“E-commerce has broadened consumers’ options and even saved some brick-and-mortar shops,” New England Home‘s Regina Cole writes. “Still, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of hands-on discovery.” In the January/February 2016 issue, Cole explores how e-commerce antiques businesses–like The HighBoy–have opened up the industry to new buyers. Our founder Olga Granda-Scott and HighBoy dealer Debra Sidebottom chime in on the conversation with Cole. Read on:
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Nothing says “Auld Lang Syne” quite like a vintage photograph. Before we welcome in 2016, let’s look back at the grandest New Year’s Eve parties celebrated through the decades. Revel in nostalgia with these vintage photos of ravishing New Year’s Eve celebrations.
If you’re looking to spruce up an entertainment space, a bar cart is a discreet and functional way to do so. It’s not, however, as simple as stocking some shelves on wheels with your favorite liquor; designing the perfect bar cart for your home or office will take some planning. We’ve put together a guide to styling your bar cart.
Choose Your Style
A bar cart is by nature a vintage item, so it will lend any living room or corner office a certain period feel. That said, as with any vintage furniture, there is a wide range of styles to choose from.
A classic option is a two-tier Deco bar cart. Complete with the clean and sensible lines of Art Deco, paired with the movement’s characteristic touch of extravagance, this cart is surprisingly versatile. It will, of course, work well in a Deco-inspired room. But would also beautifully complement colorful floral wallpaper or bold color scheme.
This French Mid-Century Modernist bar cart is another stunning option. It’s decked out with a sleek brass plated frame, a mirrored banded glass top, and a lower shelf with bottle cutouts. This one could spruce up any home with an eclectic aesthetic.
The modern look is simple and tasteful. This modern Italian bar cart in the Style of Gio Ponti has a beautiful dark wood frame. Its dapper glass shelves and brass casters make it a sophisticated addition to any den or corner office.
There are many more style options to choose from. Since a bar cart is a mobile piece of furniture, you’ll want to think carefully about all the rooms it could make an appearance in before making your purchase.
What You’ll Need
Every bar cart needs to be well equipped, not only with booze, but with drink-making tools and serving ware as well. You’ll need a bottle opener and corkscrew, of course, but a shaker, a strainer, and an ice bucket with tongs are essential as well. A range of glasses is also necessary, including everything from highballs to wine glasses.
The staple alcohols that no bar cart can go without are vodka, whisky, gin, rum, brandy, and tequila. But it also helps if you have some liqueurs for a wider variety of drink-making ability: Campari, Kahlua, Vermouth, and Triple Sec. More sophisticated bar carts couple exotic liquor–like Mexican mescal or Brazilian cachaça–to offer your more adventurous guests.
Since not everyone takes their liquor straight, you’ll need to have some mixers handy. These should include several types of juices and sodas, as well as tonic, soda water, and bitters.
Preparing your bar cart is an art, and needs to be done with care. A few more tips will help you make your bar cart an unimpeachably elegant feature of the entertainment spaces in your home or office:
– Pick beautiful bottles: When it comes to stylish bar carts, the liquor is part of the décor and should be treated as such. If you like the liquor but it comes in an unattractive bottle, or one that doesn’t fit the esthetic of the cart, invest in some nice glassware to store it in.
– You don’t need every drink in the liquor store; too many bottles will make thecart look crowded. Seek out the balance between well-stocked and inundated, and remember you can keep some bottles in the back pantry!
– On the other hand, you shouldn’t limit the cart’s range; and you might want to include tea and coffee to serve your needs for daytime entertaining.
Follow these guidelines and your bar cart will make your soirées the talk of the town.
Archeological discoveries at Pompeii and Herculaneum in the mid 18th-century helped to spark an era of neoclassicism at the court of Louis XVI. Following Roman and Greek ideals, the flowing lines of the rococo were replaced with rectilinear symmetry.
The curved cabriole leg gave way to the fluted leg, a slightly tapered form with vertical ridges reminiscent of a classical column. Greek key motifs, urns, laurels, and other ancient symbols also appeared in carving and marquetry, as well as dentils, pilasters, and other elements from architecture. Bureaus and commodes were often mounted on sharp gilt sabots that glitter against rich exotic woods like pieces of jewelry.
But even though the sinuous shapes and natural references of the rococo fell out of favor, the dedication to comfort and proportion that became popular in the earlier period did not. Chairs remained low, deep, and comfortable and furniture in general retained a graceful scale that gives it such an enduring appeal. When coupled with the restrained geometry of neoclassicism, those proportions created in Louis XVI furniture a delicacy that feels feminine, timeless and is currently sought after.
Shop French Louis XVI-style items on The HighBoy:
Great art inspires us, and great antiques thrill us. If you’re a design lover with an itch to see beautiful antiques and exciting art, have no fear. We’re bringing you six more stunning Instagram accounts to follow. Get some major design inspiration with these Instagram accounts from our very own HighBoy dealers.
2. Charleston Garden Works: With a masterful eye for architecture and a talent for design, this Charleston dealer brings enchanting garden antiques to new life.
A great set of 19th century cast-iron lyre-back arm chairs and table #charleston #garden #castiron #gardenfurniture #rococo #design A photo posted by @charlestongardenworks on
3. Fireside Antiques: Hand-picked European antiques are this stylish mother-daughter team’s specialty. Peek into their shop for one-of-a-kind pieces.
