Catching Up

Alma is laying the clay boulle down as she prepares to gild the trim on the secretary

I am so sorry that it has been so long since I wrote. I have been very busy with new designs, new showrooms and opening the outlet in Memphis.

This afternoon I was in the studio and working on a venetian secretary that was shipping today. I became emotional just looking at the finished art on the drawers and all the time that we had spent in making the piece truly a work of art.

new techniques

Glass Technique
Making Mirror

I have always enjoyed experimentation and coming up with different ways of doing things. We are creating ways of reverse gilding and acid etching on glass. It is exciting to see how to take different designs in the mirror and how that will incorporate into a design for a entire new piece of furniture. Here is a multi-step process of acid etching and painting in reverse on a piece of mirror. I am in the process of designing a frame that will have these patterns on the mirror itself.

shagreen nightstand

shagreen nighstands
shagreen nightstand
shagreen nightstand
In the 30’s and 40’s baby sharkskin or shagreen as it is called was used on many pieces of furniture. When I was in an antique shop in Paris a few years ago, there was this wonderful shop that had many original Jean Michelle Frank chests.

antique drapery tie-backs

gold tie-back

library tie-backEnglish tie-back
Whenever I go to the Don Scott antique show in Atlanta, I always look for drapery tie-backs. I especially love the bronze ones that you see here. The embossed tin ones are quite difficult to find, but when you can, they add such wonderful detail to your drapes.