Greek Key Pattern in Furniture and Decor

The Greek Key pattern is one of the most elegant designs in home decor and furniture. The pattern is a linear design that keeps folding back on itself in a pattern of right angles. The simplicity is very harmonious. It is very popular for any style of home, and it has remained popular for thousands of years!

Photo above by Tracy Murdock Allied ASID      Photo below by Abbe Fenimore Studio Ten 25

The geometric pattern was frequently seen on ancient Greek architecture, tiles, vases and other objects – hence the name. The picture above shows the Greek Key in tiling on a contemporary bath in Los Angeles and the classic effect is lovely.

But despite the name, this motif has actually been seen in many other places, even before the ancient Greeks adopted it! It’s popped up in ancient Egypt and China as well as some older South American cultures.

People probably weren’t reading home decor blogs back in those days! So it seems that the geometric design has a natural appeal for many different people in different ages.

The original name for the Greek Key is a meander pattern, inspired by the very winding River Maeander in Turkey. It is often used as a border for tiling, ceramics, curtains, rugs, cushions and other textiles. But it can also be a filled pattern covering a complete surface. And of course it looks great on traditional architecture, like this fireplace.

There is a lot of Greek Key design and its variations in this photo: in the fireplace, the cushions, the mirror frame. Some might find it a little too much, but it shows how the geometric element can be used and combined in multiple ways. Also, the bold pattern cleverly pulls together an otherwise simple design scheme with a neutral palette.

Console Table with Greek Key pattern

The Greek Key design also looks terrific on furniture. We have several pieces of Greek Key furniture in our online store, including this terrific new Greek Key console table with a rustic pecan finish. It is also available in white and an antiqued walnut finish.

Chelsea House Console Table Gold Greek KeyVariations on the design often turn up in Hollywood Regency style interiors.  I can easily imagine this stunning Chelsea House gold leaf console table with a dimpled glass top in a Hollywood Regency design scheme. The table is quite simple, but the Greek Key accents give it a chic and refined design twist.

Greek Key Wall Sconce Currey and CompanyThe meander motif is easy to add to your home with lighting or other smaller home accessories. This terrific new Currey & Company wall sconce offers an elegant interpretation of the design. With the sleek design and antiqued brass finish, a pair would look superb in a bathroom, powder room, bedroom or hallway.

The decorative and classic Greek Key design works for both more masculine or more feminine design schemes, whether contemporary or traditional. It is often seen in black on white, but any color combinations work, as do tone on tone variations like the sconce here where the raised key gives a textural effect.

What do you think of the Greek Key pattern? Do you have it in your home? Tell us about it in the comments box!

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Take a Romantic, Antique-Themed Getaway for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. Do you have anything special planned for your sweetheart?

Why not take a romantic getaway that includes an antique theme? Bed and breakfast inns around the country offer a way to experience the “antiques lifestyle” while enjoying a great vacation!

Right here in Aiken, South Carolina, not far from our gallery in Newberry, Annie’s Inn Bed and Breakfast provides a stately retreat within a home built in the early 1800s. Each guest room is decorated with antiques and Oriental rugs.

Tucked away in the middle of New York state, the Hathaway Inn Bed and Breakfast, housed in an 1880s Queen Anne Victorian, boasts four fireplaces and a tin ceiling in the dining room. This lovingly restored home features antique decor throughout. Here’s a sampling, from Hathaway Inn’s website:

Photo of a parlor at Hathaway Inn Bed and Breakfast in New YorkLooking to experience something more exotic, yet luxurious? Head west to San Antonio, Texas, to experience the Inn at Craig Place. Built in 1891, the inn was converted to a B&B in 1999. According to the inn’s website, many guests come to enjoy the library, pictured below:

Photo of the library at the Inn at CraigEven further west, check out the gorgeous, four-square Victorian that is home to Cherry Hill Bed & Breakfast in Petaluma, California. Stuffed with Victorian antiques, Cherry Hill B&B is situated smack dab in the center of Northern California wine country, so you can indulge your passions for both antiques and wine! Here’s a photo of the house from Cherry Hill’s website:

Photo of foursquare Victorian home Cherry Hill Bed BreakfastWhen you visit a bed and breakfast, you not only experience the privilege of sharing space with fine antiques, you come away with design inspiration for your own home.

