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Some of the best days are spent antiquing. Leisurely browsing about until you spot a gem or two. Then there is a day spent at an antique auction where the bidding process is action packed.
In the heart of Chester County, resides a beautiful old stone building that dates back to the 1700s. I love this type of architecture surrounded by country side. The building is home to the offices of the antique auction house Pook & Pook, Inc. Such a fitting space for exquisite antiques!
More often then not, some of the best pieces of furniture in a home are antiques. What makes an antiques is it’s age, the condition it’s in, and the craftsmanship. Antiques are popular because of the design, and of course they collect value. My favorite aspect about these pieces are the story they tell. Each piece represents a specific period in time. Going to an auction, like the ones at Pook and Pook, you are guaranteed to find some true rarities and lots of excitement.
Below features some of my favorite antiques that are soon to be auctioned at Pook & Pook:
A true antique really never goes out of the style!
Once we selected Fortuny’s Barberini, a brilliant red and gold Italian silk to cover the shade and cording from the Barbara Barry for Kravet collection for the trim on the top and bottom of the shade, we narrowed down our options for the metallic faux finishing.
With alternating brush strokes, Vicki layered varying metallic golds, ultimately creating an effect that looks stunning when illuminated – allowing the light to shine through the fabric and reflect amongst the interior of the shade.
What has become a renowned shopping haven distinguished by its family-owned boutiques, antiques shops, art galleries, and so much more, historic King Street in Charleston has evolved into three distinctive areas; Upper King Street houses the Design and Dining District; the middle of King Street being the Fashion District and Lower King Street, the Antiques District.
Charleston continues to make its mark with an extensive design and decorative arts scene, showcasing the unique sense of style and flavor of local artisans. Here’s a few of our favorite spots to check out along historic King Street:
INTERIOR DESIGN & ANTIQUE SHOPS
The Urban Electric Co.
2130 North Hobson Avenue | North Charleston, SC
Showroom for one of the most unique lighting manufacturers in the design industry. Their sophisticated, contemporary designs are individually crafted and completely customizable with any paint color or finish of your liking.
132 East Bay Street | Charleston, SC
Reclaimed lumber, timber & antique wood designs – for floors, walls, ceilings, countertops, backsplashes, wainscoting and more
Elizabeth Stewart Designs
422 Savannah Highway | Charleston, SC
Charleston’s signature design emporium offers home furnishings, fabrics, accessories, artwork, and jewelry. Heralded by Southern Accents, Southern Living, HGTV, and Charleston HOME, among others, ESD offers approachable glamour, livable luxury, and style.
South of Market
173 King Street | Charleston, SC
Owned by interior designer, Kay Douglass, South of Market is a coveted home furnishings store stocked with antiques sourced from France and Belgium, re-purposed objects, upholstery, and a large selection of light fixtures including iron sconces, chandeliers, industrial pendants and more. The South of Market aesthetic is clean, rustic, unique and sophisticated.
489 King Street | Charleston, SC
Charleston’s interior design boutique – Haute Design is a full service interior design firm specializing in high-end residential and commercial spaces, as well as historic renovations
426 King Street | Charleston, SC
Circa Lighting offers quality lighting, lamps and accessories for all your decorating needs
Alexandra French Antiques
156 King Street | Charleston, SC
Swedish antiques with a rustic, shabby-chic feel
David Skinner Antiques & Period Lighting
177 King Street | Charleston, SC
David Skinner Antiques specializes in American and European antique furniture and period lighting
Tucker Payne Antiques (website currently under construction)
169 King Street | Charleston, SC
John Pope Antiques
180 King Street | Charleston, SC
After completing his degree in Historic Preservation at Savannah College of Art and Design, John Pope pursued his passion for antiques with the opening of John Pope Antiques in 2007 with pieces largely influenced by his travels through Asia and Europe.
The Boutique : Monogramming & Gifts no website
47 Broad Street | Charleston, SC
314 King Street | Charleston, SC
Recognized by Vogue and Marie Claire magazines as one of the top boutiques in the country, Hampden’s specialty is hand-picking and pulling together an assortment of pieces tailored to each clients’ style.
