Elegant and distinctive pieces for your home today, with quality and style to last a lifetime….. Do you have a Maitland-Smith treasure?
Elegant and distinctive pieces for your home today, with quality and style to last a lifetime….. Do you have a Maitland-Smith treasure?
One of our favorite dealers, Mr. Robert Fine Furniture and Design, Norman, OK, is participating in the 2014 Symphony Showhouse that benefits the Oklahoma City Orchestra League and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. From the vision of two women back in 1974, this event has been held every year for a total of 40 show houses and has raised almost five million dollars to keep the music playing in Oklahoma City.
This year the showhouse is open from May 3-18 in the penthouse of the Founders Tower, Oklahoma City's most exclusive address, and will feature stunning rooms by designers and furnishings retailers in the Oklahoma City area.
Mr. Robert's is responsible for the master bedroom, master closet and library. Here are a few sneak peeks of the rooms done by the talented designers at Mr. Robert's.
This gorgeous bedroom features several Maitland-Smith and La Barge pieces. The black lacquer chest of drawers on the left of the bed is Maitland-Smith as well as the hair hide mirror to the right. The venetian mirror is La Barge, as is the sunburst mirror reflected in the hair hide mirror below. The leather inlaid king bed is by our sister company, Henredon.
The library is eye-catching with the flashes of color and whimsical with Maitland-Smith dancing turtles and marble and brass penguins.
The handsome writing desk in the library is also by Henredon.
Under the console in a hallway is a pair of stacking faux hair hide boxes from the Celerie Kemble for Maitland-Smith collection.
If you live in the Oklahoma City area, you won't want to miss visiting the show house to see all the beautiful rooms and latest trends in home furnishings. You will be contributing to the arts as well.
Mr. Robert Fine Furniture and Design has as their motto, "beautifying the world, one room at a time," and these photos confirm that motto. For your home furnishings needs, visit Mr. Robert at 109 E. Main, Norman, where they have been doing business for over 50 years. www.maitland-smith.com
Elegant and distinctive pieces for your home today, with quality and style to last a lifetime…..Do you have a Maitland-Smith treasure?
Brrrr - It's cold here in North Carolina and pretty much all across America. At least for us, it is bright and sunny (and dry for the moment).
When it is this cold outside, it is somehow easier to endure if the sun is shining brightly. If dark and gloomy outside, a sunburst mirror can bring the sun indoors as well as reflect the cozy lamp light.
Credit for their introduction goes back to the 17th century to France's King Louis XIV. He is described as the "Sun King," and for his emblem, he chose to use Apollo's head surrounded by the rays of the sun. See image below. And we all know how he loved mirrors... right? (Hall of Mirrors, Versailles).
Pictured left is a La Barge sunburst mirror, and with the lamp light, the space appears warm and inviting. Pull up a wing chair next to the light, grab the novel you have been reading, a cup of cocoa, and you are all set.
Typically, sunburst mirrors are round, as is the sun, but they don't have to be.
This La Barge sunburst mirror is oval and definitely makes a statement because of its size: It is 40 inches wide and 66 inches high. It can be hung either vertically or horizontally with lots of pizzazz.
Another shape for a sunburst mirror is this rectangular one. It is large also: 47 inches wide by 61 inches high. Both of these mirrors still represent the sun but with lots of personality.
Until this cold front moves on, be sure to stay warm and toasty inside, and keep looking for the sun (and perhaps a new sunburst mirror).
To our friends and associates -
At this season of the year we often reflect on events past and count our blessings, as we look forward to events of the future with hope. May 2014 be a year of prosperity, good health and wonders for us all.
Elegant and distinctive pieces, for your home today, with quality and style to last a lifetime...... Do you have a Maitland-Smith treasure? www.maitland-smith.com
Occupying over a half city block, Mister Robert Fine Furniture and Design started over 50 years ago on East Main Street. It's a family affair as Steve Calonkey and his siblings continue the business started by their parents in 1958. Their slogan is "beautifying the world, one room at a time." They do this by providing high-end, designer oriented furniture selections and complimentary design services by the best designers in the area.
Here are a couple of shots from their store. The Maitland-Smith oval partners' desk is the focal point in this room. As you can see, Mister Robert offers a large selection of accessories for that spur of the moment purchase of just the right thing to add to or complete a room.
Shown here are examples of Maitland-Smith's signature hair hide inlays on the chest of drawers and mirror.
If you are in the Norman, OK area, be sure to stop in to see the Calonkey's at Mister Robert Fine Furniture & Design to experience 50 plus years of tradition in providing quality furnishings to the people in Oklahoma and beyond.
Elegant and distinctive pieces for your home today, with quality and style to last a lifetime....Do you have a Maitland-Smith treasure? www.maitland-smith.com
The preview party held April 28 for the opening of the Designer Showhouse of New Jersey was full of excitement, interesting people, and of course, fabulous designs in the stately home at 27 Denison Drive in Saddle River.
The great room is a family oasis as envisioned by Angela Kumble, of AMG Interior Designs of New York, Palm Beach and Newport, RI.
Pairing Maitland-Smith case pieces with Pearson upholstery, the room is simply stunning.
Adding a nice pop of color are the beautiful pink orchids.
A good book, candlelight and flowers - what could be better?
I supposed adding a glass of fine wine would be the finishing touch.
Maitland-Smith barstools have been pulled up to the bar and fabulous Pearson upholstered pillows add some pizzazz.
The table top is black waxstone and inlaid penshell, and the base is created from circles of iron.
This is a small sampling of all that awaits you at the Designer Showhouse of New Jersey. The Showhouse will be open daily except for Mondays through June 10.
If you are in the Saddlebrook, NJ area, be sure to visit this grand home that benefits a good cause, and see more amazing spaces created by some of America's best-known and most talented designers.
