Thursday, March 4, 2010

Neoclassical Motifs in My Shabby Décor


Get your snowshoes on and hike on up for some fun in my studio!



Eighteenth century French artists and artisans took the classic architectural vocabulary of the Romans and gave it that ‘je ne sais quoi’ only the French can.    Baroque and Rococo painting, the palace and decorative objects of Kings Louis XIV and XV, and the even the centuries of reproductions afterward thrill me.    Italian and Swedish Gustavian work is striking, too.




It’s a glorious time for gals like me because European antiques are ‘in fashion’ now, so there’s lots of eye candy.


The scrumptious tin panels I found at the Silver Fox Architectural Warehouse in Albany, NY borrow patterns from ancient Rome, are Baroquey-scrolly-feminine, too.   It was $200 for all their panels I put in my studio, and so worth it, because I feel my white environment really needs texture to keep from being boring.    My ceiling panels were much cheaper, just $12 each from Craig's List.


These tin pieces may still be at New York Salvage in Oneonta, give John a call!

I’m attracted to bows, swags, urns, cherubs, and scrolls like the ones on these sweet little Cambridge glasses.






Ribbons and swags of roses are like painted swags of roses only with more restraint.


And I want more!

Here are a few examples of fine antiques by talented decorators I look at over and over:







It’s so much more feminine than if left plain!
‘Till next time, stay wrapped in swags of shabby roses!
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15 comments:

A Cottage Muse said...

So lovely....I am totally inspired by your elegant touch and the way you capture it all in a single photo! Thank you for sharing!!

Norma said...

Lovely pieces Sandy and wonderful photos too, appreciate seeing the details :)

Marilyn said...

OMGoodness.... It is all eye-candy!! You are not that far from me. I am in NE Penna. We are still buried in snow too!! Gotta' love it.....
Love,
Marilyn
xxoo

Jackie said...

What gorgeous eyecandy!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Loved everything about this post! And those glasses are to die for!
Debbie

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Just stunning.... I would spend hours and hours there.....

Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

You guys are so sweet to say such nice things.
I'm really touched.
Thanks for sharing!

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

Is your little studio heated?.....I have been wanting to ask that ~lol

Hélène Flont said...

D'une grande élégance!!! it's suberb!!!

Really Rainey said...

What a beautiful shot of your snow covered Studio!

The Sewing Loft said...

Your studio looks so pretty, all covered in a thick blanket of snow. The stemware is wonderful!

BellaRosa said...

Sandy, your studio is absolutely gorgeous! I bet you get alot of inspiration in there! I think I would just sit and stare at all the beauty for hours at a time. Besos, Rose

Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

I so love your place.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Oh it's all so beautiful! I have Cambridge glasses too! Aren't they so beautiful?

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

How'd I miss this post? It's so beautiful, I love it all. Think I'll dream of shabby sugar plums in my head tonight.

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