l recently returned from a much needed nine-day vacation in Naples, Florida, where I spent time with my parents, relaxed, and hunted down some antiques (of course!).
One of my first stops this time was Chesterdales' Home and Garden, a multi-dealer antique and home furnishings shop owned by Ron Ellis and Jim Herbst. Although they allow some new items in the shop, it's all high quality, and the entire shop has the feel of a decorator showroom.
For starters, how do you create a welcoming entrance in a strip mall? How about adding some smart looking black and white striped curtains, garden fixtures, and some potted plants:
Joan Stewart is a prolific rug maker who gives lessons at Chesterdales. I was lucky enough to learn rag rug making from her while I was there, but I'll reserve details for another blog post. Here is her cheerful booth:
An ornate porcelain urn with metal mounts in a showcase:
I loved these two French blue velvet chairs:
Two decorative porkers that made me smile:
There's lots of white wicker and rattan to be found in Florida:
The popularity of burlap sacks as upholstery material keeps growing:
The same garden booth from another angle:
This vase is stunning, with its etched design and gold embellishment:
The dealer below knows how to create shell masterpieces the classy way. I'm not sure what the secret is, but he or she has it!
I love the mix of jewels and shells:
Just look at how many beautiful shells were used on this mirror:
More eye candy:
I think you'll agree the mix of old and new at Chesterdales' Home and Garden is very pleasing. If you travel to Naples, be sure to stop by this lovely shop. It's located at 4910 Tamiami Trail.