If you’d like to get away for Valentine’s Day, try using to locate a bed and breakfast inn near you. Many of them offer special deals for a romantic vacation with your sweetheart!

Aimee owns with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide

We normally use this blog to share decorating tips and design inspiration to help you enjoy living with your antiques. But perhaps you’ll indulge us during this festive season to shamelessly self-promote for a moment.

During our Black Friday sale, which begins today and runs through Monday, November 26, we’re offering 20% off everything in our gallery, plus our usual free shipping!  Since many of our readers are only just getting to know us, we thought we’d share some holiday gift ideas from our own inventory. All of our antiques are one-of-a-kind, of course, and we also offer high-quality reproduction furniture and accessories that suit all tastes and budgets.

Here are some great ideas for all the people on your Nice (and Very Nice) List this year. Use code SHOPSMALL at checkout to receive your discount. Happy shopping!

For the Antique Furniture Lover

French Brittany Armoire/Bookcase/China Cabinet

This lovely cabinet dates to 1880. You might use it to display your heirloom china, books, or collectibles this holiday season.

French Art Deco Buffet/Server

Burled walnut veneers and a mirrored back add the “wow factor” to this lovely server, which dates to 1920. Picture it sitting in your dining area, wrapped with a big, red ribbon!

We have antique furniture choices to suit every taste and budget. Find them here.

For the Collector

Vintage French Art Deco Pink Tulip Chandelier

One of our favorites, this delicate chandelier features its original paint. It makes a lovely gift for your loved one.

Antique Goddess Figural Mantel Clock

As featured in our newsletter, this sensational mantel clock will make an impressive gift and a stunning display piece for any clock collector or bronze sculpture enthusiast.

Vintage Goddess & Unicorn Majolica Medallion

If you prefer your goddesses with unicorns (and who doesn’t, really?), this sensational medallion or plate will wow you. A thoughtful gift for any unicorn-lover on your list!

For the Eclectic Decorator

Who among us doesn’t have to cope with the issue of mixing inherited pieces of various vintages with items that reflect our own taste? The items featured here help bridge the gap between antique and modern decorating schemes.

Dale Tiffany Gold Plated Chandelier with Crystals

Traditional in form but modern and upscale in its gold plated finish, this high-quality reproduction chandelier is your ticket to fine living. Heirloom quality, this chandelier is the item your kids will fight over when you’re gone.

Polished Nickel Console Table with White Stone Top

Traditional French design gets an update in the shiny, polished nickel finish and white stone top. Makes a great gift for the young person who’s living with a bunch of hand-me-down ’70s furniture and could use something shiny to cheer up their decor.

For the Budget Conscious

We said we have something for every price point, and here’s the proof!

Vintage Seagers Gin Tray

Straight from Old Blighty comes this sensational old advertising tray. This would make an excellent host/hostess gift for your next holiday cocktail party! And it’s yours for a mere $41.60 after applying the Black Friday discount!

Vintage Transferware Blue Delft Plate

Seasonally appropriate and perfect for any skating enthusiast on your gift list, this lovely vintage plate also will please any collector of blue-and-white ware. You can get it for just $47.20 after the Black Friday discount.

Vintage Belgian Butterfly Beer Glasses

Another fantastic host/hostess gift, this pair of vintage beer glasses dates to 1950. Know any home brewers? They’ll be delighted to receive these! Only you will know you spent just $23.20 after the Black Friday discount.

For Small Spaces

If you long to live the antiques lifestyle but find yourself inhabiting a cramped urban loft, pied a terre, or cottage, you’ll be happy to know today’s exceptionally high-quality reproduction antiques are sized to fit your space perfectly.

Mirrored Accent Chest

Traditional styling meets modern sizing in this petite chest that measures just three feet wide by 32 inches high. The fun deco-inspired design and mirrored finish will add an antique touch to your small space.

French Versailles-Style 3-Drawer Chest

This sensational chest of drawers looks just like a real antique, but it’s actually a high-quality reproduction. Yes, that’s hand carving on the front! Best of all, this little chest measures a petite 32 inches wide by 35 inches high, so it will fit into your apartment, condo, or loft.

You’ll find 63 more small-scale items by searching “petite” at our website!

Thanks for shopping We welcome your comments, questions, and phone calls!

 Aimee owns with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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