Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Back to Work (and a little Sneak Peak)

Yes, in between hanging out with celebrities :) and raising children and dogs, vacuuming the house, making dinners and school lunches, and beds and travelling back and forth to my showroom on the 1stdibs floor at the New York Design Center, I've actually been working on some fabulous new old pieces that I hope you all will love. As many of you know, it is a slow and painful process to bring back an antique to its original beauty but nothing can be more rewarding seeing it once it is complete. My upholsterer, Clarence, so succinctly put it upon finishing up that little Louis XV Giltwood Chair everyone has fallen in love with (click here to see it), "When you brought this old, chippy chair to me, it was like you had brought me a homeless person. Then you brought me this beautiful fabric and it was like taking that homeless person, giving it a bath and dressing it up in beautiful clothes. All of its complexion came alive and now, it is beautiful and dignified again."

When I hear comments like that, it makes my work worthwhile. So just because you don't hear about my work in a while, don't think I'm not laboring behind the scenes.

So here is a sneak peak at several pieces that I have finally finished and will be unveiled this Wednesday on 1stdibs when it releases its "New Listings." They are already loaded on my 1stdibs storefront in case you want to get all the details on them. But I'd thought I've give you all a quick and private peak.

Louis XVI Giltwood Settee (c. 1860, France) in Silk Taffeta.

Pair of Magnificent Empire Walnut Chairs with Cast Bronze Ormolu (c. mid-1800s)

19th c. Louis XV Walnut and Mahogany Game or Card Table.

Set of Six (6) Fully Restored Queen Anne Chairs with White Cotton Sateen Upholstery and French Brass Tacks.

All of these pieces will be released tomorrow on 1stdibs. Now, I'm back to vacuuming the dog hair in my house for the Southern Living photoshoot this week!

Hope you have a fabulous week!


  1. Wonderful pieces...seeing your work just makes me itch with eagerness to get at restoring my own pieces (I have 4 beautiful open back cameo chairs with the original brass upholstery nails and the sawdust filling!) but I think I will have to wait for a bit till my hubby and I recover from all the painting we've been doing on the house. Your Joan Rivers adventure is so extraordinary...what a fun memory to have!!


  2. Beautiful pieces, beautifully done!


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