Vintage Treasures

Vintage Art

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“When I am finishing a picture, I hold some God-made object up to it- a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand – as a final test.  If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic.  If there’s a clash between the two, it’s bad art.” – Marc Chagall

Vintage Art painted on glass | D.L. Rhein

My current obsession is vintage art.  Oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, needle points, you name it.  It all started when I was trying to find art to hang in clients’ homes, without breaking the bank.  Most of what you find in a gallery  is thousands of dollars, if you’re lucky.  I began to sharpen my eyes and things would speak to me as I was out and about hunting and gathering.  The richness of color coupled with interesting scenes made me start looking outside of the box in terms of wall decor.

It has almost become a contest between Jess and I, sending pictures back and forth whenever we spot a fantastic piece. We have acquired quite a collection the last few months, and it triggered a mini makeover in the back of our design studio.  Not only can a lot of the art now be seen by customers, it is breathing new inspiration into our work each day as we are surrounded by our vintage gallery.

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Lilac Lair

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 “Il n’y a que deux endroits au monde ou l’on puisse vivre heureux: chez soi et a Paris.”

There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris.   – Ernest Hemingway

Find peace and comfort in a simple master bedroom | D.L. Rhein

After completing the bottom level of one of my favorite clients homes, I was ecstatic when she said she was anxious to re-decorate her master bedroom.   A huge fan of French antiques and  industrial chic, re-purposed metal furniture and oxidized glass, I wondered what she would be open to in her bedroom.   She decided on Lilac and my brain started churning.  Romantic, peaceful, and relaxing, it  is the perfect color for a place to retire in solitude after a day jam packed with three young children.  To give it a little punch, we added some pops of blue to break up the monochromatic scheme, just a little bit.  We met to discuss the room right before my trip to Paris.  With a shared love of the city, and a color palate in hand, I couldn’t wait to get inspired and search for one of a kinds!  read more

Bollywood Bungalow

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“I am as curious about color as one would be visiting a new country, because I have never concentrated so closely on color expression.  Up to now, I have waited at the gates of the temple.” -Henri Matisse

A master bedroom fit for a Queen | D.L. Rhein

I knew I was going to have a blast with this client from the minute we met.  A writer, mother, and adventurous woman, and someone who is intoxicated by color.  Maybe it was her eclectic taste, or her romantic family history, or her rich Indian culture… either way she was ready to take the plunge and turn an all white bungalow into a feast for the eyes.

A busy family of four in need of a place to entertain, relax and double as a home office.  I began pulling swatches of my fave wallpapers and fabrics and we chose color schemes and textures for each room.   Reminiscent of the pigments thrown into the air during the Holi Festival, a mix of Asian inspired decor, dreamy blues, fiery orange, vintage objects and modern twists on traditional pieces turned this home into a haven.  read more

Magical Merchandiser

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 “If we are together, nothing is impossible.” – Winston Churchill

A Black + White window display to usher in the festivities of October | D.L. Rhein

When I walked into my Motor Avenue store on October 1, my socks were blown right off, reminiscent of the Wicked Witch of the East and her Ruby Slippers. I have to say that I think our windows are always inspired, fun and whimsical.  But this one was really something else.  It incorporated all of the elements that we strive to convey to the many people passing our very funky, out of the way shop, tucked into a corner of a major thoroughfare halfway between Fox and Sony Studios.  This display is multi layered, incorporating the spirit of Halloween in a sophisticated way, that has a taste of everything we do: beauty, shiny, vintage, hand made, chic and unexpected.  A story is created packing in the perfect pieces but with a delicate eye.  I am very proud and so, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to tell the story of how Deb met Jess.  read more

Extended Shelf Life

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“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.” – Anna Quindlen

Ask the "Zhush" doctor how you can Zhush your shelves | D.L. Rhein

Shelves are a part of homes that seem to be what my clients are the most stumped by. What to do with stacks of books that span the generations, vintage treasures and  your children’s art projects?  We always start with grouping books by color, which means saying goodbye to all of the dust jackets to reveal the beautiful embossed spines. It makes an impact and always triggers what objects are used and where they are placed in the shelves.  Because this is the family room and the main hub for reading and hanging out, we added some whimsy to a space which housed a collection of everything from Amelia Bedelia to Shogun.  read more