Farmhouse Finds at Paris Couture Antiques

We're loving this Utah flea.

ROMANTIC13If your eye finds the beauty in patina and can appreciate those diamonds found in the rough at a flea market, then you’ll love Paris Couture Antiques in Saratoga Springs, Utah.

Owned and curated by Alys Geertsen, Paris Couture Antiques is an online shop run from her home that offers fixtures and accessories in Parisian and Provincial styles.  “I have everything from vintage santos figures to crowns and everything in between, but my main draw is antique and vintage lighting,” says Alys. “A lot of the crystals on the light fixtures or accessories were manufactured in Europe, so the quality is superb.”

Other beautiful treasures include gilt mirrors with real 24-carat gold leaf that work well in interiors both vintage and modern. “I pick unique items that you’re not going to be able to find anywhere else,” she says.

Also offering design services and scheduled appointments in her home shop, Alys helps clients create the look they’re dreaming of by sourcing just the right elements to bring it all together beautifully.

“These accessories aren’t going out of style in a couple years, you’re going to love them forever,” Alys says. Visit pariscoutureantiques.com.


Decorate Your Dining Room with Mismatched Pieces

A mix of furnishings can give your home a fresh and unique feel.

Where once it was the height of refined decorating to outfit your home in perfectly matched sets of furniture, today more and more homeowners are finding the best way to reflect their personal style is with mismatched pieces.

Whether blending different styles, colors or materials, using a mix of furnishings can give your home a fresh and unique feel. Mastering this look requires a bit of finesse, simply placing any chairs around any table won’t necessarily yield stunning results.

Photography by Bret Gum
The black and white gingham pattern accentuates the color-coordinated scene on each chair’s back rest.

If you want your dining room to feel more curated than slapdash, a thoughtfully collected space as opposed to catchall student housing, take styling cues from these four elegant and eclectic rooms.

In this French-country-inspired dining room, the homeowner and decorator paired a traditional dark-wood dining table with chairs updated with black lacquer paint and check and toile fabrics.

The formality of the large table is tempered by the styling of the chairs, which can easily be used elsewhere in the home when extra seating is needed.

This dining set has a fun, garden-inspired feel thanks to a set of dining chairs painted in complementary floral tones.

The paint job highlights the detailing on each chair, making each curve pop against the contrasting dark table. White cushions further tie the styling of the chairs together.

Photography by Bret Gum
Photography by Bret Gum

In this dining room, a two-toned table is matched with six walnut-stained chairs to complement its top and two whitewashed chairs to complement its legs and base. All eight chairs have the same seat upholstery unifying the warmly rustic look. Remove a leaf and pull back the whitewashed chairs for a new look.

Photography by Bret Gum
Photography by Bret Gum

This look can be carried through to your outdoor dining spaces. Here, a chippy green vintage table is set with fresh white Adirondack chairs for a casual and inviting spot perfectly suited for lazy summer breakfasts.


Auction Adventures

In-person or online auctions are a great place to discover unexpected and enduring pieces of all kinds.


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Five Stueben Jadeite and Pink Glass Teacups and Saucers, on sale at Michaan’s found via Barnebys

Lovers of all things vintage, antique, unique and beautiful can strike gold at auctions. In-person or online auctions are a great place to discover unexpected and enduring pieces of all kinds. For expert advice on making your experience as amazing as it could be, we got the down low from Pontus Silfverstolpe, Founder and Head of Content for Barnebys, an auction aggregator.

RH: What is your advice for people buying at auctions?

Pontus: Set yourself a budget—it can be easy to get carried away with the excitement of an auction!

Do your homework—is there a cost for delivery? What is the rate of buyers’ premium? How long will the auction house hold the item before you have to collect it and are there any storage costs? 

When is the auction? Using Barnebys, the auction aggregator, you can easily track what auctions are coming up and when.

When should people buy?

There are auctions underway around the globe around the clock! 

If you want a bargain, look out for an auction houses’ ‘House Sale.’ These are often miscellaneous sales that have everything from art, to furniture, jewelry and textiles.

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Pair of French Louis XV Rococo Fauteuils Stamped Pothier on sale at Nicholas Wells Antiques via Barnebys


What sort of problems might occur and how would you advise people deal with them?

If you do your research regarding delivery and premium your auction experience should go smoothly. However, if you have any concerns, speak with the auction house prior to bidding, the experts are there to ensure you have a pleasant and transparent buying experience.

 Read all information very carefully, the auction house will provide you with the size of the object and all the particulars in a condition report. You don’t want to end up with a doll-sized piece of furniture when looking for a sideboard for the dining room!  Check the currency you are bidding in if bidding in an international auction.


Are there any trends on your site you’d like to bring our attention to? 

Photography and prints are both great entry points for starting an art collection, as prices can start as little as $100 or below for an original piece. …

 If you’re looking for something on a budget, but still want something with the wow factor, unique items such as unusual shaped trays, antique screwdrivers or ornate candlesticks [are a great start whether for your own collection or as gifts].


Coastal Style Underfoot

Decorate in summery, coastal style using a rug as a base—inside or out!

Decorate in summery, coastal style using a rug as a base–inside or out!

Summer thoughts inevitably turn toward the beach. Even if you can’t make it to the beach this season, it’s easy to infuse your home with romantic, coastal decor. With neutral colors and pale blues, coastal themes will likely fit right in with the soft, inviting hues you love. Your key ingredient for a coastal look, whether for a living room, bedroom or patio, just might be a rug.

Coastal style patio with turquoise rug

This turquoise rug sets the tone for the patio, making it feel like a welcoming, homey space as well as a coastal one–no matter how far away the ocean may be! The pattern also injects some fun and visual variety while echoing the linear patterns on the cushions and throw pillows.

Coastal style patio with neutral rug

Go for an even lighter, softer palette using a neutral rug for the base of your color scheme. The subtle pattern of this Dash & Albert rug sets a subtle, elegant yet easygoing base. Its neutral platinum and white is perfect for layering tone on tone beach neutrals and helps the pops of pink stand out even more. Woven textures are another way to layer on top of the the rug for a tactile seaside feel.

Coastal bedroom with neutral rug

The great thing about rugs is you can use them inside and out. (Even if they’re not labeled indoor/outdoor, feel free to use them as you see fit.) See how the exact same Dash & Albert Diamond-patterned rug still helps accomplish a coastal base in a bedroom. It’s also a great example of why neutral rugs are so versatile since here it pairs beautifully with soft blues and greens.