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Mirrors from the World of French Antiques
French Antiques feature a vast range of styles - from rustic country décor and furniture to opulent styles inspired by castles and royalty. From very simple and homey to rich and ornate and everything in between, French décor and design has it all. The farmhouse style for instance is more representative of countryside houses with elements that are more natural and have a raw appeal. The use of wood is prominent and often in lighter tones.
Looking for a country-style kitchen island? Have a look at our wonderful variety of shop counters that can be beautifully repurposed as kitchen islands. Available in a range of shapes and sizes, these are fit for purpose with plenty of storage space underneath to stash items that you might require handy. Made from fine timbers with smart panelled fronts and open shelves at the back, the charm lies in the versatility of these counters. Add to that a beautiful time-worn patina, along with a ‘country edge’, and these rustic pieces of furniture are urban & cool.
When we think French antique mirrors the first thing that comes to mind is ornate and beautiful! While opulence, large proportions, and rich ornate gilt carvings are what you may expect, there are also many simpler ones which have less lavish mouldings, and geometric features that add to the beauty of the mirrors and the space in which they are incorporated. With French mirrors, you can expect columns, hand bevelled designs as well as panelling alongside rich ornate frames or gilded decorative crests.
At Arcadia Antiques, we have a wonderful variety of antique chests, antique boxes, pine coffers, antique oak coffers and painted boxes that will make an elegant addition to your home. Coffers are amongst our favourites and we have quite a few very versatile options in our collection. Coffers with a touch of ornate charm can introduce an element of luxury to any home.
If you wish to create a home workspace, the desk is one of the most important elements you must take into consideration - you can never let your desk simply be an afterthought. It is the most important piece of furniture whether tucked away or on display. There are a number of ways of giving your home workspace a perfect décor lift. If you have enough space to maintain a clutter-free desk, we have some classic French ones in our collection.
The power of paint is truly amazing. There is nothing that can transform your space in a blink like paint can. Painting walls is common, but painting furniture is an excellent option that can provide any space with an amazing makeover. At Arcadia Antiques, we believe in the transformative power of paint. Although there are many who are averse to the idea of painting antiques, we believe that a lick of paint can do wonders to the look of some pieces of furniture while also retaining its unique period feel.
Right from its very humble beginnings, the trestle table remained as the most common type of table right up to the 16th century, and is often spotted in homes today as well! If you are looking for the rustic appeal of an antique but sans all the ornate and classic look fuss, at Arcadia Antiques, we have a beautiful collection of Trestle tables. There are quite a few in our new collection of antiques and these are mostly long and narrow 19th Century French scrubbed trestle tables in unique shapes and sizes. These are simple and rustic in appearance and will fit effortlessly into modern decor as well.
There are certain antique furniture pieces that are enduring favourites, bound to be loved and appreciated long after the trends pass. Antique stools are amongst these alluring pieces from the past. They are small yet packed with decorative potential. Antique stools are typically not imposing yet benefit from versatility in the ways that they can be used. They are never richly ornate but come with a zing that is full of charm and character like no other. You can just leave them as they are or dress them up to create a decorative addition to any room, it doesn’t matter what style you choose, the appeal is bound to shine!
Are you looking for an attractive side table for your home? Side tables come in all shapes and sizes from different eras, giving you scores of options to choose from. Since antiques are our forte, we will suggest to you the best from the world of antiques. The selection we have recently acquired are perfect in looks and functionality. Whether you wish to infuse a touch of curiosity, maximize the space or add a stylish extra surface for when you need it, we have some excellent looking old-world options that will suit your needs.
At Arcadia Antiques, we have an outstanding stock of new antique benches in our collection. Antique benches look great when paired up with modern dining tables if you want to break the monotony of a bigger set of chairs. We have a fantastic stock of these benches that we have recently acquired which you can have a look at under the 'New Stock' section.
The latest addition to our fabulous collection of antiques is this excellent Welsh dairy table with an unusual drawer configuration.
This is a stunning and substantial Welsh Dairy Table from the 18th Century in a subtle yet rich shade of colour. This table is sturdy on its feet and in flawless condition with no such visible signs of age and wear and tear. This dairy table will make a fabulous serving table.
