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Studio MRS Talks Antiques

Studio+Mrs+Michelle+Smith+striking+welcoming+hy8l0OBtNIplMichelle Smith of Studio MRS at her house in Sag Harbour, New York.

Studio+Mrs+Brass+coat+hooks+pillar+like+umbrella+9XZzYb3bshXlEntry Hall in “Sag”. Stacked blue and white fajance tiles, MRS canvas totes and a column shaped umbrella stand from the Gustavian period.

Studio+Mrs+White+fabrics+varied+textures+four+T3gtPGsiQsSlIn the guest bedroom a mahogany canopy bed with a mix of new and vintage bedding. Copper print in a gilt wood frame and gray stone bust.

Michelle konsollbord jpegVintage console table. Gilded candlesticks from the Empire period and marble bust in front of “Woman of War” by Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini. Swedish Gustavian stools in gilt wood upholstered in candy pink velvet.

michelle porch jpegMichelle’s screened porch with rustic wooden table, rattan chairs and a French Neoclassical pewter urn on a red marble base (one of a pair).

Interior Design by Studio MRS.  Pictures by Genevieve Garuppo.

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Shop Michelle’s picks:

1. Stone bust

2. Pair of Neoclassical urns

3. Gustavian umbrella stand

4. Pair of Gustavian stools

5. Pair of gilded candlesticks from the Empire period. 

1. Why interior design?  

– Since childhood, interior design was always my “dream job.”  I redecorated my room once a year, every year, even into college.  Then, when I finally got an adult apartment, and bought nicer pieces that I loved, I couldn’t keep redecorating my own space so I started redecorating my coworkers’ and friends’ apartments on the side, until one day, it became a job.

2. Interest for antiques – where did it come from?

 -I always went to flea markets around the south with my mom.  It started out with us just buying what we loved, never knowing the provenance.  Then 1stdibs came around, and you could learn a lot more about what you were buying… Also, I always prefer the piece no one can have to the one someone can order from a catalog.

3. Favorite mix of periods / styles in a room? 

-I really like to mix it all, but currently, if I had to choose, I’d say Swedish Gustavian mixed with heavy and creepy pieces of Louis XIII furniture, and then throw in some polished marble or high gloss lacquer pieces.

4. How do you convince a client to purchase antiques instead of a new piece? 

-Beg them?!

Some clients only want antiques.  Some only want new furniture.  I think it’s about convincing clients that there is a need for a balance.  I love antiques, but I room filled with nothing but antiques can start to feel a little stuffy.  By educating clients on how to mix old & new, and the necessity of the mix, then they get it when you send those key antique pieces they need to complete the room.

5. As a resource: Auctions vs. dealers vs. flee markets vs. 1st Dibs? 

1stdibs, definitely.  It’s so easy to send items to clients.  Flea markets & auctions – there’s that ‘buy it now’ thing – it just doesn’t work unless your client lets go of control completely.

6. Inspiration sources on how to use antiques? 

I actually just started using Pinterest last week.  They have some really amazing images out there.  It’s really a ‘non-source’ because people pull from magazines, books, blogs, their own photos.  And then one thing leads to another, and I don’t even know how I got there.  Though I’m too selfish to Pin my own favorite inspiration images … that’s like a window into my soul.

7. What style / period do think will be the next trend? 

Let’s say striped sofas?


Beloved Stripes

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XXX_8829_1302628771_11. Pair of Swedish Gustavian side chairs made ca 1780 upholstered in a blue and white cotton stripe.

2. Pair of French armchairs made during the Louise XVI period 1790-1810 with a soft cotton stripe.

3. Pair of Swedish armchairs in the “Swedish Model” made during the early part of the Gustavian period, High Gustavian, ca 1775-1790.


Tapestry Deluxe







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Wallpaper during the Renaissance could be translated to: Larger tapestry to hang on a wall with a motif made by an artist. The word tapestry comes from the Italian word “tapette” that means rug or cover. In Sweden the word has existed since 1541 and was called “Gobeläng” after the Gobelin family who were known for their weavers and yarn dyer – skills. 1662 the French government established a tapestry factory in the same building as Gobelin family had used, meaning the tapestry became a government industry from the 17th Century. As inspirations for the tapestry patterns the weavers used painted panels with motifs sourced from certain pattern books. Sweden had a domestic production of tapestry but after closing its last shop ca 1614 the beautiful wall decor was imported from Holland, France and England.

The tapestries were used to hang on walls but also to decorate benches and chests. Not only did they bring color to the room, they also gave the stone walls a form is isolation in the drafty renaissance castles. When families were moving from one castle to another the tapestries followed their owner and so did the weavers. The same technique was also used to make custom upholstery for chairs made during the 17th Century (last picture).

Antiques In Kids Room – Make It Less Serious

Screenshot 2014-08-05 11.20.00Swedish Gustavian daybed in all white upholstery with modern wall lamps.

DSC_0008-1Swedish Gustavian sofa bench made 1790-1810.

xSwedish Gustavian daybed made 1790-1810 with a loose seat cushion.

Screenshot 2014-08-05 11.20.12Wooden chest mixed with colorful rug.

XXX_8829_1294076940Swedish late Gustavian chest of drawers with fruit wood inlays.

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Hallway By Interior Designer David Netto

62dfabd0f0c38473f4b7e245f3c36b98Hallway by David Netto at Nashville’s historic Boxwood residence.

BT2-at-5Dark Blue Toile Wallpaper. 

8829_1321287776_1aLate Gustavian Chest of Drawers in Mahogany with lions head as hardware. 

XXX_8829_1311601264_1Russian Bouillotte Lamp. 

5_Enke_fransk_lFrench Louise VI mirror with gilded frame.


Visit David Netto’s site to see more of his design!

Colors of Italy









Colors from a country filled with amazing inspiration.

Pictures By Fabian Laserow Berglund

Grab The Following

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Awesome foldable 19th Century chairs. 

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Pair of 19th Century pillows.

17BOOK-articleInline…and an amazing book.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Brown / White / Black


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1. Venetian mirror made in Sweden during the Baroque period 1650-1750.

2. Towels Frette’s checkerboard collection. 

3. Norwegian powder chair from the Baroque period ca 1700.

4. White porcelain pedestal sink from Waterworks. 

7. Pendant light from Schoolhouse Electrics. 

8. Sink taps from Lefroy Brooks.

9. Black painted sideboard made ca 1880. 

If There Was a Summer House

Screenshot 2014-07-29 15.33.44These would be our inspirations…

 Dark red painted Gustavian sofa bench with loose cushion, custom built farmers dining table with modern chairs, large copper prints on bathroom wall etc. etc.