Spring Shoes: Part 1

Neutrals for the new season

TSG Spring Shoes: Ulla Johnson The arrival of the official first day of spring has us feeling optimistic about warm weather and the wardrobe changes it will bring. When it comes to a closet transition, we tend to focus on our footwear first, and the above Ulla Johnson ensemble—complete with Kiki sandals available from Jackson, Mississippi’s Blithe and Vine—beautifully illustrates why: The perfect pair of heels can set the tone for a new season and allow us to look stylish as we wait for temperatures to catch up with the trends. Here are some of our favorites…


TSG Spring Neutral Heels


Clockwise, from top left: Stella McCartney ”Gloria” rose tone sandals with block heel embellished with stones available from CeCe Shoe in New Orleans // Rebecca Minkoff “Mail” heel in dusty pink available from LeeLee Shoes in San Antonio // Rupert Sanderson “Gigi Rock” suede platform mule available from Hampden in Charleston // Lanvin white leather mules with gold heels  available from Neapolitan in Chicago // Pedro Garcia “Monique” pump in nude satin available from Roan in Richmond // Stella McCartney  ”Florine” available from CeCe Shoe in New Orleans.


Up for Auction: The Personal Collection of Interiors Pioneer Lars Bolander

Lars Bolander Palm Beach Auction This Saturday, bidders will have the unique opportunity to acquire items from the private collection of celebrated interior designer—and pioneer of Swedish design—Lars Bolander. A consummate collector with an undeniably appealing and eclectic style, Bolander and his work have been featured in publications including Vogue, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, and The Wall Street Journal, making Saturday’s auction in Palm Beach (where Bolander has maintained a home and a showroom on Antique Row for many years), held by TSG Chicago’s Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, a highly anticipated event.

Lars Bolander Palm Beach Auction The items up for auction include Bolander’s personal treasures, including elements from his Palm Beach house, landscape (such as this a pair of cast stone models of dogs seated on rectangular plinths), and beloved showroom.

Lars Bolander Palm Beach Auction Bolander is the author of two books, Lars Bolander. Interior Design and Inspiration, which explores the designer’s influences from around the world, and Lars Bolander’s Scandinavian Design, which covers the design styles of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland. The auction catalog is practically a third tome, showcasing stunning pieces in breathtaking spaces, like this 19th/20th century Burmese carved wood model of a horse depicted near-life size (dimensions: 77″ H x 72″ W) set against gorgeous, soft grey walls.

Lars Bolander Great Room Bolander’s diverse education and extensive travels are evident in his aesthetic. Throughout his Palm Beach home, hallmarks of Swedish design intermingle with European and Asian finds, allowing every element to pop. With a clean, light, airy space as a base, ornate mirrors and intriguing objects beautifully stand out yet also contribute to a compelling and cohesive whole. Inspired by Bolander’s incredible eye and expertise, we combed through the auction catalog and pulled some of our favorite pieces to feature here, but it is well worth the time to peruse every page.

The Great Room

Lars Bolander Palm Beach Auction How wonderful is this vignette? Each element comes together so perfectly (and they could be ours!). Table: 18th/19th century Danish painted occasional table having a rectangular dished top inset with 28 ceramic tiles over a frieze drawer, raised on cabriole legs (dimensions: 30.25″ H x 39″ W x 23″ D). Painting: British, 17th/18th century portrait of Elizabeth 1, artist unknown, oil on panel (dimensions: 41.5″ H x 31″ W). On table from left to right: 20th century Neoclassical style composition bust (dimensions: 21.25″ H); continental terra cotta figure depicting a North African man with polychrome decoration (dimensions: 15.75″ H); bronze shell: a cast metal table ornament in the form of a nautilus shell (dimensions: 9″ H); 19th century french terra cotta bust depiction a young Mozart, raised on a socle (dimensions: 20″ H).

Lars Bolander Palm Beach Auction We can’t get over the stunning seating on offer, either. Top: a set of three 19th century Gustavian painted fauteuils each having a shaped padded back, padded arms, and stuffover set, raised on fluted tapering legs. Bottom: a pair of 19th/20th century French painted tabourets each with rectangular cushion seats, raised on bent legs ending in hoof feet. Here are a few of our other favorite pieces from the gorgeous space:

Lars Bolander Palm Beach Auction

1. 18th century Danish painted and parcel gilt trumeau mirror having a rectangular plate beneath a ribbon tied trophy within a rosette worked frame (dimensions: 74″ H x width 38.25″ W)
2. Pair of late 19th century Italian marble recumbent lion sculptures
3. 18th/19th century Southeast Asian painted figure depicting a kneeling monk with hands clasped in prayer (dimensions: 32″H)
4. A pair of Italian, 19th century cameos, oil on canvas (dimensions: 30″ H x 25.5″ W); there are a total of four sets of two
5. Silvered brass rams head table ornament (dimensions: 6″ H)
6. 19th century continental marble center bowl (dimensions: 27″ W over handles)
7. Four 20th century stone Buddha heads (dimensions vary)

 IN THE STUDIO and Storefront

Lars Bolander Palm Beach Auction More beautiful painted pieces in soft palettes include: Top: 19th century Gustavian painted canape having a padded horseshoe back, with padded arms and a stuffover seat, raised on fluted tapering legs (dimensions: 33″ H x 64″ W x 26″ D); bottom, left: 19th century pair of Gustavian painted fauteuils (only one shown) each with a padded oval back, padded arms and a stuffover seat, raised on fluted tapering legs (dimensions: 34″ H); bottom, right: 19th century pair of Louis XV style painted bergeres each with a padded back and a stuffover seat within a carved frame, raised on cabriole legs (dimensions: 33″ H).

