My Picks at the Litchfield Antiques Show

I attended the Preview Party last Friday night for the Litchfield County Antiques & Mid-Century Show. Between socializing and hitting the raw bar, I was touring around checking out the exhibitors. Here are my highlights from this year’s show:

Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques is well known for his collection of antique American flags and signature folk art. The cleanly framed, antique flags look stunningly modern against the white walls. It’s satisfying viewing the collection all together.

The Red Horse hailing from Bridgewater, Vermont had wonderful, distressed painted pieces.  This lattice bench in the foreground and the apothecary chest behind caught my eye. All items were beautifully arranged, too. They specialize in 18th and 19th century American and Continental furniture and distinctive stone and garden ornamentation.

Nula Thanhauser brought her wonderful antique purses and signature designer jewelry up from East Hampton, New York. This section of her display with all the burnt orange Bakelite and coral tones was gorgeous. I had my eye on the enamel and shell earrings!

Every time I see Margaret Doyle’s pieces I love them! She consistently has interesting finds — from 20th century modern to rustic folk art to industrial artifacts. Everything has an interesting story. Visit her shop up in Essex, Massachusetts!

The Finnegan Gallery from Chicago, Illinois brought an interesting collection of bold pieces from garden ornamentation to architectural elements. All are distinctly modern in feeling and they have just the right antiques to make a statement in a room. I loved this large vintage French poster.

This eagle was my coveted piece at the show! Carved wood with a gray weathered finish — I fell in love with it. The wings are braced with old steel visible from behind, which add visual interest. Walin-Frey Antiques, of Woodbury, Connecticut, had this eagle prominently displayed along with a number of beautiful fine American antiques.

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by design and the subtle impact of our surroundings. Some of my earliest influences still resonate – I think of the dark woods and textured lodens of my father’s shooting club, the smell of fresh paint on a new canvas, and the bold symmetry of the Philip Johnson Glass house just down the street. For me, it was a natural path to become an Interior Designer. I love what I do. I’ve created this Journal to share my thoughts, finds and design inspirations. I hope you enjoy it!

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