Haley Spees & Marisa Deitrich of Hampden Clothing kindly pulled together the collection below of their favorite fall products!
186 King Street | Charleston, SC
RTW is an independently owned and operated women’s clothing specialty store offering a fine clothing gathered from Italy, France, England, the U.S., with our own one-of-a-kind items. Offering a personal shopper to help complete your look.
Jeffery from RTW put together one of his favorite fall outfits for us…
‘I love this Jean Paul Gaultier skirt. It’s a black knit skirt with a grey (unzipped) skirt sewn onto the front. It is beyond cool and pretty hilarious at the same time.’
Billy Reid, Inc.
150 King Street | Charleston, SC
A men’s and women’s luxury designer clothing, shoes and accessories boutique, has roots in a specific Southern past. Reid is a son of the South, who designs his collection in Florence, Alabama and employs artisan factories in Europe and America.
Addie Dorsey, Assistant Store Director shared some great pics of her favorites from Billy Reid
The Finicky Filly
303 King Street | Charleston, SC
Women’s wear shop owned by mother and daughter team Judy Casey and Rebecca Steinberg, featuring luxurious clothing for women of any age
196 King Street | Charleston, SC
Purveyors of life’s little luxuries, Lily offers beautiful stationery, vintage jewelry, soaps, and handbags in this lovely little shop
292 King Street | Charleston, SC
Charleston’s best hair salon & day spa, this trendy downtown salon, make-up studio and esthetique offers an exclusive selection of fragrances, make-up, bath, hair, and men’s products
Bits of Lace
302 King Street | Charleston, SC
Fine European lingerie boutique offering a full range of beautiful lingerie that extends from classics to fashion forward styles
295 King Street | Charleston, SC
Clothing and accessories boutique showcasing the latest trends in fashion with their evolving variety of products from popular brands such as: Echo, Emu Australia, Free People and Hobo International
Calypso St. Barth
234 King Street | Charleston, S
Classic bohemian chic style boutique, known for their unique pieces that create an effortless style with bold colors, gorgeous materials and special embellishments
M. Dumas & Sons
294 King Street | Charleston, SC
Premier men’s clothing store – third generation, locally owned and operated business
149 King Street | Charleston, SC
Fine men’s apparel store now in it’s third generation of business, Ben Silver provides refined and tasteful clothing for the distinguished gentleman, offering the finest selection of striped neckwear in the world, custom blazer buttons, cuff links and more
Bob Ellis Shoes, Inc.
332 King Street | Charleston, SC
A Charleston landmark for over 55 years, Bob Ellis provides the latest ladies and men’s fashion footwear and handbags along with superior customer service, quality and selection
GALLERIES & MUSEUMS
Horton Hayes Fine Art
30 State Street | Charleston, SC
Featuring original works by locally and nationally recognized artists, Horton Hayes Fine Art exhibits artwork such as landscapes, still-life, figurative works and architectural depictions rendered in oil, pastel or watercolor
Ann Long Fine Art
54 Broad Street | Charleston, SC
Leading fine art gallery specializing in classical realist paintings, drawings, and sculpture by contemporary artists
Joel Oppenheimer, Inc. – The Audubon Gallery
190 King Street | Charleston, SC
The natural history art gallery located on historic King Street
CFADA (Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association)
Founded in 1999, the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association is a source of fine art in the South and consists of the city’s most prominent galleries. The association promotes Charleston as a fine art destination for talented artists, passionate art enthusiasts and avid collectors.
Member galleries are: Corrigan Gallery, Dog & Horse Fine Art, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, Helena Fox Fine Art, Horton Hayes Fine Art, Smith-Killian Fine Art, The Sylvan Gallery and the Wells Gallery
Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting Street | Charleston, SC
Charleston’s only visual arts museum, The Gibbes Museum of Art exists to link the art of our past with the art of our future through innovative exhibitions, acquisitions, interpretation and educational programs that preserve and promote the art of Charleston and the American South.