Finding Vintage

Styling with Kelly

Styling with Kelly

What a privilege it was to spend last Tuesday with Kelly Mcguill of Kelly Mcguill Home and Eric Roth Photography.  The opportunity to work with them both to style the Weston home of Kelly's client was fantastic and Kelly was so generous to have me.  Although, I love collecting and have always been passionate about finding one-of-a-kind pieces I also enjoy putting those pieces together to tell a story.  When I find a unique piece I often picture it in a setting or a vignette right away and that's when I know it's a piece I have to have.  Creating those moments and telling those stories are exciting to me.

Kelly's design aesthetic is clean, classic and uncluttered. It simply feels beautiful and relaxing to be in a room that she has designed.  From the camera's point of view, Eric really brings that to life in his photographs and his years of experience photographing interiors for publications like New England Home. Spending the day styling the photo shoot was truly inspiring. From flower market to photo shoot, the detail that goes into capturing that moment is significant. Thanks to Kelly and Eric!

 

Tracy Foley
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Brimfield Bound

Brimfield Bound

If you haven't been this year might be your year.  I've been attending the Brimfield antique show since my early twenties and although it's changed much has stayed the same.  There are hundreds of vendors, some who specialize, some who collect and some who just love their junk.  It's overwhelming to say the least.

Some finer points if you're going to attend this years show (opens on Tuesday the 6th). You may already know but bring your cash. It's a no brainer. Checks are fine and larger vendors even use square but cash is king and it's much easier to negotiate.

Bring your tape measure but expect to find what you fall in love with not what you need.

Check the field schedule. Different fields open on different days and each field has a vibe. Some are more expensive, some feel more retail, some are better for picking and because vendors move around you want to hit them on the first day.

Collect cards. Even if you're not buying Brimfield is a great place to network or get some resources in your back pocket. If you love what Jane is selling at least grab her card and when you're ready to make a purchase in the future you know where to find her.  I've had the regret of wishing I had grabbed the card because now I do have a place for that fantastic piece of art.

There's always a deal but how hard are you willing to work. I think I've heard it every year. "There are no more deals at Brimfield." I beg to differ.  Depending on what you are looking for there is always a deal to be had.  The more authentic antiques (100 years or over) may have thinned out because styles and markets change but if you spend more than one day at Brimfield you will feel like you found a deal somewhere along the way.

There will be a lot to see but don't get overwhelmed. You can always go back later in the week.

Don't leave without apple cider donuts or fried dough.

I'd be happy to offer feedback on which fields I prefer and some vendors who are must sees. Send me an email if you're heading out to Brimfield. Enjoy the hunt!

 

Tracy Foley
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Pop Up sale

Pop Up sale

If there is one thing that is consistent about the pieces I love to buy it's that they usually fall into one of three categories. Blue or green pieces, tables and chairs alway a favorite and clean, classic lines.  When I hosted a pop up sale at Found Home last Friday it was very clear to see what Water and Main is about.

I had a fantastic day meeting new customers, seeing old friends and being surrounding by lots of fun antiques.  Some of my favorite pieces were the black and white, vintage aerial photos of Thompsons Clambar back in the day before it was all Wychmere Harbor property. A leather wrapped Ralph Lauren table, framed vintage maps of Osterville and Chatham, Cecilia Walker Pillows and this navy blue vintage basket weave chair.  I'm always on the hunt for pieces that are timeless and can blend easily with a coastal design. Time to stock up for fall.

Tracy Foley
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Roberts House Nantucket

Summer is one of my favorite seasons. Lot's of beach time, boating, antiquing and a few trips to Nantucket.  

The Roberts House on India Street is part of a collection of lovely Inn's with a wonderful boutique style.  On our trip over to Nantucket yesterday I stopped into the Roberts House to see their new interiors and was excited to see my wicker bike so perfectly appointed and hanging in their lobby.  I love the vision Annsley Interiors had when she decided to use this WM wicker bike for wall art. Annsley's great touches throughout the Inn are fresh and snappy. Lot's of fun to see where my pieces end up.  A quick stop into Nantucket Looms, lunch at Crew then back to Chatham. 

Tracy Foley
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Junior League of Boston Show House

Junior League of Boston Show House

The Nathaniel Allen House in West Newton recently underwent a tremendous transformation when over 20 designers put their talents to use.  The rich history of the house, one of the first women schools in the country, made this project an easy yes for both Cecilia Walker (Cecilia Walker Design, Hingham) and I. The Junior League of Boston's great support of community and girl's programs was a huge draw as well. The room we chose to design is a Butlers Bar on the first floor and what a project it was.  We wanted to create a space that spoke to the homes history with rich color but also spoke to both our styles, clean with a modern and vintage mix. Both Cecilia and I have lot's experience with renovating old homes so the vision was the easy part.  The show house runs through June 5th and the proceeds support programs that are designed to support girls in the area of self esteem, leadership development and fitness and nutrition. All good stuff for our girls! Visit https://www.jlboston.org to purchase tickets then go and get inspired!
Tracy Foley
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Thank you to Shayna Seymour and Chronicle

Thank you to Shayna Seymour and Chronicle

What a fun experience to be able to participate in the April 21st episode of Chronicle, the iconic news magazine that has been on television since 1982.  Their recent program "what's new" aired and featured a segment on the Market Stalls at the Boston Design Center.  The Market Stalls are a section of the building that hosts about 20 antique dealers and their wares.  I was lucky enough to be able to acquire a space in the building when it opened in May of 2015 and have found that it's been a wonderful resource for those shopping for one of a kind pieces for a design project or a customer who just wants to find something special for their home.  Although, most who enter the design center are designers or in the trade, the BDC is open to the public as well with 5 floors of showrooms. Growing up in New England and being a huge fan of Chronicle (especially the Main Streets and backroads of anything Vermont) it was amazing to have my business as well as the Market Stalls featured. A big thanks to Shayna Seymour and the Chronicle team! Here is the link to see a portion of the episode. http://www.wcvb.com/chronicle/chroniclewhats-new-a-little-bit-of-everything-at-the-antique-market-stalls/39163166
Tracy Foley
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Vintage Vignettes at the Boston Design Center

Vintage Vignettes at the Boston Design Center

Beginning April 1st at the BDC a " Vintage Vignettes" exhibit will be on display through April 29th.  This event will feature display's on the second floor in the Market Stalls area that is filled with antiques and vintage pieces for sale as well as display's throughout the building in the showrooms. The displays of “modern design meets old world charm.” are an opportunity to showcase design that mixes the old with the new. along with the sample sale that is going on this weekend it is a fun time to visit the BDC. The public is welcome!
Tracy Foley
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45th Anniversary Showhouse

45th Anniversary Showhouse

The Junior League of Boston's 2016 Decorators' Show House is once again happening!  The historic Nathaniel Allen House in West Newton is was the site of the earliest co-educational school in the country and was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Owned by the Newton Cultural Alliance the property will support performances and cultural events. Designers are getting ready to transform this tired piece of history into an amazing showcase and I am thrilled to be transforming a room with Cecilia Walker of Cecilia Walker Designs.  Tickets are on sale now at www.bostonshowhouse.org for the May 7th opening day. 

Tracy Foley
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