The Treasures of Sonoma Country Antiques
Winding your way between the treasures at Sonoma Country Antiques is like a mini trip to Europe without leaving Wine Country. For 30 years, this shop has brought the best examples of old home and garden gems here where we can buy them without the cost airfare or the hassle of freighting things back.
I often write about Sonoma County architecture and interior design, and from the Mayacamas to Healdsburg, a piece (or many) from Sonoma Country Antiques is a must have.
It seems every designer for miles around knows about wealth of unique merchandise they offer. Rush dining chairs, zinc indoor/outdoor tables, huge pine beds, mirrors, lamps —you can discover just about any home décor you can think of, and even better, pieces like on oddly-shaped, leather, monogramed trunk that will stretch your imagine as you imagine where in the world it’s been. It’s $1,250 and would make a perfect end table.
In the outdoor offerings on a recent visit I was captivated by a stone horse’s head ($590) sitting atop a charming bluestone patio table ($525) next to another tabletop full of assorted antique French watering cans.
My favorite nook in the 10,000 square feet of beautifully designed showrooms is the display of hotel silver serve ware. An amble ice bucket (there can never be too much ice!) is $325, and there is an assortment of cocktail shakers priced from $165 to $225. Coffee and teapots in every size make me wonder what hotel they once graced — the Connaught in London? Perhaps the Ritz in Paris?
There are huge, dark green Italian wine bottles for $240 that would make a wonderful vase for a long, single stem of greenery. And I absolutely love the English antique pond yacht, circa 1900, for $3,250.
I’d advise hopping onto their email list, so you will know when they are getting in containers of the latest finds from Europe. They will also invite you to their frequent events, like afternoon teas, design lectures and community fundraisers.
And once you’ve finished devouring all they have on display there, and perhaps making a purchase or two, pop in to Cornerstone just down the road apiece, where you will find more antiques at Artefact Design and Chateau Sonoma.
Details: Open Monday – Saturday 10 to 5:30, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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