Friday, June 28, 2013



   SIDEWALK SALE DAYS!!  Yesterday was a VERY busy day at Trouvaille as we gambled with the weather and won!  We get in a spring cleaning frenzy doing spontaneous big markdowns all over.....Lamps, mirrors, silver, boxes, furniture and cool stuff all found new homes. If there is something you have been dying for its a good time to ask.  We have more marked down today including many specials in the store too including 20% off sterling, turquoise and costume jewelry.  A good time to pick up a unique gift.   


Grain sacks I paid $150.00 for are marked down to $30.00.  Some are $10.00. Most are ready for pillow inserts and can be used for upholstery. The largest is 51 x 22 and the smallest is 38 x 19. Genuine printing and monograms...  


White ironstone plates marked down as well as art, lamps and mirrors (more inside)  


19th century chinoisserie tray table $75.00.  


All silver flatware (much more than pictured here) nice and heavy is 20% off.  Have to run now and get to the shop.....hope to see you! Sale ends at 5:30 Saturday.  

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
In summer the shop is closed on Mondays
but you can always reach me by email HERE

Friday, June 21, 2013

A SPECIAL SALE and a day in the city!!

I was in Manhattan last Saturday spending the day with my son (sweetie) and there are a few things going on right now I wanted to share with you.  One REALLY dangerous and the other dangerous in its own way...

 Spontaneous bike rentals!! Just swipe your card and for $4.00 climb on and deposit at another rack near your destination. Now I know some people who will not even DRIVE a car in the city.  Cabbies, crazies, reckless speedsters trying to make the next light AND ALL THOSE UNRULY PEDESTRIANS and NO HELMETS!! How long is this going to last?    

Yep, I was game because it was such a beautiful day and we didn't want to cab it.  I obviously survived, but the streets are loaded with potholes to add another hazardous feature to this escapade...let me know if you try it.  

The next "could be dangerous activity " is this sweet craze erupting in NY spreading globally..the CRONUT.....part croissant, part donut. DEELISH!!   My son, Ryan, got on line in SoHo at 5:45 AM to be one of the lucky ones to score 2 and only 2 a person of these sugar bombs of sweetness.  They only make one flavor a month. He and I stood in the street and
indulged in our lemon maple and truly enjoyed jumping into this latest food fad.  I heard they have a $100.00 white glove delivery service now AND a 20 Cronut order delivered will set you back $5,000.00.  (DEAR GOD!!) There are also rules of etiquette that are a charming read HERE 


 Dominique Ansel, owner of the bakery, was the former pastry chef at DANIEL in NY.

 Off to the Museum of Modern Art where we enjoyed the classics.
Van Gogh's Starry Night 1889  

Claude Monet's Agapanthus 1914 took 12 years.


Paul Gaugin's Still Life with Three Puppies looked remarkably current for a 120 year old painting.  The rich colors of the fruit and that BLUE made me swoon...  

Henri Matisse's Gourds 1916 with the deep saturated colors.

 Roy Lichtenstein's Girl with Ball , 1961 . The artist took this image straight from an advertisement for a Pocono Mountain Hotel. In pirating it, he transformed the image using comic book techniques and rendering her plastic looking. Great summer fun art.

 The impressive nature of the art started to change a little and this piece above reminded me of tissue art mâché my kids did in grade school.

 This large display above baffled me.....3 large canvasses covered in the same color of white from top to bottom.  When you think of scoring a place on the wall of MOMA I always picture the dialogue in the conference room when they are making their decisions.  I think it must be a kind of Emperor's New Clothes moment when no one wants to say "IT'S JUST WHITE PAINT" !!!

On display in another room was this ....we tried to grasp the idea of what looked like packing material on a busy FedEx day.  I thought maybe the title and description would explain things....  

NOT!!! I was laughing so pardon the blurry nature of the photo but it's titled "UNTITLED"....We felt punk'd.  Please comment HERE if you understand this art and want to explain it to us all...really would love to hear.  

