Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Shopping at Foxfire antiques, Middleburg

This past weekend I visited charming Middleburg, Virginia, the heart of Washington equestrian life. While there I shopped -  naturally! One of my favorite finds was the antique & design shop Foxfire.
Located in the heart of town Foxfire features a number of continental antiques, primarily French, but a few in particular caught my eye.
 These French metal armchairs would be great sanded and painted a deep forest green or even black.
I spent a lot of time lounging in these 1930s club chairs with original leather. I love that the seat has been reupholstered in a brown velvet so your legs won't stick or slip on the leather cushion, depending on the time of year.
These artistic mirrors were my favorite piece in the store, though clearly not real antiques. An artist takes a number of different minerals to the backs of regular mirror to create very colorful versions of 'antiqued' mirror (the stylish smoky glass you so often see).
Some versions of this were imprinted with designs but I loved this matching pair of smoky versions (much like traditional antiqued mirror with the addition of color) in warm sunset colors.
The marble top of this antique table was so patterned that at first I thought it was faux-painted. This would make a great kitchen table and remain cool to the touch for baking.
The sides of these upholstered chairs were beautifully detailed with a natural oak finish. Be sure not to miss Foxfire Antiques when you visit Middleburg!


Chronica Domus said...

Whenever I travel I always make a point of visiting antiques shops. When I was in Virginia a couple of years ago, I was so disappointed not to get the opportunity to troll the shops in Fredericksburg, which looked marvelous, but were closed. A freak summer storm blew in the evening before and cut power to much of the state. Thanks to your post, I now have two towns to visit on my next trip to Virginia.

Mark Ruffner said...

Thanks for sharing! My pick is the last photo's urn with the flame on top, right up my alley . . .

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Chronica, I had never been to Middleburg and I saw why -it's TINY..not sure worth a special trip. Some charming little shops (a few) and a few little restaurants. It's quality over quantity.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Mark -so much to like! Loved that urn too although not sure it was an antique.

Hels said...

Taste comes and taste goes. But the 1930s club chairs with original leather show that some design eras remain handsome and functional for a very long time. The club chairs are modern enough for today's studies but they are, at the same time, evocative of solid, serious men's clubs in the Deco era and earlier.

Karena Albert said...

Stefan I love so much here at Foxfire. Those unique painted, antique mirrors, the French metal garden chairs, the graceful curve of the last set of chairs!

It sounds like a wonderful weekend!

The Arts by Karena

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Thanks for sharing your photos at Foxfire. Never been there, I bookmarked them for a stop there next time I'm in town.
I've never seen anything like the artistic mirrors - only ever the smoky ones. Pretty wild in color. Did any of those marvelous chairs come home with you?

Elena R said...

I just love antique shops!