Wednesday, January 7

Peter Janes + Phoenix Antiques

As it has become custom, I have spent the better part of the New Year sorting through back issues of magazines and filing away select pages in my ever-growing library of binders. While flipping through the February 2008 issue of British Homes & Gardens, I was again charmed by the photos of antique dealer Peter Janes’ Kent home.

The cottage, located in Tunbridge Wells, dates back to 1680. King Edward VII officially recognized the popularity of Tunbridge Wells with royalty and aristocrats by granting the town with a "Royal" prefix. In 1909 the town became known, as it is to this day, as Royal Tunbridge Wells, one of only two towns in England.

Along with business partner Robert Pilbeam, Peter is proprietor of Phoenix Antiques, specializing in 18th and 19th Century French and English furniture. I love the way Peter fuses a neutral color palette with period pieces to create a calm and cozy room. His eye for antiques and his talent for mixing various styles are especially evident in the living room of his cottage.

In order to showcase his antiques, while keeping a contemporary feel and tone, Peter chose plantation shutters and sisal flooring. Each room is painted in Fired Earth’s Chalk White. In the breakfast room a small window was removed and replaced with French doors leading out to the garden.

Perhaps my favorite room of all is the dining room. I love the simplicity of the table and charm of the exposed beams, perfectly balanced by a spectacular crystal chandelier. Simply stunning!

Photos:David Giles

10 comments:

Karena said...

I would love to visit this beautiful cottage in Royal Tumbridge Wells! I love the antique portraits.

Anne said...

What an amazing home! I'm ready to move in today!!

Jay said...

LOVE IT!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful home Ronda!!!
Jay

Colour Me Happy said...

That is so organized that you have binders to store your favourite pages in. My magazines are simply piled everywhere so that is a great idea. Love the clean look of this interior.

MEADE DESIGN GROUP said...

I have to agree the dining room is just stunning. I want to be in the room right now having a nice meal. Let's hope Peter Janes is a good cook. (lol)

pve design said...

Simply charming and lovely.

Alice said...

Just looked at their website! WOW! Great furniture. Thank you.

beachbungalow8 said...

love the juxtaposition of the rough hewn beams and delicate chandi.

Cakewalk said...

Fabulous blog. One of your old friends (and one of my Houston neighbors) directed me to it and I've had it on my reader ever since.

I've added you to the blogroll on our blog. Looking forward to more posts...

ALL THE BEST said...

Thank you cakewalk!! Was it Stasie by chance?
Best,
Ronda