Traditional Home is the national media sponsor of the showhouse and will feature more photos in an upcoming issue. All proceeds benefit the Heart & Vascular Hospital and the Emergency Trauma Department at Hackensack University Medical Center. Other Furniture Brands companies participating besides Maitland-Smith, La Barge, and Pearson are Henredon, Hickory, and Lane Venture. Each is known for fine quality, style and craftsmanship. Photos are from Traditional Home.
Elegant and distinctive pieces for your home today, with quality and style to last a lifetime... Do you have a Maitland-Smith treasure? www.maitland-smith.com
Maitland-Smith and La Barge are pleased to be participating with Traditional Home Magazine in the Designer Showhouse of New Jersey, April 29-June 10 in Saddle River.
Photo: Bob Skinner Photography
Proceeds benefit the Heart and Vascular Hospital and the Emergency Trauma Department at Hackensack University Medical Center. Truly this is a worthy cause and will benefit many families as a result of the generosity of all the people involved in this event.
Some of America's finest designers have added their personal touches to create fabulous interiors for an extraordinary home.
With 11,000 square feet and located on 9.8 acres, it boasts a formal living and dining room, paneled library with adjoining sitting room, spacious family room, sunny conservatory, and a fully outfitted kitchen that's flanked by a breakfast and a morning room, and seven bedrooms and baths. Outside amenities include a 600 foot winding drive, slate roof with copper enhancements, a four-car garage, pool house, guest house and putting green.
The designer who is featuring Maitland-Smith and La Barge products is Angela Kumble of AMG Interior Design, New York, Palm Beach and Newport, RI. Noted for her architectural design and impeccable taste in home furnishings, Angela designs highly creative interiors for a wide range of individual tastes and styles.
Our pieces join and complement those of our sister company, Pearson, in the family room. Other Furniture Brands companies participating are Henredon, Hickory, and Lane Venture, giving you a taste of the variety, quality and craftsmanship found in these Furniture Brands lines.
Here is a sneak peek of a couple of the Maitland-Smith items selected.
The opening preview gala is April 28, and we will have more photos to share from that event.
Elegant and distinctive pieces for your home today, with quality and style to last a lifetime...Do you have a Maitland-Smith treasure?
In the 17th century, European design leaned toward exaggeration, and over-emphasized brilliance. The movement was a natural consequence of the increasingly ornamental Renaissance style. The spreading Renaissance carried this free manner everywhere, and for two centuries, most European art was Baroque.
Motion is the essence of Baroque - large curves, fantastic and irregular - twisted columns, broken pediments, and oversized moldings. Everything was calculated to strike the eye. Baroque is a masculine style, while its feminine counterpart, Rococo, came in the 18th century substituting prettiness and charm for Baroque magnificence.*
Notice the curves and carved ornamentation in this overscaled, Baroque mirror from La Barge. Height is 62", so this mirror makes a grand statement in a dining room over a sideboard or in a large entry way.
A Grecian crackled gold finish and rub-through set this mirror apart.
Another overscaled Baroque mirror has lots of twists and turns and attention to detail. This one, too, is hand carved, antique gold finished, and with red umber undertones - gorgeous. It is 87" tall.
An over-mantel mirror, also sports swirls and flourishes and has an antique gold metal leaf finish.
Now after seeing all the curves in the Baroque mirrors, you can certainly recognize that Baroque is the style of this pedestal with antique gilded gold finish and stone top. It is perfect for holding a plant or vase, and a pair would look great flanking a doorway.
Each of these can add eclectic interest to a room that is modern and sleek where a statement piece is needed to shake things up a bit.
If you ever feel the need to "Go for Baroque," look for classic pieces that stand the test of time.
*Information taken from the Encyclopedia of Furniture, Joseph Aronson.
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I found this beautiful photo of a Maitland-Smith wall mirror in Traditional Home's "Decorating: Holiday Mantels."
The shells in the mirror are beautifully complemented with the houndstooth sisal wallpaper, and the greenery and pinecones add just the right festive touch to set the holiday mood. Additionally, the mirror reflects the light from the tree as well as light from the chandelier.
Not just at holiday time, but throughout the year, a mirror is the perfect choice to "deck the walls." Particularly in dark, overcast winter months, mirrors reflect any bright outdoor sunlight that may peak through the clouds, as well as reflecting interior lamp light, thus creating a sense of warmth as well as the illusion of more space.
These framed La Barge mirrors add interest to the wall while reflecting the outdoor sunlight, and warm up this minimalist room.
Here the outdoor light is beautifully reflected in both the mirror and the mirrored console.
We all use mirrors in practical ways, and mirrors come in all styles and sizes. Used in every room of the house, a mirror is a great winter-time decorating accessory.
La Barge...a reflection of all that you are.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Not only is it a time to be with family, eat too much of a scrumptious meal, watch a parade and a football game -- it occurs in the fall with so much color and texture to enjoy, particularly here in North Carolina.
Don't you love bright orange? Orange seems to be the color of Thanksgiving. Pumpkins and autumn leaves put on a gorgeous display at this time of year. There is something so enjoyable in being outside on a crisp fall day and walking in fallen leaves.
So many of us love tradition and the Thanksgiving meal usually contains dishes that have been served at this meal for years. Grandma may be long gone, but we still eat her cranberry salad. These memories help to make the holiday extra special.
Most of us know that the first Thanksgiving involved the pilgrims and the indians, so this puts it around 1620. It was celebrated on different days by different states over the years until eventually in 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill making Thanksgiving a national holiday celebrated the fourth Thursday in November. Aren't we glad he did.
It is good to have a day set aside for family time and reflection on all that we have to be thankful for.
Each of us at Maitland-Smith/La Barge wish you and yours a very happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.
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