Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Tartan picture frames and leather boxes - by Crawford
Despite what my sister may say, it is my considered view that one should only have so many monogrammed sterling frames about the house. So, after adorning your sterling frames with photographs of your great grandparents and grandparents, there are really only two options that remain for the pictures de ta vie – leather frames and tartan frames. (In a future post, I will opine on the best and worst of leather frames.)
Tartan frames are a handsome way to display photos of your nieces and nephews, your parents, your eccentric great aunt, and that certain special someone. I gathered together several tartan frames from around my home for your appreciation. I am particularly fond of the silk Stewart Tartan frame – it includes a meaningful photograph of my mother, my father, and me.
In addition to adding a tartan frame here and there around your home, I also find that leather boxes make a nice addition to any room – I place them throughout my home – perhaps one by itself on a bookshelf with a small painting sitting atop it or three in a small grouping on a table in the living room. I keep spare keys in a leather box by the front door, coins in one in the master bedroom, and matches in one by the fireplace.
I’ve accumulated quite a few over time – my favorites are those with the Florentine gilding - hand made in Florence, certamente. My most recent addition is the mustard colored hexagonal box displayed in the photograph above – I found this little gem tucked into the bottom of my stocking this past Christmas – I had admired it while walking around home furnishings at Bergdorf after lunching at BG one day last autumn. I must admit to being pleased that Santa took notice!
Posted by Crawford at 12:16 AM