Sunday Drive – A Visit to South Front Architectural Antiques in Memphis.
There’s a must stop Sally and I make every Christmas when we visit her mother and step-dad. It’s South Front Architectural Antiques, We’re always filled with excitement and anticipation because we never know what we will find or discover. This year did not disappoint.
At about 18″ in diameter, I saw this copper pot as a planter in an urban loft.
If I had been working on a Federal Period renovation and needed a mantel, I would have scooped this up in a hurry. Totally pristine!
This 5′ x 7′ gilt mirror probably isn’t the right piece for over the mantel. But I could see it standing on the floor in the right foyer or in an edgy living room.
We found this delicately scaled arm chair tucked in a corner of the second floor. All it needs is a small Mid Century Modern glass top coffee table beside it. (I wanted to bring the chair home even though we have no room for it.)
But the chair I truly lusted for was this one. This Art Nouveau chair, in need of full restoration, could be the centerpiece of any room. (I might have to commission a second one.)
The old foundry molds were incredible. Very West Elm… The large panel-like mold was for the front of a boiler or something of that sort. I find myself wondering how I could incorporate a fireplace into it as part of a feature wall.
I can see the potential with the collage on the wall behind for one of two applications. Very stark modern where the patterns become very sculptural or in the quintessential brick and beam warehouse/loft.
And last but not least, this corner bench. I’d love to be able to incorporate it into a breakfast nook in a Belgian Style inspired kitchen.
I guess Sally and I are going to have to find a few good projects in order to put these finds to good use!
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