never have otherwise experienced. Furthermore, their patina from age humbles that experience and adds a sense of familiarity just as a gentle smile of a favorite aunt, uncle or grandparent.

However, furniture and objects are sometimes overlooked because of the patina and or wear and tear from use that can actually bring texture and beauty to an environment.  With that in mind, I suggest we explore the aging process and perhaps even consider objects with patina as an art form.


Hence the inspiration for RAW, an exhibition in collaboration with Gary Gibson opening December 1. This exhibition embraces patina that incurs with age as beauty.  It features furniture and objects in their purest state.  It celebrates imperfection as the deconstructed nature of some of these pieces become art with a structural modernist tone.quote2

769 N. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90069

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The Time Capsule

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This shipment contains items spanning three centuries. It represents the best examples from various periods covering 300 years. When I speak of periods, I am referring not only to style, but also the social, economical and political climates that shaped the styles from each period.


Consider the straight lines of a table or bookcase from the Georgian period as opposed to the heavy and carved furniture from the Queen Anne period. This was an era that political rule in England changed from the monarchy to a political party system of elected leaders. The weight and power of the monarchy was shed at the same time the heavy carvings were shed from dark furniture into more graceful and straighter lines with lighter woods of the Georgian period.

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In sharp contrast, lets skip forward 100 years to the next century and another prosperous period known as the industrial revolution.


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Finally, amongst our treasures are the comfy leather sofas and chairs that were enjoyed 100 years later during another prosperous and rebellious period…. the 1950s and 1960s. Picture the Beatles lounging around on a casual leather sofa while JFK makes his famous speech asking what you can do for your country.

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The Night Before

T’was the night before a buying trip and our minds were racing.

The thought of tables, lamps and chairs kept us pacing.

The joy of us rushing from city to city,

would surely keep our contacts busy.

As we make a list of the objects we desire,

Our sources search the vast empire,

They prep and polish the furniture with care,

In hopes that Lee Stanton would soon be there.

As we proceed on our journey in the airline beds,

Visions of antique accessories danced in our heads.

We make our rounds and inspect the goods

Assembling a collection made from the finest woods.

We nod our heads to the best of the lot,

While our clients await for the great things we bought.

We give our shippers a whistle as we spring to our flight.

Looking forward to the goods that will meet with delight.

As homes are meticulously decorated from ceiling to floor,

The best that we offer flies out the front door.

Follow us on the buying trip through instagram – @leestantonla

South African Deco

The Former editor of Elle Decoration South Africa lays down roots in an Art Deco loft with an infusion of antiquity.

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Laureen Rossouw bought a converted office space 10 years ago in Cape Town South Africa in the Business District, all her friends thought she was crazy at the time. With her husband, they slowly changed the anatomy of the building, as Laureen describes “Wanting to create the sense of an old fashioned waiting room in a train station”. A unique look and a difficult one. A favorite possession of hers is a vintage early 1900’s train station clock fixed to the side of a bookcase. Over time she has been able to collect vintage and antique pieces to infuse in the art deco structured apartment. Harmonizing the both styles in a way to complement one another, antique stools and books mixed with a 70’s deco side board and sofa.

Laureen’s home is a great example of how one can mix antiques with a style on the other end of the spectrum and still accomplish a sophisticated look while carefully implementing her own personality.


France circa 1880 upholstered top stool (BA170), France circa 1930 metal bookcase (BA182)

Read the entire article in the April issue of Elle Decoration UK

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Living In A Flat World


Image of the guest room from my home in Los Angeles. ELLE DECOR, March 2015.

Flat screen TVs, computer monitors, laptops and smart phones have become a necessity in our lives today.  We are inspired from images on Pinterest, Instagram and HGTV.  We shop for furniture, clothes and even the food we eat on line.

