Please tell us a little about you and your shop.
I am an interior designer whose roots are in upstate New York. It was there that decoration and gracious living first influenced me. I learned early on that stories and memories are woven around decorative antiques and beautiful objects and that these things provide a sense of history, meaning and personal style.
I was inspired to create Period Elegance as a way to revive the fleeting world of etiquette, elegance and luxury in our contemporary lives. My shop offers vintage fine china and crystal, barware, linens, collectibles and home accents for the elegant home and lifestyle. Whether a collector, entertainer or simply personalizing a space, Period Elegance hopes to nourish inspiration in anyone with an interest in style, the decorative arts and interior design.
What is your favorite era and why?
I believe beautiful and charming objects transcend all eras so I don’t give a favorite to just one era. If an object is something that I would put in my own home or use for entertaining, I believe there is a possibility that others would also enjoy adding it to their own collections.
What is your favorite item in your shop at the moment and why?
This vintage box is inspired by an 18th century floral collage by Mrs. Delany who in 1771, in her early 70s, began to create botanical depictions of plants out of tissue paper and hand coloration, called “Paper Mosaics”. She produced nearly 1000 different flowers and some are still available to see today at the British Museum.
The box’s pink and white floral is one of Mrs. Delany’s flowers, hand painted by the renowned Irish designer, Sybil Connolly, for Tiffany & Company and exemplifies one of my favorite designers, Sister Parish, who best describes Period Elegance’s vision: "Innovation is often the ability to reach into the past and bring back what is good, what is beautiful, what is useful, what is lasting."