I thought you might like to see some of the exhibits at the Morristown Armory Antiques Show, which we attended last weekend. These are just some of the things that caught my eye -- beautiful furniture, china, lamps and artwork. I loved these vendors, who set their booths up like real rooms. There was so much inspiration to be found.
Don't you love this pair of lamps? Symmetry in design evokes a sense of calm and order. This particular dealer specialized in furniture and decorative arts chosen for a study, home office or library. Every piece really stands out against that dramatic black backdrop.
This desk (above) with it's leather inset was my husband's favorite piece. Again a pair of lamps provide a pleasing sense of symmetry. I was drooling over the bookcase with it's antique tomes. Bookbinding was such an art in previous centuries. Even one or two antique books lend beauty to any room, don't you think?
And I love these furniture-maker's samples (above). They would make such beautiful decorative pieces in a home library. I always think a room should have one item which is whimsical or slightly off -- like perhaps a piece of modern art in a very traditional space. Or vice versa.
I probably don't have to tell you how much I love this whatnot shelf (above) with it's beautiful china and statues. :)
These beautiful upholstered pieces (above) really caught my eye. I could see that graceful salmon-striped recamier in a very elegant bedroom.
These gleaming copper pots (above) caught my eye as well. I've been gathering a few copper pieces for my kitchen, and these would be such a dramatic addition to my collection.
Will you look at that giant starburst mirror (above). Can you say "gorgeous?" And what a pretty breakfast table with those wildly voluptuous side chairs!
I was drawn to this elegant desk (above). What a beautiful piece, and one that would make a fabulous focal point in any room.
And finally, I had to show you a closeup shot of this beautiful mantle, with it's exquisite carving. Such a perfect example of the marriage of utility and beauty that characterizes so many antique pieces.
Images 1 & 5: dealer unknown
Images 2, 3, 4: William Nickerson Antiques, Orleans, MA
Images 6 & 7: Saje Americana, Short Hills, NJ, firstname.lastname@example.org
Images 8 & 9: Autumn Antiques, Roselle Park, NJ, www.autumnantiques.net
Image 10: Francis J. Purcell Inc., Philadelphia, PA, francisjpurcell.com