Ga Ga for Florentine Furniture

It has been a dreary, rainy (tropical storm-like) June. This time of year I usually walk around on my break at work, taking in the sights, admiring the Victorian houses in the area – one of them, my new favorite, freshly painted in a light grey with turquoise shutters and trim; but I digress. Not feeling so spring-y out lately, I decided I needed to do something to perk up the mood in the form of a little “retail” therapy. A new antique co-op popped up on Main Street very recently, and I thought it’d make a great lunch hour retreat.

I had only been in the shop once before but already much of the inventory had changed (i.e. sold) and more great finds put in their place. My favorite area was the front of the shop where there is some painted furniture, Parisian inspired vanity accessories and some gorgeous beaded and needlepoint handbags. I tried not to linger too long so that I could get back to work, but I still wanted to make a quick loop of the booths and I am so glad I did because that was how I stumbled upon my newest treasure.

Sitting in the front of the store but tucked behind a standing screen so as to not be too obvious to passersby was a trio of vintage Florentine nesting tables with one extra table of the smallest, square table – all 4 being sold as a set. Circa 1960, each table was in the Italian signature white and gold with ornate scroll and floral carvings detailing the top tray and long, lean, Queen Anne legs bowing out. Very Paris apartment and absolutely gorgeous!

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Funnily enough, I had just been drooling over a Florentine table featured in an issue of Romantic Country magazine and day dreaming about how gorgeous it would look in my apartment. Not only beautiful, but practical, with the three tables nesting, each one fitting perfectly under one another, they are a great space saver to be pulled out and moved around as needed.

I picture a stack of vintage books and a flowery coffee cup with mismatched saucer on the tallest table. Do you go ga-ga for Florentine furniture? What would you place on your table?

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What’s Old Is New Again

Right now I’m obsessing on the two new china collections from Royal Albert at Macys, Polka Rose and Vintage Pink. PolkaRosePinkVintageRose.pngFirst made in England, Royal Albert’s beautiful Bone China collection Old Country Roses is truly an original Shabby Cottage Chic staple in fine and casual dinnerware. I found a beautiful small scalloped plate from the Original collection at a local thrift store; it almost looks like a star with curvaceous points all around the plate; but I haven’t been able to come across any more from the 1962 set. It is no longer made in England (but made in China and Indonesia) so the originals are truly special. scalloped candy dish

However, now Old Country Roses is available in hundreds of different patterns and shapes in dinnerware as well as in fabrics, soft furnishings and linens. And as I mentioned, you can even buy it at Macys!

You can find the old staple pattern of beautiful bright and light multicolor flowers against a white background and gold trim; and now you can also choose from their recent expansion on the design, Royal Albert’s new vintage inspired collections called Polka Dot Rose and Vintage Pink Old Country Rose.

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Polka Dot Rose is a beautiful soft, minty blue-green with white polka dots; and Vintage Pink Old Country Rose is a beautiful pink rose pattern on your choice of a pale pink background or white. Shabbylicious and ultra-gorgeous! Even the hot pink box with the white crown it comes in is beautiful.

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I am loving that Macy’s online allows you to buy a mix and match assortment of each – that way I don’t have to decide between all the pretty plates.

Do you have any favorite vintage items that you have been scouring for? Have any of them been remade for sale in modern day retail stores? Share your pix and stories with me here.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall…Who’s Got the Most Fabulous Mirror of All?

Mirror, mirror on the wall…who doesn’t remember this classic Disney catchphrase in which the Evil Queen vowed to steal the youth and beauty of Snow White? Well, what more perfect day than Halloween to recreate your very own Evil Queen moment? With one of these stunning mirrors, you just might find yourself gazing into your reflection just a little longer…
These mirrors are a mid-century classic with their gold and ornate detailing of flowers, columnar posts, fleur de lis elements. They are just the kind of thing you would see hanging on the wall in an old Greta Garbo movie. This is just one of many accessories in the interior decorating style called Hollywood Regency that has been shown in the designs of every home show and magazine of late. Lavish and very intricately detailed, these beauties were made by Syroco, Inc. of Syracuse, New York in 1965. They melded a plastic, painted gold compound into beautiful shapes and designs to create the beautiful, ornate, floral and columnar look you see above.  These fabulous mirrors are works of art in and of themselves. They are back in fashion and definitely here to stay.
Don’t these lovelies remind you of Snow White? Just don’t eat the apple….Happy Halloween!
To buy one or both of these gorgeous mirrors, please check out my list of Ebay items for sale. I have three Syroco mirrors in total (right now). Two of the “Mirror Mirror” ones above and another Octagon with ornate shell and scroll design. I just love them. I think they are so beautiful and I hope you do too.
Let me know in the comments section what you think of the mirrors, my blog or my Ebay Items for sale.  I have many other vintage, antique and various home decorating products to fit any design scheme, from French Provincial to Hollywood Regency and more!
**Check back to my blog frequently. Soon, I hope to have all my items on a page listed for sale and available to buy through Paypal. For now, please check my Ebay Items for sale – I update almost daily and am always scouring local haunts for the best vintage goods!