Have you had a chance to have a look at this stunning 19th century English table? Once used as a kitchen prep table, we are sure that it will now find versatile uses in modern homes.
This fantastic scrubbed top, painted beauty comes with rustic elegance and appeal that is absolutely stunning. Although intended a kitchen prep table initially, it can indeed find innovative usage around the house be it as a server in your dining room or as a unique display table or sideboard.
The latest in our collection of antique buffets is this simple, elegant, and absolutely functional Flemish bleached oak buffet.
Traditionally buffets were put to use in the kitchens or dining rooms. These had plenty of storage space for cutlery and dishes and the top provided ample space for serving dishes. This Flemish Buffet dates back all the way to the 19th century and has subtle hints of decorative details that add to its charm. Made of oak, this buffet is steady on its feet and can be used well in contemporary themes.
Want to bring in some industrial chic into your decor? A great way to include this is with some vintage pieces from farming, industry, or manufacturing - and we have the perfect solution in our collection! Check out these Early 20th Century Zinc Buckets, and we have quite a few available with us which can be used most innovatively in your home.
Antique buffet tables are widely available. But very rarely do we come across a unique buffet like this French antique we have recently acquired. If you want to include an attractive antique element in your space that is smaller in size unlike many typical antique pieces, yet equally impactful, check out this gorgeous antique French Painted Buffet.
Making good use of old doors or reusing reclaimed wood can add heaps of character to your home. If you can locate a rustic and charming antique door, there are innovative ways in which these can be appealingly added to your decor.
We have a charming 19th Century Swedish door in our collection that still beautifully retains its original weathered paint. Furniture pieces like this one can be used in creative ways in contemporary homes to bring in a country-like feel.
Arcadia Antiques offers you a beautiful selection of seating options from different style periods and different places. The latest in our collection is this lovely pair of late 19th Century French painted salon armchairs.
This pair of antique French wooden salon armchairs has some simple yet fine detailing on the wood, keeping the ornate detail minimal yet giving it an elegant edge. The pale cream colour makes it relatively easy for these chairs to fit in into modern homes.
An antique writing desk is a wonderful addition to modern day decor. We have this wonderful and simple single drawer desk just recently added to our collection. This 19th Century table is compact but still functional enough for modern laptops and a workspace, or as a tea table or could be repurposed as a side table as well.
The Swedish Country look is a defined by a pale, airy and light ambiance with furniture pieces that are in simple and practical designs and lighter colour tones. These very qualities of this furniture make them easily adaptable to many a modern-day decor. At Arcadia Antiques, we have some stunning new Swedish Furniture options in store with us.
Antiques are not only about ornate and classic looking items that will suit a traditional theme or older items that seem out of place in a modern contemporary home. There are actually many antique options that really do fit in anywhere with a very relaxed vibe, such as French country furniture. These are available in lighter shades and are simple yet elegant.
Garden antiques are both exciting and charming. Choosing a knockout antique for your outdoor space can give it some serious appeal, adding a touch of flair and a whole lot of interest to your garden! Be it a focal point or a surprise element peeping out of a corner, garden antiques make for little bits of magic that can give your garden a whole new feel.
Antique oak stands apart from all other furniture options. This type of wood has so many properties that make it look uniquely classic and elegant. Here are some of the qualities that make antique oak furniture so special:
There is nothing quite as durable as antique oak. These classic pieces of furniture have gracefully withstood the test of time, without acquiring lots of bumps and bruises. Hence, they tend to be quite heavy compared to other wooden furniture options.
Take a look at this gorgeous Linen Press from the 18th Century
A linen press is a linen cupboard similar in size and stature to a regular cupboard or armoire. Traditionally these were used to store the household linen. These are believed to have come about somewhere during the 17th, or the 18th century. Examples of these were found throughout Europe and the US during this time.
