Wednesday, June 3, 2015

A Magazine Feature & An Upcoming Buying Trip

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It’s been a whirlwind of a spring and early summer.  I was honored to be interviewed and featured in the current issue of Kentucky Homes & Gardens magazine about buying antiques in France and I’ve been busy expanding my gallery space at Thoroughbred Antique Gallery in Lexington.

 

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I’m also very excited to be headed back to France to look for more beautiful things for the home.

 

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I hope to have some interesting stories and photos to share when I return!

Blessings,

Kim

Friday, February 20, 2015

A Favorite Mirror: the Trumeau

A classic furnishing that is undeniably French is the trumeau mirror.

Originally a large overmantel treatment of Louis XV and Louis XVI style, consisting of a mirror and painting, it later became detached and used as a decorative mirror on its own or in a composition with a commode or chest.  

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This example hangs in my music room.  I purchased it from a friend several years ago who brought it back from France.

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The painting on board depicts a romantic couple with soft but striking colors.  It retains its applied moldings, gold gilding and original glass.  It is very heavy and the back consists of planked wood.

The overmantel trumeau that hangs in my master bedroom below, is a reproduction from Drexel Heritage.  It’s common to see trumeau-style mirrors today without pictures or paintings utilizing molded panels instead.

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I have seen many great examples in France and I’m always impressed at the variety of antique interpretations.  The trumeau continues to be popular due to its statement-making size and also its ability to fit beautifully into contemporary interiors.

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I hope everyone is staying warm.  I am certainly looking forward to Spring as our wind chill temperatures in KY are falling to 20 below zero tonight with well over a foot of snow still on the ground.  Even though we have all four season, this is highly unusual!  Brrrrrr…..

Blessings,
Kim

P.S. Don’t forget to click on the top tab to learn more about the upcoming 2015 Summer Shopping Tour to France.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Monday’s Inspiration: A Paris Apartment Bedroom

As I sit at my computer this Monday morning looking out the window at the snowfall, I am having warm memories about the lovely Paris apartment that the ladies and I stayed in last Fall.  It’s a wonderful example of how the French seem to decorate with ease and a great inspiration to start the week.  They are masters at the juxtaposition of antique and contemporary.

The bedroom was exceptionally striking with it’s simplicity and restraint.  Take a peek inside.

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The apartment was housed in a 19th c building with fabulous architectural details.  The room was done in an all neutral color scheme featuring linen drapes and a white cotton slipcovered chair.  An Asian-inspired dark wood table pierced the space as a visual break and accessories were kept to a minimum.  One of the design trends for 2015 is the use of more Asian influenced/themed furnishings. 

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The bed was also very inviting with a duvet and accents in creamy hues of white and ivory.  The minimalistic upholstered headboard added to the serenity of the space while the engraving framed in dark burled wood connected it with the side table previously mentioned.

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The focal point was most definitely the wall of bookshelves cleverly lined with antique French books with color-matched leather bindings.  The library ladder takes you to a small platform alcove containing only a twin mattress sheeted in white for napping, reading, or adding extra sleeping arrangements.

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A close-up of the collection of books with a chic industrial lamp…the blending of old and new apparent here.

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Neatly tucked away underneath the alcove was ample built-in storage wardrobes with mullioned doors backed with softly shirred fabric.

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My personal favorite element in the room was the original herringbone floors that had been bleached to a lighter grayish-brown hue.  It gave the appearance as though they could be limed-oak.

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I hope this starts your week off to some great interior design inspiration.  What is your take-away from this space?  A collection of books? An industrial lamp? Asian accent? Bleached floors?  Minimalistic?  Balance between old and new?

Stretch your design possibilities.

Blessings,

Kim

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Master Bedroom Décor Tip: Move The Bed

Change your perspective.  Sleep in a different area of your room….better yet, wake up to a different view in your room.

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I know some of you cannot change the position of your bed or move it to another wall because of the specifics of the room.  But if you can, try it.  Even if you have always resisted.

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We all know the bed is supposed to be the focal point in the room…right? But it doesn’t always have to be.  

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I fought with myself for years on this one.  Our master bed had always been between the windows since we built the house.  THE .SAME .WALL .FOR .9 .YEARS…  

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…until the other day when I released all the reasons in my head why it wouldn’t work and focused on what possibilities could be…

Now everything is better: the armoire looks better, the built-ins look better, and I love SEEING the light peeking thru the windows in the morning.  I had spent far too much time re-arranging things AROUND the bed instead of the bed itself!!!

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Now my advice is: change your bed to another wall and wake up to something different that can spark your creativity.  Just go for it.  You’ll be surprised at the way it makes everything else look better.

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My husband and I both absolutely love the new arrangement in our room so much that we believe we’re sleeping better and getting more rest.  Take the plunge…move something BIG in your house.

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Blessings,
Kim
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