With an eye for antiques, a passion for handcrafted furnishings, and a spirited embrace of texture and styles, Isabella Walker-Smith has swiftly become an important talent in the interior design industry.
Before you spin into a redecorating frenzy for the holiday season, consider the transformative power of a rustic early 20th-century French antique farmhouse dresser such as Lot 45, $1200, or a pair of polished round marble table lamps with brass risers and linen shades, Lot 67, $300.
Then there’s an edit of ultra-cool jumbo hand-braided wicker urns, plinths, vases, trays, and chairs by one of the hottest names around, Alba Atelier, starting from $60.
Every part of Isabella’s sale reflects elements we see in her own home, featured in House & Garden’s October issue cover story, with a multitude of stylistic influences to draw from, blending old with new, and ideas from every era.
The sale has more than 200 items up for grabs – giving everyone the opportunity to make their homes feel a little like Isabella’s.
Sale highlights include a French Maison Jansen-style rope bronze table with twisted knots and tassel feet, for a fraction of what you’d pay on 1st Dibs.
Also, names like Colefax & Fowler, Schumacher, Royal Worcester, New York legends, John Rosselli and Charlotte Moss, as well as Yong Dynasty porcelain mixed with an antique red Chinese stool with original paintwork, (ex Manning & Manning Antiques, Lot 36, $200.
Isabella’s sale has plenty of French antique and vintage bargains on offer starting with a wonderful 19th-century antique French red leather and mahogany club lounge from Paris, $400, as well as Lot 47, a large 19th-century antique French 1.1m mirror with painted gilt frame, $350, and Lot 41, a pair of antique French mahogany Empire-style armchairs from The French Alps, $250.
Also, Lot 52, an impressive kitchen island made by a local timber craftsman in the French Alps from reclaimed antique French oak, $1000, and Lot 64, the most charming 19th-century antique French monastère two-meter dining table with sanded top and stained base, $1400.
Also worth investigating are Lot 53, a gorgeous light oak vintage French kitchen window frame from Provence, ideal for adding instant pedigree to your home.
Find table lamps in the style of Ralph Lauren, Kelly Wearstler and Aerin at unbeatable prices such as Lot 15, the Wearstler-inspired cult black Linden glazed table lamp with white linen shade. Usual retail $2500, estimate $500.
Keep an eye peeled for Lot 34, a pair of traditional English gilt wall sconce with handpainted light shades in aqua and white, estimate, $500 as well as Lot 31, a wonderful pair of 19th century antique French bronze and crystal candelabra with shades, Estimate: $500 – $700.
And we love Lot 49, an incredibly chic pair of bedsides in shagreen-style faux leather, a la Aerin Lauder, in a cream hue with a single drawer for a staggeringly low estimate.
There are the best table lamps in the style of Ralph Lauren, Kelly Wearstler, and Aerin to add a bold statement to any room, at unbeatable prices, including fashionable Lot 3, Iron pot handcrafted ceramic lamps with cotton shades, (estimate a pair $350), and Lot 67, polished round marble table lamps, estimate – pair $300. “They’re also incredibly versatile,” says Isabella.
“You can add them to a shelf on a bookcase, place them on a bedside table, show them off in an entryway, and get highly creative with their style”, says Isabella.
Besides illuminating the room, the lamps, and standing lights can also make a decor statement wherever you place them.
While lamps with glossy ceramic or brass finishes serve as radiant and eye-catching accents, those made using marble, concrete glass or concrete can add texture to a space. I never use “down” lights because their glare tends to be a little harsh. Having a mix of lamps and standing lights can totally change the mood in a room for the better.”
Whatever your design scheme or lighting needs, Isabella’s edit of lighting will flip the switch in your home.
“I decorate a bit the way I dress, with a bit of everything – high and low – to create something interesting, fresh and timeless. I love that one thing can make the room or the table (or the outfit)!”
“When you’re designing an interior, it’s natural to focus on the foundations, but walls and floors aren’t all there is to a visually appealing space.”
“I make it a priority to get the key pieces of furniture and lighting right first. Statement pieces from mirrors to art, candelabra, and chairs have an important role to play and are the things people are most likely to notice when they first visit.”
It’s your chance to refresh your home, update your space in time for Christmas with a curated sale of 200 inspired items that make it easier than ever to pick up a key piece from the comfort and safety of your sofa.