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Hi Curtis and Trevor,
Thanks for including me in your blog. I'm going to choose items on my mantel as things that make me happy. A mantel is always a focal point, so I believe in styling it with very meaningful items that act like a capsule of your life and style. Here's the story of mine:
The oil portrait painting. This is a truly fine piece. It's early 19th Century and I find it beautiful in so many ways. I love portrait art for the window it gives us to societies past - in particular the fashion. The lady's dress in this portrait recalls my own wedding dress. I am mad for tartan and have a touch of Scot in my heritage, so I love the plaid shawl, too. The subject has one of those half Mona Lisa smiles that is very pleasing. I also love the piece because it was a surprise gift from my husband marking no special occasion. Kevin is an extraordinary gift giver. He did a story for the magazine with tips on how to get great stuff at an auction. As part of the story he bid on this an brought it home for me. I LOVE it.
The painting hanging on the wall at the auction house (Edward Pond - Photographer)
Kevin with his bidding paddle at the auction (Edward Pond - Photographer)
1. A pair of cloisonne vases: we found these for $24 at the Brimfield Antiques Show. What a steal. They look magnificent with cherry or crab apple blossoms in them.
2. French bulldog artwork: this was a gift from a great interior designer I worked with. She knew I had a Frenchie and I mentioned how I loved the work of Hugo Guinness. The next thing I knew, she gave me this. Again, a gift given with no fanfare of occasion but with deep personal resonance. Later, by chance, I happened to meet the man who actually owns the dog depicted in the artwork - a crazy coincidence. Here's a link to my blog post about it: CLICK HERE.
3. Two French bulldog figurines: one is porcelain, one bronze. Yes, I am a crazy dog lady. I own figurines...but no tote bags or T-shirts with Frenchies...yet. ;-)
5. Tiny bubble clock: a gift from a colleague of my husband's who is also an atique dealer. Every mantel needs a clock.
6. Oak leaf and acorn gilt wreath: This is a wonderful decorative flourish from who knows where. I adore acorns as a decorative motif. This makes a great Christmas tree topper. I like the originality of using something unexpected like this.
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