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In praise of the pedestal!
August 7, 2017
I recently found an addition to my Chinoiserie addiction! This large wooden urn stand. I have not been collecting these stands long but I can tell from my design research, these beauties are here to stay. These pedestals can play a refined traditional role in decor or they can be a fun and quirky addition to the antiques they support!
Let's get started looking at the highlights of these humble stands...
Now to give the traditional accessory a twist we can drool over these images from the masters of colorful preppy chic, Paige Minear of The Pink Clutch Blog and Lance Jackson and David Ecton of Parker Kennedy Living .
For your viewing pleasure, I present The Pink Clutch!
This tabletop party is from TPC master bedroom which she refreshed for the ORC. It is easy to spot the bright green gem in the center but there is another dark stained stand also working to add different heights in this vignette.
This is the FIRST time these Chinoiserie accessories were placed on my radar! TPC Den completed (again) during a round of the ORC made me green with delight...and envy. Left and Upper right: Those beauties on the mantle are working double duty: holding the ever chic Jana Bek brushstroke jars and encorporating the emerald hue throughout the space. HENCE, the champagne bucket propped atop a matching stand (lower right). I LOVE this idea and it will be used in my home very soon.
Switching images now to the talented men of Parker Kennedy Living!
Three different rooms and each with different uses for these stands. Upper: holding a bowl full of fruit is a simple way to add refinement to a laid back vignette. Bottom left: similar jars each sit atop stands, but the stands boast different stains which add to the interest of the grouping. Lower right: Bright buttery yellow, need I say more?
Upper left: the Greek key scroll type pedestal is used in two ways within this library: as a pop of turquoise under silver bowls and left in a dark stain under some bright white Foo pups. Upper right: Dorothy Drapper calls for a shot of orchid to hold a collection of Blanc de Chien. Bottom: two stands of equal size but different colors work together as a perfect Chinoiserie dinner tablescape!
Am I sensing a symmetrical trend here? Each dresser/tabletop is flanked by a matching pair of items with an element of height in the center. But these three vignettes also have another common denominator: a stand in some form or fashion. Left: another green beauty holds a jar featuring the same hue. Middle: turquoise Greek key pedestals bring height to a pair of orange vases. Right: a textured stand plays off the incredible table it sits on and holds a big bowl of citrus.
My collection of these hard working cuties is still growing and at the moment are monochromatic, but I leap at the thought of lacquering my most recent find some fabulous color.
This is the first pedestal I purchased and it happened to come from the PKL estate sale at their Governer's Mansion in Commerce, Ga. I still squeal when I think of that day.
I thrifted this intricately carved stand which now holds my most uniquely shaped piece of blue and white.
Now to decide the color for this big beauty...emerald, orchid, turquoise, yellow, navy? Decisions decisions!
Thanks for reading and please let me know what color you would choose!