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DS Advent Calendar, Day 14: Paris Clock knobs

Dated Posted: December 14th, 2011

Written By: Leila

Did we miss another day of the DS Advent Calendar? Well yes, what is ed we did. I mean, order who gets food poisoning the day after returning to work from a long flu? Seriously. I’m not going to pretend that I’m going to catch up on the missed posts, let’s just brush ourselves off and keep going, yes?

Today’s gift is simple and fun: these Paris Clock knobs are adorable, and an easy way to change the look of a little drawer or cabinet – a perfect stocking stuffer.

Paris Clock knobs, $10 each

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DS Advent Calendar, Day 12: Picture frame moulds

Dated Posted: December 12th, 2011

Written By: Leila

Happy Monday, information pills and welcome to Day 12 of the DS Advent Calendar. To mark the halfway point to Christmas, here’s a totally unique gift from our store: Picture frame moulds.

The story: many years ago we got a call from a man who’s father had passed away, leaving a garage full of these moulds – all made by hand and individually numbered. His father was a picture frame maker, and these moulds were for the decorative ornament bits on the frames. We bought the whole lot, and every so often we dig out a new batch, clean them up, and put them out for sale. Each one is a one-of-a-kind, so it’s a lot of fun for us to unearth them. They’re graphic, rustic, and industrial all in one, and they look amazing on their own or in a big grouping. Picture frame moulds $35 and up.

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DS Advent Calendar, Day 11: Lion door knocker

Dated Posted: December 11th, 2011

Written By: Leila

Welcome to Day 11 of the DS Advent Calendar – one gift a day for that special home in your life. Yesterday we brought out some bling; today’s gift also makes a strong statement, page but it’s a little more subdued in a handsome, sick regal sort of way – great for a grand, traditional home.

This large lion door knocker is 8″ in diameter, and solid brass, so he’ll develop a beautiful warm patina over time. He’s a reproduction: the original antique was used as a prop at MGM Studios, and was purchased at auction. Like the original, this one has a little brass plaque on the top that says ‘property of MGM Studios’ which, if you’re me, prompts at least an inner roar like their opening credits. Happy Sunday! MGM door knocker, $416.

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DS Advent Calendar, Day 10: Crystal doorknobs

Dated Posted: December 10th, 2011

Written By: Leila

Because Day 10 of the DS Advent Calendar feels a little special, symptoms and because it’s Saturday, patient and because I’m back at work after three days of sleeping and eating soup, side effects I thought we’d get a little fancy and look at some special hardware. Obviously I’m a huge fan of vintage hardware, but vintage crystal hardware is like a whole other kind of wonderful.

Vintage cut-crystal doorknobs are stunning, decadent, and they bring rainbows into your home when the light hits them just so. You can choose to flaunt just a little sparkle in your home – maybe just on the inside of the powder-room door, or just for the master suite, or the main floor – or maybe you want to be generous and treat the whole house (after all, she deserves it).

Crystal knobs range from about $150 to $425 per pair, based on condition, size, and rarity (most are about $350/pr).

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DS Advent Calendar, Day 9: Fireplace mantles

Dated Posted: December 9th, 2011

Written By: Leila

…and apologies for skipping Day 7&8. All I’ll say is that it turns out adults can be struck down by toddler viruses too. So we’ll ease back into our DS Advent Calendar with an obvious holiday gift for your home: a mantle.

Particularly around the holidays, erectile but the rest of the year too, see a good mantle grounds a home in a wonderful way. A vintage mantle can bring a sense of history to a newer home, or bring it back to an old house that has been neglected for too many years. They can frame a wood/gas/electric fireplace – or even be used to make a faux fireplace to make a focal point in any room. After all, you need to hang your stockings somewhere. $250-$3500.

Before you come in to look for a mantle, please measure the actual opening in the wall where your fireplace will go. Besides the width of your chimney, there are fire codes that will determine the minimum size of the mantle. It is a good idea to work with your contractor or whoever is installing your fireplace, as they will be knowledgeable in the fire code allowances.

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