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Brooklyn based lifestyle blog by Lauren L Caron

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VINTAGE | Unique Holiday Gifts

VINTAGELauren CaronComment

It's that time of year, we're all searching for the perfect gifts wanting to please our friends, family and loved ones. I often recall my favorite gifts to be vintage, one-of-a-kind or heirloom pieces that are totally unique. With that in mind, why not shop just that. With all of these new websites like One Kings Lane, 1st Dibs and Etsy, it has become easier than ever to shop vintage and antique online.

I've compiled two lists - one for her and one for him of my favorite internet finds that are available right now. If you like any of these hurry before they're gone - in the time that I created this post I already had to change a few selections! Happy Hunting!

VINTAGE | My New Obsession with Bessarabian Rugs

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This weekend I visited my parents and my mother had recently purchased this fabulous rug that looks a lot like a Kilem but the motif is saturated roses and leaves, unlike many Kilems that I've seen. We did a little research to find out that it is indeed a Bessarabian style rug from Eastern Europe. The region, specifically is of the Russian provinces of Ukraine and Moldova during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Bessarabian carpets and rugs almost always have a floral motif with a black or brown colored background. Although often reproduced, vintage and antique ones are rare. My mother has insanely great luck at antique stores and purchased this piece for a great bargain. I so badly wanted to use it in my living room but the odd measurements of 6ft x 11ft are not right - too long and too narrow for my square shaped living room. Believe me I tried to make it work! Oh well, someday when we have a bigger home, right? Or how great would it be to find a similar one? Now I'm on a hunt. 

For the most part I see very traditionally decorated rooms with these rugs, but with a little digging I found some contemporary spaces incorporating them and that's how I really like to see them used. 

This kitchen is so fresh and simple, the rug adds a layer or warmth and energy. See more examples in the slideshow below. 

Do you have a Bessarabian rug? Ever heard of these, or was I living under a rock?

VINTAGE | Bunny Mellon's Collection at Sotheby's

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Next month Sotheby's will auction the Property from the Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon, a collection of works and furnishing collected by Rachel Lambert Mellon, better known as Bunny Mellon. She lived to be 103 and in that lifetime was the matriarch of American dynasty, who according to the New York Times fortunes and art holdings rivaled the Fricks, Carnegies and Morgans. Proceeds from the sales will benefit The Gerard B. Lambert Foundation, a charity established by Mrs. Mellon in memory of her father. The Foundation is in support of horticultural and educational endeavors.

Paul Mellon,  Bunny Mellon
Paul Mellon, Bunny Mellon

Included in the auctions are works ranging from 17th-century still lifes through to masterpieces of the 20th century. Masterworks by Rothko, Richard Diebenkorn’s, Ambrosius Bosschaert, and other works by American Artists Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper are up for sale. Rothko's Untitled (Yellow, Orange, Yellow, Light Orange) from 1955, belongs to a year in the artist's career that is considered the most pivotal moment. Of the 22 created in this year, 13 reside in prestigious museum collections.

Two other sales, include are jewels and objects of vertu as well as furniture, porcelain, and decorative objects from the Mellon residences in the United States and abroad. Her residence in Upperville Virginia, Oak Spring Farm is also currently for sale for $70 million. Looking at the photos of the stables and pastures that was home to the family's prized racehorses has left me drooling and imagining the life I could have on that farm.

Not being at liberty to wave my paddle at the auction, I am still looking forward to the exhibition previews at Sotheby’sthe exhibit will be displayed on all 10 floors and surely to impress and enlighten. She was an impressive collector who amassed works and objects from a breadth of styles and periods - effortlessly combining them. Truly inspiring.

Image Credit: NY TIMES
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Property from the Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon:

MASTERWORKS - Auction 10 November

JEWELS & OBJECTS OF VERTU - Auction 20 & 21 November

INTERIORS - Auction 21–23 November

Exhibition Times:

NEW YORK

FRI, 31 OCT 14 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM EDT

SAT, 01 NOV 14 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM EDT

SUN, 02 NOV 14 | 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM EST

MON, 03 NOV 14 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM EST

TUE, 04 NOV 14 | 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM EST

FRI, 07 NOV 14 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM EST

SAT, 08 NOV 14 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM EST

SUN, 09 NOV 14 | 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM EST

MON, 10 NOV 14 | 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM EST

Christie's Auction: Out of The Ordinary

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Christie's holding it's second annual Out of the Ordinary sale, which will be held on September 3, 2014, featuring an eclectic selection of items - some incredible, featuring unconventional taste and joys. While there are some real oddities, I am most intrigued by the Zebracorns. They're both beautiful and sad.

The live auction will be complemented by a curated internet auction, Out of the Ordinary: The Online Edit, live from 27 August thru 10 September. Both sales will be on extended public exhibition displaying the intriguing items for five weeks from 4 August until the auction on 3 September. 

More information regarding the auction can be found [here].

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A 1942 Paris Apartment Left Untouched is Discovered: How Incredible?!

SPACES, VINTAGELauren Caron3 Comments

Paris Apartment - Image Source: Bello Blog I'm curious to find out why until now this story hasn't been revealed but . . . Back in 2010 a Parisian apartment on the Right Bank, near the Opéra Garnier, left unoccupied since 1942 was discovered.

Paris Apartment - Image Source: Bello Blog

Paris Apartment - Image Source: Bello Blog

 

Paris Apartment - Image Source: Bello Blog

It was owned by a socialite, actress, Madame de Florian who fled to the South of France during World War II and left everything behind. For years she continued to pay her rent and unfortunately never returned. It was until after she passed away at 91, did someone reenter the apartment.

 

Over 70 years later, an Auctioneer entered to evaluate the estate. Olivier Choppin- Janvry made the discovery, "There was a smell of old dust."

 

Paris Apartment - Image Source: Bello Blog

 

He discovered a stuffed ostrich, a Mickey Mouse toy dating from before the war amongst other taxidermy pieces. Which was a sign of affluence to have in the home.

Paris Apartment - Image Source: Bello Blog

Another discovery, perhaps even more interesting to some, they found a painting by Giovanni Boldini. Madame de Florian herself, was the subject who turned out to be the artist's former muse. The expert found a card with a scribbled love note from Boldini, the painting was sold for €2.1 million, which was a world record for the artist.

Paris Apartment - Image Source: Bello Blog

The rest of the apartment and it's components are being left undisturbed. They're privately owned by the estate and not open to the public. Other than the fact that this gem of a story is an amazing fairy tale come true, I'm in love with the idea that it will continue to be left a time capsule until the estate decides to do differently. One can only hope that someday it will be on view at a museum and not separated to be sold for individuals. This is just another example of why Paris is so fantastic and romantic. An apartment in New York would NEVER be left untouched, even if someone continued to pay rent. Swoon. . .

 

Thanks for reading.

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Thank you to the Bello Blog for supplying us with this wonderful story and images. .