Mad About Meissen

Posted in Antiques & Art, Vintage Collectibles

by Cathy

    We are mad about Meissen at Ruby Lane! We recently partnered with the writer Tamara Stephenson’s fabulous blog Nest by Tamara to bring their readers a great history lesson on this beautiful porcelain. (Simply click on Nest by Tamara to read the article). If you’d like to begin or add to your own Meissen… Read more »

Bakelite With a Twist

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by Guest Blogger

By Blythe Grossberg       Bakelite, the first synthetic plastic, is perhaps best known today as the material that composes wonderful vintage jewelry pieces, most commonly in opaque hues of butterscotch and pea green and less commonly in jet, red, and “end-of-the-day” colors that were created by swirling together the resins that were left… Read more »

Vintage Dining With Ralph

Posted in Antiques & Art, Lifestyle, Vintage Collectibles

by Cathy

      Nobody does vintage interiors better than Ralph Lauren. Synonymous with the mallet-swinging polo player logo and All-American fashion, his love of all things equestrian is classic English and pays homage to the traditions of the past. And if you have been lucky enough to dine in any of his three restaurants (located on… Read more »

Chinese Year of the Sheep

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by Cathy

    According to the Chinese zodiac, February marks the first month of the year of the sheep (also goat and ram). Apparently this lunar year is one of prosperity and promise and if you seriously follow this sort of thing, your lucky numbers are 3, 4 and 9. Ram and sheep are popular design… Read more »

Displaying Your Collections

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by Cathy

  Named one of Traditional Home’s top 20 Young Designers in America, interior designer Tobi Fairley has decorated homes from Charleston to Los Angeles. We are pleased the have the Little Rock native share her views on the art of collecting:   1.  Display your collection. It’s such a shame to see a collection hidden… Read more »

English Style

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by Cathy

    Think English Style and many things come to mind. Big cabbage rose chintz prints, Victorian firescreens, wooden corkscrew candlesticks and needlepoint pillows to silver picture frames, Staffordshire dogs and well-worn upholstery are just a few of the many hallmarks. And just about anything from the set of Downton Abbey. The look (also known as… Read more »

Tea Time

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by Guest Blogger

        Are you an enthusiastic tea drinker? Do you remember playing with dolls and tea sets or do you have a favorite cup or fond memory of tea time? Do you own a special tea set yourself? What do you think of when you think about tea culture? Tea actually plays an… Read more »

The Art of the Monogram

Posted in Antiques & Art, Jewelry, Lifestyle, Vintage Collectibles

by Cathy

  “A monogram, by literal definition, is a combination of letters, usually two or three, which are intertwined or overlapped to represent an individual, municipality, company, or kingdom.” Monograms  have been around for centuries…. the 8th century to be exact when Charlemagne marked his royal initials on the shields of his troops. They have symbolized… Read more »