Thursday, May 23, 2013

BEAUTIFUL BLUEPRINTS and new website postings!!

 It's no big news that everyone in interiors loves the color blue and the color in antique and vintage blueprints are examples of the best saturated blue shade you can find. (In my opinion).  

In 1861 Alphonse Louis Poitevin, a French chemist, found that a chemical, ferro-gallate is light sensitive.  Light turns this solution to an insoluble permanent blue. A coating of this chemical on a paper is used to reproduce an image from a printed document. The coating is first yellow.  It is clamped under glass and framed.  The frame is placed under ultra-violet light and the coating converts to a stable blue. The image can be seen forming and the blueprint is complete, the drawing remains white and easier to see and also easier to copy AND a gorgeous blue!

It is no surprise to me this first became popular in France.  The vintage and antique blueprints make wonderful artwork. Because of the multistep process and detailed art in itself this blueprint technique is no longer used .  Having an original blueprint is an historical treasure and great conversation piece in your home or office.   

 Gorgeous in both traditional and transitional decor.   

I chose a lighter frame as above for the collection I have but also a darker frame is available.  

They add color and interest in the library or study also.  

Available in the shop for $245.00 ea. the ones above of machine diagrams measure h 31 w 41.
 I have others in different sizes, please EMAIL ME with questions.

On another note I was at the Brimfield flea market last week.  Yes,  that's me, below, cruising the fields on my new ride my husband picked up for me for $20.00.
  Sooooo romantic :(    Just kidding he's a sweetie.

Anyway, I rounded a corner and came upon this horrific site, below! Reproductions are out in BIG numbers, they might as well have a catalogue.  

Everyone knows we have to watch out for the reproductions of treasured antique pieces but I had never seen it in this amount. (Everything changes) Antique giltwood letters are expensive and I have found some in France on occasion but can you believe this??(GASP!) 

I love when Restoration Hardware calls something 19th century without the "inspired" word attached.   Think about it!   There's no 19th century inventory of the same item to supply to the masses. Next time you receive their catalogue / encyclopedia check out some of the descriptions.  You will have a chuckle how misleading they are.   Great photos and display, though. And their photographer is a genius with all those smoke and mirrors recreating old.....okay, no more ranting from me.  

Of course these letters are mass produced.  Isn't there the value in displaying a REAL letter that was once used as signage? Does it feel just as good hanging something mass produced?  Sign up for my blog HERE and let us all know your thoughts.  

Oh dear :(

The store is FULL of great artwork AND lots of furniture is on sale right now including floor samples from Donna Donaldson and upholstered  headboards from AHome. Our small side window continues to inspire with our GET THE LOOK feature. Stop by and let us help you recreate the featured design.  I'm excited to welcome a terrific new farmers market right on our street starting the end of June. (my grocery shopping right at my doorstep!)   Summit  has really turned into the gastronomic AND home decor destination.  Hope to see you!  I hope you are planning a great weekend.... I'm off to the beach.  Check out NEW FINDS HERE.

In my next blog I'll have pics of gifts for Dads and your kids terrific teachers ......   

Warmest regards,

Please note delivery and shipping is available on all items
EMAIL ME with any questions.

Bonny Neiman Antiques & Artisan 
12 Beechwood Road  Summit, NJ
 Monday-Saturday 10-5:30

Saturday, May 4, 2013

SALE ITEMS , Get The Look and Spring Day Trip!



I love Ellen, don't you?  It turns out she has a talent and passion for decorating.  Her home in the mountains of Santa Monica, California has quite a few familiar pieces available on the website HERE.  I was delighted to see the cover of this month's ELLE DECOR featuring almost the identical antique cabinet on the right in the picture as I have available, below.   

Available - 19th century General Store Cabinet, multi drawer with small knobs.  An awesome piece at the shop right now!
H 37 w 43 d 18 price- $1,950.00  

Last weekend we took a ride to Lambertville which is a great town nestled on the Delaware River in New Jersey.  Quaint tree lined streets, Federal homes and Victorian houses from the 1800's are the perfect setting on a spring day.   

It was The Shad Fest, a fun event celebrated in Lambertville for the last 32 years.  The shad fish spends most of its life at sea but in the spring returns to the rivers to spawn.  The shad put up such a terrific fight it is a favorite catch of fisherman. I saw no anglers Sunday and believe there is a current ban on shad fishing due to their diminishing numbers but the FESTIVAL CONTINUES!  We all love a good party, don't we?  



 Federal homes line the streets....  

 Historic homes and public buildings now house bed and breakfast inns, restaurants, creative art galleries and shops.   

 The canal path is a favorite of bikers or just for a stroll.

 Good bands were featured....  

With a flourishing art community, the shops are definitely worth visiting..LOVE this beautiful sign..  

Old mills have been converted to stores.  The brick building above was a former bakery.

We had a delicious lunch outside at Hamilton's Grill Room on Coryell Street.  

Inside they had an impressive mirror mounted on the ceiling.  

Vendors line the street and we bolted to grab a delectable treat.....  

A closer look revealed they were DOG TREATS!!!! That's right homemade  dog treats. Faux cinnamon buns, s'mores, burgers, mini pizzas, cupcakes....we were drooling AND laughing!!
(Me and My Dog Pet Bakery)  

  Someone took their Rolls Royce out for the day.

We sported my husband's favorite pastime, White Lightning.   A 1955 Chevy pickup. He's been on his back all winter underneath his toy getting it ready for spring!  Looking cute wearing the vintage straw boater hat I got him when he's behind the wheel.  He doesn't however use the corn cob pipe!
 I always have to have antiques at the destination of a day trip and Lambertville doesn't disappoint.  Let me know if you go.

Checkout SALE items on the site HERE.  Hope to see you at the shop....our new window display and additions to the shop are worth the trip.  

Warmest regards,

Please note delivery and shipping is available on all items
EMAIL ME with any questions.

Bonny Neiman Antiques & Artisan 
12 Beechwood Road  Summit, NJ
 Monday-Saturday 10-5:30