Happy Birthday to… Us! One Year of Blogging

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Today marks the one year anniversary since we started this blog, The Source: Antiques & Their Interiors.  Our first post on February 7, 2017 entitled ‘Blue John or Black Jack?’ looked at the history of the curious material blue john and its use in English antiques.

Since then, we have aimed to provide interesting, useful, and occasionally entertaining posts (here’s looking at you, Burt!) about antiques, interiors, and design.  Today, we are looking back at some of the most popular posts from the past year.

As we move forward, we would love to get your feedback on what you want to see more of and what topics you would like covered.  Feel free to leave comments on this post or get in touch by email.  And now, without further ado, a look back at the highlights from the past year.

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The top of a George III mahogany secretaire commode attributed to William Gomm 
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The Unsung Hero of Georgian Furniture: William Gomm

We are delighted to see that you appreciate William Gomm’s furniture just as much as we do.  Winterthur Museum holds three manuscript books from Gomm’s workshop, which are a treasure trove of information and detail.  We are continuing to research William Gomm and his output and will post more about him with any new information that comes to light.  (We recently highlighted a discovery that connects a piece of furniture attributed to Gomm in our collection to an exhibition of Thomas Chippendale furniture from the 1950s–read more about it here.)

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Interior designed by Young Huh 
Photograph courtesy of Young Huh

Designer Spotlight Series

We were not surprised to see that our Designer Spotlight series has been one of the most popular series on the blog.  We enjoy collaborating with designers as it provides a real world perspective on how antique furniture works well in contemporary interiors.  Read through all of the spotlights from the beginning here: Young HuhOlasky & Sinsteden, Beth Webb, Jon Call, Jenny Wolf, Garrow Kedigian, Thomas Pheasant, Philippa Devas, Margaret Kirkland, Katharine Pooley, and Scott Sanders.

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Interior designed by Alidad in yellow 
Photograph courtesy of Alidad

Across the Colour Spectrum Series

Another popular series has been our look at decorating Across the Colour Spectrum.  We have covered most colours of the rainbow but the colour spectrum doesn’t end there… so stay tuned for more in the coming months.  So far, we have looked at decorating in red, yellow, green, blue, and white.

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A George III mahogany breakfront bookcase in the photography studio

Behind the Scenes: Photographing our Collection

Everyone likes to peek behind the curtains, and in this particular post, we offered a glimpse into the process of photographing the pieces in our collection.  Whether large or small, this post looked at the ways we approach lighting, angles, and perspective when getting our collection photographed.

One of a pair of George III mahogany Irish armchairs Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection

One of a pair of George III mahogany Irish armchairs 
Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection

Art from the Emerald Isle: Irish Furniture from the 18th Century

Last but not least, our post highlighting Irish furniture from the 18th century also received many views.  Irish furniture has its own character and qualities that both distinguish it from English furniture of the same period as well as uniting it.

As so, as the sun sets on our first year, we look forward to a new year ahead.  Thanks for stopping by this small corner of the ‘blogsophere’ and we hope to see you around these parts again soon.

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