I LOVE furniture, absolutely love it and everything to do with creating beautiful homes. Big houses, small houses, mid-town apartments, villas in exotic foreign lands … size really doesn’t matter as long as I’m helping fill them with lovely, well chosen items that express the passions of their owners.
My personal furniture style is classic, which tells you I love tradition and history in my own home. For the past several years I’ve been researching my family genealogy in my free time (it’s truly addictive!), and thus far it appears everyone came from the British Isles. During the semi-annual Fall Furniture Market, I had the opportunity to merge my love of traditional furniture and my love of English history when I was invited to hear Charles, 9th Earl Spencer (Princess Diana’s brother for non-Anglophiles) discuss his exquisite Althorp Collection from Theodore Alexander.
All of the Althorp pieces are meticulous reproductions of selected items from the 19 generations of Spencer family possessions. His Grace gave a fascinating short talk about the history of the Althorp Estate, as well as describing several pieces from the Theodore Alexander collection. Did you know George Washington’s ancestors once lived in a cottage on the Althorp grounds, and even worked in the Spencer home during a downturn in fortune?
One of Earl Spencer’s favorite pieces from the collection is The Washington Chest, which originally came from the cottage on the estate where the Washington family lived before leaving for the American Colonies! The chest is authentic down to the wine glass stains on the top and the gouges inside where swords were stored. His Grace, being a modern man, now stores his tennis gear there!
I’d love to help you create the home of your dreams, full of your personal passions and things you treasure, so contact me so we can get started. Now more than ever because of the stresses of today’s world, your home should be a place where you find joy and refuge, where you can retreat to recharge your spirit. I can help make that happen regardless of size or budget.
(Next time I’ll tell you about chatting with Leigh and Leslie Keno of “Buried Treasure,” who also have a Theodore Alexander collection!)
Ta-Ta for now!