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Antique Inspiration ~ The Bowls of Harvest

“On the motionless branches of some trees, autumn berries hung like clusters of coral beads, as in those fabled orchards where the fruits were jewels . . .”

– Charles Dickens

fall flourish antique engraving

I love this time of the year, when the season’s bounty is bursting with autumn shades.  The farmer’s market is the place for a multitude of inspiration, bursting with a cornucopia of the harvest.  Now is the time I go through my collection of antiques for creativity for this special season.  The jewel-tone vibrant colors of autumn blend beautifully with the textures of antique accessories.   Invariably I look at antiques for groupings and as centerpieces in tabletop designs.  The culinary antique collections of faience, china, pottery, pewter, copper and wood bowls are an ideal way to showcase this abundance of nature. 

Inessa Stewart's Antiques Antique accessories antique door pears

Antique bowls lend themselves as perfect vessels for pumpkins, gourds and fruit.

Piled high with a profusion of earth offerings and displayed on coffee tables, buffets or commodes, even perhaps on the dining table ~ without fail these antique containers command a decorative focus.

Inessa Stewart's Antiques Antique accessories painting antique door pumpkins

Enjoy the beauty of the season!

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Autumn, Antiques and Recipes

A-2All around our stores we have been decorating and getting ready for the changing of the season, using the vivid fruits of fall.  If you have ever visited our stores, you know how much we love to create seasonal vignettes using our antique accessories, changing our displays to reflect the changes during the year.  Now is the time for us to be inspired by the colors and scents of the harvest, as well as our new antique arrivals.Chilly, crystal-clear mornings make us crave the coziness of fall, as we pull out our woolly sweaters and brew pots of hot tea.  On one of these cool mornings I was making my weekly Antique Accessories and White Pumpkinspilgrimage to Whole Foods Market.  Approaching the store I stopped in my tracks ~ in front of me was a tantalizing display of pumpkins.  They were in all shapes and sizes and in an amazing variety of colors, from creamy white to bright orange.  I’ve never seen such a bountiful medley.  They were piled high, cascading down in giant heaps.  I could not resist!  They called to me, announcing summer is over and autumn is here!

In this Fall season, if your décor has light grey and beige tones, the white cream pumpkins give the perfect touch of autumn to the lighter color schemes.  We clipped wild grass from the fields to create a simple, earthy arrangement that compliments the tones and to add soft texture to this setting.

Autumn is always welcome in the south as we get rewarded with cool and refreshing weather. The fruits of the harvest are all around us inspiring me to try new recipes as well as some old standards in my kitchen. The other morning our daughter Rebecca brought over some apple-pumpkin butter, so I just had to get in the kitchen and make my Cinnamon Scones. It is hard to resist the smell of cinnamon as it permeates the air. Of course we brewed a pot of tea~ thoroughly enjoying our afternoon and welcoming autumn with open arms.

Antique Accessories Pumpkins Scones

I would love to share with you my recipe for Cinnamon Scones. Happy baking!

Inessa’s Cinnamon Scones

This recipe is wonderful this time of the year. The smell of cinnamon reminds me of fall.

IngredientsAntique Accessories with pumpkins and scones     
3 cups all purpose flour
½ cup sugar
2 ½ teaspoons double-acting baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¾ teaspoon salt
1 ½ sticks (¾ cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon heavy cream

Preheat oven to 400°. In a bowl sift together the flour, 6 tablespoons of sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and one tablespoon each of cinnamon and salt. Mix in the butter; rub it in with your fingers until it resembles small peas. Stir in the walnuts and buttermilk. Combine the mixture until it forms manageable dough. On a well-floured surface knead the dough lightly for 30 seconds and pat it gently into one-inch thickness. With a well-floured heart-shaped or round cookie cutter, cut out the scones and place them on a well-oiled cookie sheet. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar and the remaining ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon. Brush the tops of the scones with cream, sprinkle with sugar mixture, and bake the scones in the middle of the oven for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack slightly and serve warm with pot of hot tea and apple or pumpkin butter.
Makes about 15 scones.

Design on Dragon ~ Antiques, Art and Fun

W-1What an enchanting evening it was!  Design on Dragon, an annual event for antique showrooms, design showrooms and art galleries along Dallas’ storied Design District Mecca ~ Dragon Street ~ where the doors are open for a captivating night of antiques, art, food and wine, took place on October First.  The street was closed to traffic for the night so guests could enjoy a leisurely stroll while partaking in culinary delights, wine, and visual feasts inside galleries and showrooms all down the street.

Antique Accessories Fall Table Spread

We were blessed with perfect weather after a cool front moved in the day before.  The event is always open to the public so it was great to see old friends, and welcome new antique and art enthusiasts as they stroll down Dragon Street, mesmerized by enthralling surroundings and unequalled ambiance.  The wine flowed, the music played and everyone had a great time!


Inessa Stewart's Antiques Open House Design on Dragon

If you haven’t visited our Dragon Street showroom lately, Texas General Manager Don Nolan has been working tirelessly, first receiving a new shipment from Europe, then totally redesigning, arranging and decorating our Dallas Design District showroom for the event.


John Stewart and Guests Enjoying Inessa Stewart's Antiques Open House

The response from the attendees?  It looks amazing!  Of course I had fun with flower arrangements and the food; decorating and catering to my heart’s content.  We took these photos of the event along with some of the showroom vignettes to give our out-of-town friends (who could not attend) a peek at the festivities.  More photos are available on Facebook.


Antique Showroom Design on Dragon

We wish to thank all of you that attended for all of your kind comments, and we truly look forward to next year’s event!  Mark your calendar for next year and I hope to see you there!


 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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