5 reasons why you need an Antique Mirror in your Decor
Antique mirrors can make a fantastic addition to any decor. They look ornamental and have a classic touch, not forgetting an outstandingly distressed, worn-out appeal. A mirror can add more than just fancy appeal to their surroundings. Here are 5 compelling reasons why an antique mirror can be an irresistible addition to your home decor:
Antique oak furniture apart from being very attractive and appealing is very durable too. The quality of oak is its strength, which makes it a robust furniture option even in antiques.
Many antique oak furniture items are of darker tone which tend to carry a more formal feel. It is, however, a common misconception that antique oak Furniture is only available in darker shades. You can also find furniture from pale limed oak, light golden oak to your very dark shades.
At Arcadia Antiques, we have a wide variety of antique chests, antique boxes, pine coffers, antique oak coffers and painted boxes for you to choose from. If you check out our ‘Chests and Coffers’ section, you’ll notice there are several ‘Marriage Coffers’ in our collection. Like many of their antique counterparts, these are fascinatingly decorative pieces, each sporting a different kind of design or painting.
An antique settle is a wonderful piece of antique English furniture which was traditionally made in oak and other local wood varieties. In simple terms, it is a wooden bench with open arms and a high back.
These beautiful pieces originate back to the early 17th Century. The construction back then was fairly simple with clout nails or pegs along with simple carvings. They were more or less an adaptation of the joint chair, which was extended to fit more people on them.
Check out our large stock of uniquely charming Antique Draper Tables
Dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries, French Draper’s Tables were commonly used in cloth merchant shops. The tables provided the perfect surface area for unfurling and cutting long swathes of fabric.
At Arcadia Antiques, we have an extremely versatile selection of these wonderful drapers’ tables from the fascinating world of French antiques. Today, these timeless pieces of furniture can be put to a whole range of practical uses. Most have a lower level shelf that was initially used for storing additional fabrics. Some have even been made with drawers beneath the table top, providing further ample storage space.
No nook or cranny in your home should go without a dash of style. If you want to store or display your stuff creatively, ditch those run-of-the-mill storage options and, instead, turn your attention to pretty cast iron antique racks and shelves.
There are many different options that would look perfect up against a wall or even fit snugly into smaller spaces. These racks and shelves provide handy storage space and enough room to display your decorative accessories and prized possessions - not in a shy way but a chic way!
Antique farmhouse tables are very well known for their casual vibe, clean lines and beautiful colour tones. If you are looking at a classic farmhouse table for use in your kitchen, then our selection is just perfect, and your search ends at Arcadia Antiques.
At Arcadia, apart from the usual wood browns, you will find kitchen farm tables in many different shades that will sit well in any modern kitchen. Farmhouse tables are long so can be used as a work island as well as for dining.
Industrial decor is best described as tough design and detailing that has a raw appeal to it. This style for a room or space means the use of metal, exposed brickwork, and cabling etc. that might usually be concealed.
The French Drapers Table was a common feature in the cloth merchant’s shops in the days of old.
These tables came with an abundant surface area which was perfect for unfurling and cutting long swaths of fabric. Some pieces came with drawers underneath the table top that provided ample space for cutting tools such as shears, snips, and scissors. The lower level shelf provided plenty of space for storing additional fabrics.
It isn’t always easy to fit antique or vintage furniture into modern and contemporary decor. After choosing what you want you must also consider the size, the colour, how it matches with your current decor and importantly the budget.
The value of the vintage and antique furniture depends on various factors such as origin, rarity, condition, uniqueness etc, any one or combination of which can affect the price and make it higher than expected.
Antique dressers make a great inclusion in the modern interiors.... especially the antique oak examples.
For those who want an element from the past into the contemporary interiors, the antique oak dressers make a classic inclusion which is not very imposing considering the size and yet hass a substantial presence.
Most gardens can benefit from the beauty of antiques. Why restrict the beautiful antiques to the interiors alone? Imagine an antique urn standing smack in the centre of your garden. Won’t it add to the rustic appeal apart from being a very unique focal point of your garden?
Antique bookcases, especially the French versions can make a very elegant addition to the home. French furniture items have always been more on the decorative side and have a very traditional appeal to it. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right bookcase depending on your decor.