TSG Chicago: Leslie Hindman Lars Bolander Auction We’re also partial to the watercolors by French naturalist painter La Roche Laffitte, all signed. Top: Anemonum watercolor on silk 21 x 15 inches. Shells and Marine Life Studies (four works), watercolor on silk. Additional pieces we absolutely covet include:

Lars Bolander Palm Beach Auction

1. 19th century (with later paint) Swedish painted and parcel gilt occasional table having a rectangular white marble top over a fluted and leaf carved frieze, raised on fluted tapering legs joined by C-scroll stretchers centered with a shell (dimensions: 29″ H x 33″ W x 20″ D).
2.19th century Swedish painted fauteuil with a circular padded back and padded arms above a stuffover seat, raised on tapering legs (dimensions: 36″ H).
3. 19th century (with later paint) Swedish painted and parcel gilt daybed having a domed crest carved to show opposing lions over a rectangular back and sides and an upholstered seat, raised on carved legs (dimensions: 48″H x 75″ W x 25″D).
4. 19th century (with later paint) Swedish painted secretary bureau having a fall-front writing surface opening to a fitted interior above three drawers, raised on block feet (dimensions: 52.5″ H x 54″ W x 23″ D).
5. Late 18th century Swedish painted console table having a demilune marble-inset galleried top above a fluted frieze, raised on fluted tapering legs (dimensions: 30″ H x 28″ W x 15″D).
6. Swedish painted and parcel Ebonized console table having a rectangular marble inset top raised on monoped griffin supports over a faux marble plinth base (dimensions: 32.5″H x 29″W x 18″D).
7. 18th century (with later paint) Swedish painted sofa having a rectangular padded back, padded arms and a stuffover seat, raised on fluted tapering legs (dimensions: 38.5″ H x 59″ W x 26″ D).


  Lars Bolander Palm Beach Auction There truly is something for everyone and every space in Saturday’s sale, including unique outdoor elements like the above 18th/19th century Southeast Asian painted figure (dimensions: 40″ H). Whether you’re in Palm Beach or bidding from afar, this auction is not to be missed.

Photography by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. The auction will take place on March 21, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. EST at the West Palm Beach saleroom located at 1608 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401. For more information, including detailed condition reports and bid assistance, please call 561.833.8053.


Scouted: 18kt Matte Rose Gold Earrings

TSG Chattanooga: Amanda Pinson Scouted by TSG co-founder Christy Ford last week during a visit to fabulous Chattanooga, Tennessee, these Pomellato rose gold earrings available from Amanda Pinson Jewelry are simply stunning. Perfect for pairing with a crisp white blouse or little black dress, the smooth and sleek earrings are destined to quickly become your favorite go-to accessory.

Amanda Pinson Jewelry  //  Chattanooga, TN  // 423.209.2828


Words We Love / 47

Words We Love / 47


Go Wild: In Praise of Animal Prints

tsg-page-home-austin Robin Williams once said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!,’” and we couldn’t agree more. There’s something about the first taste of the season that makes our imaginations run a little wild. Our tendency to gravitate toward neutrals takes a brief hiatus as we seek out elements that add a burst of energy to our rooms and wardrobes, and as proven by the above space by Austin’s Page Home Design, nothing packs a punch quite like pink and tiger print.

tsg-forty-four-fifty-the-mix-omar-elsie There is a strong argument to be made that leopard print is practically a neutral. The animal-inspired dress, available from Jackson’s Forty Four Fifty, shows why—it’s the perfect throw-on-and-go piece for spring, and looks particularly stylish accented with a pink crossbody bag. Meanwhile, Loeffler Randall’s mint-and-cheetah print sandals (top), available from Lexintgon’s Omar + Elsie, would just as easily add personality to a little black dress as they would complement a more daring look, and the line’s flat versions, available from Omaha’s The Mix, are every bit as versatile yet still statement-making in their own right.

tsg-anne-coyle-chicago Black-and-white is always in style, but expertly pairing it with pale pink and citrus accents as Chicago’s Anne Coyle did in the above space puts the combination in an entirely new category of chic. The stunning palette, symmetry, and selection of a zebra rug make this sitting room feel fresh, vibrant, and wonderfully wild.

tsg-biscuit-bonpoint-influence For those who appreciate their animal prints in smaller doses, a well-placed leopard lumbar pillow, available from Austin’s Biscuit Home, may be the ideal playful touch. Kids can get in on the action thanks to TSG Chicago’s Bonpoint and their “Shanga” sandals, which they appropriately bill as the “purrfect pair” (we wish they came in our size!). And as far as accessories for adults go, a Clare Vivier clutch, available from Sarasota’s Influence Style, is simply spot on.

tsg-anne-coyle-chicago2 We couldn’t resist sharing one more space by Chicago-based designer Anne Coyle, who yet again marries zebra with a gorgeous palette as well as other patterns to create a space that is elegant and cohesive yet heeds the call of the wild.


Scouted: Gerrie Bed

TSG SCOUTED: Gerrie Bed Custom-made and conceived by Gerrie Bremermann, the grande dame of New Orleans design, this white Parsons-style bed is utterly dreamy. With its clean lines and classic look, it is a timeless piece that will suit any style and stand the test of time. See it in Bremermann’s New Orleans condo here, then go ahead and order one for yourself—you won’t regret it.

Bremermann Designs  //  New Orleans, LA  //  504.891.7763