 Of course food was involved.  We went to Smith across from Lincoln Center.  The decor was modern brasserie, the staff was friendly (felt as if I was in Charleston) and the food delish.  I was also informed that all my food pics are called "food porn"....above is prime rib eggs benedict with sweet potato hash browns .

 Banana pancakes with pignoli nuts and ricotta......  KILL ME!! The weather couldn't have been better and the day was perfect.  So many of the streets were closed and bustling with flea markets.  

Back in vogue again are multi bangles jingling on everyone from 8-80.  


At the shop in Summit the cases have been restocked with vintage sterling jewelry and Native American turquoise and coral treasures..  

All jewelry is on special right now through July 4th for all blog readers......20% off when you mention you are an email blog follower.
A great gift to build on for a daughter finishing school or a birthday.  Every year you can add another to her collection. These are the good ones, vintage sterling silver.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the

I am ripping through the merch and carting it out front (specials inside too).  Each day we'll add more items to the sidewalk collection....its a crazy time and good time to visit Summit if you have been meaning to...
Thursday June 27th (give us until noon to get organized) - through Saturday June 29th.

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

Friday, June 14, 2013

New items and the Charleston Chew !!

Hi y'all!  We headed down to Charleston, South Carolina last weekend to celebrate my sister's birthday and BOY you may want to include this city on your bucket much to offer and we were there only 2 nights!!
People were wonderful, food inventive AND divine, beautiful architecture and history....  

The Charleston Place Hotel was the perfect choice for us.  Southern hospitality at its best and so elegant.  There are smaller inns and hotels but the birthday girl prefers a lively lobby!
How 'bout that Murano chandelier??  My thoughts immediately turn to the packing and shipping of this beauty.  

Furnishings at the hotel were French inspired.  The lantern,
above, looked perfect in the renovated Palmetto Hotel Cafe. (WE HAVE IT, discounted h 24 1/2 , w 17 in  4 finishes.) A pair of beautiful trumeau mirrors and painted consoles flanked the entry to the elevators. Stone urns, gorgeous!  

In the Palmetto Restaurant, above, is a two story stone wall with several silver leaf antique mirrors...LOVE THAT!!!
The foyer of our standard deluxe room had an inlaid floor!
Rog wore seersucker ......we love a theme!! Yes, he should have white bucks but we were not buying them for one time wearing.   


The food was unbelievable, albeit paving the road for a true gall bladder attack if consumed on a regular basis. We decided to sample all the "must have" Charleston specialities. Our first stop was Eli's Table.


Fried Green Tomatoes with herb aioli...  

Shrimp and grits!  Sautéed fresh shrimp in tasso gravy over grits ...  

 We then walked over (everything was in walking distance of our hotel) to Palmetto Carriage to have a guided tour in an open horse drawn carriage. We always like a tour on our first day in a new city to acclimate us to the area and our guide was charming.  LOVED the lights covering the ceiling in the barn, above.   Just a tiny example of how much Charlestonians care about creating visual appeal to everything, even the barn!!!   

  Everywhere you go in the city Charleston pride is evident.

 Old brick and French blue shutters make me swoon...


The streets are lined with homes built in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Above,  you will notice the ceiling of the upper porch painted a light blue, called Haint blue.  Early inhabitants believed ghosts or "haints" wouldn't  cross water and painting a watery blue tricked the spirits. This still is commonly done and even prevents insects and birds from nesting.


  Can't say we were hungry but scheduled was our dinner at
Cru Cafe.

Buttermilk Fried Oyster Salad
Mixed Greens, Apple Smoked Bacon, Red Onions,  

 French fries with truffle oil and parmesan....BEST EVER!!   

 Pecan encrusted Brie with a fig reduction... Can you have 2 BEST EVERS???

We rolled our way back to the hotel ...   

  Early morning service coffee and biscotti served in our room...

 And then we walked to the bike shop for some rentals...
(Birthday girl, above)  

Time for a feeding so we hustled over to the best donut shop in town...  