The trend of mixing and matching furniture styles is not restricted to the homes alone. It also often applies in workspaces. There are a number of people who are embracing the blend of styles to create a work space that is personalized, unique and aesthetically appealing. When it comes to period furniture pieces for the offices, the antique desks are the most common amongst the lot.
Antique shelves can make wonderful addition to today's home be it for displaying or storing. At Arcadia antiques we have a wide selection of antique shelves. If you are planning to acquire one here are a few tips to help you select the right option.
Traditionally buffets were commonly used in the dining rooms or kitchens as they provided ample space for storage of cutlery and dishes. These were used in the dining room also for serving food, for displaying serving dishes such as silver etc. However in the modern homes, these can be put to versatile uses and also blend into the décor effortlessly.
Antique Painted Mirrors Can Add Style And Elegance
Mirrors make one of the best decorative elements. They are good for both form and function.
There are many who strategically use the mirrors in the decor to open up the space and make it look bigger. In rooms that lack light, the mirrors can be smartly used to brighten up the space by reflecting light. And apart from this, needless to say, mirrors make one of the most essential elements in any home.
Using an Antique Painted Mirror to Add Style and Elegance
Using an antique painted mirror will add style and elegance to a room.
Mirrors make one of the best decorative elements in the decor of a room. These are good for their form and also are very functional.
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While some love the absolute authenticity of the antique furniture, there are those who like the antique feel but don’t really care for the authenticity of the antiques. In such cases it is better to have bespoke furniture to suit all your requirements perfectly. Bespoke furniture with an antique feel can be easily created to suit your home and satisfies the purpose of bringing in the period look with a charm of its own.
Counters are a very versatile piece of furniture and can be put to multiple uses be it in the kitchen, dining room, living room, work space and elsewhere. They provide a good surface space apart from a good storage space.
The antique variants of these counters are often interesting and make a stunning inclusion in the modern homes. At Arcadia Antiques we have a wide variety of counters that will sit well in the traditional or modern homes. These pieces of furniture are both good looking and functional.
The rack on an antique dresser makes a handy storage option in the kitchens, dining, bedrooms or your living rooms and the little ornate ones are also great for display decorative items or photo frames etc. These make a very clutter free accessory to display your stuff. Antique dresser racks make a very classy inclusion in the homes..... be the home ancient or modern.
Why do you need antique stools in your decor?
For the very simple reason that these make a charming and sophisticated addition in period or contemporary homes and prove to add a good decorative accent with their rustic charm.
Bright and subtle is the way to go these days in terms of decor themes and incorporating painted furniture is one of the best ways to achieve this aim. Whether to brighten your decor theme or to add charm to your furniture if it is old, all such aims are best achieved with paints. Raiding the paint shops for fresh new shades will definitely give a new look to the old.
Antique Stools make a charming and sophisticated addition to both traditional and contemporary homes and provide a good decorative accent with their rustic charm. Antique stools work effortlessly in any room be it kitchen, dining space,living or sleeping space. These stools come in different shapes and sizes. So be patient and do not make a hasty decision while choosing yours.
An antique buffet usually sits next to the wall of the dining rooms. The term buffet originally referred to French sideboard furniture where food was served.
These have always been very functional pieces of furniture that can be used as a serving area with the cupboards under, providing ample space for storage of cutlery and dishes. Besides being very functional these buffets are packed with a rustic charm that can add a lot of character to the environment.
Most antiques in your garden look absolutely enchanting. These add mystery, drama and an aesthetic appeal to your garden or patio just as hey would in your indoor environment. A small statue peaking from a corner or an age old bird bath taking centre stage! Imagine the unique quality these timeless pieces strategically placed in your garden will bring. At Arcadia Antiques we have a wide range of garden antiques to decorate your gardens such as antique garden planters, antique garden urns, antique garden benches and marble top cafe tables and garden tables.
Antique bookcases have always been one of the most loved pieces of furniture since the very beginning. No matter the origin and time period, these have always been elegantly designed and were usually pieces worthy of showing off in the home.
