monday at madera home

3.10.2014

Before we moved from Boston, we got rid of almost everything. At the time, we figured selling our furniture would be more economical than moving it across the country and then storing it indefinitely. And we were right--it was. But now that we have a new home to furnish, I have switched gears and gone from purging to total shopaholic in under 5. 

It would be the understatement of the century to say that I am beyond excited to decorate our new house, but as excited as I am, the prospect of building back up our collection of furniture and decorative accents can be a bit...daunting?

So far we have bought most of the basics: a sofa, beds, dressers, etc., but the process of filling out in between the basics has only just begun, as I don't want to settle on accessories for the sake of taking up space. Instead, I want to take the time to find unique, meaningful, quality pieces.

And lucky for us, I just so happened to fall upon the mothership of unique, meaningful, quality pieces. And it is called Madera Home.

Madera Home Furniture offers different collections of furniture and home decor that range in style from traditional and antique, to clean and contemporary, so there is something for everyone. The common thread? All are Asian-inspired (bingo!). 

And when I say "Asian-inspired," I mean it. Madera Home's wood workers use reclaimed temple wood from the Qing Dynasty. Yup. Additionally, the resident artisans follow the philosophy of traditional Chinese craftsmanship--but add modern touches--to craft the company's up-cycled "contemporary antique" pieces. Madera Home's Metallic Collection is a shining example of their unique approach:


Most of the collections at Madera Home are a bit more traditional than their Metallic Collection and feature the lost art of hand painting, elegantly executed by the company Resident artist Feng Shan. 

As for much of the original art work featured on the furniture and decorative accents, Madera Home's Serena Strydom explains that the repercussions of China's Cultural Revolution are distinctly visible on some of the pieces, as faces were removed to coincide with Mao Zedong's ideals. "Art for the sake of beauty was discouraged, it was mandated to function as a means to glorify communism," Strydom explains. 

I was captivated by the unique collection comprised of one-of-a-kind pieces and decided to bring a beautiful piece of history into our new home with a pillow box from Madera Home. I chose a box similar to the following, because I am having a major bird moment and thought the colors would compliment our new master bedroom (stay tuned to see it soon!).




When my box arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to see how big it was (a foot long!)! I anticipated it would be big enough to hold a couple of matchbooks or perhaps some earrings, but it is easily big enough to serve as a pretty place to store notecards, photos, and other keepsakes that would otherwise become clutter on my dresser. 

Here are some more of the other beautiful boxes at Madera Home:






In addition to boxes, Madera Home's "Bazaar" collection offers a variety of other smaller decorative accents--including screens, trays and bowls:




If the smaller accents just are not enough, Madera Home has a stunning collection of larger statement furniture:









Imma need a bigger house!

Be sure to visit Madera Home's website to see more of the one-of-a-kind pieces in their extensive collection, and say hello to them if you plan to head to High Point this spring!




8 comments:

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

That trinket box is so pretty. I have a thing for tiny (and medium) boxes. I am going to be living vicariously while you decorate your house.

Nancy said...

you had me at the cranes. Love their stuff!

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

So many gorgeous things here! Love that Horseshoe chair and want one badly! They are such statements. That lotus tray, altar tables and those gorgeous boxes are really special.I'll go check them out! Come enter our giveaway! xo Nancy

Kimberly Lemmon said...

Wow, I adore the horse shoe chairs too and really want one of those boxes!!

sharon smith said...

I'm loving horse shoe chairs right now. Thanks for the info on Madera Home, I'm going to check it out! Love the boxes too. I agree with you on filling your home with things you love so take your time! I haven't forgot that I need to snap some photos of the Bachelors house and send them to you.
Sharon

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Love those boxes so beautiful!

Andrea said...

I am beyond excited to watch you decorate your GORGEOUS new home!! So excited for you!! And all of the teasers on Instagram are so fabulous! Madera Home looks amazing, I'm heading over now to check it out. Thank you for the introduction!

XOXO,
The Glam Pad

therelishedroost said...

I love Madera home, the Asian accessories are so much fun!!

 
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