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Antique Wine Accessories & Giveaway

Antique Letter EngravingThe art of wine making has been revered by countless civilizations.  In ancient mythology the subject was so worshiped that Bacchus, the god of wine and frivolity was created by grateful Romans and Greeks who were enamored by the elixirs that only the gods could have bestowed upon us. Today we do not build antique alters to the deity of libation, but instead erect wine rooms, caves and sellers to house and display prestigious vintages of precious grape harvests.

Antique bonbonnes, accessories, and workbench

On our antique buying trips we always scour the European countryside to find antique and vintage wine accessories created by winemakers ~ sometimes many decades and even centuries ago. These vineyard relics are truly cultural affects of a proud industry steeped in grand traditions, and they bring instant ambiance to our kitchens, wine rooms and cellars.  We were so thrilled to have vast quantities of these desirable items in our last to container to Baton Rouge, and even more arriving soon to our stores in Dallas and Plano. 

Antique Wine Bottle Opener

Antique Wine Accessories Collage

If you are a wine connoisseur or just a lover of the occasional good vintage, for your inspiration we have collected some great images of wine rooms ~ all designed to enhance your wine enjoyment.

Martin Estate

This photo was taken during our trip to Napa Valley, California at the beautiful Martin Estate. A must for anyone visiting Napa Valley!

Ma(i)sonry Historic Vineyard

The historic Ma(i)sonry in Napa Valley.

Wine Room InspirationAntique Inspired Wine Cellar and Accessories

And now as promised…the Giveaway.  To go with our wine themed topic we have a charming antique wicker-covered bonbonne.  It didn’t take long for glassmakers to realize that their carefully made hand-blown creations were inordinately fragile.  Some clever person came up with the idea of wrapping the bottles with wet wicker, that when dried clung to the bottles like a second skin, providing a lot more durability during transport.   Each is one of a kind, adding a great vineyard flair and rustic country texture to any interior!

Antique bonbonne

Giveaway Instructions:

  • Let us know how you would use this wicker-covered bonbonne to decorate your own home by commenting on this blog post. This is the only mandatory action for the giveaway, but the rest will increase your chances of being drawn at random.
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  • At this time, our blog giveaways are only open to those in the continental United States. The winner will be drawn at random and then notified by email at the end of the giveaway. Contest ends March 15, 2013.
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Antique Flourish Engraving

Antique Inspirations: Antique Tapestry Vignette

Antique Letter EngravingHope your weekend is going well!  We have been so busy rearranging the stores and displaying all the new arrivals.  Just few days ago I took some time to set up and style a quick photo shoot.  As we were hanging a tapestry above an antique buffet that just arrived in our most recent container, a lovely still life setting developed, so we wanted to share the inspiration.  This vintage tapestry was designed as a portiere almost a hundred years ago.  These were used by the French to cover doors, draping them in the winter to keep drafts at bay.  It is trimmed in its original velvet with perfectly preserved greige tones.  We love the texture of velvet as it adds an unmistakable feeling of warmth to the design of a room.

Antique Tapestry, Furniture, Accessories

Antique furniture, accessories, tapestryAntique furniture, accessories, tapestry

Check back soon as we will have a new giveaway next week, and as always ~ more Antiques in Style!

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Antique Flourish Engraving

The Romance of the Past Enchanting the Present

“Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze. ”

– Elinor Glyn

Antique Letter EngravingHave you had a chance to see new February issue of Grand Luxe magazine? Well, it is all about how to stir you imagination to infuse romance into this enchanting season, of course in a grand and luxurious way ~ from fashion to jewelry, from beautiful flowers by Carolyn Roehm to European travel in the romantic Cotswolds of England.

Antique French Furniture and Accessories, Antique Clock

Keeping with the amorous spirit of Saint Valentine’s, I drew the inspiration for my column from the rich antique romance of our historic past. With a fairy tale’s aura from so many historic periods, it’s easy to find an idyllic era which appeals to our soul. Below, beside the reprint of my article we have gathered some images of love tokens from our antique furniture and accessories vignettes to share with you.

Antique Furniture, Antique Mirror, Antique Clock, Antique Accessories

Many antique and charming tokens have been bestowed on loved ones throughout centuries of celebrations of St. Valentine’s Day. The lovely antique treasures above perfectly capture traces of history and the mystery of romance of the past.

Antique Accessories, Clock, Mirror

Antique Accessories, Culinary Antiques

This enthralling romantic legacy creates styles which are ours to choose and enjoy.

Antique Accessories, Clock, Mirror Wishing you and your loved ones a lovely St. Valentines Day!

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 Inessa Stewart

Antiques in Style is a source of joy for me to create, and hopefully will be a source of inspiration for you! The variety, artistry and history of the antiques and vintage pieces that surround us every day provide pleasure, beauty and sometimes even intrigue.

The classics never go out of style, and each era, country, and even artisan's interpretations create an environment that is always full of surprises.

It is truly a pleasure to bring such timeless style together for every client and follower of my blog. And of course, your input is always welcome!

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