Month: July, 2013

Potterton Book’s Summer Book Tip IV

artful decoration

Artful Decoration by Andrew Fisher, Jeffry Weisman


“The marriage of the classical and the inventive is the hallmark of the San Francisco decorating duo, whose Fisher Weisman firm is regarded as among the nation’s best. Their unbridled imagination is on full display in their first book… Among the more eye-popping surprises in the book is a Sonoma County tree house that the couple built for themselves.” San Francisco Chronicle

Get the book at Potterton!



Inspriration: Black and White

51734bc1f842d41708e13d31c2b075caSource unknown.

854061_lSwedish iron chair made during the 19th Century. Back adjustable in 4 modes.

New on!

Pattern Clash

Screen Shot 2013-07-24 at 2.25.05 PMSet of 4 Swedish Karl Johan stools upholstered in black and white cotton fabric.

Available here!

Thank You Valerie Boster!

Screen Shot 2013-07-19 at 12.53.12 PMValerie Boster, Booking Editor at Vogue

841025_lValerie’s choice: Gustavian side chair upholstered in original jute. Made in Sweden 1790-1810

Shopping with Valerie Boster

“As the Bookings Editor at Vogue, Boster soends her days surrounded by beauty – so not surprisingly, she proved adept at most beautiful things on 1st Dibs.”

Thank you Valerie for choosing our period Gustavian side chairs for your Saturday Shopping List with 1st!

See Valeries choices here:



cb657e2b830141b1800d5c7b506d303bStriped bed

XXX_8829_1321894977_1Swedish Gustavian side chairs from Laserow Antiques upholstered in a faded light blue striped cotton.

114a2ccb633e6295f77f9ccb850906deSummer house published in Architectural Digest.



XXX_8829_1288106586_1Pair of French Louise XVI armchairs from Laserow Antiques made ca 1790 upholstered in a soft blue and white striped cotton.


sön-sön-7Picture from Anna Gillar

photo-40Striped pillow from 19th Century available at Laserow Antiques.

Interior Designer From the Past Meets the Present

Screen Shot 2013-07-10 at 2.35.46 PMInterior Designer Mr George Hoentschnel photograph by Otto Wegener ca 1900. Source 1st

Screen Shot 2013-07-10 at 2.37.21 PMPicture from the exhibition. Source

14679Armchair from the collection. Made by French furniture maker Georges Jacob (1739–1814).

From April 4 to August 11, 2013, the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture (BGC) presents Salvaging the Past: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Focusing on a remarkable but little-known collection that entered the Metropolitan Museum as a gift of J. Pierpont Morgan in the early twentieth century the exhibition features more than 200 objects of primarily medieval art and French eighteenth-century paneling, furniture, metalwork, textiles, paintings, and sculpture, as well as late nineteenth-century art pottery, most of which have rarely been viewed since the 1950s. The fourth in a series of collaborations between The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the BGC, the exhibition provides the first comprehensive examination of Georges Hoentschel—a significant figure in the history of collecting—and illuminates an understudied and critical chapter of the Metropolitan’s history.

Drawn primarily from the Metropolitan Museum’s holdings, with loans from other public and private collections in the United States and France, the exhibition tells the story of this unique collection in four sections. The first introduces Georges Hoentschel, who was an enterprising and successful decorator during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when France witnessed a great scientific, industrial, and social transformation and the newly moneyed bourgeoisie adopted a lifestyle based on an aristocratic model. As director of the Parisian decorating firm Maison Leys, Hoentschel catered to these affluent clients, creating for them interiors in historic French styles. In this section of the exhibition, ephemera, family papers, photographs, and a film presentation will outline his story within the context of Belle Époque Paris.

The second and largest section presents selections from the eighteenth-century holdings of the collection in installations inspired by historic photographs of Hoentschel’s densely arranged showroom-museum in Paris, where the objects served as models for his interior decorating business. Delicately carved woodwork, decorative paintings, and exquisitely chased gilt-bronze mounts are featured here. Highlights include a chair made for Louise-Élisabeth of Parma, daughter of Louis XV; an armchair made for Louis XVI; and a panel from shutters originally installed in a room outside the chapel at Versailles.

The third section displays medieval artworks, including sculpture, ivories, and metalwork, and includes one of the finest surviving examples of French Limoges enamelwork—a twelfth-century reliquary container, or chasse. Also shown here is Jean Barbet’s Ange du Lude, on loan from the Frick Collection, a rare bronze angel dated 1475, one of the most remarkable works from Hoentschel’s collection.

The final section presents examples of Hoentschel’s stoneware and those of his friend the sculptor and potter Jean-Joseph Carriès (1855–1894). Some of these ceramics were originally exhibited in the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs’ pavilion at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, for which Hoentschel created interiors in art nouveau style, unique in his oeuvre. A chair from this pavilion, loaned by the Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris, is displayed, along with a selection of furnishing textiles used by Hoentschel in interior design commissions.

Go see the exhibition!

Bard Graduate Center is located on 18 West 86th Street between Columbus and Central Park West



Inspiration: Bedroom

Mahognay chest in bedroomDark bedroom with mahogany chest of drawers. Pic from A Perfect Gray

XXX_380168408Swedish chest in mahogany. Made during the Karl Johan period 1810-1830.

BrasslampBedroom from House Beautiful.

XXX_8829_1320159353_1Lamp in polished brass. Made in the Empire style  in France. 


For the City Apartment: Kitchen

tumblr_mk04j5QbfQ1qe4tx8o1_500Gilded kitchen cabinets

Shiny gilded kitchen cabinets and mirrored fridge and freezer doors makes the tiny kitchen in a city apartment looks bigger. Smart!

Potterton Book’s Summer Book Tip III

interior life

Interior Life By Gert Voorjans

The sources of inspiration of eclectic star designer Gert Voorjans, and many of his numerous clippings and mood boards. Fabrics in petit point or toile de Jouy, Neo Gothic constructions, blue elephants, baroque pillars, Japanese images of the floating world and Chinese furniture all play a part, resulting in interiors full of surprises in a combination of antique interiors with unexpected modern elements.

Go to Potterton Books and get your summer reading! 

A Weekend By the Water

photo-25 copyHarbour Knoll Hotel

IMG_1062Morning Swim

IMG_1086Relaxing Reading

IMG_1056Crabby Gerry’s

IMG_1077Kayaking in Orient Beach State Park

Went out to Greenport, New York during 4th of July. We stayed at a small hotel (only 4 rooms) right on the water. The first picture is taken from the hotel’s door step. It was heavenly to leave the hot and humid city and go for a 7 am swim, wake up with an ocean view and at night eat fresh steamed lobster on the pier.

A short history of Greenport

In the mid 1600s, a group of colonists from New Haven, Connecticut crossed Long Island Sound and settled in the township of Southold, which includes what is now the Village of Greenport. Greenport has been known by several different names including Winter Harbor, Stirling, and Green Hill but at a public meeting in 1831, the town got the name Greenport.

Thanks to its deep and protected harbor, it became a major whaling port between 1795 and 1859 and also enjoyed a bustling shipbuilding industry . By the mid 1800s thousands of people ware employed thanks to the large fishing industry. In 1844 the Long Island Railroad arrived and was a driving force in the development of Greenport and the North Fork as local farmers used the railroad to ship their harvest to markets.

During the first half of the 20th century Greenport became a huge oystering center and at one point there were over a dozen oyster processing plants in town. As the oyster industry began to shrink, the Village turned its attention towards tourism and has now developed into a vibrant destination for visitors from all over the world. In 2011, Forbes magazine named Greenport one of the prettiest towns in the United States.