Most antiques are a good inclusion in the today'Included in the list of suitable antiques are antique stools and benches. Although these are not very great in terms of utility in the current times, antique stools make a charming and sophisticated addition as decorative accents here and there. These can be put to use as side tables, plant stands, for seating, displaying certain artefacts etc or as a substitute in place of the larger occasional tables.
Bring French antique furniture at your home for Christmas
Full of character, casually chic and very welcoming, French Antique furniture might just be the right choice if you are looking for a special piece of furniture for your home this Christmas. Infusing the modern homes with this period furniture can very effortlessly elevate a seemingly plain room to something very elegantly stylish.
Light, casual and semi-ornate are just some of the attributes of French furniture that add to the warmth of your home Items like this French Lamp Table which is a French antique Cherry lamp table dated 1860
Chests, or Coffers or Kists as the antique ones were often known as saw very versatile uses depending on the place of origin and the designs. While some were traditionally used to store valuables apart from weapons and fine cloths in the earlier times, the Italian Cassonnes, as they were known in Italy, were mostly used for carrying the dowry goods during the marriage ceremony.
As the name goes cricket tables are in essence English pieces of furniture which were first created somewhere in the early 16th century. Examples of these tables have been often seen in Scotland, Ireland or Wales and such other places. In general terms, a ‘cricket table’ refers to an occasional table with a round top, set on top of 3 angled legs, usually with an under tier set between the legs. The three legged table concept was developed maybe because the three legged form is comparatively steadier on uneven ground, stone flag floors in the taverns, inns and cottages back then.
We have recently acquired these two simple French writing tables in our collection for sale. Those who are looking for a touch of difference to their workspace can definitely give a thought to these mid 18th century writing tables. These antiques are not your typical highly ornate and hefty period desks but elegant minimalist designs of the 1800s.
Belonging to the French Furniture designs of the 1700s, the console table is still a strong favourite amongst the many different kinds of antique furniture options. These beautiful pieces of furniture help bring in that soulful antique tone to the modern homes. The intricately carved and highly ornate pieces were designed for great galleries and spacious apartments. These were often used to display decorative items such as porcelain vases and such. The 17th century saw a lot of ornate items which were usually found in the wealthy homes but as the designs evolved over the period of time these console tables sought entry into common homes too.
French antique furniture comes with an inherent charm that is casual yet classy, especially the country style. This lighter coloured French country style furniture has been in demand for quite some time now. People are giving much thought to decorating their living space in a creative way and with the shift from formal to more casual living style, the areas that can be explored are also many.
It’s a new year and a new beginning! Here at Arcadia Antiques we are always enthusiastic about the new beginnings and excited about what is in store for us in the New Year. To celebrate this new beginning we have stocked up some fabulous new items for our clients
Enfilade - Definition and examples. Great selection
Enfilade is one term that has several meanings and has been interpreted in a number of different ways. Look it up on Google and you will see that Enfilade can actually mean so many things. Pertaining to the military, Enfilade in military tactics is used to describe a military formation’s exposure to enemy fire. It basically defines the position of works, troops, etc., where fire can be directed along the length of a line of troops.
In architectural terms, Enfilade is a suite of rooms formally aligned with each other or an axial arrangement of doorways connecting rooms or of mirrors which basically gives an illusion of a long vista.
The furniture from the Georgian and the Victorian and other such eras was all about flamboyancy. The lavish lifestyles of this era meant furniture that was made to impress. Beautiful pieces with beautiful carvings were usually created to show off the riches of the elite. Bookcases crafted out of quality materials were at the forefront amongst such flamboyant furniture items.
Here at Arcadia Antiques amongst our fine collection of furniture we have some good examples of antique bookcases too!
The all time favourite Leamington Music Festival Weekend for 2015 is scheduled from the 1st to the 5th of May this year and promises to live up to the expectations of the Leamington Music Festival reputation. The stage will be set for the twelve concerts in the Royal Pump Rooms this year too and the performers include the some renowned artists like cellist Raphael Wallfisch and the Henschel String Quartet from Germany. 2015 is a rather special year for the Festival Director but you will need to be patient as the reason why it is specialwill only be revealed soon!
