Friday, October 29, 2010

Summit Home Visit...

A while ago I sent out an email blast with shop photos of a pair of wing chairs on sale I had covered in antique European grainsacks.   I also pictured a big taxidermy barracuda.  Leslie Coates contacted me immediately to purchase them and when I delivered them I was immediately drawn in by the warmth and simple beauty of her home.

This picture is taken just after entering and you see the family room area beyond the peninsula.  Leslie and her husband have been married for 21 years, the last 1 1/2 years in Summit.  "When we were first married, like most couples who have limited means, I had to find creative ways to decorate and to this day I love finding bargains and repurposing items"  Love the cloche!

The kitchen has this wonderful smooth slate countertop...I love how the basket warms the stone.  I always LOVE baskets and have nice large French market baskets at the store. You can see the den/work area beyond.


This slate wall greets you in the you think the kids could miss notes left on this board??  (probably, right???)

A glimpse into the family living area....Isn't this single chair cool placed with a desk used as a console table??  I love the rug on the diagonal.  If it were square to the room the space would look so different.  It adds a dimension.

This large black mirror placed in the hallway adds width, of course and reflects the pretty stairway.  Using a mirror is like placing a piece of art and what it reflects should always be considered.  This mirror was purchased for a song because it was damaged and then Leslie took some black paint and her daughter's craft brush and now it looks like a million...Halloween webs, moss and all.  The wide plank floors are original to this home dating back to the late 1800's.  LOVE the floors!!  The barracuda frames the entry into Leslie's husband's home office.

This is an area right off the kitchen for the Coates' 2 girls to do homework.  While you are in the kitchen, this ends being haunted by, "I wonder if they're getting their work done up in their rooms?? I love the lamps and the iron froggy on the shelf!

This caddy is a wooden printer's drawer and Leslie found shot glasses in Minneapolis to make it special.

This sofa story is a hoot! It is 9 feet long but because it's not massively deep it works in the space to separate the 2 areas.   Leslie found it at an antiques store in was covered in blue and white velvet flocked fabric...aaahhhh!!! What a brave girl!  She chose a neutral ultra suede and it looks perfect accented with one of the grain sack linen pillows from Trouvaille.

"The vintage shopping cart, holding throw blankets, was found in Minneapolis and adds fun and surprise to the room..  Love the wicker basket side table.

This basket is Leslie's favorite and I would have to agree when she says it "makes her heart race every time she sees it" 


Problem in the bedroom....a silly window right over the bed leading to a closet.....

Leslie made a grouping with baskets....brilliant!!

Back in the kitchen, Leslie's father-in-law made this table out of antique wood.  I have found an artisan in France to custom make tables from French walnut and pine, also.  The slipcovers and light fixture update the table beautifully.

Close-up of the light with Halloween moss.  There is a wonderful view of the stone courtyard in the front of the house through the French doors.

Leslie peeking, and a great view of the wide plank floors.

In the dining room daughter Hannah shows off some of her artwork.  When framed and matted the same all art shows like a masterpiece! 

A large trench bowl sits on the dining table and is customized for Halloween.  (One large Swedish trencher is currenty available at Trouvaille)

Leslie found these dining room frames at "Curby's" (on her neighbor's curb in Illinois in the garbage!!)  She rubbed them with stain and had mirrors cut, and voila!!  My pictures don't do them justice.

Hairy spider accent!

I love artist's models as an accent piece as they can change with your mood.  Sometimes guests change them for you and you have a laugh at the position. 

Leslie is just like her home....warm, creative, stylish and special and I thank her so very much for this special tour!

Happy Halloween!     

Bonny Neiman Stylish Antiques  

12 Beechwood Road  Summit, NJ
Monday-Saturday 10-5:30

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