Accent pieces for your tables & walls
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    Furniture accent pieces that won’t bankrupt you

    The man and his wife had just moved to Philadelphia with their family and were decorating their house. His wife was looking for a lamp, he told me, and she had considered buying one before they moved from New York. He had encouraged her to wait.

    Before buying from a store, I advised him, consider an auction. Some of the best buys and the best-looking home items can be found sitting on an auction-house table or floor. In fact, I was so taken with some of the beautiful lamps at auction last year that I photographed and wrote a blog post about them.

    Antique leather gymnastics horse, pommel horse, side horse

    Antique leather gymnastics horse/pommel horse/side horse, used in men’s competition.

    The man got me to thinking about some of the accent pieces that are readily available at auction – if you put in the time to check out a few sites near you (you can find them via So, at two of the most recent auctions I attended, I decided to spend some time looking for furniture, tabletop and wall accent pieces.

    Here’s a sampling of furniture accent pieces that I found. Some are modern, some are vintage, and some are whimsical. Most are pieces that I’d certainly love to have in my home. In my next blog, I’ll offer up some tabletop and wall accent pieces.

    Danish and Italian sideboards

    At top, a Danish teak sideboard with ceramic tiles. At bottom, an Italian lacquered teak sideboard.


    Blaukunpt console radio

    Blaukunpt Arizona console radio, circa 1957/1958. It needs a little dusting, and maybe a few repairs.


    An inlaid side table

    A beautiful inlaid side table.


    child's carousel

    A child’s carousel – a novelty accent piece for a child with a very large room.


    Wooden desktop organizer

    A wooden desktop organizer with enough drawers for all kinds of little gadgets. Needs a little work, though.


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