Farm to table even in donuts.  Handmade dough and ALL natural ingredients but go early for the best selection.   

 This is something you don't see at every donut shop....someone cutting up bacon for the donuts.  Maple glazed bacon donuts pictured on the stand  and, our choices included a raspberry that was made from REAL RASPBERRIES!!  No super sweet favors here...  

  Stone planters...

  The original houses were built vertically on the properties.  With rivers flanking the town, homeowners would leave both their front and back doors open and the breezes would travel through each house in the hotter months.  

 Federal style home with gaslights.  Creating romance at night are all the gaslight lanterns, just love that!

 We biked over to Marion Square to enjoy the weekly farmers market and this weekend an art show.   

 One of the long lines was for this chef, above proudly serving up the largest egg sandwiches I have ever seen. The left picture, above shows my husbands' lunch called THE BIG NASTY!! Fried chicken, biscuits and gravy.  On the right is a muffuletta sandwich, , fried shrimp sandwich and beignets!  It's really a good thing I don't live there although many people have second homes in Charleston.     

Charleston is totally flat and biker friendly but we, of course , had to set the challenging destination of Avenal Bridge . Like a slow death the incline seemed to go on forever but we all made it!!

 We hopped on our wheels again and heard great live rock music coming from the rodeo, above!!  What the heck???  

 MORE FOOD!!  We didn't partake but really enjoyed cruising the almost 25 trucks and their offerings.  Not just everyday truck food, but inventive and creative specialties. (worth mentioning are also the eye appealing trucks) The antique pickup truck, above, had a brick pizza oven pizza built in.

A wonderful farm to table stop was HUSK restaurant serving in a 19th century 2 story southern home with inspiring big porches. The dish, above, served in a wooden trencher was maple glazed pig ears on French toast, NO LIE!!  Their tableware crafted by local artisans added to the earthy and delicious experience.  

A 20 minute drive brought us to the historic Drayton Hall.
The trusts mission is to preserve the property - that is, to keep it in near-original condition.
Drayton Hall is an artifact that has survived the American Revolution, the Civil War, the earthquake of 1886, hurricanes like Hugo, and urban sprawl.
The main house is considered one of the finest examples of Georgian-Palladian architecture in the United States.   

 Because this house is preserved and not restored all paint and details are original and choices of the first homeowner. The larger picture, above shows the carved plaster ceiling AND the wonderful paint with ochre showing through. Gorgeous stone floor in the kitchen.
  If you think keeping measurements on the wall of your kids heights over the years is a newer trend the Draytons here, on the left, had been doing it since the 18th century.   

After awhile it was time to eat again, blahahahahaha!!!  82 Queen is another Charleston Treasure.  The outdoor dining available above in their inner courtyard was so southern.  The interesting chairs are iron.  

 I can't tell you how wonderful this city is, if you get the chance, you must go.  Almost forgot to mention the antique stores, beautiful boutiques shopping.  Rog and I certainly will go back.

 Charleston was the perfect place to kick off my sister's birthday week (like the kids!). She is so very special.  We all wish her a lifetime full of love and good memories.
Happy Birthday Nisey XOXOXO. Would love to hear if you have been to Charleston HERE.

On another note we are hosting a fun event at the shop...... 
For those of you not aware The Bar Method workout creates a uniquely lean, firm and sculpted body.  Summit owners, Angie and Jen, are well liked for the inspiring studio they lead.
Many of our customers stop over after their workout classes at The Bar Method.  You can't miss their glow and defined bods around town.
Well, this Monday, June 17th 10-5:30 bring your tight buns over to TROUVAILLE
12 Beechwood Road for a VERY SPECIAL deal exclusively for members of The Bar Method.  You don't just want a beautiful body, but a beautiful home, too!

Also, mark your calendars for a visit to town June 27-29th for THE SUMMIT SIDEWALK SALE!
 For newly posted treasures click HERE...  

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