Vintage Treasures

A Horse By Any Other Name

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1. Horse Platter | 2. Horse Bottle Opener | 3. Ralph Lauren Belt Buckle | 4. Horse Shoe Place Cards
5. Vintage Art | 6. Jimmy Choo Horse Boots   7. DLR Jewelry | 8. Horse Bookends  9. Horse Wall Paper

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.  ~Winston Churchill

Wild Horses…could very well take me away.  There is something so powerful about a horse and its fluidity.  Whether riding in the sunshine of  Topanga Canyon, or across the snow at Surrey Lane Farm, there is something so liberating when galloping free.

Humans began to domesticate horses around 4,000 B.C., and thus they began appearing in ancient art.  From Grecian Urns to modern busts, equestrian themed decor is something that has withstood the test of time.  We can’t resist anything that is horse related when scouting for vintage treasures.  The above painting is one of my favorite finds, ever! Happy Trails To You…Until We Meet Again…

XO,

D.L.

 

This and That

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“Great design is eliminating all unneccessary details.” – Minh D. Tran

Antique Prints have always been a springboard for my inspiration.  From the start of my business 20 years ago (I can’t believe I’m saying that), I have been collecting everything from ephemera scraps,  antique wallpaper,  plates of ornamentation, architectural design and flora and fauna renderings to name a few.   We are constantly framing these for our design clients and many can be seen hanging in our stores.  The fact that they were hand drawn is mesmerizing and  first editions are so saturated in color, there is no comparison to the reproductions one can find in books these days.

The above print was one of the fabulous finds we acquired in Paris.  My ex-pat college roommate introduced us to a mother and daughter team who own one of the most intricate collections of antique prints we have ever come across.   After many hours, fabulous company, and some tapas and champagne, we acquired new friends and selections were made and a new DL Rhein pillow collection will be born.

A classic never gets old. We  had a blast noticing classic designs found within architecture around Paris that are patterns already in our current line.  We love modernizing old designs by changing the scale and repeat and choosing a bold color to embroider with.

 Shown Above: DL Rhein Greek Key Pillow in Metallic Silver and Zig Zag Pillow in Orange.

 

Greek Key and Chevron Flooring in the Passage Verdeau in the 7th arrondisement.

DL Rhein Turquoise Moroccan Tile Pillow

 

Moroccan style iron work in The Marais.  Even the security gates in Paris were inspiring!

Found Art

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While we would all love to buy a Van Gogh, we at D.L. are just not quite there.  In the meantime, we are on the hunt for found art: at flea markets, estate sales, and the like.  We are sharing some of our favorite recently acquired vintage art with you.  Most of the frames will be zhushed, with gold leaf or paint, but the one above we bought mainly because of the frame.  It is from the 1880’s and spectacular in its antiquity.  We envision this painting above a client’s fireplace or at the end of a hallway, creating somewhat of a haunted feel.

This beach scene would look beautiful above a fireplace too.  Do you notice the size of the signature?  Famous painters are, well, famous for signing their names illegibly and as small as possible.  A novice artist is proud of his/her accomplishment and wants the world to know who he/she is!

This painting would bring gorgeous vibrant color to a room lacking it.  Town scenes and cityscapes are adored at D.L. Rhein now and always, as visible in both our store windows, which feature Brooklyn, Amsterdam (we think- what about you?), and Paris.

This guy would look fabulous in a man’s office or a den.  The color is so vibrant in person, a gorgeous vintage blue.

We have a rotating collection of vintage art at D.L, and we can’t wait to see what we find on the hunt next!  Til then…

XO,

D.L.

Inspiration: Shrinky Dink Art

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Shrinky dinks… such a funny name… such a versatile material, loved by parents and children the world over.  Baked in the oven, so many things can be made with shrinky dinks… favorite cartoon characters, friendship bracelets, headbands… also designer jewelry and this beautiful Asian-inspired art found on a recent adventure.   read more