Guest blogger, Amanda Swearingen, covers the East Hampton Antique Show for HOST and SERVE. Amanda has a degree in Interior Design and is currently creating custom dresses for little girls in her spare time, with plans to expand her brand in 2015.
After seeing a write up about it in House Beautiful, I started off my morning at the 8th annual East Hamptons Antiques Show benefitting the East Hampton Historical Society. The show’s location was worth the visit alone.
It was held on the property of the Mulford Farm Museum (10 James Lane East Hampton,NY). The site is one of six museums maintained by the EHHS. It is an intact English colonial farmstead that was built around 1680 by Josiah Hobart. Hobart was an important official in NY’s first Royal Province government. After Hobart’s passing in 1712, the farm was bought by Samuel Mulford, who added the barn and several other architectural elements to the property.
Set amongst this unique property were several tents housed with hundreds of years of history. I was overwhelmed by the beautiful and unique furniture, art and jewelry. It was enjoyable to talk with the vendors and hear the stories of each piece. While I couldn’t afford to make any purchases YET, I walked out with many ideas. Don’t let an “antique show” scare you away because you think it’s unaffordable. The experience itself is priceless and sometimes far better than anything tangible you could walk away with.
My favorite piece was a 19th century Shaker rug. The woven strips of fabric were colorful but worn. The rug alone isn’t what caught my eye, but the way in which it was displayed was unique. It was mounted on a navy blue canvas and hung horizontally on the wall. I loved the way it looked like a textured piece of art.
I have been struggling to finish a wall in my living room and now suddenly I had so many ideas. It’s funny how seeing one perfect piece can make an entire room come to life in your head.
I strolled around continuing to look at and hear the stories of vintage Chanel jewelry and 17th century engravings– of which one man told me he’d reduce the price by $300 because he had just made a lot of money renting the framed engravings to Woody Allen for a film. What a story that piece will have to tell!
After the antique showed I fast-forwarded to the present and visited the shoppes of East Hampton Village. The Hamptons are full of pop-ups during the summer to fill the needs of every vacationer. After picking up 2 bangles at C Wonder’s pop-up store, I sought out the pop-up for Les Toiles du Soleil. Les Toiles du Soleil is a 150 year old brand that originated in France and was bought and set up in Manhattan in 2008. My new found passion for sewing/designing drew me in. I purchased a few yards of a striped woven canvas that I plan to use to make totes for my friend Mollie and me. I’m going to trim the canvas in a distressed tan leather that I’ll acquire from my old leather Gap trench coat that seemed cool back in 1998!
After my purchases I sat and did a little people watching while snacking on my favorite Hampton’s snack, Tate’s Chocolate Chip cookies, and then caught the train back to Montauk. Thankfully, I arrived back just in time to watch the amazing sunset over the bay. Beginning my day steeped in history and ending it surrounded by God’s glory, I found priceless inspiration all around. I’d say it was a perfect day. ~Amanda Swearingen for HOST and SERVE