Thursday, April 23, 2009

Shopping for antiques in Lynnfield

Photo courtesy of vintagesteph

I have been looking for stylish items for one of my current design projects, the renovation of The Stevens Estate in North Andover. This architecturally romantic 1886 mansion designed by Boston architects Hartwell & Richardson, and former home to the family of Moses and Charlotte Stevens, is now owned by the town of North Andover. It is host to weddings, conferences and functions ... I actually celebrated my 30th birthday there with family and friends (seems like yesterday). We had such a great time partying on the rolling green lawn and exploring the many floors of this estate (upstairs rooms offer accommodations for overnight guests) that I am honored to be a part of the team of talented designers that will be bringing this mansion back to it’s former glory. Check back soon for images of the newly decorated “Inglenook.”

In my hunt for unique items to add sparkle to this gorgeous estate, I have made my way to a favorite local antique shop ...
vintagesteph located on 347 Essex Street in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. Some of shop owner, Stephanie Pernice’s pieces seemed perfect to set the stage for romance at this stately manor. Check out some of the vintage goodies that Stephanie has in her collection plus see new items gathered from recent trips to New York at her upcoming April Barn Sale, Monday 4/27/09 and Tuesday 4/28/09, open both days from 12 noon till 5 pm.

“Our mission is to find excellent quality furnishings for home, garden and table of enduring style and function. Vintage is finally being recognized as the original ‘green design element. Recycling the past adds character to your home. - Stephanie Pernice

Photo courtesy of vintagesteph
Here are some of the items you will discover on a trip to this local destination for fabulous vintage finds ... chandeliers, sconces and lighting; various bistro, sunroom and wrought iron sets; garden antiques, textiles, jewelry and small antiques; custom-made furnishings including bookcases, dvd cabinets, and farm tables

Here are some of my favorite “fab finds” from
past shopping trips to Stephanie’s carriage house ...

This delightful creature was adorned with a
rhinestone necklace
(and not much else!)

This could be lovely filled with a feathery plant.

How cute is the boy dressed in blue?

This sconce is one of a pair. And so is this hook ...

Hand-tinted vintage photograph

I loved this framed print for it’s colors,
flowering trees and the charm of the
meandering dirt walkway. It reminds me
a little of the path that winds around
Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield.

Something about the scene in this
tiny framed print caught my eye.

Fabrics aplenty for this textile lover!

Photo courtesy of vintagesteph

Stephanie and I both love a good chenille, a vintage pattern and a romantic print from yesteryear. I have taken home numerous fabrics from her collection and have combined them with modern materials to create pillows for my collections. Here are a few ...

These are available with or without down-inserts ...
email me at for more information.

Garden Gate ... made with a vintage
tea towel and backed with chenille

Back view and front: Birds in Paradise
(One of Stephanie’s favorites)

Vintage Trellis Collection ... pairs available
(I love the combination of aqua and coral)

Along with antiques, you will find some great hand-crafted items at vintagesteph.

Photo courtesy of vintagesteph

These birdhouses, created by John Warren, are so sweet and beautifully crafted! Each one is completely unique and tells a different story. They make a great gift for a bird-watcher or gardener (they were a huge hit last year for Father’s Day ... stock up now!)

Another custom piece by John Warren created out of vintage elements and re-purposed to solve today’s decorating dilemmas ... love the leaded glass door combined with the embossed tin.

Photo courtesy of vintagesteph

If you can’t make it to Lynnfield,
vintagesteph can often be found at:

the Brimfield Antique Show, Brimfield, MA
May 12-17; July 14-19; and Sept. 8-13, 2009

(Check with Stephanie for exact dates and locations.)

You may also add your name to her email list to be notified of upcoming events, or give Stephanie a call at 617-921-4773 to set up an appointment to shop.

Located at 347 Essex Street, Lynnfield, Massachusetts
For inquiries, call Stephanie Pernice at 617-921-4773
{by appointment and special events}

Happy hunting!

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