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Antique textilesThree turkeys later, yams, pumpkin pie, glistening cranberries…I’m day-dreaming golden, rich colors…and love them countered with teals and aqua. Ever entranced with the loops of antique French toile pelmets…love them dancing atop this bed. The Paris apartment of Amalia de Klemm as photographed by Guillame de Laubier in the January 2003 issue of World of Interiors.

antique shoeImagining the holidays served up on platters…here an almost edible, jewel clutched 18th century shoe…

Paper covered 18th century boxes for treasure…

18th c styleA softly textured world of old paint and time worn textiles. I live in a very neutral environment…ivory, creams, soft grays. I suppose that’s why I am so drawn to antique textiles. Each piece is a jewel…a unique composition of beautiful, rich colors, careful details. A pillow, a drape of silk brocade over the armoir door, collected ribbons and treasured finds…perfect to inject into my cautious little world. Some of my favorite textile links to drool over:

The Textile Trunk here (surely everyone knows Wendy Lewis!)

Orelliers here (top of the line gorgeousness from our very own Debra from Acquired Objects)

Katherine Poole here (a UK vendor)

Cora Ginsburg here (I love flipping through her fabulous catalogues compiled since 2002)

All great inspiration for beautiful color combinations…and a bit of a design history lesson…

And if you’re wondering about the three turkeys…we visited both sides of the family on Thanksgiving, and after several years of complaints that we didn’t have leftovers to gnaw on for days later, I baked our own. Both kids were home for the holiday. Lots of driving. And cooking. Exhausting and wonderful. And now I need to come up with a week’s worth of turkey recipes…give me your tips!