27 January

The History of the Center Table

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The History of the Center Table

The original intended use of the center table was to facilitate business transacted between the landowner and his tenants on the estate. It stood in the entry hall on a stone floor and along the walls were the hall chairs, in which the tenants could wait for their turn to conduct business with the estate […]

13 December

The Hunt for Antiques from Paris

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The Hunt for Antiques from Paris

My husband and I have always loved Paris. We spent our honeymoon in both London and Paris, 33 years ago and we’ve been returning to Paris ever since. It’s not that we disliked London, it’s simply that we adored Paris, from the first time we ever laid eyes on Winged Victory of Samothrace placed in […]

21 July

Lampshades for Antique Lamps

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Lampshades for Antique Lamps

Summerhill has been selling lampshades for antique lamps for more than 15 years. Choosing a lampshade has some complexity. The current fashion in lampshades leans toward a smaller shade, more in balance to the size of the lamp base. Shape is also an important consideration and should follow the relative shape of the base as […]

21 March

Antique French Beds and Why You’ll Love Them

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Antique French Beds and Why You’ll Love Them

I have had the pleasure of importing containers of fine French antique furniture for about 25 years. We go all over the French countryside buying from various vendors, some in old warehouses in the middle of nowhere. Once they arrive on our shores, we prepare them for sale. Many times we modify the frames of […]

10 March

Dining Room Chandeliers

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Dining Room Chandeliers

In every discussion concerning dining room chandeliers, the primary question is, “what is the appropriate size?” Although we all like to quantify our design decisions, it is very unlikely that we can only use numbers to determine the ultimate choice. So many factors come into play. How tall is the ceiling? How visually large are […]