Appropriate Antiques for Cottage Design

Leisure and comfort are two of the more integral things to remember when deciding on a Cottage decor. Other schools of design base their foundation on formality and pretense. Quaint and cozy can be your catch phrase for Cottage Style. Another tenant to remember is “practical”, yet comfortable. When it comes to color schemes, stay…

The Depleted Access of American Antique

“The Hills are Drying Up”, has become the catch phrase for every antique picker that is still in the business. When I started as a wholesale “picker”, over 40 years ago back in Washington DC., the “hills” were packed with merchandise. The “hills” are the backwoods, that are away from cities and densely populated metropolitan areas.…

Size Conversion of Your Antique Double Size Iron Bed

As you probably know, the largest size antique iron beds being manufactured back in the 1800′s was a double/full. And you probably know that these antique iron beds can be converted to support a modern queen size mattress. But did you know that it can be accomplished in two ways: The most difficult way is done by…

The Feminine Attraction To Beds

When you think about metal beds, what’s the very first thing that comes to mind? Well if your a women, it’s most likely something like “stylish” , “attractive”, “romantic”, …………if you’re a man, it’s probably “girlie”, “feminine”. It’s a preconceived notion the majority of people have of those stunning old antique iron beds that graced the bedrooms…

The Ultimate Victorian Piece of Furniture is the Bed

Todays interior designers have a eager sense of what elements go into successfully acheiving a Victorian decor. Clearly the furniture and items in a room go a considerable way in acheiving the look and feel you’re striving for. One of the more well-liked and sought after original antiques to acheive a Victorian look, are the…

Decorating Country French Style With Beds

To realize why antique  beds are so perfect for certain design styles, you first need a run down on what it is that decides the general overall look and feel of that style. With regards to Country French, it can best be defined as classic European elegance with homespun comforts. We’re all acquainted with the beautiful Toile…

Refined Elegance of Metal Beds

Some people look at old  beds as just a run down piece of furniture that doesn’t know when to say die. Others look upon that same bed with a much different eye…….. an eye of “refined elegance”. When that vision of “refined elegance” is given to any item ………… especially antiques or vintage furniture, it…

Metal Beds & Preconceived Opinions

When you think about metal beds, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Well if your a women, it’s probably something like “elegant” , “attractive”, “romantic”, …………if you’re a man, it’s probably “girlie”, “feminine”. The thing that obviously helps determine a persons initial opinion of one of these old metal beds, is it’s “finish”…

The Elements of Victorian Design

Queen Victoria’s reign in England, was from 1837 until her death in 1901. During her reign the most popular style of design would bare her name because of it’s inherent opulence. Victorian interior design draws it’s style from a number of other design styles, popular before and during Queen Victoria’s crown. Styles like East-lake and…