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New Year's Resolutions - from 1950

I know New Years feels like eons ago, but it is only January 20th and not too late for some resolutions. We found an old xeroxed print out of these resolutions written by my grandfather, Frederick Victoria and published in Town & Country January 1950! Enjoy this time-capsule (transcribed below the image)!

Town & Country 1950

A Decorator's New Year's Resolutions, by Frederick Victoria - Town & Country 1950

It is January first and the holidaze is over at last. But the festive season has left its mark. The scars go deeper than the tinsel shreds imbedded in the carpet and the tack holes in the mantel that tell where once the Christmas stockings hung. There may be a crack in the overmantel plaster that appeared the day you decided to burn all the Christmas wrappings at once and there are probably a few too-permanent reminders of that frightfully gay eggnog party that, somehow, got out of hand. Christmas was fun while it lasted but you and your house are ready for a good going-over. And January is the perfect month in which to face the temporary cataclysm that comes with refurbishing. You can go South and let George do it, or supervise the work yourself in unthreatened privacy. (If you did gie a part in January, nobody would come to it.) So take stock of your tired surroundings. Perhaps a lick and a promise, or bright accent here and there will do the trick or, as is often the case, it may be that nothing short of a complete from-the-skin-out reconstruction of your domestic setting will do. 

In any case, it is well to begin with a list of ironclad New Year's resolutions. Here are some suggestions, culled from years of experience with the pitfalls of my trade.

I resolve:

One. To consult my decorator. Not just any decorator but the one whose taste, judged by his previous work, seems closest to mine - or if there is room for improvement, whose taste I aspire to. If I were ill, I would certainly not attempt to cure myself, any more than I would call in a physician whom I knew to be antipathetic to me. 

Two. Having chosen my decorator, I will abide by his decisions and hold his advice in higher esteem than that of well meaning friends or relatives - just as I would, having chosen a specialist to ease a malady, eschew the medication recommended by local witch doctors. 

Three. I will bless my decorator for insisting that I get rid of the oversized chimney piece that came with the house and I will welcome his suggestion that I replace  it with a well-proportioned mantel, low enough to bring my lovely mantel garniture into the line of vision.

Four. I will rid myself of overscaled pieces, which are usually hand-me-downs anyway.

Five. I will cast all economic considerations to the winds and ruthlessly exile the oriental rug that grandfather brought from the Far East. (I've always hated the thing, anyway.) 

Six. If a figured rug or carpet is substituted for it I will resist the temptation to cover the furniture in rich, figured fabrics that would make my room look "busy."

Seven. I will re-cover the man-of-the-house's favorite leather armchair in a fabric which conforms to the new scheme, in spite of all opposition. It will be just as comfortable and much, much better looking. 

Eight. I will remove the electric wiring, fake candles, and imitation-flame bulbs form all my appliques, and substitute real candles for their flattering effect. 

Nine. I will strive valiantly to strip my gaze of sentiment when I look at my pictures. If they are not in sympathy with the rest of the room, out with them!

Ten. I will not try to replace them with bargains.I will remember that there is no such thing as a bargain in art. 

Eleven. I will never, never no matter whether I'm expecting guest or not, forget to keep fresh flowers in my rooms. 

Twelve. Above all, in my house I will strive to create and maintain a lived-in look. I will remember that nothing is less inviting than a gaunt, sparsely furnished museum. 

World of Interiors!

A wonderful project by M Group is featured in, and on the cover of (!), the August issue of World of Interiors. We were lucky enough to have been a part of this project. Tony and Freddy visited the project site, and as the article makes abundantly clear, M Group took great care in selecting their textures, materials and designs. It was a fun, intelligent, and challenging job that fits perfectly with the historic NYC location. Congratulations M Group! 

 From World of Interiors, Aug. 2017, one of the Barroux chairs we made for "Mrs. X" in silk velvet. 

From World of Interiors, Aug. 2017, one of the Barroux chairs we made for "Mrs. X" in silk velvet. 

 The pair of Barroux chairs in the Victoria & Son studio

The pair of Barroux chairs in the Victoria & Son studio

 An in-situ photo of our Barclay's model Louis XV style open armchair. 

An in-situ photo of our Barclay's model Louis XV style open armchair. 

 One of a pair of heavily carved Chippendale style console we made on the left hand side of this World of Interiors, Aug. 2017 photo. 

One of a pair of heavily carved Chippendale style console we made on the left hand side of this World of Interiors, Aug. 2017 photo. 

 The same consoles, with its marble template and before finishing in our workshop.

The same consoles, with its marble template and before finishing in our workshop.

 A photo from World of Interiors, Aug. 2017 featuring our Windsor cove-back chairs, made for M Group 

A photo from World of Interiors, Aug. 2017 featuring our Windsor cove-back chairs, made for M Group 

 The Windsor chairs in M Group's cut silk velvet in the Victoria & Son studio

The Windsor chairs in M Group's cut silk velvet in the Victoria & Son studio

 A custom circular bergere with 3 seating sections Victoria & Son made for the same project, but not shown in the article. 