Check out the schedule and the details of all the twelve concerts for this season right here.
As usual we have some very interesting items in our collection of antique furniture that are worth looking at.
For example these antique chests of drawers. We have pieces that been crafted beautifully and combine elegance with practicality. Always a strong favourite, chests of drawers continue in their popularity as they can be pretty, practical and extremely versatile. A particular favourite is this Danish Chest of Drawers that is wonderfully compact proportions yet has 5 long drawers. It has the date 1777 engraved on it together with the initials SS and PM.
Occasionally a particular piece of antique just doesn’t suit the theme of your décor. Maybe the size is a problem or maybe the colour. In which case you will no doubt be considering custom built furniture.
If you are a novice there are a few pointers that might help while buying antique furniture for the first time.
First and foremost is try to ascertain whether the piece is original. This might not be all that easy but there are a few things that you can look out for which will give you a fair idea about the authenticity of an antique. Read on ....!
Places around Arcadia are buzzing with the festive zing as we get closer to Christmas. The spectacular and ever popular Lantern parade lit up Leamington beautifully and was carried out successfully amidst a lot of enthusiasm and creativity with the participation of over 500 people.
Revamp your office space with something unexpected
With the office seeing more and more people letting go of their chunky computers for laptops and tablets it is time to think beyond the functional tables meant for the computers with their way too many wires and attachments. With the clutter free laptops and tablets in use these days you can make do with something that is just as functional but good on the eyes as well.
From interior decorators to the industrious DIY enthusiast we are always looking out for something different to do with interiors. Amongst all the transitional styles of decorating, incorporating different styles is usually always a good option. Achieving a good balance with these styles gives it an edge. An overall balance and proportion is necessary in terms of the colour schemes used, textures and shapes applied and most importantly the styles incorporated.
An antique mirror that proudly wears its worn lines and distressed patina can work wonders in a décor that is classic or contemporary. The character of such a mirror is acquired as a product of the years of usage. The very slightly worn out lines give it that worldly sophistication along with an intrinsic and beautiful historic appeal. Besides the looks and the aesthetic appeal, mirrors can also enhance the look of a room by creating an illusion of space thus making it appear bigger. It can also add light and brightness to a place.
Antique chairs play a major role in the décor of your home. Your chairs must match and complement the room and at the same time be equally functional. Comfort and uniqueness should be mainly considered while you design your home. So when extending this uniqueness to the seating in your home you might want to consider antique chairs for your décor to blend into the room interior to give that unique edge.
Occasional tables are popular furniture options thanks to their versatility and the number of ways in which these can be used. Occasional tables include a wide variety such as bedside tables, cricket tables, coffee tables etc. These tables are very versatile and can be used efficiently for increasing the functionality of a particular room.
Mirrors are the first love of many interior decorators, be it for the practical purpose or for the decorative purpose. These can be used in various versatile ways to achieve different purposes. Strategically placed mirrors make the place appear bigger and if they are placed in a way to reflect light, these manage to make the place appear brighter as well.
The traditional long and lesser in height French Buffets are called the enfilades and these enfilades are usually characterized by four or more cupboard doors which is almost a prerequisite for it to be enfilade. These traditional antique enfilades were initially more often used in the dining rooms for different purposes.
Often that antique or decorative furniture item you specifically require is just not available. Maybe the colour is not as per your choice, the size is not right or you like the look and feel but the shape just doesn’t fit etc. In which case look no further! Why not think of getting what you want customised as per your choice?
Antique Pine Furniture is still one of the nations favourite decorative antiques
As the days get shorter and the weather cooler you tend to spend more time inside and attention turns to the look and feel of the interior design of the house or flat. Invariably a few alterations here and there will be a welcome change to the overall feel of the place.
More and more people are taking a keener interest in the appearance of the interiors of their houses. With this ever escalating awareness of home decor, lots of styles of interior decoration have emerged over the years. The current trend that is in vogue is that of mixing different styles of furniture for the decoration purpose. Now days people do not usually stick to matching and totally well coordinated themes of designing.