Make it Modern: New Uses for China Cabinets

YCTP4317Whether you call them china cabinets, breakfronts or buffets, these large, glass-fronted cabinets have been a staple in dining rooms since the 1920’s. However, with the advent of modern informal home decor and today’s popular open concept floor plans, formal dining room spaces–and thus china cabinets–are less popular. A large cabinet displaying seldom-used china…well, that doesn’t work for everyone, especially younger homeowners.  I don’t know anyone in their thirties who displays china, do you?

photo credit: Kelly Beall/Design Crush
photo credit: Kelly Beall/Design Crush

So…what do we do with these china cabinets? They’re beautiful furniture pieces, and readily available at estate sales (and Michael Taylor At Home!) at really reasonable prices. We’ve got some innovative ideas! The 1930’s-era china cabinet (pictured above) has been painted black and is used as a fabulous dry bar/liquor cabinet. Great for informal entertaining, right?

photo credit: stylecaster.com
photo credit: stylecaster.com

Shoe gals…imagine displaying your collection of high heels in a pretty display cabinet rather than hiding them behind closet doors. This solves a storage problem in a fun way…why not turn a china cabinet into a bedroom or walk-in closet display piece?

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Not a china collector, but love colorful vintage glassware like Pyrex and Fire King? Create eye-catching kitchen displays that you can change with the seasons. The informal glassware is a fun juxtaposition with the more formal furniture style of the cabinet.

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Here a more narrow cabinet is used to display a wedding dress. What a wonderful way to preserve and enjoy this bridal gown…who says you have to put it away in a box? Love this idea!

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This china cabinet serves as a wardrobe in a baby’s nursery…gorgeous, right? With a painted white finish, upper shelves removed and a small hanging bar added, it elevates a beautiful baby girl’s wardrobe and adds storage to the nursery.

photo credit: cindysfracturedfairytales.blogspot.com
photo credit: cindysfracturedfairytales.blogspot.com

Love Christmas? Us, too! Display your Christmas Village collection in a china cabinet with doors removed…a coat of red paint and some battery-powered lights make this the perfect backdrop for these tiny houses.

photo credit: Ivy Clad
photo credit: Ivy Clad

Here’s another good one…use a china cabinet in place of a book shelf to store books and display family photos. The glass front doors will keep your books dust-free!

photo credit: Better Homes & Gardens
photo credit: Better Homes & Gardens

Here a china cabinet has been transformed into a wine bar. The tall shelves have plenty of storage for bottles and glasses. Great for parties!

Need a china cabinet? Come see our extensive selection in a variety of styles at Michael Taylor At Home this week. We’re open Thurs.-Sat., 10-5 at 478 Allied Drive.

My Best,

Michael Taylor and Company

P.S. Watch our Facebook for news of our upcoming art show and fabulous new merchandise in-store!

 

 

In the Spotlight: Vintage Art Glass

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Art glass has long held a special place in collectors’ hearts. The vibrant colors and beautiful shapes add beauty and style to tables and shelves. We have a wonderful and diverse collection of art glass at Michael Taylor At Home; from vintage to contemporary.

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This gorgeous ruby carnival glass bowl is a stunning piece. Wondering how to identify carnival glass? Look for a molded or pressed glass piece with a pattern that has a shiny, iridescent, almost metallic surface. Carnival glass reached it’s height of popularity in the 1920’s; most US-made carnival glass was manufactured between 1925-31, although the Fenton glass company re-issued pieces in the 1970’s. It was also known as: aurora glass, dope glass, rainbow glass, taffeta glass and “poor man’s Tiffany.”

photo credit: carnivalheaven.com
photo credit: carnivalheaven.com

It was inspired by hand-blown glassware made by Tiffany and Steuben, but because it was pressed or molded, sold at a lower price point. Discounted pieces were purchased in lots for carnival prizes; thus the name “carnival glass.”

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Here’s another piece we have in stock; you can see the rainbow brilliance of the iridescent glaze. Very pretty!

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Fenton issued re-productions of their carnival glass pieces in the 1970’s. These later pieces were marked; earlier pieces had an identifying sticker that was often removed, but they were otherwise unmarked. While the older pieces are definitely on the more valuable/collectible side, later or reproduction pieces are easily affordable. We have several great pieces of carnival glass in stock…if you’re a collector or looking to become one, we can help you out.

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The popularity of carnival glass waned in the 1940’s, and opaque colored glass became popular. Pink was a very popular color for art glass in the 1940’s and 1950’s. These rose overlay pieces have a beautiful satin finish.

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Blue glass is a particular favorite at Michael Taylor At Home; Michael personally collects this color, and has a great eye for blue glass pieces, both antique and contemporary.

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Cranberry glass is lovely, as well, and looks especially pretty at Christmas time.

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This special pink and white vase with autumn leaves and acorns is one of a pair. You can take home both for $895; they are perfect for fall decorating.

