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Fall in Love with Fall All Over Again with Antique Accessories and Furniture

Antique Letter EngravingWe’re redoing the front of our Dallas antique store in the Design District. Stop by and get inspired for your fall home decor!

Antique furniture accessories for fall festive table setting~

Antique furniture accessories for fall festive table setting

Come fall in love with fall all over again at our Dallas and Baton Rouge antique stores!

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Antique Tablescapes

Antique Letter EngravingWhether you are having a special party or decorating for the holidays, antique dining room furniture and antique tabletop accessories always create the pleasurable experience of sitting down at beautiful table and making that occasion truly memorable. 

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In this post I wanted to share some images of table settings from the many years our antique store has participated in an amazing annual event sponsored by Kappa Gamma of Dallas.  This event is called Tablescapes, and it is happening today and tomorrow, October 21 and 22.

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With the fresh and creative eyes of dozens of designers we have brought you this collection of amazing photos ~ some with beautiful antique china, antique accessories, fresh flower arrangements and more.  We’ve been a part of this event for over ten years, showcasing our antique furniture and antique decor, and know it will inspire everyone who loves flowers and entertaining, and perhaps will help you attain that perfect table setting.

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If you are planning to attend this glorious event full of flowers, antiques, fine food and multitudes of inspiration this evening ~ we will see you there!

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Antiques in Style: The Art of the Hunt

Hunt style antique furniture and accessories are always a popular part of our selection ~ in our online antique store and at both of our Dallas and Baton Rouge antique showrooms.  Many ask us:  How did this enticing antique style develop?  If you can, take the time to read in a recent issue of Beverly Drive Magazine my monthly Antiques in Style article, where I explore the origins and the natural beauty of what has become a timeless antique furniture style that continues to be a favorite of designers, architects and homeowners across the globe.

Antique Letter EngravingThe subject of the hunt has inspired countless works of art and antiquities. Hunting lodges, houses and even chateaux were built to accommodate the sport.  Art always elevates the status of any subject that it encompasses, and hunting has truly been embraced and raised to a level of distinction.

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What started out millennia ago, as a necessity ultimately became a pleasure sport, and for many centuries has been gloriously expressed in all art forms such as magnificent paintings, sumptuous tapestries, elegant sculptures and grand antique furniture.  In recent history hunting was a status symbol and enjoyed by the gentry and nobilities as a favorite pastime. For an aristocratic gentleman, the ultimate getaway was a spectacular hunt, and a rich European terrain with abundant forests provided a bounty of fauna and fowl for any desired excursions. The surroundings of their country homes often reflected a love for this pastime, and eventually a unique hunt style developed, adding to the ambiance of the retreat and ultimate pleasures of country life.  It is important to remember that just because the settings were often rustic, this by no means meant that they sacrificed grace or beauty in the process ~ in fact just the opposite was true, as countless works of art magnified the theme.

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The boundless spirit of this sport can be truly felt in this inspiring subject that has attracted many collectors over the years. Many elements of available styles with spellbinding arrays of antique treasures can be incorporated into the hunt theme, giving us incredible choices for any desired application.

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In my opinion antique furniture should always be at the forefront of all design installations, and in this case beautiful examples of hunt style furnishings have survived, crafted from the early 18th century throughout the late 19th century. A warm, captivating patina and intricate carvings are two of the foremost elements of antique French and Italian hunt buffets, bookcases, chairs and armoires of this genre. Such furniture has been very popular for hundreds of years, and today demand is strong with many designers desiring to bring focus to this wonderful style.  At the same time this theme can give a room a rustic yet refined soul with a certain identity. When you study the detail of exquisitely made pieces such as these appointments, you come to appreciate the fine woodcarving and the artists who created it.  Today, as we restore these amazing pieces, bringing them back to their original glory, we have the opportunity to examine this refinement close at hand.

Antique Architecture- Antique StoreAntique Furniture Buffet- Antique StoreAntique Accessories- Antique Store Antique paintings and sculptures captured the art of the hunt with a glorious vivacity, fervor and passion. That is the primary reason why many collectors gravitate to these forms of collections, inspiring them with the exuberance of the sport, and often the captivating compositions of the subjects. The variety is so incredibly vast, ranging from still life to landscapes with hunting parties to renderings of dogs, fauna and fowl.  Art creates an invaluable impact in any interior scape by intensifying the effect of a theme with expressive and authentic vigor.

Antique Tapestry- Antique Store Of course two of my favorite forms of expression with antiques are accessories and lighting, which add an extra layer of a desired effect to any plan. Lighting naturally accentuates the architectural and interior design features, and during the 19th and early 20th century it was always a major part of any room, illuminating the theme even with ardent impact. 

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As for accessories, they can be considered the icing on the cake, adding textural and finishing touches with an endless artful blend that makes a home feel nicely appointed while still relaxed and comfortable.

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I hope this writing will inspire you to create your own hunting-inspired retreat with unexpected one-of-a-kind antiques, enriched by prized collections embodying the true essence of European style.

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Antiques in Style: The Art of the Hunt in Beverly Drive Magazine


 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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