A beautiful “orphanage of things”

When you learn that Peter Hone has spent his career as a museum guard, antiques dealer and expert plaster caster, his world, as illustrated above, begins to make sense.

Peter Hone’s home in Notting Hill is an absolute treasure chest of stone urns, neoclassical marble busts, Roman and Greek statuettes and 19th-century antiquities. It is a romantic feast for the eyes and soul. Commanding the center of his main living space is a cabana-striped circular table, one you might find in a parlor in Palm Beach or Cannes, breathing life into a room full of elegant objects.  These objects he refers to as an “orphanage of things” transcribed in a piece written by Christie’s in October 2016. This collection – the orphanage – is rather fitting, as Peter was once an orphan himself. As the Christie’s piece notes, Peter is drawn to pieces with unusual stories, nurturing those that have been “left to stew” from a distant past. Dare I say, but in my ways, I identify with Peter’s need to nurture and collect.

The Peter Hone Collection was offered as part of the Interiors sale on 26 October at Christie’s South Kensington. Browse all lots from the sale here and be certain to read the magnificent piece by Christie’s here

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Brass on the Brain

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I’ve developed an affinity with brass – yes, that yellow alloy of copper and zinc. I find the metal rather unique as it can make a strong statement in even the simplest form. It can also lend to particularly modern aesthetics, or, equally, more traditional pieces. Brass evokes its own glamour without much exertion or force. Above, a 6″ brass knot via One Kings Lane, a fun objet for the home. Also loving this tiny “c table” from CB2.

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Collecting Starts Somewhere

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I’ve always loved the sentiments that come with collecting – may it be matchbooks from special dinner parties or sterling silver pieces from generations past.  “Collecting” often comes with a connotation that points to luxury or expense, but this seems irrelevant, in my opinion. You should collect whatever moves you, pieces that will forever make you reflect or tell a story for years to come. Which is why I’m finally going to start a charm bracelet…(Santa, baby).

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Palma

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A quick weekend in New York City bore fruit to some superb eateries, to include Palma in the West Village. Traditional Italian cuisine was paired with a lively garden terrace to include blooms of roses, casablanca lilies, herbs and the like. Candles flickered while the room danced with soft conversation. A C&C Approval, rightfully earned. Follow them along on Instagram: @palmanyc

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