We are in love with our new collection of BVIZ pillows in the shop! All so different and unique. These pillows are ‘Movable’ handmade artwork with a special presence of the past. Guaranteed to make a statement in your interiors! @bvizdesign #bvizpillows #pillows #interiordesign #shopvibes #batonrougedesign #asid #antiquesinthemodernworld #repurposed #shoplocal #europeanantiques #freshflowers #decor A photo posted by European Antiques (@firesideantiques) on
4. Graves International Art: Original art, hand-made prints, and spectacular paintings reign supreme at Graves International Art. Check out their inventory and get inspired.
Just part of one of our 8 rooms in the gallery. The newest art gallery in Charlottesville, VA. #impressionism #impressionist #charlottesville #musee#museedorsay #oilpainting #oiloncanvas#acryliconcanvas #acrylicpainting #peinture#cville #nycart#gravesinternationalart#artgallery #1stdibs #artlover #realism #artexhibition#contemporaryart#artcollector #artlover #christies#figurative#vangogh #cvilleart #figurativeart#vincentvangogh#monet #claudemonet#artlovers A photo posted by GRAVES INTERNATIONAL ART (@gravesinternationalart) on
6. Erin Lane Estate: This charming West Oakland shop is full of swoon-worthy treasures, and effortless California style.
Hollywood Regency Cane Barrel chair paired with our Vintage Byobu Screen ? A photo posted by Erin Lane Estate (@erinlaneestate) on
Winter is finally here, and with the warm sweaters and hot chocolate comes some of the best antiques shows of the year. All across the country the top dealers in antique furniture, art, and jewelry are preparing for an exciting season of world-renowned antiques shows. We’ve got your guide to this winter’s best and brightest antiques shows. Here’s our top 10:
1. The Sarasota Art & Antiques Show
January 14 – January 17
With over 50 dealers from both North America and Europe with antiques ranging from furniture and paintings, to jewelry and vintage clothing, the Sarasota Art & Antiques Show will kick off 2016 with a phenomenal variety of antique treasures. Weekend tickets (Friday-Sunday) can be purchased at the door for $8. An early-buying preview gallery will be taking place on Thursday, January 14. Proceeds from the event will go to Designing Women, a charity that helps to grow Sarasota’s arts and human services organizations. Tickets to the gallery are $50 and are available for purchase online.
2. LA Art Show
January 14 – January 18
The LA Art Show is the largest and longest running, as well as the most culturally diverse, platform for fine arts. It brings in the largest group of Korean, Chinese, and Japanese artists outside of Asia. It’s also known for it’s wide variety of art, being the first antiques show to represent diverse art genres. Guests will experience more than 120 galleries with art representing 22 countries, and art in modern, contemporary, historic and traditional designs, as well as works on paper, sculpture and installations, all in one art fair.
3. Miami Antiques + Art + Design Show
January 22 – January 24
Perfectly timed just days before The Original Miami Beach Antiques Show, the Miami Antiques + Art + Design Show shows off the unique art and antique communities in the Miami area. Over 100 dealers will be there with unique art, furniture, and jewelry. This show is right next to Miami’s famous Miracle Mile shopping district.
4. The Original Miami Beach Antiques Show
January 28 – February 1
Located in the heart of Miami, The Original Miami Beach Antiques Show is known as the world’s largest indoor antiques show. For 50 years it has attracted thousands of collectors, dealers, gallery owners and antique lovers from all over the world. Over 1,000 dealers will be featured at the event, each showing beautiful antique treasures for every kind of antique collector.
5. Palm Beach Jewelry, Art, & Antique Show
February 10 – February 16
The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art, & Antique Show is one of the most highly anticipated shows of the winter season. The show will be celebrating 13 years as a hallmark of the Palm Beach community during Presidents’ Day weekend. Over 180 international exhibitors will be featuring a stunning collection of antiques from a wide variety of styles and time periods, drawing thousands of antique enthusiasts to the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
6. Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale
February 12 – February 15
The 16th annual Palm Springs Modernism Show takes place during Modernism Week; a week that is devoted to mid-century architecture and design. It will feature 85 premiere dealers and exhibitors presenting furniture and art representing all design movements in the 20th century, with an emphasis on mid-century designs. The opening gala will benefit Modernism Week, and will kick off the rest of the show.
7. Naples Art, Antique & Jewelry Show
February 19 – February 23
Located right next to Naples’ renowned Fifth Avenue shopping and entertainment district will be the Naples Art, Antique, and & Jewelry Show. Over 60 exhibitors with antiques from all over the world will be present. Guests can look forward to over 50,000 square feet of fine art, antique and estate jewelry, furniture, porcelain, Asian art, American and European silver, glass, textiles, sculpture, contemporary art and more, ranging from the antiquities to the 20th century.
8. Hillsborough Antiques, Art, and Design Show
February 26 – February 28
The Hillsborough Antiques, Art, and Design Show in San Mateo, CA features over 200 dealers from all over the US and Canada. It brings antiques spanning from the 17th Century to the 20th Century. The show benefits the United Veterans Service, which raises funds to help meet the needs of hospitalized Veterans in Veterans Affairs Medical Centers throughout the nation.
9. LEUER Spring Show
March 13 – March 15
New York City is home to some of the most highly anticipated antique shows. LEUER is an ultra-chic show featuring antique watches and jewelry. This show features elite antique jewelry and watch dealers who will be bringing beautiful, rare, luxurious antique jewelry to New York for those with luxurious taste in jewelry.
10. Houston Antiques + Art + Design Show
March 18 – March 20
The Houston Antiques + Art + Design Show will round off the winter season with a spectacular antiques show, displaying antiques from ancient to to 20th century design movements. Eighty premiere exhibitors with room settings featuring fine antique furniture, decorative, and fine arts.