Friday, 8 July 2016

As you all know we in the UK are facing the chaos bought about by the recent referendum. There is a bright side, the pound is now at  a 31 year low against the US dollar, so for all of you on the other side of the pond we are now cheaper than we have been for years! It's also pretty good for the Euro zone.
If you are looking for some great European furniture  we have a good and stylish selection in the shop and on our website.
Visit our website to see what we have, it is easy to navigate, has super large photographs  and prices.





Tuesday, 26 April 2016

ANTIQUES & GAS PIPES

This blog is supposed to be about the everyday life of an antiques dealer on the King's Road in London........well, at the moment, we have the unenvious pleasure of being in the middle of huge works to replace the old gas mains with vast shiny new yellow ones. This entails digging huge holes in the road and sending the traffic off in the opposite direction.....well at least around the block, so getting here can be a bit of an adventure at the moment. Though I don't remember the London cab driver calling it an adventure last week....when I jumped into his taxi. The works, which started at the end of February,  are destined to last until October this year. So shopping from the website might be less stressful for the time being! We have a page with new items that is updated regularly click here to see it




Next week the saga of the gas main escalates as our part of the King's Road becomes one way heading into town, for the rest of the works. They have very kindly put up placards to tell the passers by that all the shops are open "as usual" not sure I would agree about the usual part but we are all open and here!
More soon.........

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

HOLIDAY IN FRANCE

We are back in London after two weeks away at our wonderful house in the Haut Var that I featured back in February. We drove south through France and stayed in southern Burgundy on the way at the 13th century Château d'Igé a small charming hotel with wonderful food and dog friendly like almost everywhere in France set in the most beautiful countryside.



Arriving the next day at our house where we had a relaxing 10 days in the sun of Provence, reading going for long walks through the vineyards and having cosy dinners with close friends.


You can check out our Instagram account for more photos and what we are up too and what is new in the shop. All too soon it was back into the car with dog and cases for the drive back north, but more about that soon….




Monday, 22 February 2016

A HOUSE IN PROVENCE

Hidden in the hills of the Haut Var in eastern Provence is our French retreat. Set in a grounds with mature Cypress trees, oleanders and native oaks lies this little gem that we disappear to when we want some peace and quiet.
The smell  of the cypress fill ones soul on arriving and then the wonderful southern aromas of the wild thyme and rosemary kick in and you know that you have arrived. the winding drive takes us up to the house..

The house isn't large just three bedrooms all giving onto the garden with a wonderful large terrace with views over the local vineyards towards the coast with the Massif des Maures in the distance.
All year round it is warm enough to have lunch outside on this terrace and in the summer we move to the pool house for lunch with friends in the shade over looking the pool.


The garden is half wild and half formal with clipped hedges, spectacular wisteria, roses, jasmine, oleander and so many other plants I can't remember them all. In the spring and then again in the autumn the wild flowers come out and the grass below the house is covered in small dots of colour



All to soon it is time to pack up and head back to London, the memories of sweet smells, good food, and the wonderful friendly locals in the village follow us back; and so it is back to London where we are very luckily surrounded by fabulous French antiques to remind us of times away. The next blog will be back to how to use antiques in decorating …….

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

DECORATING FOR DINING ROOMS

Dinners at  home are one of my favourite things, whether just four of us in the kitchen or in the grander larger setting of the dining room, impromptu or arranged in advance, the important thing is for everyone to enjoy themselves over good food and wine, for the conversation to flow and for there to be a relaxed atmosphere.

I love to decorate the table with antique linen table cloths and napkins, they add a certain something to the look, in the evenings I always use candles with plenty of candlesticks and flowers are a must….






































White table cloth and flowers with 19th century plates and antique French knives and silver…….on the wall behind framed antique prints, we always have a large collection in the shop.






































No table cloth but huge gilt bronze antique French candlesticks. Hanging on the wall behind is an 18th century Aubusson tapestry. You see our collection here

 Red roses add a touch of glamour to go with the gilt candlesticks
Our own designed Wilby candlestick with gathered silk shades and re-chargeable tea-lights is added to the table.
In the country I love to use the wild flowers that grow all around to decorate the table

Kitchen meals get the same treatment here with antique blue and white spode plates and lots of flowers and hand dyed antique pink linen napkins.

Monday, 11 January 2016

DECORATING WITH TAPESTRIES FOR THE COLD WEATHER

Finally the cold weather is coming, after the warmest and wettest December in recorded history. We have lots of new stock and the shop is looking great. Tapestries that have become a great love are in the window and hanging on the walls. They are the perfect wall hanging to  keep the cold out.  In the past they were a sign of prosperity as only the rich could afford them. They also  looked wonderful and were a reminder of warmer weather with their luxurious trees and plants,  and cavorting Gods from mythology; they also served as a barrier between the freezing cold walls of the unheated castles and grand houses of Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Decorating many large houses, they are the grandest of decoration and no longer need to serve as insulation…..

Behind a later Empire period commode, an antique tapestry always adds grandeur and warmth to a room.

Here a late 17th century tapestry hangs behind a French Restauration period commode with a pair of Louis XV style gilt lanterns hanging in front

Here the same tapestry as above has a different look with a Louis XV period commode in front of it with a wonderful rococo gilt chandelier hanging above.

Here a large Louis XV Console de Gibier stands in front of a tapestry with a pair of early 19th century chairs on either side.

20th Century Modern Tapestry By Jean Picart Le Doux. Woven in wool with a black, green and yellow cockerel or rooster on a pale blue ground with yellow stars. Available from Julia Boston Antiques, 588 King's Road, London. Decoration both modern and old, furniture, lighting and objects.
Here the 20th century is joined by the 18th century a wonderful tapestry by Jean Picard le Doux, in perfect condition hangs above a beautiful Louis XVI plumb pudding mahogany commode, the white background of the tapestry and the white marble of the commode seem to link the two pieces.
Where ever you hang a tapestry it adds warmth and character to a room they are a fraction of the cost of a large painting and bring with them a history and a grandeur from the past that is unparalleled……
See our collection of tapestries here.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

NEW IN THE SHOP FOR CHRISTMAS

From 17th century tapestries to warm the walls to lanterns to light the dark evenings see what we have new in the shop.