A custom circular bergere with 3 seating sections Victoria & Son made for the same project, but not shown in the article. 

 A carved eagle form console base by Victoria & Son, based on our model inspired by eagle form torcheres from Versailles, also not shown in the article. 

A carved eagle form console base by Victoria & Son, based on our model inspired by eagle form torcheres from Versailles, also not shown in the article. 

Victoria & Son nominated by NY Spaces Magazine for Home Products Design!

We are very excited to have been nominated as a "Leader in Home Product Design" by New York Spaces Magazine! We are in the Arts & Antiques category (along with the likes of 1stDibs - weird right?...) and listed as "Frederick Victoria". BUT we need your support - please VOTE for us here:

https://www.newyorkspaces.com/vote2017.cfm

Voting ends on March 2nd 2017 - so please get to it! Also, remember to click thru each category (you don't have to make a selection, just click "Continue") and at the end you will need to enter a NYC-area zip code. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Veranda August 2015

Victoria & Son was lucky enough to be included in the July - August issue of Veranda! They featured a custom full-round circular bergere we made a few years ago for M Group. The bergere was actually based on some of our corner bergere designs, which we adapted into a 3 section circular form, which you can see in the computer rendering of the frame below. Researching the design, we discovered a pair of one of the corner bergere designs in a 1950's photo of my Grandfather's apartment in the Dakota. Veranda published this photo, but a fuller version of it is below. He made most of the pieces seen in the image, including the tole flower-form candelabra crawling out of the wall, which of course I want to make now...

 Veranda August 2015 cover

Veranda August 2015 cover

 Our write-up in Veranda featuring our Godfather-esque photo

Our write-up in Veranda featuring our Godfather-esque photo

 A circa 1950 photo  of Fred Victoria's early apartment in the Dakota including a pair of corner bergeres and many other pieces made by his firm.

A circa 1950 photo  of Fred Victoria's early apartment in the Dakota including a pair of corner bergeres and many other pieces made by his firm.

 Another corner bergere model in the Louis XVI style 

Another corner bergere model in the Louis XVI style 

 The reference sketch from our design library for one of our corner bergere designs, reflecting more of an English style

The reference sketch from our design library for one of our corner bergere designs, reflecting more of an English style

 A rendering for the frame of the full-round bergere based on our existing designs. 

A rendering for the frame of the full-round bergere based on our existing designs. 

 The finished full-round bergere

The finished full-round bergere

Christopher Spitzmiller's Clove Brook Farm

Christopher Spitzmiller's magical Clove Brook Farm is featured in the July issue of Architectural Digest. The interiors were a collaboration with  Harry Heissmann and are just as stunning as the views below.  Needless to say, Tony and I were very excited to see one of our Sunburst Sconces included in such a wonderful project!

 The view from Christopher Spitzmiller's Clove Brook Farm

The view from Christopher Spitzmiller's Clove Brook Farm

 I never realized I wanted a fireplace in the kitchen until I saw this room.

I never realized I wanted a fireplace in the kitchen until I saw this room.

 I love that our Sunburst sconce hangs above Francis Elkins style chairs and the ceramic swan adds Harry Heissmann's signature touch of whimsy. 

I love that our Sunburst sconce hangs above Francis Elkins style chairs and the ceramic swan adds Harry Heissmann's signature touch of whimsy. 

Coffee table for Alexa Hampton

We consider ourselves lucky to be a part of any project. However, when a client comes to us for work in their own home, we must admit to being particularly grateful. Especially when the client relationship goes back a few generations! Alexa Hampton commissioned us to make the coffee table pictured below for her home last year. The most prominent features of the table are hand-carved anthemion on either end of the table. We went through a number of carving models to get to the final one, as you can see below. And we couldn't be happier to see it in such a beautiful home (thank you Architectural Digest)!

 Alexa Hampton's home as featured in April 2015 Architectural Digest

Alexa Hampton's home as featured in April 2015 Architectural Digest

 Some brass anthemion from our collection of mounts which we used as inspiration for our anthemion design

Some brass anthemion from our collection of mounts which we used as inspiration for our anthemion design

 carving notes

carving notes

carving notes 2
 An initial carving model with notes

An initial carving model with notes

 Assembling the table with the finial carving

Assembling the table with the finial carving

 Gold leaf finishing in-process

Gold leaf finishing in-process

 The final product

The final product

Source: http://www.architecturaldigest.com/decor/2...

"H" for Heritage

We were very excited to to be featured in Veranda's Encyclopedia of Style in their September 2014 issue! Besides their very kind words, Veranda highlighted Victoria & Son's Sunburst Wall Scone twice. This was the very first time Victoria & Son has ever been in Veranda - thank you!

 Victoria & Son in Veranda September 2014

Victoria & Son in Veranda September 2014