Monday, August 16, 2010

Antiquing in Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill is such a charming neighbourhood- even the 7 eleven looks like it’s been there for 100 years! Out of the few blocks of boutiques and galleries on Charles Street, a significant portion is devoted to antiques and home goods, including the quirky Black Ink, the mecca of porcelain and china at Elegant Findings Antiques, the girly goodness at Flat of the Hill, and the minimalist chic at good.


The stop that was most appealing to me that afternoon, however, was the Upstairs Downstairs Antiques shop, which was very well-priced considering the tony neighbourhood it’s located in. There were quite a few items I wanted to snap up, including some vintage prints and an antique cash-box, but these are the three items that tugged at my heart strings the most and still have me wondering why I didn’t take them home:


The solid mahogany black and gold cabinet, $265 would be adorable paired with a vintage chair to use as a little telephone nook. It could also be an awesome night stand in a teensy, yet luxe, guest room.


This set of weathered antique Cowper’s Works had the most beautiful marbled paper inside, and the shopkeeper was willing to part with them for $75. They sure would come in handy when styling a den or library!


Last but not least, this Victorian needlepoint chair, $195 had the most elegant frame and scale. Having the frame sprayed out and reupholstering the dated pink, green and blue knit upholstery, would turn this beauty into an awesome vanity chair - especially considering the front legs have casters for easy manoeuvrability.

Make sure you visit Upstairs Downstairs at 93 Charles Street yourself to see if anything tickles your fancy!

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