We’re open Thursday thru Saturday, 10am-5pm this week. We’d love to show you these fabulous art glass pieces, and all the rest of the fine furniture, antiques, rugs, lighting, furs, jewelry and home accessories we’re known for! Come down and see us soon, won’t you?

My best,

Michael Taylor and Company

P.S. This week is the final week of our antique doll sale. We have been so pleased to offer a truly world-class collection of antique porcelain dolls for sale. Our final sale price is 75% percent off, and they won’t last long…don’t wait!

 

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…Decorating with Mirrors!

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Mirrors are an interior design staple, and with good reason! A beautiful mirror is like a window you can move around your home.  They reflect light and brighten dark spaces. Their reflective properties visually expand small rooms, making them seem larger and more welcoming.

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We love mirrors at Michael Taylor At Home, and you can see from the photo above that we stock a wide variety of styles and sizes. Our selection varies from antique to contemporary.

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The way this mirror is framed elevates it into an art piece…but it’s as useful as it is beautiful. Isn’t it nice to have a mirror handy to make a final check of your appearance before you dash out the door? Entryways are the perfect location for mirrors because they are often small areas that lack natural light.

photo credit: rebecca-gatheryeroses.blogspot.com
photo credit: rebecca-gatheryeroses.blogspot.com

Here’s a fun idea…hang a collection of mirrors to accent a staircase wall. Painting the frames all white gives the grouping a purposeful and cohesive look.

photo credit: Miss Zeit
photo credit: Miss Zeit

Here a dramatic crystal-framed mirror dresses up a bathroom. If you want an instant upgrade in your bathroom, install a vintage or antique mirror. Who says you need to buy your bathroom mirror from a home improvement store, anyway?

photo credit: Dormify
photo credit: Dormify

Here smaller mirrors are added to a wall display of family photos and other framed art. The mirrors in this grouping reflect light into a small hallway space and add a little unexpected visual interest.IMG_3092

Tall mirrors that rest on the floor are dramatic and contemporary…the one in this photo is part of a set of three that are each 6 ft tall; available now at Michael Taylor At Home. Imagine creating a wall of mirrors with these three…so beautiful!

We love working with you to create the unique home interior of your dreams at a price you can afford. Whether it’s mirrors, or fine furniture, antiques, rugs, lighting, jewelry, vintage furs, china or home accessories, we’ve got it in stock at the best prices in town. Come see us this week!

P.S. Our deal of the week for Sept. 15-17 is 40% off of rugs, lighting and select art.

My best,

Michael Taylor and Company

Table Talk: Fun Fall Tablescape Ideas

Fall is right around the corner, although here in Nashville we are still dealing with summer temps. Cooler weather might be slow to arrive but we can still enjoy the feel of fall with some seasonal decorating.

At Michael Taylor At Home, we enjoy mixing vintage and modern for unique and fun tablescapes–and tables are our focus this week! If you need a new dining room table, buffet, occasional or coffee table…we’ve got a fabulous selection we’d love to show you.

photo credit: mysoulfulhome.com
photo credit: mysoulfulhome.com

Bring seasonal colors to your tablescape with bright sunflowers…and consider using a unique vase like this vintage silver plate trophy. A vintage silver tray, old books and bird sculpture and plate add autumnal charm. We stock a lot of silver plate, china and vintage books at Michael Taylor At Home if you are looking to re-create this look…or, similar items frequently pop up at our estate sales.

photo credit: habituallychic.blogspot.com
photo credit: habituallychic.blogspot.com

Here’s another idea combining the traditional look of blue and white china and autumn pumpkins/foliage. While we typically think of earth tones when we decorate for fall, the blue-and-white is a fresh and unexpected contrast…it’s different and fun! Blue and white china is very popular; you may have some of it in your own cabinets at home…if not, we always have a selection in stock in our retail store and it’s almost a staple at estate sales.

photo credit: stonegable.blogspot.com
photo credit: stonegable.blogspot.com

Here’s another blue, white and orange table featuring transferware, fresh mini-pumpkins and cobalt blue drinking glasses. Cobalt blue was a signature color in the 1990’s and dinnerware abounds in this formerly-popular color…look for it at our estate sales. What a great way to bring it back, right?

photo credit: thriftyrebelvintage.com
photo credit: thriftyrebelvintage.com

Check out this this charming teacup pumpkin! What a fun, different way to display a teacup collection with some fall flair. We love non-traditional and informal uses for fine china. Don’t keep it in the china cabinet collecting dust, y’all!

photo credit: nancysdailydish.com
photo credit: nancysdailydish.com

Now is the time of year to use your green and amber pressed glass. Don’t have any? Look for it at our estate sales or in our gallery–it was hugely popular in the 1970’s and there’s a lot of it to be found, at low prices. It’s the perfect compliment to a fall table.

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But if you need to start with a table…our selection can’t be beat! Come see us at Michael Taylor At Home this Thurs-Sat., 10-5, and let manager Jerry help you pick out the perfect table for your home decor needs. We’ll see you there!

My best,

Michael Taylor and Company