Have we progressed into a flat world of design that has lost a sense of dimension, texture and experiential beauty? Has design become homogenized?  Do we really believe that creativity is limited to what we see online and that we cannot explore our own identity without falling off the edge?  How often do we look at the same chairs, tables and bookcases made on an assembly line, etched with lasers and assembled in China with a spray finish that everyone can purchase from an online catalog?  Is knocking off items and tweaking them a bit our idea of being creative?  Have we lost our sense of personal style and identity? Are the things in our homes or the homes we decorate void of relevance, provenance and emotion?

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Imagine the days when people believed the world was flat and they couldn’t travel it without the fear of falling off. It seems we have regressed to those thoughts in design.  I challenge us to look beyond those flat screens and explore the multi-dimensional, infinite and creative world of design.  Think organically. Search for one-of-a-kind objects from different eras or origins, embrace texture and explore different materials. Let’s stop drinking the kool-aid. Let’s pick our own fruit and let our own creative juices flow. Let’s go out and not only explore a multi-dimensional design world, but let’s also contribute to the diversity of an even greater world of design.

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England circa 1930’s Palladian Mirrors (AV124), France circa 1920 industrial desk (AW188)B67 B74 France circa 1880 terra cotta fragment as a desk lamp (B67), England circa 1880 globe on mahogany stand.

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France circa 1880 collection of artist molds (BA162), England circa 1880 green leather desk chair (BA193)

I define my space and assembled a collection of things I love. The collection spans more than 3 centuries from around the world and every object tells a story. In perspective I created a space that defines me.

View my story in the March Issue of Elle decor online and on shelves now.

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Antique vs. Vintage

IMG_3824I am always asked what defines an antique vs. a vintage piece. Both are somewhat fluid terms today. A purist would say an antique must be 100 years and that a vintage piece is anything less.

However, the “100 year“ rule was more applicable when methods of production were different, periods of style had longevity and eras were more constant. The lengths of eras or periods have progressively gotten shorter over time. Today, styles or periods change in a matter of years or decades vs. centuries. Quality has deteriorated and items are not made to last for future generations.


Therefore, I suggest the following explanation. A used item is something that can be purchased new but has changed character as a result of use. A vintage item’s character has changed as a result of production. It may be a different raw product used such as a different quality leather, wood or type of stone that is no longer available. It may be a change of design such as shape, color or simply functional adaptation. It may be a different method of production such as machine stitched vs. hand-stitched or a rubbed finish vs. a sprayed finish. This change makes the vintage piece unique, limited and a more desirable object from the past.


The distinguished character of an antique is based upon longevity. It is completely out of production. It’s origin or provenance is from a different and usually once removed era or period of style. Yet it has withstood change and is still relevant today. In fact, the antique is even more desirable as a result of the aging process and originality that has evolved over time.

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Bed and Breakfast for a Collector.

Tucked away in the town of Knokke Belgium is a B&B like no other. A place where you can sleep, eat, and buy all in the comfort of a beautiful house. Featured in Yatzer this month is the B&B by Bea Mombaers, a designer and collector. The beautiful design and charm of the home is not the only surprise for visitors. If someone happens to fall in love with a piece of furniture, they can take it home. Yes, all the furniture in the house is for sale. Basically a showroom that you can live in.

” As Bea constantly brings new objects from her travels in, the hotel’s furniture and decoration changes regularly, meaning that each visit to Bea’s B&B ensures for a different interior. Guests have a choice of three bedrooms (preferably the serene master bedroom upstairs with its concrete bathtub), and can enjoy delicious breakfasts either in the kitchen or in the garden next to the pool. Bea’s website also provides suggestions and tips as to where to dine and what to see in the surrounding area.”

Words by Yatzer

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2014 has been a year of new trends, blending showrooms with living spaces. The Apartment by Line is a showroom on SoHo’s Greene Street, NYC, designed as an apartment where buyers and browse and entertain. Thus lending ideas to potential clients and friends how one can decorate with the items from their showroom.

2014 has been a good yearn but 2015 is going to be better. Get out and travel, and if you find yourself in Belgium, make sure to book a night at Bea’s B&B. Maybe you will come home with a unique piece or two.

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