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Visit these four Westchester County antique dealers with different ambiences to give your home a unique character and feeling.
Anyone who has walked through an antique store knows the feeling: you fall in love with an item, but you don’t know exactly where it will fit in your home. Fortunately, the owners of four local antique shops can be matchmakers to help you find iconic pieces to add character to your home.
Folk art and artistic pottery were all the rage in 1996 when Stacy Belkind opened her Tarrytown boutique with Marina Bigi. “But our tastes are changing,” said Belkind, who continues to run the business with store designer Eve Janos after Bigi retired four years ago. Now the store is focused on Mid-Century Modern, an era that seems to fit Westchester perfectly. “I really fell in love with the clean lines,” Belkind says, “they grab me. Now I am looking for the best examples.
Examples of mid-century modern antiques that you will find at Belkind Bigi are a butterfly chair designed with a leather sling on a black metal frame, available in a variety of styles; a Milo Baughman bench designed by the legendary modernist that features the level of comfort for which mid-century modernity is known; geometric abstract paintings by contemporary artist Larry Bentley that can add a strong visual accent to pick up the colors of a room’s furniture, upholstery, rugs and walls; and stools by Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto, famous for his bentwood furniture.
When Lisa Miller left a career as a children’s wear designer in New York City for Westchester, she took the opportunity to delve into the antiques she adores. An offshoot of Miller’s real estate sales business, Zach & Alix Company, The Cottage was originally based in South Salem until 2015, when the store found its current space in Pound Ridge. “With a bit of everything,” the farmhouse antiques are the center of Miller’s attention. “The pieces are so unique, they tell a story. But what really draws Miller to the firm feel are the weathered hues. “Color is what brings everything together in a house. “
The Cottage carries antiques like a Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9274 marching band drum chartered in 1947 and still active today; a wooden baker’s rack, with numbers still engraved on the slats and solid shelves; a large painter’s scale with round bars, a Bon Bon Pain advertising trunk; a narrow, tall blue-painted 1920s cabinet with accordion doors and four shelves; and a painted crib from the mid-1880s with lots of character and aged paint.
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BRIGGS HOUSE ANTIQUES
Jennifer Lamb summed up the inventory she collects with her business partner Jennifer Valentine for Briggs House Antiques as being mostly “big, beautiful brown furniture.” When they moved into their current location in 2016, the two had the opportunity to fill 8,000 square feet in an industrial building with antiques. On annual trips to Europe, they visit trusted collectors who source their supplies throughout France and England. Quality furniture is their hallmark, “hopefully destined to become family heirlooms,” says Lamb. They admire the personality of their pieces. “Character gives texture to a room,” says Lamb, “We love knots and bumps. “
Examples of antiques found here include an 1850s fruitwood farmhouse table with turned legs and two drawers; an 1875 French pine chest that opens for spacious storage; a Regency chest painted in cream circa 1830 with faux bamboo molding and flared legs; a French Louis Philippe console in fruitwood with a curved molding above a trio of drawers; and an 1880 shelf with bamboo details, lacquered shelves and a faux chinoiserie crown.
OLD NEW HOUSE
What started as an Etsy store operated from their home in 2010 turned into a brick and mortar presence when Melissa and Dave Dilmaghani found a studio in Katonah in 2015. When the à gift shop side decided to sell the following year, they snapped up. space to display their wares. Their family has been in the carpet business for five generations. The Old New House’s offerings include Turkish and Persian rugs as well as West African tribal artifacts.
You might find a colorful hand-knotted Persian Kurdish Hamadan rug from the 1930s with a flamboyant Herati pattern; West African hand-carved wooden bowls (about 10 to 12 inches in diameter or more) and wooden pitchers circa 1950s or older; circa mid-1900s or later, small African animal sculptures in bronze mostly from the Bobo tribe measuring 2 ½ inches in height; and a 63-inch long bench covered with a fragment of Khotan carpet from East Turkestan circa 1930s on a wooden base stained with ebony.
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